This is a teaser trailer confirming the future release of a LEGO Lord of the Rings video game probably due out sometime after the world ends. It doesn't really show anything except for an animation of the "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" Balrog scene, but I guess that's enough. The good news for some people is that this game's supposed to be more challenging than previous LEGO titles, which is actually bad news for me considering I found them all damn near impossible. "Tell me you're joking." About what?
It's more of an adventure, more of a grand quest (with sidequests!), TT Games chief Jonathan Smith told me recently, after showing off a Mines of Moria cave troll battle. "In contrast to our other games, covering those three movies is an epic journey," he said. "It really is a sense of an adventure rather than a series of stories. You build up your characters as you venture through the world of Middle-Earth.
"Practically, in terms of the levels there's a mix between fighting and puzzling as you'd expect. We have some very big battles. We have some cool enemies. And then, for puzzling, if you're a connoisseur of the series perhaps you'll remember something more like Indiana Jones where we're picking up and dropping items and there's some inventory-based play as well and customization of characters as they go through the adventure." Are we talking stat-based RPG? "No stats.. there will be quests on the hub, side-quests."
Sounds like a great game to buy for your nephew and then take the controller from and play straight through right in front of him, amirite? Of course I am, if there's one thing I know, it's quality uncle-ing. As a matter of fact, I'm babysitting the lil tyke right now! Say hi to all the Geekologie readers, Jacob! Jacob? *eying open front door* Haha, he probably just heard the ice cream truck and let himself out to get a cone. "Um, GW? He's two." Oh what -- two year olds can't eat ice cream?
Hit the jump for the video.
Thanks to Jessica and carnie, who agree they should make a DUPLO version for younger kids so they don't swallow any pieces.