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Lord of the Rings: Online free for a week

Lord of the Rings: Online free for a week

To play Lord of the Rings: Online for free you must defeat me, John Romero. No...wait....

Ok, I'm a bit of a hypocrite, I know. Only yesterday was I telling you how I've never played WoW out of fear for it's addictive qualities and now here I am telling you to go try another equally good MMO.

Lord of the Rings: Online however is a game I have tried and was nicely surprised with. Not only does it manage to be an entertaining and consistent MMO, it also manages to do away with all the nonsense J.R.R Tolkien stuff and just leave the really interesting bits - no more boring Tom Bombadil sidequests.

Even better, Turbine has just announced that the game will now be open to a full, free seven day trial for gamers in Australia, New Zealand and North America. There's no word on a European trial just yet, but we'll bet that it'll be announced in the next few weeks.

The game is still pretty new and fresh, but also has a large and surprisingly supportive community within, so although it isn't as much of an addictive monster as World of Warcraft it will still give you a decent amount of replayability. It's always a good sign for an MMO when an extensive review like ours is already outdated, as is the case with LotR:O where updates have increased the size of the playable world by 20 percent already.

"We want everyone to have the opportunity to walk through the Shire, climb the Misty Mountains, fight with their own fellowship in the War of the Ring, and fully experience the greatest fantasy of all time." said Jeffrey Anderson, CEO of Turbine, in an official statement.

So, if you want to try your hand at saving Middle Earth then all you have to do is head over to the official site and start downloading the relevant files. Who knows, maybe you'll see us in there - we'll be the ones with the swords and capes.

Are MMOs the future of gaming, or is it nothing more than a trend for greedy developers? Is singleplayer gaming on the way out? Discuss in the forums!

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fwalm 30th August 2007, 10:07 Quote
I don't buy games really unless they have both single and multiplayer, however this and the warhammer mmo is going to be added to my shelf, just not be obsessed with it like WoW players.
Darv 30th August 2007, 11:23 Quote
My friend bought it to try. I think he gave it 2 days play before he uninstalled it. It was absolutely crap. The controls were rubbsih, the UI was pretty but not amazingly functional. There was also a lack of other players. I've been playing WoW for the last 6 months and it's far superior IMO.
Duste 30th August 2007, 12:01 Quote
Meh, they had to do something to get people interested in this p.o.s game, I guess.
Redbeaver 30th August 2007, 14:14 Quote
<-- LOTRO addict

good game :) even better community :D

nuff said.

hey now, no need to call this game p.o.s. :( 2 free expansion in 2 months.... no cartoony-south-park-like design.... and no WoW fan in sight, whats not to love? lol

edit: the US version anyway, i dont kno anything about Codemaster's version of the game for our Euro counterparts....
Aankhen 30th August 2007, 15:24 Quote
OT: Your link generation is messed up, it randomly makes certain forum threads open in a new window. Please fix. :D
Hells_Bliss 30th August 2007, 15:34 Quote
maybe it was the server I was in, but there were very few guilds to join resulting in the game being very boring after awhile, there's only so many times you can kill orcs by yourself, and you don't have a chance in hell of killing the elites without help...

that said, the game world is very close to the book, though scaled down a bit and there's tooooooooooooonnnnnssss of room to grow.
Redbeaver 30th August 2007, 21:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hells_Bliss
maybe it was the server I was in, but there were very few guilds to join resulting in the game being very boring after awhile, there's only so many times you can kill orcs by yourself, and you don't have a chance in hell of killing the elites without help...

that said, the game world is very close to the book, though scaled down a bit and there's tooooooooooooonnnnnssss of room to grow.

my server, Nimrodel, has one of the fewer guilds being the "young" server, but now we have about 130 guilds, and at least 10 of them has 100+ members...

u cant imagine how much the game evolved in 4 months :)

oh, kiling elites, u can level up yknow :D i kill ~2-3 elites at the same time now. and my class (Champion) is the worst in survivability....

anyway. not turning this to a LOTRO game discussion thread. all i gotta say that its a great game. i wouldnt say great unless im playing it 40+hrs/week and i have a 9-5 job..

oh, and if u'r a WoW fan. look elsewhere. u wont like this game, and we wont like u either. but i do luv how WoW kiddies jump the gun and start posting in our official forums suggesting how the game should change closer to WoW... only to be shred to pieces by the LOTR lore-addicts :o

bye
completemadness 1st September 2007, 17:37 Quote
It was looking interesting, until i saw the word "turbine"

After they took over, and then shut down Asheron's Call 2
I decided i would never play one of their games again, bit of a shame, but i don't want to play an MMO until they decide its not worth it and shut it down (ruining thousands of peoples games, and wasting their thousands of hours of investments)

Go to hell turbine
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