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

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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
181 of 198 people (91%) found this review helpful
262 products in account
1 review
244.6 hrs on record
It has a slightly different view on the genre than WoW, more story-orientated, and slow paced, but still a very fun game. I can only recommend it to LotR fans, because it features faithful renditions of the original locations, characters and monsters of the books/movies. The skills, talents ('traits') and upgradable legendary weapons give more depth to the already satisfying combat.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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108 of 127 people (85%) found this review helpful
108 products in account
2 reviews
837.3 hrs on record
The Helm's Deep expansion is disappointingly sophomoric for a game of LOTRO's artistic pedigree. While the epic quest/storyline continues to be interesting, the rest of the questing is saddled with tedious chores as players help various towns prepare for evacuation, or to resist the advance of the orcish hordes (while that OTHER fellowship goes off to do the exciting stuff); boars, barrels, and inane activities abound. LOTRO's questing content as literary work also seems to have been an age long past and beyond return. The text is mostly banal, contemporary, and ineloquent.

Classes have been revamped, complete with unnecessary, WoW-like spec trees that restrict choices rather than give more. Players interested in overpowered classes will be glad; those hoping for an engaging overhaul will find combat over too unobligingly soon. Item levels have also been introduced/exposed; itemization inflation is set to soar, at a time when the MMO that popularized loot porn is contemplating an item squish to reign in the absurd circumstances they find themselves in. It's as if Turbine hired ex-Blizzard developers.

It's difficult to recommend this expansion at the current offered price (US $40). If you can afford it, and are invested in the long range to seeing Gondor, Mordor, and the ending of the Dark Lord, then you're probably willing to endure the bad for the good, in which case, forth into ruin and a red dawn, and all that. Despite this expansion's insipidness, LOTRO remains one of the few verisimilar fantasy MMOs available, and the opportunity to experience it with new content is plenty and good enough reason to get Helm's Deep.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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70 of 78 people (90%) found this review helpful
353 products in account
10 reviews
769.9 hrs on record
Updated: 16, April, 2014
[Outdated, does not reflect the changes made in Update 13]

[The game is currently in a state which some might find less enjoyable because of the class changes that have resulted in unbalanced and easy gameplay. As of now the endgame content is very limited.]


The Coming Year:
-New class.
-Continuation of the Epic Books.
-No new expansion pack, focus will be on polishing existing content.
-The long awaited housing revamp is on the horizon.
-No new raids in 2014.

Review:

The Lord of the Rings Online as an MMORPG is one of the more polished one and has kept up with the times visually. The gameplay is very similar to you if you have played MMORPGs like World of Warcraft and Everquest and does not offer anything on this front you could not find from another game. Where LotRO shines is the lore, story and world design.

The Lore stays true to that of Tolkien's works for the most part and, usually, what deviations exist usually are still in the spirit of the professor's works. The story follows the Lord of the Rings book trilogy's story mostly, with lot's of additional content that portrays events during the War of the Ring which are not delved into in detail in the books. The world design and art direction is great, what the game lacks in pure fidelity it well makes up for in design.

Lord of the Rings Online offers an unrivaled experience when it comes to exploring and immersing yourself in Middle-Earth, from the burrows of the Shire to the plains of Rohan. The game will hit home with Tolkien fans who enjoy exploration, roleplaying and solo/small group oriented adventuring.

Pros
-Great Story, that follows the books faithfully and explores additional lore friendly events.
-Deep source material.
-Good solo experience, the games focus has during the years switched to cater to solo players.
-For fans of the Middle-Earth Legendarium
-Very friendly to Roleplayers.
-Gorgeous world.

Cons
-Lack of raids and traditional instances, especially in later expansions. ( which might be alleviated if you are interested in alternative instance types, like the Skirmishes and Big Battles.)
-Weak PvP-content. The PvP has been relatively stagnant and there doesn't seem to be much improvement on the horizon

Recommendations if you choose to play the game:
-Buying the Steely Dawn starter pack can get you up to level 40-50 (with the Evendim quest pack)
-Buy the quad pack off a sale, it is relatively often available for half-price (the pack will pick it up for you from level 45 and get you to 85.)
-Subscribe for one month, being VIP even once on a character removes some of the restrictions.
-Try to do all the deeds, each free Turbine Point reduces the amount you might have to purchase.
Posted: November 28th, 2013
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74 of 91 people (81%) found this review helpful
140 products in account
11 reviews
87.6 hrs on record
One mmoRPG to rule them all,
one mmoRPG to find them,
one mmoRPG to bring them all,
and in front of their pc bind them!
...

A must for the fans of Tolkiens work, everyone else will find a technical (well) aged MMORPG with a beautiful (and overall realistic) artstyle and superb storytelling. The microtransactions hurts the atmosphere a bit, but you can get alot for free and choose what you pay for, overall I think it is one of the best f2p mmorpg systems on the market. The game offers alot of possibilities for true RPG players, and the community is mostly mature and helpful. And there is no PvP, only PvMP on instanced battlefields (Player vs Monsterplayer = one side controls creatures of evil), whatever that means to you (to me that means no ganking or griefing, alot less flame, and overall a nicer atmosphere and less to be worried about ;))
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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62 of 73 people (85%) found this review helpful
489 products in account
45 reviews
57.0 hrs on record
Lord of the Rings online was a lot better back in 2007 at launch or up to 2 years after it. But time has changed as did Lord of the Rings online, so I will comment on how the game is now.

Lord of the Rings online is almost a MUST PLAY for every Tolkien fan. The developer always works close with the Middle-Earth Enterprise (the license holder of Tolkiens legacy) to make sure that the game is very close to the lore. A lore that's one of the most richest ones in the whole Fantasy genre.

The game world is very well done and gives you a very good feeling of how Tolkien meant Middle-Earth to be. Weather you visit Bree to take a drink at the Prancing Pony, take a stroll across Rivendell or walk through the Mines of Moria, the world feels quite real.

One of the best features of Lord of the Rings online is the epic story. At the start of the game your character is about 3 months behind the Fellowship. While playing through the 'original' game (the one that was released in 2007), you'll stay behind the Fellowship, only to catch up with them in Rivendell at some time.
The epic story does not tell the story of the Fellowship or your character though. Instead it tells a story of what's happening all around Middle-Earth and reveals things that are not written in the book.

Game play though is an other thing. For a MMORPG there's very little player interaction in the lower levels. Mainly the last 2 expansions (Riders of Rohan and Helm's Deep as of this writing) are the places where you need to party to get your progress in the epic story. In the 'older' expansions the game has been modified so that you can actually play the old party content all alone, which I think is a sad thing.

In all, I think Lord of the Rings online is still a very good MMORPG for it's age and I hope that Turbine will be able to extend it's license (about to expire in 2014 and no word about it so far) so that we can play the game for an other 5 years
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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