Basically I can only describe this game as "not as good as Lego Lord Of The Rings". By all means if you a fan of The Hobbit and Lego games in general pick it up. If you have played LotR then a lot of the function and design will be very familiar although sadly with the inclusion of a few more annoying elements.
I think part of the problem stems from the film. Lego LotR had three films and an epic world to pull information from, and therefore felt rich and entertaining. But The Hobbit feels limited due to the film stretching the source material out too far, the journey from Hobbiton to Erebor doesn't feel half as epic as the one to Mount Doom. You just don't want to explore the world. As sandbox games go this is a limiting factor.
The main annoying trait is the "crafting" system. Which now requires you to have to correct elements of lego pieces collected throughout the levels to unlock various upgrades needed to gain other perks. Sadly I found this very tedious and added another layer of banality around it.
What the Lego Hobbit should have been was a single DLC expansion to the Lego LotR and contained within the same world. Sadly we got a large dull world, a dull cast and a thin, stretched out world. Even Lego Marvel which I loved, has a boring open world, but at least has interesting characters that you "want" to unlock. Who really wants "Lake Town" Oin?
- Great Lego Story
- Good recreation of Middle Earth
- Tired gameplay
- Uninteresting World
- Tedious Crafting
- Not as good as Lego Lord Of The Rings.