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(Wired)   Preview of the upcoming Lego "Lord of the Rings" video game. This will end well   (wired.com) divider line 38
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2012-06-17 02:04:02 PM  
I don't know. I loved LEGO Indiana Jones. But LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean just doesn't seem as fun. Maybe because it's essentially the same game.
 
2012-06-17 02:07:22 PM  

MoronLessOff: I don't know. I loved LEGO Indiana Jones. But LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean just doesn't seem as fun. Maybe because it's essentially the same game.


I should clarify. I also have played Pirates and the game play vid seems to confirm that LOTR is yet another installment of the same game with a new package.
 
2012-06-17 02:11:38 PM  
Step 1: Use a brand name associated with construction in a game series which has exceptionally little to do with either. Do this to increase brand awareness and boost sales.
Step 2: Use this brand name to lower all levels of craft associated with your video game, where low-polygon models and graphics "are okay, because they're Legos" and simple game mechanics "are okay, because it's marketed towards kids." Do this to lower both development costs and the expectation of quality associated with your game.
Step 3: Oh man, I wish I was the genius that thought of this.
 
2012-06-17 02:26:34 PM  
I've never played any of the Lego games, but can anyone tell me what the point of the "Lego" aspect is? What does it contribute to the game, other than a particular style of graphics?
 
2012-06-17 02:30:35 PM  
One does not simply block into Mordor.
 
2012-06-17 02:32:49 PM  

Erix: I've never played any of the Lego games, but can anyone tell me what the point of the "Lego" aspect is? What does it contribute to the game, other than a particular style of graphics?


Nothing, really. It's a very simple to play, but fun game. All ages can play it, it's very family friendly. I'm sure it's just a business deal.
 
2012-06-17 02:38:04 PM  
What is it with all these LEGO games? I mean, Legos. C'mon!.
 
2012-06-17 02:46:25 PM  

Erix: I've never played any of the Lego games, but can anyone tell me what the point of the "Lego" aspect is? What does it contribute to the game, other than a particular style of graphics?


I think the lego aspect gives it a more kid friendly vibe to it. Also, for older players were graphics have peaked, it gives a nostalgia factor to the 8 bit days.
 
2012-06-17 02:51:17 PM  

MoronLessOff: Erix: I've never played any of the Lego games, but can anyone tell me what the point of the "Lego" aspect is? What does it contribute to the game, other than a particular style of graphics?

Nothing, really. It's a very simple to play, but fun game. All ages can play it, it's very family friendly. I'm sure it's just a business deal.


They're fun not only for the simple gameplay, but also fun because of the silly antics of the characters, the funny plot "twists", and the simple grunting and holding up signs the characters communicate with. It looks like they threw all that out with this game and are taking it far too seriously.
 
2012-06-17 02:52:05 PM  
I'm freaking jealous of what kids have today.

Growing up in the 80s, we had tons of neat toy lines - but none of them mixed together. He-Man was a different scale from Star Wars, which was a different scale from the Secret Wars which was a different scale from the DC Super Powers Collection... I ended up with small batches of stuff from all those different toy ranges, but kept going back to my handful of Legos, just for the creative play.

Look at the toy aisles now. Lego has released or will release Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, LOTR, Pirates... almost anything that kids today want, plus their own City, Castle and Space range equivalents. All of a little boy's toys today could work TOGETHER. They can build the normal Lego City stuff, use it to have Batman team up with Wolverine and Iron Man to take down the freakin' Joker. And they get tons of civilians, cars, buildings, crates, barrels... all those little touches that we saw in action figure commercials but were never sold in stores. Then after a few days, kids disassemble it all, rebuild it into Coruscant, and play Clone Wars for a few days... disassemble it again, rebuild it, and play Pirates.

Really hoping Lego keeps getting these licenses long enough for my future son to take advantage of it. Even my five year old girl plays with Legos as much as her girlie toys. :)
 
2012-06-17 03:03:32 PM  

DarthBart: MoronLessOff: Erix: I've never played any of the Lego games, but can anyone tell me what the point of the "Lego" aspect is? What does it contribute to the game, other than a particular style of graphics?

Nothing, really. It's a very simple to play, but fun game. All ages can play it, it's very family friendly. I'm sure it's just a business deal.

They're fun not only for the simple gameplay, but also fun because of the silly antics of the characters, the funny plot "twists", and the simple grunting and holding up signs the characters communicate with. It looks like they threw all that out with this game and are taking it far too seriously.


I haven't cared much for the cut scenes in Pirates so far, but Indy has a few scenes that had me rolling.
 
2012-06-17 03:10:34 PM  
LEGO Lord of the Rings will provide a local multiplayer mode for the potable versions.

I guess you could call them

*sunglasses*

consumable electronics.
 
kth
2012-06-17 03:12:51 PM  
I was really sad when I realized my Lego Star Wars game was packed and at the bottom of the pile of boxes. I thought I left it out.


Oh well, the library has a bunch of copies of Super Mario Brothers.
 
2012-06-17 03:14:23 PM  

MoronLessOff: DarthBart: MoronLessOff: Erix: I've never played any of the Lego games, but can anyone tell me what the point of the "Lego" aspect is? What does it contribute to the game, other than a particular style of graphics?

Nothing, really. It's a very simple to play, but fun game. All ages can play it, it's very family friendly. I'm sure it's just a business deal.

They're fun not only for the simple gameplay, but also fun because of the silly antics of the characters, the funny plot "twists", and the simple grunting and holding up signs the characters communicate with. It looks like they threw all that out with this game and are taking it far too seriously.

I haven't cared much for the cut scenes in Pirates so far, but Indy has a few scenes that had me rolling.


Yeah, Pirates wasn't their best work. The Harry Potter ones were surprisingly good, though. Most notably, they added a truly massive amount of depth to the hub world. Instead of it just being "that place where you pick your next level", they actually made a fully explorable series of areas, packed with secrets and unlockables. (Most of your unlocked characters and bricks will be found there, not in the missions. Still plenty in the levels themselves, though.) Honestly, it was the biggest improvement the series has seen to date, and I hope Batman 2 sticks with it.
 
2012-06-17 03:15:50 PM  

kth: I was really sad when I realized my Lego Star Wars game was packed and at the bottom of the pile of boxes. I thought I left it out.


Oh well, the library has a bunch of copies of Super Mario Brothers.


So...is the box gone, or is it just a pain in the butt to dig out? I played a bit of LEGO Star Wars. It's the reason I bought Indy.
 
2012-06-17 03:35:17 PM  

Erix: I've never played any of the Lego games, but can anyone tell me what the point of the "Lego" aspect is? What does it contribute to the game, other than a particular style of graphics?


Mainly its used for the puzzle factor. From the other games, there are places that are inaccessible, and you are given little blocks on the floor that the character builds to get past an obstacle. Of course by building, I mean holding one button down, resulting in an animation of the character putting the pieces together one at a time until the object is completed.

Other than that, it allows the game to be slightly violent, but still acceptable since characters just fall into pieces when killed.
 
2012-06-17 03:45:26 PM  

Last Man on Earth: MoronLessOff: DarthBart: MoronLessOff: Erix: I've never played any of the Lego games, but can anyone tell me what the point of the "Lego" aspect is? What does it contribute to the game, other than a particular style of graphics?

Nothing, really. It's a very simple to play, but fun game. All ages can play it, it's very family friendly. I'm sure it's just a business deal.

They're fun not only for the simple gameplay, but also fun because of the silly antics of the characters, the funny plot "twists", and the simple grunting and holding up signs the characters communicate with. It looks like they threw all that out with this game and are taking it far too seriously.

I haven't cared much for the cut scenes in Pirates so far, but Indy has a few scenes that had me rolling.

Yeah, Pirates wasn't their best work. The Harry Potter ones were surprisingly good, though. Most notably, they added a truly massive amount of depth to the hub world. Instead of it just being "that place where you pick your next level", they actually made a fully explorable series of areas, packed with secrets and unlockables. (Most of your unlocked characters and bricks will be found there, not in the missions. Still plenty in the levels themselves, though.) Honestly, it was the biggest improvement the series has seen to date, and I hope Batman 2 sticks with it.


It looks like they had just phoned in Pirates. The game was buggy as all hell. We had it for the Wii and there were half a dozen spots where, if you smashed stuff too fast, the game would hard freeze with an obnoxious loud sound screaming from the speakers. The PS3 version seemed to be less buggy, so perhaps it was the port of the engine to the Wii that was bad.

The compass from Pirates was fun, though. Going on a treasure hunt in each scene was neat.
 
2012-06-17 04:10:38 PM  
Controls....

Up: walk
Click: drop
 
2012-06-17 04:43:50 PM  
One does not simply BLOCK into Mordor!
 
2012-06-17 04:55:41 PM  

Erix: I've never played any of the Lego games, but can anyone tell me what the point of the "Lego" aspect is? What does it contribute to the game, other than a particular style of graphics?


Everything is made of legos, and there are times you have to build lego constructions to get through the level. They use the conceit very well in the game, and you can even create custom characters that are a mix and match of all the other character pieces. The games are also very light hearted and tongue-in-cheek. They parody the original properties, but in an appreciative way. If you loved the original movies, then you'll appreciate the humor.

My favorite is still Lego Star Wars: The Original Trilogy. Playing through very iconic moments with lego people is very fun, and takes me back to my youth when I'd recreate every movie I saw with legos. Of course, I still need to play the Harry Potter lego games, so I don't know how well those work.
 
2012-06-17 05:11:01 PM  
The Lego games are just fun for some people.

Star wars and Harry potter series are the gems, batman and Indy were darned good (Indy suffered a bit due to a lack of actual characters), and pirates was just ok, with the 4th movie being just blah.

Also, from what I can remember, star wars, Harry potter, batman, and indy had more complex puzzles and harder to get hidden items than pirates did, providing a fun but not overly frustrating gameplay experience.
 
2012-06-17 06:42:10 PM  

verbaltoxin: One does not simply BLOCK into Mordor!


cooljeremiah: One does not simply block into Mordor.


Something something .... Mordor.
 
kth
2012-06-17 08:17:40 PM  

MoronLessOff: kth: I was really sad when I realized my Lego Star Wars game was packed and at the bottom of the pile of boxes. I thought I left it out.


Oh well, the library has a bunch of copies of Super Mario Brothers.

So...is the box gone, or is it just a pain in the butt to dig out? I played a bit of LEGO Star Wars. It's the reason I bought Indy.


It is in one of a dozen boxes under the dining room table, behind another dozen boxes. And I'm moving in 9 days.
 
2012-06-17 09:15:57 PM  
So, can you choose to play as Lego Legolas?
 
2012-06-17 09:38:09 PM  
There can never be enough Lord of the Rings video games. Shut up and take my money.

//Yeah, I still play LotR: Tactics from time to time.
 
2012-06-17 09:39:53 PM  
lh3.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-06-17 09:48:53 PM  
Haven't played Lego Indy because I was annoyed that LucasArts dropped the ball on the most recent "serious" Indy game. It was going to be a Euphoria-powered PS3/360 spectacle like The Force Unleashed, then WTF it got released for PS2 in 2009. For PS2. In 2009.
 
2012-06-17 10:28:08 PM  
If it's anything like the movies, it will end well, then end well after that, then end a little less well, then end again, and again, and then finally end a little more well than the last two endings but still not as well as the first two.
 
2012-06-17 10:36:45 PM  

BroVinny: If it's anything like the movies, it will end well, then end well after that, then end a little less well, then end again, and again, and then finally end a little more well than the last two endings but still not as well as the first two.


Still no scouring of the Shire, though, the less wellest of all endings.
 
2012-06-18 12:56:36 AM  
A nice distraction till LEGO Game of Thrones is released.
 
2012-06-18 01:03:14 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: LEGO Lord of the Rings will provide a local multiplayer mode for the potable versions.

I guess you could call them

*sunglasses*

consumable electronics.


*snert*
 
2012-06-18 03:43:03 AM  

MoronLessOff: MoronLessOff: I don't know. I loved LEGO Indiana Jones. But LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean just doesn't seem as fun. Maybe because it's essentially the same game.

I should clarify. I also have played Pirates and the game play vid seems to confirm that LOTR is yet another installment of the same game with a new package.


I am a massive fan of the LEGO games (on DS, not Wii) and was so very disappointed with the Pirates and latest Harry Potter. I haven't even bothered to finish the HP one, it was that bad. Compared to the awesome that was Batman, the previous HP games, and the Star Wars games they're just... eugh.

Instead of the sort of 'massive free-roam game' feel of the previous games, they're set out in tiny forced chapters that are no fun at all, and there is an over-reliance on cut scenes instead of actual play.

I sort of feel the way I felt with the EA Harry Potter games. The first three or four were massive and fun, and now they're just guided novellas. Sit through cut scene, click, run to next location, cast a spell, sit through cut scene...

*sigh*

Erix: I've never played any of the Lego games, but can anyone tell me what the point of the "Lego" aspect is? What does it contribute to the game, other than a particular style of graphics?


The immensely satisfying noise that everything makes when you blow it up? You can blow up pretty much everything up with a myriad of exciting weapons. And you will. It's enjoyable and compulsive. The coins make such a cool clicky noise when you collect them.

They also generally have really good replay value because they have things you need to collect (e.g. villain cards, red bricks, gold bricks) that you can't collect on the first play through because you haven't unlocked the character with the required skill set, and you can't choose which character to play as until your second time through a 'scene'. So if you're a completionist you can play through at least twice. Or, if you can't find that goddam gold brick, at least twenty times before you give up and get the location off the intertubes.

Right, now I'm going to have to replay one of them.
 
2012-06-18 05:29:31 AM  
I got into the LEGO games starting when Harry Potter 1-4 came out and then back tracked a bit from there into Batman and Star Wars, and then got the Indiana Jones 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean when they came out, but Harry Potter 1-4 is definitely my favorite of all of the LEGO video games.

One thing that has always been so fun about the LEGO games is how they convey the point without relying on dialogue, but it looks like in LOTR they are going to actually using dialogue for the first time. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I'm sure I'll get it when it comes out, but I'm hoping it won't ruin it and turn it into "Just a LEGO version of the movie."

On a semi-related side note, something the wife and I found recently that we enjoy a lot are the LEGO board games. Both of being HP fans, we got the HP Hogwarts one first, but have since expanded into Minotaurus and even picked up the four sets of Heroica. Fun stuff, especially with how you can mix and match and come up with your own rules to make each time you sit down to play the games a different experience.
 
2012-06-18 06:58:41 AM  
Two words Lego Balrog
 
2012-06-18 07:59:25 AM  
Well it is about farking time. I have been talking about this since the first time I played Lego Indy. Hope it is as fun.
 
2012-06-18 08:40:19 AM  

attention span of a retarded fruit fly: Two words Lego Balrog


hey - that's my name for my penis.
 
2012-06-18 10:17:57 AM  

if_i_really_have_to: I am a massive fan of the LEGO games (on DS, not Wii) and was so very disappointed with the Pirates and latest Harry Potter. I haven't even bothered to finish the HP one, it was that bad. Compared to the awesome that was Batman, the previous HP games, and the Star Wars games they're just... eugh.


Well that explains it. They've been severely phoning in the portable versions the last few installments. Probably because they were gearing portable development for 3DS and Vita, but it might have just been laziness on their part. Pirates was buggy no matter what, but HP 5-8 and Indy 2 were tanked on DS and PSP. Try the Harry Potter ones on one of the three main consoles instead, you'll have a better experience with them.
 
2012-06-19 12:30:53 PM  
The LEGO game version of the Star Wars prequels makes them actually watchable. (no dialogue)
 
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