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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Mostly Positive (95 reviews) - 75% of the 95 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (5,369 reviews) - 81% of the 5,369 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 6, 2012

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July 13

18.2.1 Release Notes

Introducing the new Stablemasters Collection: displays all Stable-masters you have discovered, and helps you find those you have yet to discover!

Read the official release notes for more information on what has been updated with this release.

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May 16

Update 18.1 is now live

Update 18.1 brings update and fixes to quests, landscape content, combat, classes, and more. Read the release notes to learn all the details:


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And as always, thank you for being a Citizen of Middle-earth!

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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
Customer reviews
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RamBabu
35.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
Holy ♥♥♥♥! This game is huge! And by that I mean just the locations are huge. Weirdly the only thing I don't like is that every time you level up there is no way you can add skill points to your hero. It just auto scales. But barring that, the game itself is pretty absorbing. :)
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RiftTalon
151.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
Not many people play anymore, but still a good game. It has some paywalls, but it's entirely possible to get through those paywalls for free with some farming.
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zlayraen
12.7 hrs
Posted: August 23
I have tried many games but LOTRO is my all time favorite. Ive been playing it for 5+ years and still never tire of it. So come go on an adventure through Middle Earth! :D
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DJ
37.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
👌👌 its very nice 👌👌 Its basiclly Lord of the rings World of warcraft 👌👌 nice
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Utonium
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 21
This has to be one of the worst MMOS I've ever played. The controls are clunky, the world is dead and doesn't encourage exploration (map areas are locked for too long and fast travelling doesn't work) the storyline is boring, cliched and vague, the leveling is broken, and the menus are confusing in this poor rendition of Middle Earth.
I don't have high expectations for MMOS, but this one is painful to play and I'm sure has Tolkien rolling around in his grave.
It may have been fun to play back when it was first released, but it is dry and uninspiring now.
That being said, it is fun to play if you feel like playing a terrible MMO with your friends for the kicks.
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kanezback4
18.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
AWESOME!!!
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You underestimate my power
38.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
MMO with one of the most breathtaking athmosphere)
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Captain Rex
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 19
Don't play this game.
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Keirkan
21.4 hrs
Posted: August 18
A great game for lovers of Middle Earth and Tolkien
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s1lent1337
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 16
:D
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
89 of 109 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3,822.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
It's worth it to level and experience the story and beautiful zones combined with an amazing soundtrack. It is fun if you enjoy PvE and enjoy questing as it is very immersive game with great story, if you are a LOTR fan, you will love it. LoTRO is not a game that is worth playing if you are only interested in end game as you will only leave disappointed. This is not a raiders game any more. To get the most out of LoTRO, you have to enjoy taking your time leveling up, be into Middle Earth lore and actually reading the quest text. It may be an old game, but there are many beautiful locations to see. LoTRO is an MMORPG that takes the Roleplay part of RPG seriously, roleplay community especially is very strong and passionate. Their presence alone and creations of art, writings, music, and more, add so much to the Tolkien atmosphere and immersion. It really feels like it was created by LotR fans for LotR fans, not just a generic MMO with a LotR flair. LoTRO offers a unique music system that allows players to compose and play their own or anyone else's songs in real-time. It's also possible to use a standard midi keyboard to interface with the game. Players can even write their own text file scripts of songs and trade or post them online and play them in-game. Another unique LoTRO feature is fellowship manoeuvre which is a fellowship-based group attack that can be very powerful if coordinated well. Fellowship manoeuvres occur randomly and require that the target be stunned or knocked down. People don't play Lotro for the PvP, they play for the story, it's always unbalanced with flat out broken classes, and the PvPers complain constantly. If you are looking to be a primary PvP player LOTRO probably isn't for you. Its the weakest area of the game in my opinion in terms of support and development. LoTRO has done F2P the best of any of the MMOs. You can unlock everything eventually, you get Turbine Points from doing deeds these go up pretty fast if your grinding them out. The further into the game you get, the more dreadful it gets. The game suffers from lag and performance issues and ingame support is ignorant. Lotro is a game that fails to live up to it's potential. Sadly, I no longer love the game I had spent many years with. But I still remember the fond times.
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60 of 67 people (90%) found this review helpful
60 people found this review funny
Recommended
90.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
People speak elvish on RP servers...


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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
215.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Terrible, even infuriating, customer service.

Despite this being a prime example of a good solid classic MMORPG.

Had a bad experience with a GM a couple years ago, arbitrarily changed my name from "Theodophilus" to some randomly generated name. Claimed it broke the rules and was too religious, despite Theod- being a very common name prefix in the LOTR universe. I questioned him about it, he refused to change it back, and even banned my account for three days because I pressed the issue. There is no recourse at all as a customer, WB is just too big to care, and Turbine (or whoever) have no real means set up of dealing with these problems, they had a suggestion box and ticket system, true, but it's /dev/null, never got so much as a form letter response from those venues. Once a year I call up WB and asked if they've changed the name back for free, or taken any action to rectify or make amends for my terrible customer service experience. They sympathetically tell me nothing can be done on the phone, and I tell them that I enjoyed the game itself and would have possibly been spending money on it, and they have now lost $X amount more dollars in the past year I may have spent, because at the time of the occurrence I happily a subscriber--This was after the game went f2p, I figured I liked it, I spent time on it, I would support it.

The GMs have no oversight, and can pretty much do whatever they want without repercussions. If you do gamble on this game, I would encourage you to spend no money on it, so the only thing you will lose if you encounter a rogue GM is your time.

GM abuse shatters the illusion within an MMO that what you do within it has any meaning or permanency whatsoever, someone can just come along and spitefully fiddle with your entry in the database, what's the point? The suspension of disbelief was shattered, and this was reinforced by the abject lack of customer care or public relations.

While the game is a fine example of a classic MMORPG, unfortunately so is the customer service, from a bygone era when gaming was a less competitive market, a higher ratio of gamers were children, and the novelty of being in an MMORPG at all may have been enough to get some kid to tolerate the unpoliced abuse by a GM. This isn't the past, I'm not a kid, and they have lost a lot of money from me. Always vote with your wallet, it's one of the few things that really matter in this world, unfortunately.

Nothing preciousssSSssss here, just a database some guy can drunk dial on a whim.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
488.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
As a 7 year veteran of this game that has purchased every expansion/class/zone I cannot in good faith recommend this game anymore, Turbine have no idea what they are doing at this point and are obviously suffering from lack of staff and have been since Riders of Rohan launched.

Turbine apparently decided a game wide nerf was in order because content was too easy, huge sweeping changes like this couldn't possibly affect anything right? NPC's in escort missions were hit by this nerf and in turn had their HP lowered to an absolutely rediculous amount causing some key story missions to be almost impossible until completely outleveling them (96 to do a level 87 required mission) requiring you to completely bypass doing the games main story (the key reason I enjoy it and play it) and do sidequests until you are able to go back and play catch up. If you managed to complete this story before the game wide nerf you were fine. This is insanely unacceptable to require the player to be almost a full 10+ levels higher to complete in order to finish the quest.

Also of note is the absolutely abysmal or almost complete lack of optimization in the recent expansions. To put this in perspective I have trouble maintaining 15 FPS on ultra in areas with a fairly decent rig (R9 390X, i7 4790k, 32g DDR3). This game was released in 2007. I have no trouble maintaining 100+ FPS in Final Fantasy XIV on max settings. The game functions atrociously on anything above a dual core cpu and it shows. Mounted combat has been laggy and suffers from rubber banding regardless of connection since it was implemented in 2012 with no improvements, something that was touted as a main mechanic and the entire expansion was centered around. The game also suffers from extreme hitching regardless of settings/zone in every expansion past Riders of Rohan due to the way the engine is structured and reads files from an HDD, this is not fixed using an SSD or flash drive as the devs suggest in the forums.

This is completely depressing as this is easily in my top 3 MMO's I've played. I love the community and the setting for this game; I have genuinely never met nicer people in an MMO than I have in this. I enjoyed being able to create my own character and explore an absolutely gorgeous world and I really enjoyed seeing an expanded form of the LOTR universe and being a part of new stories told in it.

Maybe by some amazing stroke of luck the game can magically obtain a development team that is substantial enough and experienced enough to fix the problems with the game and restore it to the game I once enjoyed spending my time in, but until then the game is on life support and future updates will likely not fix the issues the game currently has.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Great, active and fun!
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
The developers of the game screwed it up so bad that they are litterally just rushing new content as fast as they can to move on to another game. Before they overhauled the entire class system it was an amazing game, after.... not so much.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
great game, as truthful to the series as you can find in a game. game is filled with content, but most of it is behind paywalls unfortunately.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
A great game for lovers of Middle Earth and Tolkien
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
The download time was very long, I must say - half my playtime was just downloading on the launcher. However, from what I've played, it is SO worth it. The combat is simple and easy to pick up, the gameplay is fun, and even running long distances doesn't get boring. Plus it is so satisfying to beat the living s*** out of some guy who jumps out of the bushes with a dagger and tries to kill ya. 9/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Now when game was updated to HD standarts, it looks amazing!
Stood on hill saw everything 5km away, every direction 10/10
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