I have very mixed feelings about this game : I know I'm in the minority here, but this almost ended up as a "not recommended", for the following reasons (and as a long fan of Tolkien lore) :
- the mix between humour and "serious" sequences does not work imho. The game should have been an entire parody, or serious all the time (preferably the former), the actual end result is not good, I think
- dropping hundreds, if not thousands, of collectibles upon a map does not make a game good
- despite not even trying to do everything (at the moment, I'm around 2/3 of the story mode and probably won't be coming back for more when it's done), I encountered several bugs (mainly items getting stuck in the air, or characters getting stuck in the walls or the scenery, without any way to unlock them, forcing a restart to checkpoint)
- maniability and/or visibility are not that great on certain sequences ("platforming" mainly), leading to some frustration, and even some useless "deaths" (sometimes "against your will", like in the marshes, one character would die (drown) while the game was taking control to show you where Gollum was going to).
With that said, I must admit the way they transformed the Lord of the Rings into a game was very smart, and seeing how they would adapt the next important event to a gameplay sequence was what kept me going, and finally lead me to press "yes" instead of "no" on Recommended, because, in the end, I kinda enjoyed playing it, despite all the flaws