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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Not worth the money... emmamomocat (30) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars
I expected more of this one... Ruudje_1976 (4) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (17 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
The Fellowship of the Ring is een sfeervol en knap gemaakt action/adventure met enkele vervelende mankementen.
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PC Zone Benelux
Hopelijk hebben de makers hun les geleerd en zal de gameplay het belangrijkste punt worden in The Two Towers. Deze eerste poging is vooralsnog alleen geschikt voor degenen die echt compleet in de ban zijn van Middenaarde.
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Game Chronicles
Fellowship could have been so much more, but it is still a decent action/adventure game with good production values and a great setting. The game’s faithful recreation of the characters and places in the book will definitely appeal to many gamers looking to return to Middle Earth. Lord of the Rings fans and others may enjoy it as a short diversion if they can overlook its flaws.
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GameZone
Overall, LOTR for PC provides a pretty neat game that allows you to play the roles of some of the Fellowship of the Ring. For those of you who are big fans of not only the movie, but the novel as well, this may be a good purchase to see some characters and areas that you didn’t see in the movie … and play through them also. For those of you like me … who just started reading or just read the books after seeing the film … this could be a good buy as well to give you a little more story behind the first part of the literary masterpiece. Unfortunately, if you strip the name off of it, it becomes an OK third person RPG title, which has been done before a few times. Regardless of who you are or what kind of fan you may be, hang onto the receipt with this one … just in case.
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Peliplaneetta.net
Lopulta käteen jää kohtuugrafiikkainen toimintaseikkailu etäisesti tutulta tuntuvilla henkilöillä, tapahtumapaikoilla ja juonella höystettynä. Sinänsä harmittoman ja leppoisan toimitapelin vetää lokaan kuitenkin seikkailun lyhyys (peliaika pitenee toisin kummasti kun yhtä kentää ei voi päästä läpi), ärsyttävä viimeistelemättömyys bugeineen sekä varsinkin se, ettei mainiosta lähdemateriaalista ole kyetty repimään irti tämän enempää.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ziet er redelijk uit en is een trouwe adaptatie van Tolkiens werk, maar schiet tekort inzake gameplay en camerawerk waardoor het minder leuk spelen is. Wie de werelden van Tolkien wil leren kennen, is beter af met een exemplaar van zijn boeken of een bezoek aan de bioscoop.
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Adventure Lantern
Overall, The Fellowship of the Ring is not necessarily a bad action adventure game. Even though it lacks the mood created by the novels, the retelling of the story still remains entertaining. At the end of the game, players who are not familiar with the trilogy might find themselves curious to find out the rest of the story. The ability to control three characters from the novels makes the game colorful. However, The Fellowship of the Ring video game leaves a lot to be desired. With additional content and better designed quests and levels, The Fellowship of the Ring could have been a wonderful game. Unfortunately, the final product is hard to recommend to anyone except Tolkien fans who must own every game based on the trilogy or action adventure enthusiasts who must play every title in the genre.
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Just Adventure
Maybe for typical adventure gamers this game is not really a pure adventure game. But if you like action or role playing games, then The Fellowship of the Ring might not be what you are looking for either. But overall I had much pleasure in playing this game. Due to the immersive graphics and sounds, I was especially surprised by its ambience. If you have read the book or seen the movie you must remember the original sensation you felt. I think the game developers succeeded in recreating that exact feeling while playing. Let’s hope Surreal Software and Black Label Games will continue with the next two episodes of this game.
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Play.tm
This said, however, fans of the novel will relish the opportunity and freedom of exploring the nicely realised worlds of Tolkien's unique vision, and may even enjoy the adventuring of the characters - providing the missed opportunities and occasional flaws can be over-looked.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Une adaptation qui souffre de pas mal de reproches, même si les inconditionnels du livre prendront plaisir à progresser dans l'aventure. La version PC est un simple portage de la version PS2 et se trahit au niveau de la réalisation et du gameplay. L'aventure est par ailleurs un peu trop courte, et risque de laisser les fans du Seigneur des Anneaux sur leur faim.
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IGN
If you want a Lord of the Rings game for the PC, this is the one to get. But that's easy -- if you want a Lord of the Rings game for the PC, this is the only one available. And unless you're familiar with the book or movie, the game will seem a bit disjointed and hard to follow. It also seems to end in a very strange way, whether you've read the books or not. Obviously they're setting up for a sequel, but the end of the game seems abrupt and somewhat detached from the rest of the story.
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CanadianGamer
While The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is an interesting adventure, it is far from being a gaming extravaganza. Exploring Middle Earth and massacring some Orcs will surely appeal to some gamers, but I would recommend this game only to fans of Tolkien's work rather than ordinary gamers looking for an action RPG. The concept is interesting and I enjoyed myself playing this game; however, it is very short, brings nothing new to the table, and doesn't really have any replay value to make it a worthwhile purchase.
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PC Games (Germany)
Was hätte das für ein Spiel werden können! Mit Stich Orks aufschlitzen und auf haarigen Hobbit-Mauken den grässlichen Nazgûl entkommen. Das dürfen Sie hier zwar alles machen, aber es ist viel zu schnell wieder vorbei. Weil die Kämpfe ohnehin schon recht einfach sind und weil Ihre unsterblichen Gefährten jedem Gegner auch im Alleingang den Garaus machen. Weil die Levels geradliniger sind als die Flugbahn von Legolas' Pfeilen und weil das halbe Dutzend an Rätseln nicht über das Niveau eintönigen Schalterumlegens hinausgeht. Schade, denn die Präsentation gibt sich mit schicken Lichteffekten, schön umgesetzten Schauplätzen sowie dem orchestralen Soundtrack durchaus ansprechend. Dem gegenüber steht jedoch ein spielerischer Gehalt, der gegen Null tendiert. Da hilft es auch nichts, wenn Sie im Gegensatz zum Film Tom Bombadil zu sehen bekommen.
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PC Action
Die Spielumsetzung hat für mich persönlich genau drei Schwachstellen: A) Die Rätsel und Kämpfe sind im null Komma nix gelöst. Im Klartext: keine Herausforderung. B) Das Spiel ist eindeutig zu kurz. Und C) Ich kann meinen Legolas nicht erkennen und vor allem nicht spielen. Sieht man von diesen Mängeln ab und gehört man zu den jüngeren Zockern, bringt's sicherlich jede Menge Spaß.
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ActionTrip
But, if you're the type of person who's not smitten by the mere mention of the Lord of the Rings, and are looking for some genuine gameplay depth, then I guess you won't enjoy some of the slip-ups that were made in this game. In terms of game design, I think that the developers got a bit confused on what they wanted to achieve with this game. Namely, all of the adventure elements such as puzzles and quests are relatively sporadic and are usually overshadowed by sheer action, which is not that good to begin with. One thing's for certain though; if you're crazy about the books and the movies, you're going to disregard everything I said and head straight for your local software dealer. However, I do advise you to brace yourself for some not-so-thrilling gaming moments. Don't say I didn't warn ya...
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GameSpy
Considering the amount of detail that clearly went into designing the lush landscapes, enormous environments, and character art for this game, it's really a shame that the fun factor seems like less than an afterthought. One can only hope that the next release in this line won't be as clearly rushed to store shelves.
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GameSpot
Unless you are a highly critical, extremely demanding Tolkien fan, you probably won't criticize The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring for its production values. The game generally looks and sounds quite good, but unfortunately, it just isn't that much fun to play, thanks to its control and camera problems, along with its occasional crashes and lack of an autosave feature. If you're looking to visit (or revisit) the fantasy worlds that Tolkien created in The Fellowship of the Ring, you might be better off picking up a copy of the book.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
Le mal bouge en Mordor, Frodon Sacquet, un jeune hobbit accompagné de ses compagnons, doit amener l’anneau, qu’il a hérité de son oncle Bibon, hors de la comté et il devra porter son fardeau jusqu’à la montagne du destin pour le détruire avant que Sauron mette la main dessus. C’est vous qui l’aiderez dans cette quête.
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GameStar (Germany)
Der Herr der Ringe ist eine lieblose Konvertierung der ohnehin schon schwachen Konsolenversion. Sogar die Hinweise auf Playstationtypische Tasten sind noch zu sehen! Und die Grafik ist viel zu polygonarm. Designschnitzer verderben außerdem trotz starker Lizenz den Spaß: Zum Beispiel die Möglichkeit, als Aragorn die unsterblichen CPU-Hobbits im Kampf vorzuschicken. Vivendi verheizt die hochklassige Vorlage für ein anspruchsloses Actionspielchen. Hoffentlich bleiben uns Teil 2 und 3 dieser Schmalspur-Umsetzung erspart.
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Netjak
I got the feeling that the developers tried very hard to deliver a game that we would remember ten years from now. While offering no innovation, they have created a game with awesome graphics and excellent sound. However, they seem to have missed a creative mind behind this project, who would design a more enjoyable gameplay, keep the story more coherent and make the game three times as long as it turned of to be. Unless you are a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan and want to keep the game for collector's purposes, don't even think about buying this game, unless the price drops to $5. I can only hope that somebody else will be responsible for the next part; otherwise The Two Towers will never find a way into my shopping cart.
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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
The problem with Black Label Games’ version of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is that everyone who plays it is likely to have recently seen the stunning Peter Jackson movie of the same name. By comparison, the game (which features many of the exact same scenes as the movie, only with blocky CGI characters and horrible voice acting in place of photo-realistic animation and Ian McKellan) comes across as a high school-caliber effort at best.
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Nerikes Allehanda
Man slog på stora trumman om att man gjort ett spel som är mer troget boken än filmen. Det är en sanning med modifikation. Intrigen snabbspolas genom taffliga konversationer med de olika karaktärerna i spelet. Dessutom är stora delar av Frodos vandring utesluten vilket gör spelet väldigt kort. Båda dessa saker bidrar till att skapa en slags barnspels-stämning som är så långt från både boken och filmen som man kan komma. Jag hoppas Vivendi låter någon med respekt för Tolkiens storverk utveckla nästa del.