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Posted: Sep 19th 2011 4:37PM Lenn said

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Dvorak - From the New World. One of my favourites. Very fitting.

Posted: Sep 19th 2011 7:20PM Nandini said

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@Lenn Fitting, but it leads me to worry that Rise of Isengard won't feature the same superlative score that Siege of Angmar and Mines of Moria did.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2011 8:55PM JuliusSeizure said

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@Nandini

Um, you realise the video is made by a fansite, not Turbine themselves, right?
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Posted: Sep 20th 2011 7:32AM pcgneurotic said

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@Lenn

I like his little references to Beethoven's 3rd in there. Good stuff.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2011 5:02PM Ardra Diva said

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Never been a better time to visit Middle Earth! LOTRO is the best all-around MMO out there these days, unless you want something other than typical orcs-and-elves fantasy theme.

Turbine has done a fantastic job with the IP.

When you compare to what Star Trek fans got, it makes you wish Turbine did that game too.

Posted: Sep 20th 2011 2:36AM Ogged said

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@Ardra Diva

no, it isn't the "best all-around MMO".

In the times before the "we shove the store every two minutes in your face" philosophy you could have made a point but even then you would have to answer how the convoluted mass of abilities a class receives is "best".

Or why every elf face looks like a porcelain mask ..

Or why the deed grind feels like something ripped straight from a korean grinder MMO (sorry for the stereotyping)

LotRO can be fun, but it also has some things make you cringe.

And for the record, my latest char is a lvl 62 warden, who is currently doing the deed grind in anticipation of RoI :P
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Posted: Sep 20th 2011 7:29AM pcgneurotic said

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@Ardra Diva

I do have to agree that a Turbine Trek would most likely be Awesome Sauce.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2011 6:20PM WyattEarp89 said

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Looks nice, I can't wait to see what new adventures await me. :-)

I will, however, wait until the great wave of players go through the new zones. I don't feel like dealing with a mob of players, I am patient. Plus I have some other stuff I want to work on like reputation with some factions and finishing the books. I have not been in a Kinship in almost 3 years now, Kinship broke up, so it is more difficult to complete certain stuff such as the books and doing my LM class quest to get my legendary trait in Moria. But since I do not plan to raid it is not a big deal, I just don't have the time nor feel like raiding anymore.

I just want to point out that even though Lotro is an older game it still has some of the best scenery I have ever seen. I love the art, graphics, armor, weapons, mounts, music, sound effects and yes I like the character models. This game looks great with DX11 enabled, Turbine is good with staying up-to-date when it comes to upgrading Direct X and it runs smooth with barely any glitches from what I have seen.

Posted: Sep 20th 2011 10:27AM Lenn said

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@Nandini I'm sure there'll be some recycled music. Enedwaith has some. But it also has some new score. Mirkwood had new music as well. So I'm not worried about it too much.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2011 10:30PM slickie said

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Color me unimpressed. The graphics are nice as ever, but two of the new zones are so tiny that RoI essentially has only one new area. No new dungeons, no new classes. Basically what other MMOs would call a free update.

Seems to me like MMOs get more expensive to play when they go F2P.

Posted: Sep 20th 2011 7:30AM pcgneurotic said

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@slickie

And if it was still sub-only, and they released the exact same content for RoI anyway, what would you say then? Hmm? :P
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Posted: Sep 20th 2011 10:33AM Lenn said

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@slickie Define area. Eriador is one area. Moria is one area. Mirkwood is one area. Enedwaith is one area. All have several sub-zones.
And I disagree about expansions needing new races and/or classes. When it comes to races, there's not much else they could include without some major lore breakage (and I mean the kind that would make even Jeffrey Steefel blush), and I couldn't really think of any class to add either. All the roles are filled, and then some.
Ten levels are added, so I think it's safe to assume that the new zone, big or not, has plenty of content to fill those levels.
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Posted: Sep 20th 2011 9:23AM slickie said

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Then it'd be even worse, a new low for the MMO genre.
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Posted: Sep 20th 2011 9:26AM pcgneurotic said

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:D
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Posted: Sep 20th 2011 11:11AM slickie said

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@Lenn

My apologies for not making the terminology clear. Turbine doesn't make it clear either. :(

Technically, all of Middle-Earth is an area. The cat lady's house in Bree is also an area. Turbine could release an expansion pack that adds twenty new hobbit-holes in The Shire and say the expansion contains 20 epic new areas. It's all very fuzzy.

Semantics aside, it is obvious to anyone that this is the smallest expansion ever. Anyone who looks at the Gap of Rohan map, with its three pitiful subzones, and says it's a full-fledged zone is lying through their teeth - period.
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Posted: Sep 20th 2011 1:20PM Nhoj1983 said

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@slickie
It's far from the smallest. I think you need to take a little time and step back and see what your paying for and what you'd be getting. At launch and later.
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Posted: Sep 20th 2011 2:52PM Lenn said

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@slickie I remember reading someone who'd been in the beta saying it was bigger than Mirkwood. (Might even have been Mr Olivetti himself who said that.) Think what you will of Mirkwood -I would certainly agree it was a lacklustre expansion- but it's not exactly a small area.
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Posted: Sep 20th 2011 12:59PM kickman77 said

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and you do also realise how small moria really is. because of the use of the z axis moria feels much much larger but in reality its only as big (according to the devs in beta) the North Downs.

Dunland ect. is bigger than North Downs and split into 3 areas. It is large and the quests take time.

Stop the hate before you actually have the chance to try something.

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