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The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria (Windows)

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The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria is the first paid-for expansion for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Labeled The Lord of the Rings Online Vol. II, it advances the journey of the Fellowship of the Ring with their travels through the Mines of Moria and the forests of Lothlórien, the two new highlevel-zones with 12 expansive areas to explore, fight new monsters and quest in.

In correspondence with these, the level cap has been raised from 50 to 60 with many new skills available for all classes. Some talents were also rebalanced to accompany the changes which the new skills bring. Also added are the Runekeeper and the Warden as playable classes. The Runekeeper is either an offensive or defensive magic class (either healing or blowing stuff up) with a twist. The longer a battle rages and if the Runekeeper only uses a specific set of abilities, the other abilities will decrease in their power and shift it to the more-used ones. The Warden on the other hand is an off-tank with a high focus on damage. He uses a queue-system for his attack, allowing him to sequence and time his "gambit" attack together with his other abilities in order to increase their effectiveness.

The other main addition is levelable weapons. Legendary weapons, which the players either get by doing specific quests or build them themselves, gain experience points and levels while being used in battle. At each level-up the player then gets points to invest in the weapon's attributes granting the player class-specific upgrades like increased critical damage. In addition every ten levels the player needs to re-forge the weapon which resets its statistics but unlocks access to a more powerful version of the weapon.

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The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Windows Creating a Warden.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Windows Notice the rune-bar in the middle. It shows which spell-category is boosted over the other.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Windows The new loading screen.

Alternate Titles

  • "Властелин Колец Онлайн: Копи Мории" -- Russian spelling
  • "Le Seigneur des Anneaux Online : Les Mines de la Moria" -- French title
  • "Il Signore Degli Anelli Online: La Miniere De Moria" -- Italian title
  • "El Señor de los Anillos Online: Minas de Moria" -- Spanish title
  • "Der Herr der Ringe Online: Die Minen von Moria" -- German title

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GameSpy Dec 01, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 25, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Chronicles Jan 09, 2009 8.9 out of 10 89
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Dec 03, 2008 88 out of 100 88
Play.tm Dec 19, 2008 86 out of 100 86
GBase - The Gamer's Base Jan 29, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Jan 07, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
1UP Dec 18, 2008 B+ 83
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2008 83 out of 100 83
Jeux Vidéo Network Nov 18, 2008 14 out of 20 70

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Sicarius (61034) added The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria (Windows) on Nov 15, 2008