Game Room: November Roundup

LEGO Lord of the Rings
Photo: Warner Bros.

LEGO Lord of the Rings

Publisher: Warner Bros.
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, 3DS, DS, PS Vita

Big movie franchises getting the LEGO treatment has become routine. So, when the fan favorite Lord of the Rings trilogy got the LEGO nod, plenty of people assumed it would be the same old thing. And it is. However, LEGO LOTR does a great job using the source material, so all the memorable and moving dialogue and music from the movies is in the game. You'll get to fight your way through Middle-Earth and all the iconic moments of the trilogy, playing with all the familiar characters from Frodo to Gandolf to Aragorn. The level design is pretty linear and the puzzles are mostly mundane and familiar if you've played a LEGO game before. Despite the rote nature of the LEGO gaming engine, "You Shall Not Pass" on this one if you're a diehard LOTR fan.

Score: 7 out of 10

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