X360, PS3 Saturday, February 7, 2009 | 8:18 PM

First 10 Minutes: LOTR Conquest

First 10 Minutes: LOTR Conquest

This is a very "better late than never" video, but it's as fast as we could do since the game didn't arrive until yesterday. It is the First 10 Minutes of The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, published by EA and developed by Pandemic. The game is very much based around multiplayer, but since the demo covers that this video shows the first single-player level. It wouldn't be fair putting my impressions here since I've spent such a limited time with it, but feel as always free to share yours in the comments.


The First 10 Minutes

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Commented on 2009-02-07 21:01:09
would have prefered better never than late ^_^
Commented on 2009-02-07 21:08:42
From the demo and the video this is just one of those games where i'm constantly incredibly aware that i'm playing a game (in a very bad sense). It's not immersive at all, it looks, sounds and plays real weak and well...it's just not a very good game. Kind of fascinating that they still churn out games based on the movies though...they are what, 8 years old now? :P

Anyways i never did like Lord of the Rings much so this was basically an instant fail for me, even though i had some hopes for a co-op actionfest, but after the demo my hopes soon died out :)
Commented on 2009-02-07 21:58:33
I bought this game a couple of days after its release. It's awesome for about 10 minutes, then you realise how awful it actually is. Controls are awful, the voice-over work is an embarassment, the graphics are average and there is almost zero replay value after you've completed both (very short) campaigns. Overall, Tolkien is probably turning in his grave over this effort.

I'm still waiting for a game that truly does justice to the genius that is The Lord of the Rings.
Posted by Megido
Kind of fascinating that they still churn out games based on the movies though...they are what, 8 years old now? :P
That's the EA mentality. Besides, the films are timeless classics.
Commented on 2009-02-07 23:07:54
dont forget the books. they were the real thing

the books > the films > the games...
Commented on 2009-02-07 23:10:54
Can't stand any of em personally, i mean the story is just so banal in essence. Tolkien did a terriffic job creating a rich living world, too bad he populated it with totally two-dimensional characters. The only character that's in the least interesting is Gollum as he's torn between the ring and actually being more human, but other than that all the characters are completely transparent. Totally rotten harbingers of doom or incredibly super-pure champions of light.
Commented on 2009-02-08 00:37:55 In reply to jioann00
Posted by jioann00
dont forget the books. they were the real thing

the books > the films > the games...
I don't want to start any kind of war against the purists.. but the books were pretty badly written. Like Megido said, Tolkien created a great universe, but didn't really seem to know how to write the stories. The books are filled with so much trivial nonsense it's just ridiculous. Some of the big scenes and battles are explain in a page or two, where as he spends entire chapters describing trees and the shapes of houses.

The movies cut out the fluff, while still staying true to the source material.
Commented on 2009-02-08 01:19:29 In reply to jioann00
Posted by Megido
Can't stand any of em personally, i mean the story is just so banal in essence. Tolkien did a terriffic job creating a rich living world, too bad he populated it with totally two-dimensional characters. The only character that's in the least interesting is Gollum as he's torn between the ring and actually being more human, but other than that all the characters are completely transparent. Totally rotten harbingers of doom or incredibly super-pure champions of light.
I'm sorry, but that's bollocks. If you focus on each character individually, they have their own unique traits and 'inner battles', and are far from two-dimensional. But hey, that's just me and my opinion.
Posted by jioann00
dont forget the books. they were the real thing

the books > the films > the games...
Well, of course the original material deserves the most credit. Peter Jackson did an incredible job with the films though.
Commented on 2009-02-08 02:47:28

I'm sorry, but that's bollocks. If you focus on each character individually, they have their own unique traits and 'inner battles', and are far from two-dimensional. But hey, that's just me and my opinion.
and yet you call his opinion "bollocks"...hmmmm

anyway, the game was terrible. objectives where simplistic and repetative and gameplay was just boring. in terms of the single player it just felt like multiplayer with bots since the objectives where almost exclusively capture and hold. i cant even see a huge fan of tolkiens work enjoying this personally. in terms of 09 its proabably the worst game i've played so far. but im sure there will be some contenders later in the year.
Commented on 2009-02-08 04:04:22
loved the demo for a while, but in the end it still sucked lol.
Commented on 2009-02-08 04:12:45 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
anyway, the game was terrible. objectives where simplistic and repetative and gameplay was just boring. in terms of the single player it just felt like multiplayer with bots since the objectives where almost exclusively capture and hold. i cant even see a huge fan of tolkiens work enjoying this personally. in terms of 09 its proabably the worst game i've played so far. but im sure there will be some contenders later in the year.
Did you rent it? I wish I would have done that.

I was stupid enough to buy it.
Commented on 2009-02-08 04:51:04 In reply to blmbox
Posted by blmbox
Did you rent it? I wish I would have done that.

I was stupid enough to buy it.
yeah i rented it, played a bit on my own, couldnt even endure it past the 3rd stage, thought " i know, co-op may make it better" so took it round a friends house and completed the good campaign, it made it slightly better, but not by much, didnt even bother with the evil campaign. couldnt bare playing any more tbh.
Commented on 2009-02-08 05:06:40 In reply to KORNdog
personally i felt the old EA titles did the films a lot more justice personally. visually they where more impressive for the time. gameplay was simple but fun, and it seemed to capture the spic scale a whole lot better.

when they breach the gate on the helms deep level in conquest and you're expecting waves of hundreds of orcs to spew through and all you see is ten dumb ass piss easy bad guys instead, it just puts a dampener on the whole situations, and makes what should be epic moments really weak. if any game needed the tech for multiple enemies on screen as seen in heavenly sword or kameo, THIS is it.

but even then im not sure if it'd be any good. the gameplay, controls sound and visuals where all just so badly done
Commented on 2009-02-08 15:16:05 In reply to KORNdog
Yeah, the old games were awesome. Well, if you're referring to TTT and ROTK. They're my favourite LOTR games to date.

I just wish The White Council would get put back into production.
Commented on 2009-02-09 17:35:09
The demo was absolutely dreadful so I never had any intention of buying the full game. So much for EA's push for quality games... looks like this one missed their QA department...
Commented on 2009-02-10 16:43:18
wa the frame rate that bad!!! for the video...??

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