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Posted: Jul 18th 2008 9:11PM (Unverified) said

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Wow I just read that the fellowship did not even get to the mines still and here I was thinking Peter J. did late a long time to let them get there .... But this game is almost 1 year and a half out.... just wow!

I did try play this game played the trail and really was trying to like it but the game models are just so lame and just the fact they release Mines of Moria like a xp..... A lord of the rings game did have that mines from the very start...... what is the point of a Lotr game where there is no full Middle earth world and mostly the locations the fellowship did travel tru in the books.....

Posted: Jul 19th 2008 9:40AM ReijMan said

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The game features many famous locations... I'm not going to sum them all up. You might want to check this: http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/Frodo's_Path_to_Rivendell website.
The creation of Middle earth isnt done in one day. LOTRO has a plan till like the year 2014 to release new zones. There is simply so much lore and they want it to be perfect. Which is is. They did a really great job to make a fantastic digital Middle earth.

Posted: Jul 21st 2008 11:08AM Softserve said

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Middle Earth is so ridiculously gigantic that there's simply no way for any game to contain everything and actually ever come out. There's nothing to complain about there, that expectation is pretty much impossible.

It's important to remember that you will spend a lot more time in a lot of these areas than the Fellowship ever did. The Barrow Downs are basically skipped through, but there's several quests focalized on it in the game (including some higher level ones). The various cities are far more important. You go to places the Fellowship NEVER does and even areas barely touched upon in the books in the first place (Forochel, etc.)

The game isn't just about following the fellowship everywhere. Certainly you aid them and the Epic quests focus on things that either directly or indirectly help their overall cause... but for the most part, you're doing what you want to do.

Moria alone is being pushed as the "largest continuous underground space" in a MMORPG ever created... and since the films were referenced, what was that? 30 minutes of the movie? A couple of chapters of the book? There's more to Moria than what either of those have specifically thrusted the Fellowship into and the game takes advantage of that fact.

So anyway, I just think it's worth pointing out that even just putting the areas the Fellowship was in from launch would have made the game 10 times larger than WoW or anything else out there. There's no way it would have been focused or fun.

I completely disagree about the models, especially when I look at what else out there is popular... but I guess can't agree on everything lol. To each their own.

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