gamescom 2012: Lego Lord of the Rings Preview
After a long and exciting adventure around the Gamescom halls, which I think did wonders for my leg muscles, I came across one game that is a sure-fire winner to make me happy – Lego Lord of the Rings.
I managed to get some hands-on time with the game, and at the show everyone is able to play the demo level of Helm’s Deep. Josh, who was obviously into it a little less than me, helped me out as my co-op partner, and together we managed to play through the whole section on offer.
Playing as Gimli, Aragorn and Legolas we had to protect the wall from being overrun with Orcs. They all fight with a slight difference; Aragorn uses a sword, and is quite fast, while Gimli is slightly slower and uses his axe. He can also smash targets using either a powerful axe attack, or by slamming into the floor. Legolas uses his bow and arrow, or you can switch weapons using the inventory wheel to a pair of daggers.
His arrows can be aimed and fired at specific targets, which was handy during this scene as the Orc leaders would stand on top of ladders, leant against the wall surrounding Helm’s Deep, and would order more Orcs onto the battlements until you shot them off the edge.
Other new ideas have been implemented in this game, including the very funny moment where Aragorn throws Gimli onto the path leading to the main gate as it’s getting rammed. You can pick him up whenever you want though, which can be quite amusing to annoy your co-op partner with (if you so chose to)… sorry Josh.
The scene ends with a fast-paced action sequence, in which you ride a horse out onto the battlefield while avoiding troll attacks, and taking down canons and other weaponry the Orcs have brought to the party. This was a great little moment, which captured the excitement of the films/books, while at the same time keeping the Lego style that we all know and love. It was a great addition that finished the scene off well, and added a different pace to the typical ‘smash everything in the surrounding area to get all the studs’ gameplay.
…a great little moment, which captured the excitement of the films/books, while at the same time keeping the Lego style that we all know and love.
I can’t wait for this game to come out , so I can finally play through the whole adventure. Personally, I think it was a great idea for Lego to take on this franchise and they are doing it justice. Even the voice acting is in keeping with the originals, while adding that Lego game humour and flair. Bring on the launch, as this is definitely on my wish-list.