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Purists of the Tolkien novel might not see the entertainment value of this game. Phooey! This game is a delight to play and any adventure into the realm of Middle-earth, if done well, is worth the time spent doing it. The Hobbit provides familiar landmarks, stays true to elements of the story and allows players to work through the levels in a way that provides fun and challenge.
In eerste instantie stond ik vrij sceptisch tegenover deze titel en vreesde ik voor een véél te makkelijke game. De eerste 3 levels bevestigde dat, maar nadien wordt de game een stuk uitdagender. Naarmate de game vorderde, vond ik steeds meer voldoening in de game en kon ik het spel moeilijk terzijde leggen. Ondanks het erg eenvoudige combatsysteem en het bescheiden aantal wapens blijven er genoeg sterke punten over. De mooie en vooral afwisselende levels, prima sound, behoorlijke levensduur en een kwaliteitsvolle verhaallijn zorgde ervoor dat The Hobbit me héél erg aangenaam verraste.
This game aspires to be the next Zelda in playability and scope and on some levels it succeeds. The presentation, from the slick cut-scenes to the stylized look, excellent voice acting and impressive music score, hits well beyond the mark. The Hobbit successfully merges storyline and game and it both follows the book's premise and occasionally takes some liberties. Meanwhile, the play mechanics, while all-too-traditional if not formulaic, get the job done and there are enough battles, puzzles and fetch quests to keep it all moving along.
Finalement, ceux qui devinaient dans Bilbo Le Hobbit un jeu sans grande prétention avaient vu juste. Non seulement le soft souffre de grosses lacunes de gameplay mais en plus il ne restitue pas assez fidèlement l'atmosphère du roman original. A voir uniquement si vous ne voulez pas passer à côté de tout ce qui a trait à l'oeuvre de Tolkien.
With the current glut of Tolkien-inspired games focusing directly on the brutal, tragic stories of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit offers up a story that's less dire and more of an enjoyable romp. The story still stands up, but the game that has been wrapped around it simply cannot keep up its end of the bargain. The experience it offers just isn't as engaging or inventive as its source material.
If your child can handle the animated film or the book, the game won't shock them too much. There are nasty trolls, goblins, a scary dragon and the giant spiders are pretty creepy. The game is combat oriented but the violence isn't over done and there's no blood. Another problem is that the game is a little too challenging to be a kids game it looks like it is.
Although undoubtedly defensible, The Hobbit is a common-or-garden 3D platform/slasher in the same form as Maximo, wrapped up in a five year-old's bedtime story version of one of the most popular fantasy books ever written. It's ten hours of a fairly easy going platform slashing with well-spaced save points, and young gamers might get something out of it too, but for the majority it just is not good enough. Fans of the book can add a point, as long as they have the stomach for pangs of disappointment, but the rest of you would be better served shopping elsewhere in this already crowded genre.
The Hobbit really just doesn’t have much to offer. Aside from a weak combat system and poorly designed jumping puzzles, the game is just a tedious scavenger hunt that usually feels more like work than entertainment. Players that enjoy exploring every nook and cranny of a game may find The Hobbit to their liking, but everyone else is advised to quench their thirst for adventure elsewhere.
Oddly, I can’t think of any reason to recommend The Hobbit to anybody. It straddles the line between little kid game and hard platformer in such a way that I don’t think anyone will like it. I guess The Hobbit makes these strange concessions to gameplay to make it a friendlier game, but it’s still frustrating as hell. And the game screws around with important literary details enough to turn off Tolkien fans (like myself). So, I guess if slaughtering scores of poor innocent frogmen sounds fun, The Hobbit might be the game for you, for an hour or two.