The graphics are pretty
good, good characters, some nice effects and some very great looking
areas but not as stunning as other games.
The music is good but gets boring, sound is poor with enemies
making non stop noise and sounds plus the characters gets annoying
by saying the same stuff over and over in fights. The only points
it scores in this areas is the Voiceover from the original actors.
The controls you can't go to wrong with RPG, one thing
it has is when running and exploring you have control over the
camera where you can zoom in or out plus rotate it too. You probably
won't bother using it but you can use it to have a better look
at your character and some of the nice views.
The gameplay is where it all goes wrong, it just not
feel like a RPG at all just a turn based game. There's no towns,
shops, taverns or anything that you can walk around and no talking
to people apart from cut scenes. There's no gold coins, so you
can't buy stuff. All weapons, armor and items are found in chests
or won in battles. As there's no selling or discarding, you end
up with loads of weapons on screen when looking to find the best
one or newest armor. There really no exploring as its mostly following
a path all the time. At the end of each chapter you just jump
to the next one and end up totally in a different place. The battles
are the only good thing there is really, you have a time bar to
show who's go it is next and can change people in battle which
are both from Final fantasy games. There's lots of cool attacks,
magic and effects plus you some times control a main fellowship
person too like Gandalf or Aragorn, which you use 4 at a time,
when normal you use only 3 characters. You can't choose to who
to start with from a menu, you just start with the last 3 from
the previous battle. There is a summon type special you use when
your perfect bar fills and each and every piece of armor are shown
on your from helmet, chest plate, legs or arm plates unlike some
RPG's that just shows you in normal clothes or armor.
Replay Value is very poor, which is very unlike RPG's,
ones you have completed it you have seen it all as there are no
real exploring to do. You can travel back to chapters if you missed
a few small less important missions but there not much need too.
There is a Evil Mode that lets you play as the other side to win
extra weapons and armor that can be then saves. When each chapter
is complete in story mode it unlocks that chapter in evil mode.
There is a co-op play but with a poor and boring gameplay and
replay value there's not much need for it. With most Great RPG's
you can have up to about 60 hours of fun by completing the game
and all the extras, where as The Third Age should take you to
the 23 Hour mark, which makes it very short as you should get
at lest 30 hours of gameplay.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
This game is best to forget about, stick with LOTR Return
of the King. For those that want RPG go with Final Fantasy.