SPOILER ALERT - Nope, just kidding. This game was released without the last 1/3 of the story. THIS GAME IS INCOMPLETE, AND SHOULD BE ADVERTISED AS UNFINISHED.
This isn't an "epic adventure across Middle Earth to recapture the Lonely Mountain." Lies, precious! No Mountains were captured in the making (or playing) of this game.
LEGOs n' Tolkien? This is biblical status nerdism! By far one of the most progressive LEGO games to date, LEGO Hobbit is super pretty and cleverly put together. Even with the chaos of dozens of characters, the game is patient & advises you gently, like a priest might. Unfortunately, this LEGO game is like one of those priests I warn parents about because he turns out to be untrustworthy and may make your children cry.
Shameful part is, I was happily playing when it ended suddenly. No matter how good your game is, and this WAS A GOOD GAME, you're a buncha dirty cheats if you are using it to distract me so you can jot down my credit card information for later. I'm a diehard Tolkien fan from the time my Dad read me the Hobbit & LOTR as a beautiful series of bedtime stories. Those are some of my fondest childhood memories aside from the beatings, and it's a shame that I can't honestly recommend this lovely game interpretion as it is missing a huge part: the end.
* Invisible walls seem to be popping up way less, they must've cut the guy whose job that was. Good thing he got that job working on Shadows of Mordor.
* Purdy scenery & funny NPC dialogue, voice actors & game designers were obviously having fun.
* New minigames that are forgiving and interesting to watch. I thought the building quests were a great idea.
* LEGO LOTR never saved a single checkpoint for me, this game worked perfectly in that regard. Thank you, from the people who are overachievers and gotta catch 'em all.
* Helpful gameplay, lots of advice that you can choose to read or ignore.
* Improved camera, which still isn't saying much. Better than a sharp stick in the eye?
* IT IS TOLKIEN Y'ALL
* No sheep racing. Baaaaaaaaaa-d.
* Until you beat the whole game, you can't have freeplay in the main world. No changing characters or roaming free for a minute, LEGO Hobbit is here to make you eat your meat before you get to enjoy your pudding.
* Repetitive gameplay, but to be fair that is what you're signing up for.
* No cheat codes except for characters. Sad for kids who keep falling or find parts of it too hard. I don't have kids but I can imagine their teary little faces. Heh heh. I mean. Aw.
* Silence from TT about DLC and updates.
* May seem picky, but not being able to zoom in and out of the unlabeled map was very frustrating. There are a few parts in the game where they make it impossible for you to go back the way you came, which is a tried & true idea but if you're going for that your map had better be easy to navigate and specific. This was neither. It kind of ruins the epic feel when you can't see a clear image of the entire world.