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Sepiche
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« on: October 26, 2004, 03:54:04 PM »

Saw this from a press release Saturday:
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Electronic Arts announced today that its RPG The Lord of the Rings, The Third Age has gone gold and will be in stores starting November 2nd (in Europe November 4th).

Anyone have any insights on the game?  Sounds pretty interesting to me, but I'll probably wait until I see a few reviews before I go out and pick it up.

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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2004, 04:03:43 PM »

I didn't even know this one was being developed, although alot of games recently seem to fly under my radar.
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2004, 04:08:02 PM »

Found some more info and screenshots for anyone interested:
http://www.worthplaying.com/article.php?sid=20948&mode=thread&order=0

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Features:
Play on the side of light or shadow. In an adventure that intersects the main plot points of the film trilogy, battle on the side of the Fellowship in their quest to save Middle-earth or unlock the evil missions where you fight on the side of Sauron.

Deep gameplay that expands all three films. Travel to familiar and unfamiliar places such as the Mines of Moria, Helm?s Deep, Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith, and a host of unexpected locations like the White Mountains Plains.

Customize your hero or villain: Upgrade your character with an in-depth skill tree system where you can acquire unique skills in melee combat, ranged weaponry, defense, and magic.

Discover a vast array of weapons, armor and clothing, and other Middle-earth items.

Free-roaming gameplay. Explore, take on side quests, and uncover secret characters to join your party, or special weapons and items to boost your existing characters.

Fight alongside or against key characters from The Lord of the Rings such as Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Eowyn, and the Balrog.

New user-controlled cameras keep players aware of everything around them.

Innovative turn-based battle system allows you to fight on horseback or Warg and define the rules of engagement.

Voiceover from the original actors and footage from all three The Lord of the Rings films

Pretty impressive! But again... the skeptic in me needs reviews to sooth my mind. Tongue

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2004, 04:57:59 PM »

I'm also very interested on this, but will wait for the reviews. If there's a unanimous 80%+, I'm buying it.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2004, 06:55:31 PM »

The game's coming out next Wednesday, and I can't wait.  Combining the LoTR setting with the gameplay of Final Fantasy X sounds great to me.  Plus, the production values seem to surpass even the previous LoTR games.
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2004, 06:56:41 PM »

Is this coming out for the PC or is it console only?
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2004, 07:00:28 PM »

This was completely under the radar for me, I wonder if it's gonna have a KOTOR like feel (that is, you inhabit part of a well-known universe, and play a role in it while bigger events are happening around you).

But I gotta tell you, some of the character models look a bit dogy - check out the dwarf in the lower right of that worthplaying page - is that a woman wearing a paste-on beard? Sure looks like it to me!

Nevertheless, I'll be watching the early returns on this one.

Oh and the blurbs at Worthplaying seem to indicate just a console release. Bah!
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2004, 09:03:00 PM »

Most of the other lotr games in the past have seemed to be crappy console style games (imo of course) so there is no chance i will be getting this unless it gets insane reviews.
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2004, 11:23:05 PM »

Well, in Third Age's defense, it is nothing like the other LoTR games on the consoles.
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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2004, 05:51:19 PM »

I am excited about this game.  Mechanically it looks a lot like a typical japanese console RPG.  But the look is much more of a typical 'western' sword and sorcery RPG, which is a lot more appealing to me than the cutesy stuff out of Japan.

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