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Originally Posted by greypilgersThere have been some godawful Star Wars tat released over the years
"Matters don't improve on closer inspection either, with dreary sound effects leading into writing that's more tragic than Tolkien-esque."
"Still, even at its best, War in the North struggles to be anything more than average and the nicest compliments we can pay to the graphics are that the game offers stable frame rates and mediocre visuals. Like the game itself, the graphics don't hold up well to much scrutiny, but they compensate in terms of scale; dismembered limbs fly through the air and blood flows freely in the most violent Lord of the Rings game yet. "
"In fact, rather than upping the amount of enemies to provide a challenge, later foes have stupid amounts of health instead. Couple this with checkpoint spacing that sometimes sends your party back laboriously far, and latter parts of the game can be infuriating at worst; boring at best."
Originally Posted by sear...and is steeped in nebulous, vague impressions...
Originally Posted by fluxtaticDreary, boring, and dry? Yeah, that sounds like Tolkien.
In all seriousness, though, it pisses me off to no end that licensed games tend to suck hard. The worst part is this dates back to '83 or so (ET, if you're old enough to remember it...aka the game that killed the industry.)
But, the tactic must work, otherwise the studios wouldn't do it anymore. So here's your challenge - don't buy it solely because it's an LOTR game. Buy it because it is (or at least reasonably seems to be) a good game. Yeah, we all get burned by games that seem like they will kick ass and then....don't. But be a little more circumspect with any licensed game, and consider the ratio - how often to licensed games turn out good? Shockingly, one of the first licensed games that was widely agreed to not suck was from Pitch Black. But consider - how big an IP was it? (Plus that may have been developed by the studio Vin Diesel owns, so it's a little different) In the case of an LOTR or the like, all the money went to get the license and there's nothing left for development. Just shovel out whatever, who cares, the nerd fans will buy it anyway.
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