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OP  8/26/10 11:34:47 AM#1

In his latest article, writer Adam Tingle pits Blizzard's World of Warcraft against Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online. It's a battle royale comparing all aspects of the games, from graphics to PvP to community. Find out which one Adam thinks comes out on top and then add your thoughts. Them's fightin' words, baby!

Today dear reader, you and I, will delve into dangerous territories and examine just which is the better, Lord of the Rings Online or World of Warcraft. Grab a stiff drink of whisky, unhinge your jaw in preparation for horror, and try not to scream to loudly. This article is what the edge of your seat was made for. Nothing is left to say except gather round, chant “fight” in a low hum and try not to get too scared. Let’s get ready to ruuuuuuuuuumble!

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8/26/10 11:54:25 AM#2

I love Lotro cause makes you feel like in a real adventure, no just a chracter sheet full of numbers.

I'll play Lotro till GW2 comes out, we'll see then.

P.D.: I had never seen this fighting talk, is it a new section? Think it's great


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8/26/10 11:56:29 AM#3

Pre F2P option, LOTRO wins.

Post F2P option, we all lose.


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OP  8/26/10 11:57:06 AM#4

Having played both, I adore LOTRO much more than WoW. It's all a personal preference, I suppose, but the story in LOTRO is much better which, IMO, makes a better game.

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8/26/10 12:00:41 PM#5

LOTRO for me, but I honestly wish they weren't so similar :)

I hate ''endgame'' in both of them. Typical gear + instance grind until next expansion/patch, rinse, repeat.

I love style and feeling of LOTRO though, so I'm most likely going to play it when it goes F2P


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8/26/10 12:07:30 PM#6

More articles like this please


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8/26/10 12:10:30 PM#7

also played both and do not agree on the new player experience  comments. When i tried WoW twice, once this year and the other time a couple of years back it was a pretty standard mmorpg, follow the quest route, around level 18 i got tired of the whole "kill 5 bandits" type quests whereas Lotro intro's have a nice introduction to the game and overall story arc and good quests which help the learning curve, as well as class quests which help teach the basics of the classes and  logical areas of progression which parallel the storyline.

As for solo friendly - Lotro is very solo friendly, any class can solo from the healers (minstrels) to squishy DPS (Runekeepers),i should know - got one of every profession which i levelled pretty much all the way to at least 50 solo, i admit some areas like North Downs are group heavy but they can be avoided.

The rest of the points i totally agree on - but i dont feel Azeroth that expansive, though being Blizzards own IP can pretty much completely redesign azeroth and anything they wanted too, land mass found of the coasts, sure design a new island - its there IP which can be designed exactly how they want, which you cant really compare to lotro which can really only be as expansive as the IP allows and with some great large zones like Angmar, Forochel, Moria, Evendim - turbine do a great  job of making it as expansive as they can by opening these areas up and expanding on the pre existing lore, sure they cant add completely new unheard of areas but they do good at what they got.




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8/26/10 12:16:36 PM#8

Having played both games, I would say your number rating assessment in the different categories, at least in MY SPOT ON.


Do I have a preference between the two games?  Not exactly. I liked each of them for DIFFERENT things, and I cannot say that either is a clear "winner" for me, as I ultimately chose to narrow my paid subs down to ONE and EQ2 was the "winner" when I threw it into the mix.



After thinking about it for a minute. I did come to the conclusion that I really ENJOYED WoW more than LotRO and that is why I played it longer. LotRO had some great quests, a wonderful story (of course), and a few nice touches like farming, that I enjoyed. But their housing was actually WORSE than having NO housing.

All in all...I'd say really that I honestly enjoyed my time in WoW more.

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8/26/10 12:17:08 PM#9

wow "slightly better"???


Me and millions of more people would say "alot better in almost every way"



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8/26/10 12:18:16 PM#10
Originally posted by drel

hmmm-how about WoW vs. GW 2?


And exactly HOW could that comparison be made unless you were a psychic?

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8/26/10 12:22:07 PM#11

Wow is a shit lot of person play with  WoW        1.bec havent got real good PC

                                                                                     2. to many children playing on the game

                                                                                     3. LOTRO f2p WoW pay 2 play  -.-'

                                                                                     4. Wow=not need video card LOTRO= need                                                                                                                                                             card

                                                                                     5. WoW No graphic  Need To many free                                                                                                                                                               Space

                                                                                      6. In WoW more patch = more buggs

                                                                                      7.In WoW when the monster die in the air                                                                                                             and u cant loot etc..........

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8/26/10 12:22:16 PM#12

As a Lotro Lifetimer i obviously prefer LOTRO over WoW. But the thing that makes me want to play WoW over Lotro sometimes is the PVP, i've already tried to play both , but its kinda odd to play both, things don't change much when comes to gameplay... so you feels like playing the same with different skin and textures...

In my heart LOTRO wins by far margin, but i assume that WoW sometimes catch my attention...

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8/26/10 12:22:50 PM#13

Eh in the group play numbers, and even that weirdly written description for both games, I'd give'em both a 5 since it practically is an identical system. If instancing is what brought WoW's numbers down, then why didn't it LotRo? Seems daft.



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8/26/10 12:23:53 PM#14
Originally posted by Micro_angel
Originally posted by drel

hmmm-how about WoW vs. GW 2?


Thats like Barbie vs Jason


And again....

You can say that with absolute


I find it hilarious that people on these forums are always wanting to compare released games to non-released games.

Until you actually PLAY a game....comparison is presumptuos at the least, and completely speculative and ignorant at the worst.

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8/26/10 12:25:09 PM#15

Both games are amazing in their own ways; however once LoTRo goes f2p I plan on clocking way more hours on that puppy.


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8/26/10 12:25:26 PM#16

I'm absolutely shocked the author of the article gave LoTRO a 10/10 on group play.  Given that almost all the story quests are now soloable, the game is a complete solo fest until the level cap.  Sure, there are some group quests scattered throughout the game world, but there are just as many of those in WoW.  Even so, good luck finding a group to complete some of those quests as most servers are completely devoid of any sort of a cohesive low level population. 

I played LoTRO at launch and honestly had a much more positive experience than in any other time I tried the game, because there were a lot more group oriented activities and the game had the low level population to support them.  Now, however, low level areas are a ghost town save for a few newbies, twinked alts, and bored high level players.  I do hope that the switch to F2P brings back some of the fun I had with this game at launch, but as of now, it's laughable to suggest that LoTRO has anything close to flawless (as the 10/10 represents) group play.


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8/26/10 12:27:44 PM#17

Excellent article.  If I were trying to choose between these two games, I would have found this quite helpful.  I would like to see more comparison articles like this. 


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8/26/10 12:29:47 PM#18

There is alot missing in this comparison.  Lets take Custimasation for one... Animation quality ... Gameplay from a pure gameplay point of view.  LOTRO is lacking in so many parts compared to WOW.  The thing about graphics that very few devs seems to understand... is that when you start to tune up the graphics - then you better tune up ALL of them AND the animations.  LOTRO has some of the ugliest mounts in any MMO game - no rains and saddles + animations are very poor.  Compare that to WOW where the mounts are at least in the same quality as the rest of the game.  And feel more alive than LOTRO mounts can ever be.

I have always failed to understand why MMO games do not put more effort into mounts.   Letting them carry stuff for you is one option that hasn't been explored at all.  No need to run to the bank all the time.  Bioware are going to work this "mount" into their spaceships.  Sounds awsome.


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8/26/10 12:30:17 PM#19

Neat Discussion-like to see more of these.

LOTRO's lack of an Endgame is a big plus for me as I don't think MMO/persistent world games should  ever actually 'end'. Another plus thing in it are the 'Book Quests'-which few others have at all. When you get tired of the 'kill 10 ...' you can involve yourself in the story that EVERYBODY else copied to make Fantasy Worlds . But for me the main thing is graphics-WOW is just unwatchable,even screenshots are rarely any good. Go over to the screenshot section-how many of WOW are there comapred to how many of LOTRO?


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8/26/10 12:33:29 PM#20
Originally posted by Besttheiswow

wow "slightly better"???


Me and millions of more people would say "alot better in almost every way"

Because popularity is the best, and only, way to judge quality.

You better start informing all of the restaurants that McDonalds is so much better quality than them.

Yeah yeah... "stop using McDonalds and Walmart analogies for WoW!"

Well I would, but the problem is that it's just so darn accurate.

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