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Posted: Sep 5th 2009 5:45PM Mr Angry said

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Special promotional deals, is this like the lifetime founder rate, in which we are supposed to get episodic content for free......

LoTRO has jumped the shark in my book, nice story, but could be a much better MMO.

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 6:38PM (Unverified) said

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"some of that is usually in the free updates"

Change some to "all" and you'll understand why people who have played the game since it's launch are a bit peeved. Other than a five level cap increase, there's nothing announced for that expansion that wasn't provided in free updates in 2008.
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Posted: Sep 5th 2009 5:47PM Mr Angry said

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...also Turbine are panicking a touch because Kotaku said it was _free_, so this is the story they are trying to push through media outlets without delay hehehe

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 5:53PM (Unverified) said

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Well, despite the fact that this news broke late yesterday -the price, not the expansion itself- it's still good to see the official word go up across multiple gaming sites. Sadly, the buzz concerning the price has been luke-warm at best; though I can understand why.

With the recent announcement of WoW's Cataclysm expansion and all the bucket-loads of content coming with it, alot of people feel that Turbine short changed everyone with the announcement of Mirkwood. However, Turbine has gone out of their way to point out that this is not an expansion in the vein of Moria, but a mini-expansion.

Now, for those of us who play a great deal of console games, this is something that is not new to us. Basically, and this has been pointed out by others, Mirkwood is a DLC, in one form or another. Basically, Mirkwood is intended to tack on one last chapter to Moria, much like DLC for Mass Effect's Bring down the Sky and Fallout's Mother Ship Zeta.

So, yes, if you look at Mirkwood as a typical expansion, you're going to feel short changed. However, if you look at it from the standpoint of DLC, than it's not such a let down. LotRO has not been a dissapointment since day one, and even though WoW is my prefered MMO, I still enjoy my treks into Middle Earth. So, for now, I'll enjoy Mirkwood when it hits, knowing the the next true expansion -'Rohan'- is not too far down the road.

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 6:23PM Miffy said

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Why do lifetime subs moan? After like a year then people who sub montly are paying more and Turbine get no more money from you in. If all the veterans have a lifetime sub then Turbine need to get money from them somehow or they wont be making enough money to keep creating lots of content. So paying for this seems reasonable to me.. and besides they ain't forcing you to pay.

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 6:30PM Kitsune23 said

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There's a lot of new tech and other good things coming with this. Skirmishes, more instances, storage improvements, horse changes, LI revamp, and teh Lonelands update. Yes, some of that is usually in the free updates, but I'd expect to pay for storage improvements and a level cap raise at the very least. If your not happy about it Mr Angry, there are surely other MMO's that will take you money. :)

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 6:46PM JaySpeed said

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It is asking ALOT of Turbine to put out another expansion the size of Moria within 12 months. Moria was so big and had so much content because it came 18 months after the game released. These mini expansions once a year at a reduced cost is a good thing IMO. It's also funny that some people act like Turbine hasn't released many free updates for LOTRO. The game has been out for 2 years 4 months and have received 9 major content updates for free. That isn't even counting the smaller patches in between the book updates like update 8.1. We're getting alot of content for $19.99. Sure WoW's next expansion looks good but it's also been in development for longer and most likely will cost more. People expect too much.

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 6:47PM Draccan said

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I wouldn't want it if it was free

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 7:05PM (Unverified) said

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Boring. Boring. Boring.

They dropped the ball on this boring mini-expansion(2 in game books combined into one, and this time for money!). I havn't played WoW since pre-BC, so don't call me a WoW fanboy when i say I'm jealous as hell that they are getting something like Cataclysm and all we get is this boring tacked on piece of land with a level increase as our expansion.

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 7:37PM JaySpeed said

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Boring? Didn't know you worked at Turbine and had access to SoM already. Can you tell me how much morale the Black Esterling has?

LMAO try waiting for the thing to release before making comments about gameplay.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 3:02AM wjowski said

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It's less Turbine's fault than it is the simple fact that Lord of the Rings makes for a terrible MMO template.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 5:08AM JaySpeed said

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I like LOTR as an MMO template. That's why I'm playing LOTRO. If it wasn't based on LOTR I wouldn't be there. I like that they are tied to the lore and can only push it so far. We won't be seeing high fantasy stuff like flying mounts or motorcycles or purple trees. It is a good setting and story for a fantasy MMO. It has it's niche audience like most other MMO's not named WoW. Probably second or third largest MMO in the U.S. behind WoW and maybe EVE. GW doesn't count as an MMO but that's another conversation. =P
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Posted: Sep 5th 2009 7:16PM (Unverified) said

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Good news. I'm currently not subscribed but I'm sure to come back when this is released if not sooner. Too mny games to play at the moment!

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 7:52PM RogueJedi86 said

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For all of those touting WoW: Cataclysm, keep in mind that Cataclysm is mostly recycling the old world with only a few new zones and dungeons. You know they'll still charge $40 for it too. LotRO doing a mini-expansion for only $20 sounds quite fair to me. Can't wait to hear about the horse changes.

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 8:30PM Jesspiper said

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1) It's a "half-expasnion", and knowing Turbine it will be top quality.

2) It's worth the money.

3) All I have to say about LOTRO is this:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrhMErNg30c

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 9:00PM ReijMan said

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OMFG, that youtube movie is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet! :-)

and yeah, I wish I was in coma now, and awaked on the day the expansion launched ^_^
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 9:46AM (Unverified) said

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Jess said on 8:30PM 9-05-2009
1) It's a "half-expasnion", and knowing Turbine it will be top quality.

2) It's worth the money.

3) All I have to say about LOTRO is this:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrhMErNg30c


Advertising is amazing isn't it? Again this is a shining example of why people fork over the cash for pre-order MMO's. Make some hype and throw together a preview that has nothing to do with the game play and here you go. LOTRO has jumped the shark big time. Turbine took the easy way out and made a WOW clone. They wanted to attack people who were fed up with WOW and the LOTRO fan boys. This game and the community is a far cry from what it use to be a year ago. A half expansion, more like a half ass expansion. Well at least Turbine admits it. So you will be bale to fight on you mount, big deal! They will raise the level cap a whole 5 levels and then there will be nothing to do again.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 9:59AM Jesspiper said

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The preview is a fan-made one...
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Posted: Sep 5th 2009 8:39PM TheJackman said

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Hey guys you can get the Lord of the rings book series in some book store for 20 bucks also ;) More epic and they complete the story as well!! No need to wait a other 4 years before Lord of the rings Online finally comes to its story end! Think about it if they complete the Lord of the rings storyline thats a hell lot of XP and mini xps! thats a hell lot of money before you will be able to see the return of the king or Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee completing there quest... :(

I agree this game is a real nice RPG/PVE MMO! But it will take so long to get to the end of the complete Middle earth story and lots of money :(

Posted: Sep 5th 2009 10:26PM RogueJedi86 said

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TOR is 4,000 years before the movies, go watch the original movies on DVD, that way you don't have to play the game!

That logic sucks dude. It's the journey, not the destination. If we wanted to be Frodo and Aragorn and stuff, we'd play those licensed movie games based on the trilogy.
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