Anyone who has watched any of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit films will be familiar with Elves, Hobbits and Dwarves. Of course humans also get their time in the limelight, what with the likes of Aragorn and Bard in the mix. Now what about the Uruk-hai? We all know them to be the baddies of Middle-earth but they rarely get any love from the fans. With its unique Nemesis system, all of that may change with the release of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Developed by Turbine, a part of the Warner Brothers family, The Lord of the Rings Online is an award-winning MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game). It was launched back in April 2007 and was originally using a subscription-based model. It has since been available as a free-to-play game with an optional VIP subscription service which provides a variety of perks such as access to additional regions, removal of the currency limit as well as the ability to send gold using the mail system to make payments easier. Although free-to-play games are never a hundred percent free, you can enjoy a fair bit of content in LotRO before you even need to spend real cash.
Another family friendly gem from developer Traveller’s Tales, LEGO The Hobbit follows the story of first two films of The Hobbit trilogy (An Unexpected Journey, Desolation of Smaug). It gives players a chance to follow Bilbo, Thorin and their companions from Bag End all the way to the Lonely Mountain.
Following Peter Jackson's epic movie trilogy is an equally epic LEGO game based on it; LEGO Lord of the Rings follows Frodo Baggins and the other members of the fellowship as they embark on a perilous quest to destroy the One Ring using the fires of Mount Doom. Along with the soundtrack, every line of dialogue is taken straight from the films. Although we'll never get tired of the stellar acting, this is still a LEGO game and the decision to keep the original audio is a mixed bag of pros and cons as far as presentation goes.