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Critic Reviews

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GameZone (Dec 07, 2004)
What's the difference between an Xbox RPG and a PS2 RPG? Xbox RPGs are real-time adventures with a wide-open storyline (choose good or evil sides, commit kind or cruel acts, etc.). PS2 RPGs are generally turn-based games with separate screens for battles and a single-path storyline that drives the player's interest.
IGN (Nov 01, 2004)
It's proven fact that nerds and dweebs have established "dream unions." Such unions usually come in the shape of fantasy matches - Aliens Versus Predators and Obi Wan Kenobi Versus Luke Skywalker, for example. And while many of these imaginings will never see the light of day, some eventually transcend the barriers of geek fantasy into reality.
80 (Nov 04, 2004)
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.
XBox Front (Jan 08, 2005)
Mit der Ankündigung des Titels "Der Herr der Ringe: Das 3. Zeitalter", ging der Wunsch vieler Fans in Erfüllung. Ein Rollenspiel, welches auf Tolkiens "Der Herr der Ringe" basiert. Ob das Spiel den Erwartungen gerecht wird, lest ihr hier....
GameSpot (Nov 04, 2004)
The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy has proved to be fertile source material for video game adaptations, spawning hack-and-slash action adventures as well as a soon-to-be-released real-time strategy title. The Third Age, however, is a turn-based, console-style role-playing game that takes a slightly different path from its film-faithful cousins. Instead of featuring the original cast of characters and following their journey as it was laid out in the films and novels, The Third Age introduces a new cross-cultural group of travelers as they put their own stamp on the history of Middle-earth. While there are some rough edges, the result is mostly a nice little role-playing jaunt into the world of Tolkien.
RPGFan (Dec 07, 2004)
Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is by no means a first-rate game. It is a good RPG for the casual gamer and maybe for the Lord of the Rings modern-media fan, but anyone who seriously enjoyed, say, Xenogears will have an incredibly difficult time enjoying this little scrap of meat. It's pretty, it sounds nice, and it has all the trappings of a Lord of the Rings product, but it ultimately lacks substance. Again, recognizing that EA isn't entirely too experienced in the world of RPG creation, this isn't too bad of a first attempt. However, I must say that paying retail price for a game like this is simply a disastrous move. There is minimal replay value, and it is already a fairly short game. There are better games with which to spend your time. It's worth a rental or two, or purchased for a discount or used price at best. Again, this is just my opinion, but I do think I know what I'm talking about when I say this isn't one of the world's finest RPGs.
71 (Nov 21, 2004)
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.
Games TM (Nov 04, 2004)
Sadly, the adventure itself is far too linear; there's little in the way of side-quests (all you get is the Evil mode that lets you visit old areas as the enemy), and you have no freedom over where you go or what you do. If you can overlook this, though, The Third Age does mix a neat battle system with a great franchise to provide a surprisingly enjoyable adventure.
X-Power (Dec 24, 2004)
Dit spel biedt veel minder dan pakweg een Final Fantasy, laat staan een Baldur's Gate, Fable of Knights of the Old Republic. Het enige verkoopsargument is dus juist de link met Lord of the Rings, en die link vind ik persoonlijk maar zwakjes. Toch is dit technisch geen slecht spel, en bestaat er wellicht een publiek voor. Maar mensen die echte kwaliteit verlangen van hun games zou ik aanraden om te wachten tot in februari, en dat kerstgeld te spenderen aan Knights of the Old Republic 2.
Extreme Gamer (Oct 23, 2004)
If you enjoy the more traditional style RPG games you will probably love The Lord of the Rings: Third Age. That is, if you're not a die-hard fan of the series. The overlapping storyline, basic role-playing elements and dulled out graphics are crippling downfalls, but even so the game is entertaining. Overall, Lord of the Rings: Third Age is an average attempt with a timeless license. Next time let's have a new adventure.
70 (UK) (Nov 10, 2004)
It would be impossible to argue that EA had done a bad job of its partnership with New Line and the Lord of the Rings films so far. The Two Towers and The Return of the King were shining examples of the handling of film licenses, if not the brightest instances, showing a commitment to the property's assets and the mirroring of the movies themselves in taking a full action stance. Everyone wants to be Ian McKellan in a huge beard with a death wish, don't they? It turned out they did. The games were huge successes, and rightly so.
GamePro (US) (Nov 10, 2004)
LOTR: The visuals may be fabulous, but the dusty turn-based combat system will only appeal to role-playing diehards. It's no secret that The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age used the Final Fantasy series as its chief gameplay inspiration. Problem is, it takes more than formulaic adventuring and dusty turn-based combat to craft a role-playing title worthy of the LOTR name.
GameSpy (Nov 04, 2004)
After two successful action games sporting The Lord of the Rings license, EA brings the Peter Jackson version of Middle-earth to an RPG setting. On paper it's a perfect fit; you have a genre that's perfect for fantasy settings coupled with one of the most popular fantasy settings of all time. Unfortunately, the melding wasn't as successful as the mystical pairing of chocolate and peanut butter. That isn't to say that The Third Age is bad, which certainly isn't the case. The game is a very solid RPG that dazzles in some places and disappoints in others.
65 (Nov 05, 2004)
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.
Factornews (Dec 18, 2004)
Comme on pouvait s’y attendre, Electronic Arts a simplifié le concept du RPG au tour par tour pour que Le Seigneur des Anneaux : le Tiers Age soit accessible à tous. Les néophytes apprécieront ce jeu propre, intuitif et facile, les durs à cuire beaucoup moins. Mais la magie du Seigneur des Anneaux opère toujours, et les amateurs des films feront le jeu avec plaisir pour revivre en tant qu’acteur tous les moments épiques vus et revus sur petit ou grand écran.
Netjak (Feb 06, 2006)
For such a derivative game, if you have any fondness for Japanese RPGs or Tolkien, Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is actually quite a bit of fun. For others, this will probably just be one more license game they will never bother to play and although I enjoyed it, I can definitely understand that side of things.
Game Revolution (Nov, 2004)
Disappointment: that feeling you get when, having asked your parents for a car, you find a Micro-Machine in your Christmas stocking instead. It’s also a word that accurately describes EA’s new The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age for the PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube. As promising as a role-playing game based on The Lord of the Rings mythos sounds, The Third Age’s reality is one of strict linearity, wacky plot foibles, and generic turn-based action.
Tolkein purists, your bane has arrived and its name is LOTR: The Third Age. In terms of replayability, this title offers very little. Side-quests, story branches, mini-games are nonexistent. The characters can travel back to previous chapters to search for undone quest items, but it is likely that everything will be done the first time through. Overall, LOTR:TTA is a tough to recommend to anyone but masochistic battle lovers.