Do I recommend playing this game? Yes.
What's the catch? Of course there's a catch:
STORY: The story in this is interesting, but don't expect some major twist. If you played the Third Age, it's kind of that same setup. Your mission is to support the fellowship by distacting Sauron's forces away from Frodo and gang. You'll meet the likes Aragon and Gandalf, but there's one problem: the voice acting. I'll give Gandalf's voice actor credit, he really tries to sound like Sir Ian, but he just falls short. Aragon's is just awful. It's not to the point where I can't listen to it, but don't be suprised when he sound's nothing like his film counterpart.
GAMEPLAY: The gameplay is what I imagine would happen if you took Dragon Age and Skyrim and paid them to make a baby. You've got the run around and find loot off of enemies and hidden chests like Skyrim (Yes, I know Dragon Age has it but I don't have to go find a Rogue whenever I find a chest in this game). The combat itself feels like a mix of Dragon Age, Skyrim, Arkham, and only the slightest hint of Gears of War. You have your two team mates that do somewhat support you unless you're playing in Coop (That's an entirely different discussion) and in a way it reminds me of Dragon Age, except that I have no control over them. It's like Skyrim in that there is no pause feature; you are constantly in the midst of the battle. It's like Arkham in the sense that you have really neat slow motion finishing moves occasionally (Yes, I know Skyrim has those, too, but I think that Arkham's has more in common with the style this game has). When I saw Gears of War, though, I don't refer to the cover shooting mechanic, I mean more of the coop system. Even in a singleplayer game, when you lose all of your health, you will go into a downed position and can slowly crawl to your teammates like in Gears. The constant, "Get on that turret!" command also seems reminicient of Gears to me, also. Aside from combat, you will be navigating a fairly linear world populated with breakable barrels, secret caches, and tons of Orcs. It's fairly simple in that regard. You progress through the level, break barrels for ammo, loot, and coins, occasionally stop at random places to purchase new gear or sell loot, and then carry on.
GRAPHICS: I would say these Graphics remind me of Dragon Age 2, particularly in the environment. The way it's textured and modeled just reminds me of it. The ground doesn't look like, say, Halo or Crysis where you look at the ground and think how pretty it looks (I know that sounds weird, but seriously look down sometimes.) The ground looks like it kind of all blends together and there is no distinct place where a rock sticks up or grass ends and sand or dirt starts aside from a bland change in texture on a flat face. The characters, on the other hand, are an entirely different story. The characters look really sharp and well rendered. The clothes flow when you run, there aren't random sharp edges on the character, etc.
OVERALL: Overall I'd say this is a neat game. If you like Lord of the Rings or want an RPG that you won't spend 50+ hours running around in like Dragon Age or Skyrim, absolutely invest in this game, but I'd stick to buying it on a sale. This game is by no means remarkable. It isn't going to astound you with its story, blow you away with its soundtrack or voice acting, etc. It's a game that manages to ride right in the middle where you'll enjoy playing through it, maybe play it again with some friends, and then occasionally look at it as you scroll through your Steam library and think how much fun it would be to play Shadow of Mordor which sits right above it.