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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November 5, 2014

Update 15 – Gondor Aflame

Experience the new race-class: the Beorning.
Troubled times now force Beorn’s Kin out of hiding to join with the Free Peoples in their final stand against Sauron. Channel aspects of the bear as you fight alongside your allies: the strength of the Hide, the ferocity of the Claw, or the inspiration of the Roar. Build your wrath and decimate your foes with the new Beorning Class!

The Dawnless Day Looms over Central Gondor

Ringló Vale
Drive back Saruon’s encroaching shadow. Dangerous creatures spilling from the mountains have brought pain and suffering to this once-peaceful vale. The change and fear in the air only emphasizes that it is now your responsibility to be the Beacon of Hope in this difficult time.

Dor-en-Ernil
Stabilize Aragorn’s war effort. Raids from Corsairs and their frightening Half-troll allies have thrown the supply chains into chaos. Face off against these towering enemies and locate the missing leaders, if they even yet live.

Lebennin
Make ready for the siege of Pelargir! Ally yourself with the Rivermaidens, powerful water-spirits who keep watch over the waterways. Prepare a foothold for Aragorn’s vanguard to launch their assault on the occupied port city.

New: Retaking Pelargir
Take up arms in the first-ever offensive Epic Battle! Fight alongside elite warriors as Isildur’s heir seeks to drive Sauron’s allies from Pelargir. Utilize the skills you honed at Helm’s Deep to retake the strategic port for the Free Peoples.

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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
1,061 of 1,180 people (90%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
194.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Day 43, the Dwarves still dont know i'm a Hobbit in heavy armor. Only thing they complain about is my "weak beard".
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322 of 372 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Amazing Game, Friendly Community, and It also convinced me to be a LOTR fan
The World is Massive and full of Adventure
Although you can play alone, It's a crack ton of fun when you play with a fellowship
Plus, There are no trolls ruining your game
Best MMO I've ever played
20 pop tarts out of 16 oreos
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96 of 109 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,372.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
A well-balanced mmorpg based on the works of Tolkien. You'll recognise many places and people from the novels (or movies).
Until recently I played, very happily, as F2P. There are several regions which have their quests unlocked and other quest packs and services can be unlocked using Turbine Points which can be easily gained ingame by completing deeds.
A lot of people pay for 1 months VIP subscription for the permanent unlocks it gives, but I love the game so much I decided to go VIP to put some money back into a game that satisfies all my mmo needs. Awesome cosmetic/wardrobe options, great crafting system, beautiful places to explore and I love achievements & titles!
I haven't covered the raiding/endgame or PVM (player vs monster) as I haven't been involved with those. But the PVM, where you can create a monster race player & fight other players in the Ettenmoors sounds like a lot of fun.
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109 of 132 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
114.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
PROS
-Middle-Earth atmosphere, which is loyal to the original books, not the movies (we can see Radagast, Thranduil, Thorin etc. Even Tom Bombadil!)
-Crafting system
-Quests are rarely mediocre.
-Good at Raids, Dungeons and Events

CONS
-COMBAT SYSTEM!
-Ask for real money too much.
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51 of 60 people (85%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
3,355.2 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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77 of 102 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
I will start off with a few good points as to why i would recommend this game (Only slightly) to people who enjoy mmos with a already created universe. The game does a pretty good job at recreating the lotr universe of Middle-Earth or at least it did at one point. For you see it would seem the worlds are almost empty, If you are thinking of just playing cusually then get ready to grind like hell to get the turpine points to buy most of the items you need in-game. For example you need turpine points to buy the riding skill early game and alot of the other good cosmetic items, but dont get me wrong i like how you can actually get the coins with out having to pay real money it will just take a long time to get them. With the Semi pay-to-win out of the way there is the problem of the servers drying up, beacuse if you are wanting to get into this game now unless you are starting with someone get ready to walk the halls alone. There are a good amount of pros and cons to cover aslso

-Pros
-well crafted maps
-decent gaming community
-not entirely pay-to-win
-story with an interesting twist
-crafting is rather good

-Cons
-close to empty servers
-lots of grinding for "turbine points"
-some glitches (though what games don't)
-armour doesn't have the greatest apeal in the looks

The lists can go on for both but that is always up to the indivual person, because i have found you can't always go off of reviews you have to figure out if you like the game yourself. That being said i wrote this just to educate the people who might want to start playing this game and hopefully turbine might see this and lay off the pay-to-win a little but. So all in all it is rather fun, i guess i might have something to do with my love for Lotr.

<Just clearing up i have played this game for humdreds of hours outside of steam>
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49 of 59 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
106.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
LotRO is a free-to-play (f2p) game that is set in the world of Middle-earth which was created by the Father of Modern Fantasy himself, J.R.R Tolkien. LotRO (Lord of the Rings Online) is as it's name suggests - it is based around the time of the Lord of the Rings and features a lot of the War of the Ring. First of all, let me talk about races and classes. There are four races which are Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits and the Race of Men which you get to decide on when your making your own character. Then there are the nine classes: Burglar, Captain, Champion, Hunter, Guardian, Lore-master, Minstrel, Rune-keeper and Warden (the last two you need to pay with turbine points or get via Mines of Moria expansion though). The game throws you into the tutorial (not litterally :P) and into it's main storyline.

Depending on what race you choose you are in the tutorial (Dwarves and Elves go to Thorin's Halls, Men and Hobbits go to Archet). And once you complete the tutorial, it is pretty much a free world for you. You can craft on LotRO (litterally some players - all they ever do is craft), you can quest and level or do the epic quests (there's other stuff too but they are the main stuff). Throughout LotRO, you become a hero-of-sorts. You are in the background of the main events and have your own story to tell and act out as you fight the evils of the Witch King, Saruman and Sauron. Overall, I really recommend the game to all Middle-earth fans or a fan of MMOs. Of course, the game does have some problems such as PvMP. Give the game a try but I do have to note that you do need a bit of patience as at the start it (may) seem a little boring but becomes more fun and interesting after about the first 20 levels (isn't that much and hard to get too). So, yeah I give the gaves a thumbs up and 4 out of 5 stars.
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43 of 52 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
295.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
8/10
It has it flaws, it gets grindy at times, but the storytelling and the landscapes are superb
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
115.4 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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39 of 51 people (76%) found this review helpful
207.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
While the game itself isnt that great, what keeps bringing me back to LOTRO is the community, never met a more freindly community then the community surrounding LOTRO
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26 of 31 people (84%) 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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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
131.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
To anyone who is a fan of lotr books or movie it is great because you can roam the world and it is based off the book and is accurate but is also difficult to level past 32 if you have no quest pack
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
265.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
I played LOTRO for about a year when it first came out and just returned to it 5 days ago. I was a bit concerned about it going F2P because most games that do that pretty much design it as Free to Win or design it in a manner that gives those that shell out the big bucks an unfair advantage. Fortunately LOTRO didn't go that route. You can play this game and never spend a penny because you earn points within the game to spend on unlocking material and servives. Sure it comes easier and quicker to those willing to pay for the points but if you don't mind grinding some then you can bypass spending real money. LOTRO to me also did a great job with the immersion factor. You feel like you are a part of Middle Earth. While the graphics don't hold up to the latest titles, LOTRO is still a great game and worth trying. I'm hooked.
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34 of 53 people (64%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
I played Lotro for 4-6 years....I tried returning a few weeks ago only to find literally the very game i had loved so much to be backtracked and burned to stupidity and dumbed down horribly...the classes are no longer classes v.v . It has become dead because of the stupid ♥♥♥♥ they keep doing honestly there used to be so much potential for the game and the developers and stuff always took it for granted and every expansion after Mines of Moria or Siege of Mirkwood or any content was disappointment after disappointment and they never cared to listen to any of the real voices of the game they basicly molded it now to be a stupid thing.... Lord of the rings doesn't deserve to be like this, I wish it could be redone back to how it was originally retouched graphics wise and have a crap ton of new features like boats/ships, swimming underwater. More including of PvP and playable "Monsters" cus kinda think it'd be cool to be a goblin >.> but meh...no instead they kept adding recolored and the same thing over and over :/, I would advise not to unless you just want to take in the views of each area considering most of it you have to unlock to quest in with grinded Turbine points or having purchased it all.



I'll always remember Lotro, my favorite instance was Garth Agarwen back when it took a full group of 6 back when things were hard and you felt accomplished after succeeding the higher you leveled.

If Possible I would love for this game to go back to how it was originally and then new features added and just a mass overhaul that J.R.R. Tolkiens world is worthy of, instead of the garbage money grab its become :(
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
418.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Lotro is a fantastic game for people who love the content material. Even though it cleary caters for lotr fans, the game is easily accessible for anyone. The focus on story and in game movies drive it through draw you in as you feel part of the game. The game remains casual, but the depth is there for anyone to explore and it's certainly worth exploring.
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
This game is the most amazing mmo ive ever played im a tolkien fan and a big lotr nerd so my oppinion may be biased but i love this game
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
249.5 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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79 of 142 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
196.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Played this game for a bit, I've got to say the graphics are amazing for the time it came out. A bit outdated now, while this game is seemily f2p in reality it's not really. F2P only takes you so far, until around 38-42. From then on you run out of quests and the grind is so tedious and boring makes you want to quit. But no fret! You can get quests, by buying all the expansions or VIP. Lets not forget you Turbine Points basically become essential mid game.

To top it off, getting a 4 man dunegon let alone 6. Is a nightmare even on the most populated servers unless you are near max level. Because hardly anyone is leveling new characters. The solo grind is beyond lonesome.

If you are genuinely interested in playing this game 1-40 then go ahead, it's a good testing margin to see if you like the game enough to invest in the expansions and VIP account. But as far as 'free' goes, that's where the game basically ends.
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10 of 13 people (77%) 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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46 of 81 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
142.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
If you'd played this game during the early years, you'd have found yourself knee-deep in an amazingly well-crafted game world with rich source material and the best community the MMO genre has ever seen. Then F2P and WB happened and the game is a shell of what it used to be.

The free-to-play model quickly became pay-to-win and Warner Bros.' purchase of Turbine, Inc. only poured gasoline on the fire. Long-timers felt alienated because newbies could buy instantly what veterans worked months or years to get. The good part of the community abandoned the game and the floodgates were opened to casuals. In addition, the level cap stagnated at 65 for what felt like years, and the quality of the expansions has steadily decreased since 2008's Mines of Moria.

Turbine also spent years creating content that had next to nothing to do with LOTR, as if their creative license was somehow superior to the near-endless actual source material they had to work with. We weren't actually going anywhere the characters went in Lord of the Rings. Whether you were invested in LOTRO for the lore, the community, or otherwise, Turbine steadily whittled away any reason a long-term player had for sticking around.

It hurts to say it, but to any potential new players considering giving this game a shot: you missed the boat by several years. You've got nothing to lose by giving LOTRO a try, but the game you'd be playing is a shadow of the game that existed from 2007 to 2010.
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