Join the world’s greatest fellowship of players in the award-winning online re-creation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendary Middle-earth.
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Release Date: Jun 6, 2012

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May 4

Update 16: Ashes of Osgiliath

Three New Regions
Upper Lebennin – Defend refugees from Minas Tirith who have taken shelter from the encroaching army. Can you protect them from the forces of Mordor while still keeping Aragorn’s approach a secret from Sauron and his spies?

Lossarnach – Clear the land closest to the Rammas, the massive wall that surrounds Minas Tirith. Tensions run high with the impending siege and those who remain call for aid from any who would give it.

South Ithilien – Join the resistance! Rangers hold their ground with little to show for it, save a rising death toll and dwindling resources. Aid them in slowing and thinning the ranks of the enemy who cross the borders ahead of Sauron’s army.

Three New Instances
The Sunken Labyrinth – Fight for survival beneath Osgiliath. Rangers who fled the invading army above have discovered that the Morgulduin’s fouled currents wash many things from the ruins above. Cleanse the depths belowed the ruin city if you hope to emerge alive.

The Ruined City – Uncover a mysterious stranger dressed in Faramir's tattered cloak. This unknown man seems to stay just steps ahead of you at every turn. Is he your missing friend, or…something else?

The Dome of Stars – Infiltrate the heart of Osgiliath and ascend the largest tower in the ruined city where you must confront one of the Nazgul in the heart of his army's power.

Introducing the Imbuement System
Sting, Andúril, Glamdring - Every hero has their weapon. Name yours and have it advance with you in the new Imbuement System. Read more about how the process works, which legacies are available, and more in our latest Developer Diary.

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March 30

Update 15.3 - Release Notes

Update 15.3 is now live. You can read more about the update in our release notes:

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Reviews

“The stunning visuals and the gorgeous realisation of a much-loved fantasy world are simply second to none in this genre; the brilliant storytelling and incredibly dramatic scripted events, equally, stand apart from the competition in every way.”
Eurogamer
“a sublime MMO experience”
Gamespy
“Gorgeous vistas, atmosphere and details continue to bring this game alive.”
IGN

About This Game

In The Lord of the Rings Online™, join the world’s greatest fellowship of players in the award-winning online re-creation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendary Middle-earth. From the crumbling, shadowed ruins of Weathertop to the ageless, golden wood of Lothlórien, immerse yourself in Middle-earth as you have never seen it before. Visit the peaceful, verdant fields of the Shire, brave the dark depths of the Mines of Moria, and raise a pint at the Prancing Pony in Bree!

Key Features:


  • Explore the Massive World of Middle-earth: Immerse yourself in the award-winning recreation of the beloved fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien through renowned locations including the Shire, the Mines of Moria, and Lothlórien.
  • Create & Advance Your Hero: Advance to level 75 with thousands of character customization possibilities. 4 races, 9 classes, 10 professions, 7 vocations, plus over 1,000 titles, skills and traits
  • Solo & Co-op Skirmishes: Dive into instant adventure alongside friends or customizable AI soldiers in exciting, scalable battles!
  • Legendary Items: Design and customize your own legendary weapons of immense power like Bilbo’s Sting or Gandalf’s Glamdring!
  • Play as a Monster: Fight as a servant of Sauron against other players in intense PvMP Combat!
  • Craft Your Own Gear: Farm crops in the fertile fields of the Shire or let your hammer ring in the Dwarven halls Ered Luin.
  • Free Online Play: No monthly fees required.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz or AMD Equivalent
    • Memory: 1GB (2GB for Windows Vista)
    • Hard Disk Space: 12 GB (+3 GB for international clients)
    • Video Card: at least 128MB Onboard graphics memory
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Internet Connection: Cable or DSL Connection
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.66 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 20 GB (+3 GB for international Clients)
    • Video Card: 512MB dedicated discrete card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Internet Connection: Cable or DSL Connection
    Minimum
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 25 GB of available space
    • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better
    • Sound: Integrated Sound
    Recommended
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 25 GB of available space
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce GT 650M or better
    • Sound: Integrated Sound
Helpful customer reviews
217 of 266 people (82%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
3,515.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
I met a sexy Hobbit, went bar hopping all night long, made it to third base, as far as I'm concerned, I won the game, I'm level 15.
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93 of 104 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
As a huge huge Tolkien fan, I must say this game is extremely appealing. First off I want to explain what's fantastic about MMO's and that people have forgotten they're for: They're not just for rushing to endgame, they're not just for PvP. They're for fully enjoying a well-fleshed world and essentially living a second life in said game, and having a variety of experiences. Something alot of MMO players have forgotten in their impatient rush to end-game and gear. The best MMO's make a rich, versatile, alive world for you to explore and experience.

Let me explain and tell you a very recent scenario that actually happened:
In preparation for the 3rd Hobbit installment, my girlfriend and I travelled to the Shire to enjoy the sights and sounds. We ventured up to Bilbo's house, and explored it a bit. We saw a humorous painting of Smaug, and a few other notable things. Another traveller walks in as we were staring at the painting, he bows to both of us and tells us he is from Dale, and came to thank Bilbo for his assistance so long ago. He informs me they've rebuilt well, and he will travel back soon after attending to some business. We tell him we were simply exploring, adventurers who wanted to visit the unlikely Hobbit Bilbo Baggins. He invites us for a round of ale. We walk down to the Green Dragon, discussing the dire business going on South. He buys us a couple pints and we have a smoke and talk more (more real life things at this time.) He adds us as friends, gives some gold (at the time we weren't very rich, so it was very helpful), invites us to go fishing (of which we had to decline for we had other matters to attend) and is away on his own journey.

There was no combat, no hobbies, no crafting, no end-game, no raids, just good ol player community and interaction. Add in heroic combat, interesting and fun crafting and hobbies, raids, and you have a fantastic MMO. That is essentially what you're getting with this. A tight-knit VERY friendly and awesome community.

LotRO does a fantastic job of letting you experience Tolkiens world in a wonderful setting. The music, the graphics/areas, the overall feeling is very immersive. Countless times I have stopped and enjoyed the wonderfully presented and created zones. Yes the graphics are a bit dated, but it is a somewhat older MMO. The graphics are still decent and even in some spots beautiful enough to not be unenjoyable.

Yes, the F2P pricing model is very bad. But does that remove it's pros? No. Most MMO's have subs, can you *really* mark off this game so much for it's new pricing model? Just sub, and buy expansions for the most enjoyment and unhindered experience. You can't really expect them to not want money, they need it, and you need support.

The combat is normal and decent. The story is great for fans of Middle-Earth.

The music system is truly innovative and new, even to this day.

Overall, I highly recommend this game, ESPECIALLY if you're a huge fan of Middle-Earth. Enjoy the experience, live in the rich setting.. Stop rushing. Enjoy it.
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111 of 136 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
115.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Do you have no life?
Do you have disposable income?
Do you like Lord of the Rings or anything related to it?
Congrats you have just found the easiest way to have fun.
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42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
140.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
I've done nothing but farm work, help hobbits set up a festival, chase animals and beat up brigands for two hours, and I loved every minute of it.

It's strange really, I've played practically every major MMO at this point, and the only one to grip me alongside WoW is LOTRO. Personally, I'm tired of being treated as the SAVIOUR OF THE UNIVERSE as soon as I hit level 2. Hell even by level 20 in LOTRO I still often help ordinary folk with ordinary things, and I enjoy that. If I want over the top epicness there's a million and one games that do that, but LOTRO keeps things level headed for the most part (Excluding a dream sequence that was hamfisted in at level 5 where YOU ARE THE CHOSEN ONE or some crap, but that's generally disregarded by the community and even the devs as it has yet to be brought up again). This is greatly aided by the fact the MMO is based on the -books- and not the films, which is a great relief as Radaghast for example isn't an insane lunatic and there's no mention of a rabbit sleigh just yet.

That said, when the drums of war sound, and orcs and goblins march, the game isn't afraid to take a turn into the dark and foreboding. The sky goes from a clear blue to a grim dark grey or even red as I approach Angmar, the woods and wildlife growing more desolate. I can't help but feel I've only made a small scratch in the surface of the adventures that await me yet. The mundane quests are gradually being set aside in favour of "Oh god, ♥♥♥♥'s going down, halp pls" from townsfolk, which suits me fine.

Having sunk money into the expansions and quest bundles as they were on sale (Fairly frequently), I have all but negated any -need- to subscribe. A subscription at this point would only give me a few more character slots (Which I don't need, already have five), access to PvP (Which I have no interest in), a daily XP bonus (Which doesn't last very long) and an allotment of premium currency (Which I don't really need either).

I subscribed for a single month a while ago, and that has removed currency limits, given me more character slots, and even removed the lock on my class, race and virtue trait slots on all characters I played back then.

A lot of people are put off by the in-game store, yes it does pop up now and again, especially after level 30 or so if you haven't bought any zone quest packs, but really at the point I'm at I don't really see it all that much.

Additionally, you can grind out premium currency in a fairly adequate amount, hell last time the expansions were on sale I managed to get one -purely- by grinding. It was a bit boring, but it was helped by a lovely bunch of max level players offering to help newer players like myself farm out the currency. There's even guides on getting said currency in a quick, efficient manner, if a little repetitive as it involves making characters and doing specific tasks over and over.

Is the game perfect? No, it shows some signs of age, namely in the graphics (The Beoring race/class is a fair grade higher quality than the other race models), some could argue the combat was clunky. But it's otherwise well-preserved, namely with exquisite attention to detail. Weapons make different sounds on hitting enemies based on what the enemy is or what they wear, rather than the same generic SFX being heard for hours on end, to name just one example.

As a frequent role-player, LOTRO holds the crown as the most RP friendly MMO I can think of, cut down only by it's rather archaic housing system, which is very restrictive in terms of decor (Seriously, you have to place furniture in fixed locations, meaning my bed has to be in the middle of a room...). Which is a shame, as the RP community has shrunk significantly, to the point where the only prominent RP takes place in the prancing pony inn. And obviously the quality there can often be... lacking. A great shame, but the game is niche so a tiny RP community is expected.


tl;dr: The game is good, try it. Premium currency can gradually be gained for free. Wait for zone quests and expansions to go on sale before buying them. if you like the game, considor subbing just for one month to remove the worst of the limitations on your account and characters (Remember to login to each character to unlock their traits etc while you're a VIP).
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,958.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
So I have played this game a lot (even more than Steam says I have) it was the first MMO I played but I have played others since I started playing LOTRO I have always been Vip and have all expansion packs also I play on the Withywindle (EU) server.


There is a lot to love about this game even if you know nothing of Tolkien' work and just want to try out something a bit different or try an mmo for the first time.

I personally know people who are lvl100 with all expansions and quest packs and they have never had to spend a penny of there own money but it truly is an epic grind to do that I personally recommend buying the quad pack of expansions to get you up to date and help you in speed of lvling.

Pros

One of the best PvE experiences I've ever had in any game. The world is massive with thousands of quests and thousands of hours of game play with plenty of instances/raids/epic battles to get involved in
+ Great community.
+ There's always something to do.
+ A good wardrobe system allowing almost endless cosmetic options.
+ Great crafting system with the ability to make epic weapons clothing etc.
+ Festivals in which you can unlock items such as mounts, clothing/gear, pets and more.
+ Almost endless exploration if your into finding new stuff in game you won't be disapointed.

Cons

+ PVMP needs a bit of a reboot you can have some epic RVR action but varies by server.
+ Can feel daunting sometimes due to size of the world.
+ Virtues can be a massive grind .
+ Crafting needs an update.
They are my pros and cons I really love this game infact I have loads of games in my steam libary unplayed due to my love of this game try it out you never know you may love it.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Ive got a love/hate relationship with this game.

Love:

- Its lord of the rings, with all the epic story, characters, locations and events from the books (or films)
- Huge world that has vastly different locations to play in.
- In depth game systems and mechanics that dont treat you like a brainless idiot gamer, actually requiring you to learn the game and how to master it.
- Its free (well, sorta.)
- Due to its dated graphic engine, I can run this game completely on ultra high maxed out settings, and still get super high performance (and most things look pretty nice, especially the world graphics)
- Its got dwarves, my favorite race.
- Its got years of content to keep you busy.

Hate:

- Dated graphics engine. While i can max out the settings, and some things look nice, other things, like character graphics, are just UH GLEE. Dwarf beards look awful. Most hairstyles look awful. Many textures in the game are super low res/blurry, even using the high res texture pack. The game can also suffer from bad "pop up/pop in" in areas, especially with trees. (would love it if turbine would update some of these things)

- Unintuitive mechanics. Especially when it comes to quests. So many quests (especially early on), not only dont really tell you what they want you to do exactly, but really dont even point you in the right direction. The UI sometimes helps by saying "go in this direction" but not always. And when you get in the general area you are supposed to be in, you are still left trying to figure out exactly what it is you are supposed to do. Ive played The Secret World, and THAT game required a LOT of investigation and brainstorming to solve quests. This games quests, have simple objects that are simply cumbersum to complete due to bad design. This isnt an issue of "hand holding" or making the game easy. Its probablly one of the things that drives a lot of new players away. Factor in the horribly worthless and unhelpful game map, and new gamers are going to feel like getting even a simple delivery quest done to be a major frustrating chore.

- This game really clings to the "You have to wait to you are higher level to do the fun stuff" mentality. Its seems like all the improved gameplay, better design content, group play aspects, and cool events are designed for players level 45 and up. They also require the paid DLC like Moria and Helms Deep. (which is fine if you like the game. One time fees arent an issue). This "low levels are boring and slow and you just have to endure through them" mentality however, is yet another thing that will drive away players. (which is probably one of the reasons why the game is suffering from server population issues.

- Super boring and grindy quests (especially at low levels). Short of the epic storyline (which makes up about 5% of the low level content), most of the quests in this game fall into 2 categories. Fedex quests (especially if you are a hobbit), and kill quests. No attempt is made to really stray from these either. If you HATE fedex (deliver this item to steve for me!) quests, I seriously recommend NOT starting out in the Shire.

- Lack of low level group content. Pretty much everything low level can be easily solo'd. Even most of the elites you have to fight. The games first dungeon isnt until 20+, and due to the lack of low level players, good luck finding a group for that. In fact, the group finding tool is 99% worthless to low level players. If you are wanting to play this game for the multiplayer aspect, to group with people, its not something you will really experience until you reach much higher levels. My advice, bring a friend or two along when you start playing this.

- Not as Free 2 Play as some other more recent F2P games. Lotro is more of a "Free to try" game. More than a demo, or a 2 week trial, but dont expect a DC Universe or Neverwinter experience. If you dont plan on spending ANY money, its impossible to get to max level in this game. (100). Starting around 35, you will find yourself out of areas to quest in that are free. This will require you to make 1 time purchases to get a "zone" of content which will get you through the next handful of levels. At a certain point, you will most likely need to spend money on some of the games DLC. However, the DLC is priced decently. In fact, you can get the first FOUR (out of 5) DLC packs together on steam for like 40 bucks. However, if you are looking for a completely free playthrough of the entire game, this is not the game for you.



Summary

Overall, this game is well made, and full of content (some good, some bad). There is a lot of choice and variety to be had, and a set of mechanics and gameplay that leans more towards old school mmo's rather than the simplistically brain dead mechanics of some newer games out there. However, be prepared to google/wiki/forum search for answers about things in the game, because there will be plenty of things you will need to learn.

If you are ok with spending SOME money on the game, my recommendation is to play to about 20-25 first to see if you enjoy it. Then pick up a VIP subscription for a couple months (30 bucks for 30 months last i checked), and eventually grab the 4 pack of DLC. That is probably the best bang for your buck, giving you as much of the game to experience without it feeling like a paywall is locking you out any further.
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
257.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
If your into that overly dense nerd bible, or just love to play with other's & explore this is the game for you.

I give the game itself 9/10 Recomended if your a causal gamer or hardcore gamer I wont tell you to play it If you decide to do I am on the server Riddermark send some mail to Safa and let me know if you need anyhelp the tutorial will gude you thru the 1st 7 levels.

This is what I think of the game and what it has done to me.

This game has taught me mighty patience, and the love to help others, when you see a newb give s/he a hand.

You will come across lots of people that love to roleplay, some will spill their personal life to you if you roleplay with them alot it is a awkward situation at first but later you will start understanding what their going thru, yes there is drama and trolls Simple 1 word BLOCK or just cut the chat right out in the chat settings

It is nice to have Lotro running with steam you can keep in contact with steam friends and keep in contact with Lotro friends that dont use steam you dont have to race to get top gear and level take your time there is much to do

I love the outfits section you can dress what you like you can dress silly Cake topping hat, a box outfit , funky festivals masks, you will notice during lots of fest people will dress diferent like Yule fest lots of red and green outfits to celebrate Christmas.

And Warhorses add a new style to the game for mounted combat there are 3 types of war steeds
Light fast and agile low health but makes up in steed power
Medium the Jack of all trades horse
Heavy Lots of health, heavy armour, but slower

Like outfits you can dress up your warsteed it is not cheap to do soo.... but you can win free warsteed outfits during festival's , doing certain quest's, and some warbands drop horse skin and apparel

PVP for the more Hardcore gamer or PVE aka Player vs enviroment as in capture outpost's and keep's fight as either Free People's or play Orcs and other fell creatures

It is not free to play pvp as Free people's but Orc play you can but only 1 class Reaver the list of orc classes arefarther down

They get you either way you are limited in quest's and content I'd recomend 1 month of VIP to unlock most of the stuff buy the rest seperate plan out dont spend out VIP has no real benifits other then double XP daily and PVP as Free people's just buy the stuff seperate after each quest pack slowely and the No In game currency gold cap, horse riding skill, yes I spent alot $100+ but I spent lots on bloated price Horse crap cosmetics, lots of the content I got FREE from questing and getting free ingame spending points I could use its take alot of time to make enough Points to buy content without using real money but it pays when you get yourself going 1 you get to use up all of the content 2 you have enough to get the next content FREE most expansion are to costly to but doing that way cause its basicly a game added to a game its huge most are over well over 100 quests where quest packs tend to be 50 to 100 filled with many deed's

It is a very relaxing game, yes it is a MMO but it's only addictive if over played, 1 word moderation.

Game is packed full of Festival activities I will name them farther down the reveiw

If your a lore lover of Lord of the rings and dont want to read the book, play thru book quests from Goblin town , Mirkwood, Rohan are one of the many to explore.

Yes its free to play but lots of stuff you have to pay for it doenst hurt to buy some quest packs once in awhile one Quest pack or expansion's if you want ALOT of quest's will last you a long time if you use all of it Deeds, reptutation example Mirkwood is Malledhrim Elve's this is where you learn patience to take the time and mass kill like 300 orcs and 300 of other stuff but your not un-rewarded you get Turbine points your able to spend at the store and a title and other goodies , reputation, sturdy steel key for loot boxes and much more.

Choose one of the many kinships full of other people that share the same love of the Lord Of The Rings Quest together, Raid together fight, together, just hang out together, A popular place to hand out is Bree

Festival's from spring to winter.
Spring Festival
Summer Festival
Harvest Festival Fyi thanksgiving time
Yule Festival fyi Christmas time
Aniversery Celebration
Farmer's faire

Recurring event's

Hobnanigans
Treasure hunt

Annual event's

Bilbo & Frodo's Birthday
The Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners I just call it Pirate fest :P


Choose between 10 mighty classes and races the list...

Races

Beorn's
Hobbit's
Dwarve's
Men
Elve's

Free People Classes

Burglar
Captin
Guardian
Champion
Beorning
Lore master
Rune keeper
Minstrel
Warden
Hunter

Shadow of Mordor classes

Black arrow
Warleader
Stalker
Weaver
Defiler
Reaver
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
287.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
One of the older MMO's but if you love the world of Tolkien you will love this. This game as loads of content so theres plenty to do and see at your pace. The deeds/achievements give you turbine points to spend in store so if you are playing on the ftp you can unlock expansions & content by grinding these out.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
It is a wonderful game. Fun, elegant and interesting.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
921.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
This Game is amazing! If you love the Lord of The Rings univers you will love this MMO! This is in my opinion the best MMO of all time!
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38 of 67 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
108.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Has gone WAY downhill in recent months. Was sorta tolerant of their pay 4 content structure since I LOVED the series and the epic storyline so much. It was also still fun to play so it wasn't all bad. However, they released the Helms Deep update. It was an utter disaster. The classes were entirely revamped and pretty much all utility was stripped away. Before you could have some mixed skills and do well. Now though, you are made to play exactly how Turbine WANTS you to play. There is no balanced classes or multi-tasking. If you tank, your DPS was so far in the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ you needed a dps with you to take down the enemy. If you were DPS of any kind, you had zero defensive skills and would die almost immediately. If you're a healer, you better find a group and stick with it because your DPS AND defense will leave you bleeding and dead. This would have been acceptable, if Turbine's response to the consumer's want to roll back the disasterous update was not just a general "♥♥♥♥ you"
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
237.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
TL;DR
Overall score of 6/10. Read below to find out why.

F2P Model
I've never really been a fan of F2P games. Most F2P MMOs tend to overdo or implement micro-transactions counter-intuitively or completely wrong (Rift being one of those exceptions). So I figured I'd give LOTRO a try and see how they did.

They failed. They are one of those examples of OVERDOING it. I realize companies' need to make money.. especially on a F2P model. But Turbine REALLY nickel and dimes EVERYTHING. The base game includes 4 zones (3 of which are primarily starting zones with 1 real adventure zone). You can travel to areas you haven't unlocked through the store but don't expect to do much. So many things you take for granted in other games (space, skills, etc.) beyond a bare minimum have to be unlocked. And they REALLY like pushing some of the boosts. Comes with the territory, I know. If you are incredibly patient, you don't have to worry about those things, but expect ALOT of grinding and expect to be incredibly sub-par others that are your same level.

And P2W (Pay to Win)? If you pay for the boosts and unlocks, you are way ahead of the power curve. Pretty much anything can be had if you drop down some money.

Thankfully, sales happen now and again where you can get deals on TP or, during weekly sales, can get things like quest packs or unlocks for half off. Coupled with the lotro store giving away a couple free boosts per week, there's hope if you willing to drop some cash on the game and wait around for a good sale.

The ONLY saving grace is the ability to obtain TP (turbine points) on multiple toons that you can use towards unlocking the MANY features/content available. It's still alot of grinding. But I've managed to setup farming alts and a setup where I can earn about 200TP in about 90 mins. 3 runs and you can buy a quest pack for a zone.

Score: 5/10 (Middle ground score only because you can grind out the TP's if you really want something and don't want to spend real money, otherwise, the score would be 1/10 because of how overdone and nickel/dimey Turbine is about things)

Storyline
The storyline is an epic one in the true tradition of Tolkien (NOT the movies). Which means it's dry, long and kinda boring (to me, anyways). The epicness of Tolkien's writing is not in the writing style but it's broad and intricate vision and LOTRO captures that well, at least. There's a big world to explore. And LOTS of things in it.

However, alot of that beauty is mired in meaningless quests for characters you care little about mingled with very boring writing. I'm a BIG fan of storylines, quests/missions, etc. and love to find out what's going on with everyone. But, for some reason, LOTRO quests are written so Tolkien'ish that the character dialogues seem overdone and I find myself not really interested and just skip reading it (for the most part). Additionally, there is no real feeling of storyline progressions (aside from the big main epic one). All the sub-storylines go all over the place and don't have real conclusive endings to them. Just an "I thank you for helping me, kind sir. Goodbye" with NPC audio chatter of "Oh won't you listen to my woes?"
Score: 6/10 (Just for the fact there's ALOT of quests, at least.. not for the writing at all)

Graphics
Graphics-wise, LOTRO is partially old school. Harsh, blocky edges (especially in notably older zones) and weird or cheaply done world animations (can you say Shire waterfalls?) and blurry textures/skyboxes plague the game. Characters, are overly, bland looking, lifeless and blocky. BUT, despite all that, the world is really beautiful. Maybe it's because I come from the old school world of Meridian 59, UO, and EQ1. It may be outdated.. but there's still beauty in it. The way the grass shifts when you run through it or the gentle babbling of a nearby brook while you walk through a meadow neighbouring a dense forest. Newer zones and areas get an updated treatment with cleaner textures and more polys per object/models. So at least the graphics gets progressively better. But you can tell some TLC went into some of the earlier zones albeit old-school looking.
Score: 7/10

Sound
Nothing remarkable about the sound. The background music is appropriately themed, albeit very looped and repetitive. There's some voiceovers (mainly for cutscene introductions) and NPC chatter. The NPC chatter voiceovers are.. annoying, in some cases. "Excuse me! How rude!" from a Hobbit lady I JUST helped. "Oh! Won't you listen to my miseries and woes?" from a human I just helped by saving his wife from being eaten by orcs. Maybe he DIDN'T want her returned? the voiceovers give a little bit of life to NPC's but they are rather short, repetitive and inappropriate.. hence..overall annoying. I'm spoiled by games like TSW that did voiceovers incredibly well.
Score: 6/10 (what can I say? there's sound/bgm/voiceovers, at least)

Gameplay
Quest mechanics are your typical MMO fare. Fetch this, kill that, escort that. There's just ALOT of them. All over the place. And there's nothing more infuriating than a SLOW npc that you need to escort. It's an MMO staple. It works. But I haven't come across anything that stands out like a TSW puzzle or WoW NPC event. No world bosses for the community to band together and defeat (RIFT). No random events that pop up and surprise you (ESO). There' lots of quests, occasional instances (with the ability to vary the party requirements or the level of the mobs), skirmishes (repetitive scenario training grounds), epic battles (if you unlocked rohan for post 50), 100 levels worth of adventuring, the ability to play "bad guy monsters" called Creeps in PvP level 100 combat against regular players, etc. Lots of different features, not all incredibly exciting.. but there's something to do, at least.
Score: 6/10 (for LOTS to do, but not alot of enthusiasm to do it)

Community
Each server is going to be different. I chose Landroval (US-RE.. roleplay encouraged) and the world chat community is.. talkative. Helpful at times and immature/mature some times depending on the time of day or weekday/weekend. Community-run roleplay events tend to go on frequently with spatterings of actual roleplay going on in various populated areas. It's not bad. Most F2P games are packed with immature freeloaders. I can only suspect that the old style nature of the game and the nickel/dimey nature drove some of them away. That's ok. go play Archeage, CS:GO or Dota2, kids.
Score: 7/10

Tech
Connectivity-wise, I don't get much in the way of lag. Ping times are ok, even during holiday events. Though, I do get some odd lag bursts that I can't pinpoint as network-related. One of my friends have severe issues with LOTRO's port switching tech which leaves her able to chat, but unable to move until she gets kicked. At which point she has to go through the hassle of editing the conf files to manual change the ports because the auto-port switching doesn't work quite well (we suspect her ISP is throttling/blocking some ports). Graphics-wise, I don't run into much lag except in heavily forested areas or scripted scenes with raging fires, overall, I'm running around with 40-60fps easy. I personally run into a SERIOUS issue with the LOTRO store. It's laggy, slow-loading, doesn't reflect your current TP's properly and sporadically I get an access denied and nothing loads in it. Ok.. if you don't want me to spending money, Turbine, you could just tell me.
Score: 6/10 (for numerous technical issues)

OVERALL SCORE
LOTRO gets an overall score of 6/10. It's not spectacular, but it's not god-awful either. Although it has some saving graces, I'm going to have to give it a thumbs down. Too many little things make this game not as enjoyable as it could be. Sorry.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
I have been playing Lords of the Rings Online (LOTRO) since it went to free to play in 2010. I just added LOTRO to Steam just long enough to write the review. LOTRO has been my favorite MMORPG since City of Heroes closed. I have bought all the quest packs and expansions for my 1 account.

LOTRO is a "Free to Play" MMORPG but if you want to reach levelcap in LOTRO, you Will have to pay real money. You can grind for store points by completing deeds on each character on your account, but you would have to work hard to earn enough just to buy 1 quest pack. The best way to play LOTRO, imho, is to pay for the all the expansions and map packs, create all your characters, then take VIP for 1 month, then play for free as Premium account. I suggest you try it out from Steam as Free to Play, then if you really want to pay, go to Turbine to pay. Expansions have to be bought separately, but can be bought with Turbine store points. Paying for VIP for 1 month will unlock all the stuff for each character you open that you would have to buy separately. With store points, you are able to unlock alot of things that VIP players get for free, and are in premium and free accounts to annoy them.
There is no pvp servers, just a pvp zone for lvl100 subscribers to fight player controlled monsters. Plenty of raids, dungeons and instant action content. Free to play accounts only have the landscape enemies, epic story quests, few instances, 3 starter areas and 1 area lvl 20 to 30, and can make 2 characters. Has a great Crafting system.

LOTRO is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in a fantasy universe based upon J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth writings. It takes place during the time period of The Lord of the Rings. The graphics and controls are good still. The level cap currently is 100 and there is plans for more expansions. The game like all other games has it's faults but it is better than the other games out there currently still, imho. Turbine is quite generous with awarding store points for just playing LOTRO and the game is more F2P friendly than others. Check Wikipedia and lotro-wiki.com for more information on LOTRO.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
I remebered the days when I first played LOTRO. It was through Free to Play (F2P) where I had the first contact with a game with excellent music, a beautiful environment, a supporting community- a whole new world. But then time flew and I reached the stage of paying, I was uncertain. I didn't pay. I made a mistake. A few years passed and I have long forgotten about Lotro and started playing other games. But the sense of belonging was never there. Then, by coincidence, I stumbled across the login theme of LOTRO: Shadow of Agmar. I listened to it for a good ten to twenty minutes.
I am back. I hope I am not too late. But I am back, just like a few years ago, when I grinded through my incarnation in Middle Earth.
I cannot recommend this game. Each certainly have a different experience to it. But at least I can share mine.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
51.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
I generally get really bored with F2P MMORPG's within the first hour or so. Believe it or not I even was unable to enjoy WoW enough after the first hour.
Graphics and story are 10/10. The battles are great, they just lack good special effects but the traditional LotR music in the background coupled with quests/tasks requiring you to farm certain beasts respectively are enough to compensate. Farming 10/10.

Two things I wish I knew starting out:
1. Slayer tasks (Having to kill 10 of a certain beast) grant store money which you can use to buy the Riding skill and have your very own horse early game.
2. Most of the quests are useless, unless they grant good exp or a better item, the gold isn't worth your time because you have too much of it after all the farming.

This game is all around 10/10, sure you can find some petty issues or compare everything to WoW but in the end this is a great RPG with entertaining gameplay that keeps you coming back for more.

This review comes from a non spender. I will never spend on greedy F2P games that nerf the gameplay to the point where you "have to spend" in order to have fun. Apply some effort and work around their spending-oriented disadvantages and you will enjoy the game more than you think. (Limited Inventory, Limited Wallet Size, No Free Horse, ETC. All not a big deal and not worth the potential 100s of dollars you COULD spend.)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
61.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Love this game, better than World of Warcraft in my opnion.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
534.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
It's World of Warcraft for the pipe and slippers crowd.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
543.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
The BEST mmo there is, not the biggest lord of the ringsting fan, but this is just brilliant for a D&D type mmo (Its even better than D&D online)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
The Lord of the Rings Online, a wonderful open-world game. Freedom and quests are great but when you first start you can't just roam free... Well, you have to do the 'Prologue/Intro' where you do many quests for either the hobbits, dwarfs, elfs, men or beorning but once you have done that, you are free to roam. I found the 'Prologue/Quests' not too irritating but it does take longer to level up the higher your level gets.

The races you can chose from are:
~Human
~Dwarf
~Hobbit
~Elf
~Beorning

Some classes include:
~Champion
~Hunter
~Captain
~Guardian
~Minstrel
~Warden
~Lore-Master
~ecetera


Great game! 11/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,337.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Fantastic game, love it, but be aware it's a very grinding game if you really want to be F2P. You consume most of your time grinding Turbine Points rather than what people would call 'playing', but it's still fantastic, lore-friendly, and very, very fun.
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