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Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest

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The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest is an action-adventure game for Wii in which younger players are introduced to the excitement, characters and lore of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" (LOTR). Framed in-game by the storytelling of the hobbit … see full wiki

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Really for kids and casual gamers

  • Jul 3, 2011
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I have mixed feelings about Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest. On the one hand, it's certainly not the Lord of the Rings epic I'd hoped for. For that, the Gamecube Lord of The Rings The Return of The King is still the best bet. On the other hand, for kids and casual gamers it's not a bad game.

First, this game is short and easy. For anybody who's played through the Legend of Zelda games, this will probably take less than 10 hours to beat and you will probably die only once or twice. There aren't really any puzzles, and even if there are the game system has a clue system that makes sure you never get lost. Even within that much of it is spent with boring "fetch" quests, i.e. Aragorn has to find something and return to somebody for a reward. Only in front of the Black Gates do you get the sense of an epic battle. In many other stages, the number of enemies is fairly low and things move pretty slowly.

Graphically, the game is a mixed bag. I love the mix between the realistic and cartoonish styles. The pastel color schemes are particularly beautiful. Also, the Hobbiton cutscenes and levels are stunning (for the Wii). However, most of the other levels and characters have good, not great, graphics. The non-Hobbiton cutscenes are abysmal, with some sequences in which the characters' mouths don't even move.

Another thing the game gets right is the Wii controls. The swordfighting is pretty intuitive and works pretty well. This game isn't Motion Plus, but it does allow to to swing your sword left or right, up or down. I thought the bow and arrow and spear could have been used a bit more, but as it stands they work well with the Wii remote. You might even find yourself getting a bit of a workout.

I imagine for kids and casual gamers though this will be a nice, short romp through Middle Earth. It retells the story of Lord of the Rings succinctly and allows you to replay the key moments. Also, getting to see Sam's kids is neat. However, I really do hope Nintendo manages to get an epic LOTR game, if not for Wii than for Wii U (sadly, War in the North isn't slated for Nintendo).

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