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The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (PlayStation 2)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A shamelessly derivative RPG with a tantalizingly cinematic feel. Fans of the films take note. The Cliffe (1586) 2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars
SchhwWWWingTchrrr!!! Yeah THX, that's what a bow sounds like... Kyle Levesque (335) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (13 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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98
Game Chronicles
My general overall experience with Lord of the Rings: The Third Age was great. I loved it. This is definitely a game to get that LOTR fan in your family or community. With a familiar world to explore and many ways to do so, you'll play The Third Age over and over.
90
GameZone
While the game is a little bit on the simple side with its RPG elements, The Third Age offers up a compelling blend of great gameplay, fantastic graphics and sound, and a faithful representation of the Lord of the Rings universe.
89
PGNx Media
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is a great additional to the PlayStation 2 role playing genre. The Lord of the Rings franchise lends itself excellently to videogames, and EA Redwood Shores took advantage of that quality very well with this game.
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IGN
For the most part, The Third Age rips gamers from their living rooms and dumps them in a detailed rendition of Middle Earth. EA Redwood Shores has faithfully recreated everything from the glowing majesty of Rivendell to the murky depths of Helm’s Deep. Suffice to say, this is one of the best looking games based on Tolkien’s classic trilogy. But, as gamers everywhere know, looks aren’t everything. It’s one thing to have video games look as good as the movies they’re based on, but what good is any of it if the actual gameplay isn’t enough to keep you playing. Thankfully, this combat heavy RPG delivers the goods, although some die hard RPG fans may be put off by its overly streamlined approach. The action is fast, with no lulls in gameplay from beginning to end. Plus, the Co-Op mode and Evil Mode make great additions to a game already packed with a ton of Tolkienesque goodness.
80
Retro4Ever
Overall, Third Age is a really solid game. The mechanics play well and never get in the way of your focus. The co-op experience is one that I would definitely recommend as it’s one of the better co-op RPG’s of that console generation. I would definitely recommend picking it up if you are a Lord of the Rings fan, and even if you’re not, it’s still a solid addition to your library. A copy can be picked up for under $10 secondhand from almost anywhere, and often times, much cheaper than that. I feel that the game was definitely overlooked when it comes to that era. If you enjoy the game, you can catch more of these playable characters in Xbox 360’s LOTR: Battle for Middle-Earth II, as they are playable options you can take through your journey in that game as well.
80
Legendra
Que pourrais-je dire de plus que ce jeu est tout bonnement magnifique. Je ne peux que vous inviter à l'essayer, mais après, à vous de vous forger votre propre avis, le mien est tout fait, je me suis laisser tenter par des dires (vendeurs, amis, etc) j'ai décidé de l'acheter et je ne le regrette pas du tout. Sur ce, BON JEU A TOUS !
80
Gamesmania
Leichte, trotzdem ansprechende Rollenspielkost für Anfänger und Liebhaber des Herrn der Ringe. So würde ich "Das dritte Zeitalter" in knappen Worten beschreiben. Charakterentwicklung und Skillbaum bieten nicht allzu viel Tiefe und die Kämpfe sind zum großen Teil fast schon Fischfutter. Schwierig wird es erst, wenn in Unterzahl gekämpft wird und die Gegner Magie anwenden, um uns in die Knie zu zwingen. Einige Male ist dies auch geschehen, danach ist zwar Game Over, aber die fair gesetzten Speicherpunkte verhindern jeglichen Frust. Schönes Spiel.
77
GameSpot
The Lord of the Rings, The Third Age molds Middle-earth into a traditional turn-based frame, and while the results aren't all that great, the game carries some pretty good features and should appeal to fans of the source material.
72
Just RPG
Although The Third Age is an interesting take on The Lord of the Rings, it doesn't seem to work as well as the The Two Towers or The Return of the King. While the game does a nice job of allowing the player to view Middle-Earth, it just doesn't seem to work well in other areas.
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4Players.de
Das rundenbasierte Kampfsystem alter Schule mit seinen teilweise spektakulären Effekten hingegen ist gelungen, wird aber zu sehr in den Mittelpunkt gerückt: Im Prinzip hangelt man sich die ganze Spielzeit über nur von Kampf zu Kampf, kassiert Belohnungen und schaltet eine der über 100 Sequenzen aus den Filmen frei, die erzählerisch auf die sechs Recken des dritten Zeitalters abgestimmt wurden. Da die Optik der Filme trotz der Bewegungsarmut gut eingefangen wurde und sowohl Charaktere als auch Gegner richtig gut aussehen sowie dank der Musikweitere Filmatmosphäre aufkommt, dürften Herr der Ringe-Fans trotz aller Mankos Spaß an dem kampflastigen RPG haben, das die bekannte Geschichte aus einem neuen Blickwinkel zeigt. Wer hingegen ein erzählerisches Epos erwartet, wird eher enttäuscht werden, da es diverse Alternativen gibt, die in diesem Bereich mehr zu bieten haben.
70
GameSpy
There are better RPGs on the market. There are better LotR games on the market too. If you've exhausted all those possibilities, then give The Third Age a shot. At this time, with so many fabulous games available, only the most hardcore LotR fans should buy this game immediately. It's worth experiencing, but I'd wait for the post-holiday price cut.
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GamePro (US)
It's hard to find fault with the concept behind Third Age; from a marketing perspective, Final Fantasy and LOTR probably seemed like a perfect match. But you can't crudely shoehorn two disconnected franchises together without bringing something unique and worthwhile to the table. Truly voracious fans of both LOTR and Final Fantasy will likely enjoy Third Age, but discriminating role-players should probably grab for a different ring.
70
Worth Playing
It isn't Tolkien. It isn't even always consistent. Yet, Lord of the Rings: The Third Age does exactly what it sets out to do and no more by laying down a passable combat engine and little else. In a way it's almost refreshingly straightforward, but it certainly isn't worth paying out full price for, considering the flaws and the fact that you'll beat it in, oh, under a week.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Le pari de concurrencer les RPG nippons avec un jeu de rôle basé sur le Seigneur des Anneaux était ambitieux, mais le contrat est loin d'être rempli pour Electronic Arts. Si on le dépouille de son habillage luxueux dû à la licence de la trilogie cinématographique, Le Tiers Age affiche des faiblesses que ne pardonneront pas les habitués des jeux de rôle au tour par tour sur consoles. Reste un titre divertissant que ne laisseront pas passer la plupart des fans.
60
UOL Jogos
"Third Age" é uma prova que a criação de um RPG tradicional exige um tipo de experiência e longos cronogramas de produção que não podem ser substituídos por um orçamento generoso. Apesar disso, os não-iniciados no gênero que gostam de Tolkien podem ver isso como uma alternativa light para mergulhar novamente na deliciosa Terra-média.
60
Boomtown
Even if that fun does wear off after ten or thirty hours, there’s no denying the amusement factor. If you looked around a bit you’d probably find that it’s been reduced in the sales too, which is perhaps the best news for fans.
50
Game Revolution
The best The Third Age has to offer has already been seen in The Two Towers and The Return of the King action games, both of which benefited from hectic real-time combat and the ability to use actual characters from the movies instead of poorly conceived stand-ins. If you're dying to play a Middle-Earth RPG, we recommend waiting to check out Middle-Earth Online, if it ever comes out. And if you just can't wait to relive all the coolest moments from the films, spare yourself a few bucks and go rent the movies.
30
Super Play
Jag skulle kunna mala på i all evighet om löjligt överdrivna level up-blixtar, ologisk story och brist på roliga finesser, men jag tror ni fattar vad jag tycker om det här skräpet. Det är en studie i katastrofal berättarteknik, och ett spel som inte på långa vägar lever upp till sitt namn. Tolkien roterar som ett grillspett i sin grav.
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Snackbar-Games.com
Aside from the gameplay, there is really nothing that makes this game worthwhile. I had a lot of fun playing it (building characters is something I enjoy immensely, but that's all that this game really has to offer). At the same time I feel like I wasted my life investing 45 hours into this game that tries to be a whole lot more than it really is. Don't even buy a strategy guide. Trust me-believe me when I tell you-you won't need one. This game is so simple it's beyond disgusting. If you want a good turn-based game, play any Final Fantasy. Stay as far away from this one as you can.