Trending Games | ArcheAge | Diablo 3 | World of Warcraft | Elder Scrolls Online

  Network:  FPSguru RTSguru
Login:  Password:   Remember?  
Show Quick Gamelist Jump to Random Game
Members:2,815,934 Users Online:0
Games:731  Posts:6,215,563
Turbine, Inc. | Play Now
MMORPG | Genre:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 04/24/07)  | Pub:Midway Games
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download,Retail | Retail Price:n/a | Pay Type:Hybrid | Monthly Fee:$14.99
System Req: PC Mac | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

Lord of the Rings Online Forum » General Discussion » having a blast on LOTRO

2 Pages 1 2 » Search
29 posts found
  SaunZ

Novice Member

Joined: 8/26/12
Posts: 123

1-800-ASK-SAUN

 
OP  9/11/12 10:56:20 PM#1

i have discoverd LOTRO.  not sure what took me so long but, better late then never; right?

i am only level 11 (captain) and it feels overwhelming and like i have only scratched the surface but, here are my 1st impressions:

 

1) graphics are stunning/awesome/fantastic on the hi res version of the game.  i am running all the settings at ultra and WOW!

 

2) lol... it has the best running, rock climbing, jumping in the pond, water, swimming graphics of any mmo i have ever seen?

 

3) crafting looks way cool... probably alot like other mmo's but, the animations for crafting are bomb!  i have jewelry, prospecting and cooking (eww).

 

4) found an awesome kinship (guild) on Riddermark and they are answering all of my dumb questions and they haven't kicked me out yet!

 

5) the questing is fun.  seems almost open world, where i can just go anywhere i want.  the reviews i read said there were WAY too many quests for each level and region, so i just wonder off and quest anywhere i want.  i don't follow any set pattern yet.  except for levels 1 and 2 - which are tutorials.

 

having fun!  hope it lasts!  did i mention that it is F2P

sz

  Po_gg

Elite Member

Joined: 5/12/10
Posts: 1987

9/12/12 4:06:00 AM#2

3. jewellers and their neat little tables... nice animation indeed :)  and cooking is not eww, the easiest one to master (you only need gold to that. a lot...) and the food you cook can be pretty useful.

 

5. way too many quests, that's true. Some of them is the boring "go there, kill stuff" type, but the others mostly have decent storylines, or connection to the lore. And there's so many of them, you can easily skip a few and still outlevel an area.

 

"hope it lasts!  did i mention that it is F2P"  khm... then it will last... to the end of LoneLands :) then you'll have to make a decision (between grinding some TP or spending some money)

  leojreimroc

Apprentice Member

Joined: 7/07/09
Posts: 369

9/13/12 8:45:47 AM#3
Originally posted by Po_gg

"hope it lasts!  did i mention that it is F2P"  khm... then it will last... to the end of LoneLands :) then you'll have to make a decision (between grinding some TP or spending some money)

The good part is that by the time you finish Lone Lands, you should have enough tp to purchase Evendim, which can probably take you to 40.

  Po_gg

Elite Member

Joined: 5/12/10
Posts: 1987

9/13/12 9:33:14 AM#4
Originally posted by leojreimroc
Originally posted by Po_gg

"hope it lasts!  did i mention that it is F2P"  khm... then it will last... to the end of LoneLands :) then you'll have to make a decision (between grinding some TP or spending some money)

The good part is that by the time you finish Lone Lands, you should have enough tp to purchase Evendim, which can probably take you to 40.

That's what I ment under 'grinding some TP', since by default gameplay you won't gather enough TP for Evendim. To get it, one need to clear all three starting areas, and the Lone Lands, which means at least a few, boring slayer deeds...

But I agree, when she finish the Lone Lands, and has the TP, Evendim is the best choice for further adventuring.

  itchmon

Elite Member

Joined: 1/21/07
Posts: 1527

9/15/12 2:09:49 AM#5

to the OP i'm glad you like it.

 

i love the graphix as well especially the environmental graphics... the character models are kind of eh but the landscapes are out of this world

 

the people are far and away the nicest in any f2p style game.  if you think your serrver is full of nice folks you should check out landroval.

 

crafting is time consuming but fun and pretty rewarding.

 

the classes (well, 5 of them) are pretty uniqque.  warden, RK for instance.

RIP Ribbitribbitt you are missed, kid.

Currently Playing EVE, DFUW

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.

Dwight D Eisenhower

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.

Henry Rollins

  bigcheeseuk

Novice Member

Joined: 11/22/08
Posts: 112

9/15/12 2:18:52 AM#6
Great that you are having a good time, it's a good game. I think it gets better once you hit moria and have legendary weapons :)
  Abimor

Hard Core Member

Joined: 5/09/05
Posts: 277

9/15/12 2:25:40 AM#7
I haver been playing Lotro since the begining and it has always been great.  I would suggest paying the monthly fee as it unlocks quite a bit of content, you can go without ever paying for anything as far as the epic storyline goes until you hit Moria than you have to start buying the xpansions.
  slowpoke68

Spotlight Poster

Joined: 6/19/08
Posts: 343

9/15/12 10:07:09 AM#8
Glad you are enjoying yourself OP.  Best PvE MMO on the market today.  Game gets better as you level and see just exactly how deep it is.  Enjoy.

  Rocketeer

Advanced Member

Joined: 9/07/04
Posts: 1310

9/15/12 1:25:46 PM#9

The game has the best landscapes in any MMO imho. Only game that ever made me stop in my tracks and think "wow thats really nice here ...". And im really not the type that likes art or looking at freaking nature(its gross. Full of bugs, bad smells and unidentifiable smelly gooey things that you can find under the most innocuous rocks and logs).

But some of the places, shire for example, yeah i could see myself actually living there. And again, im really not the type that usually wants to live in some fantasy world. They definitely did something with the landscapes ... i can't even put my finger on it, but they feel more real, more alive. Like actual places that have their own feeling, instead of just parts of landscape dotted with NPCs and mobs.

I just wish there where more places like Hobbiton or Bree, and a bit less like Esteldin, Ost Guruth or Tinnudir where people live in freaking ruins. I mean thats camping no matter how you look at it, they can't possibly survive winter there ... If there is one thing though im looking forward too its Minas Tirith, if they manage to do it justice thats going to be epic.

  Robsolf

Hard Core Member

Joined: 4/21/06
Posts: 4011

Let go of my ears, I know what I'm doing!

9/15/12 2:22:41 PM#10

Glad ya like it, OP.

As a huge Tolkein fan, I went from trialing it 3 times in the first year or so and "yell at the monitor" hating it, to it being the longest I've been subscribed to a game. 

Read that again:  I went from not being able to stand playing it for free in the trial, to being a devoted subscriber even when there's a free to play option.

There are alot of reasons for that, but the biggest I can say in the time that I have is I can answer the question:  "After I figured it all out I feel that yes, I could live here."

 

  Po_gg

Elite Member

Joined: 5/12/10
Posts: 1987

9/15/12 3:46:05 PM#11

Same with me Robsolf, when I first met with LotRO, I ditched the trial after a few days - it felt like Wow with a Middle-earth skin (and I don't like Wow). But a lifetimer buddy of mine kept bugging me, that for a Tolkien-fan like myself, LotRO is the perfect mmo... so on the last day of the trial I started a hobbit, in the Shire. Next day, when the trial was over, I bought the game (the Moria box as well, just for sure) and I play since then.

 

Shire, love at first sight.... :) One of the best starting areas among mmo's (only Tortage is better, but only with a slight inch). I still questing through Shire with all of my alts, Big Folks too (luckily we're in time with the War of the Ring, so Elessar's prohibition is not active yet :) )

  rojoArcueid

Elite Member

Joined: 8/13/09
Posts: 5318

"It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver". - Niccolo Machiavelli

9/15/12 3:57:21 PM#12
Lotro seems like a good mmo but i dont know why i dont like it. I tried it 3 times and didnt feel hooked. Nice graphics and all but none of the classes appealed to me. Although they are basically the same in all mmos (warriors, rogues, mages, etc) the way they are made for this game and their mechanics just dont feel something i want to play. They fit perfectly with LotR Lore but i cant play a game that only offers classes that i dont like.... its just not for me.

My endgame begins with character creation and ends with a new mmorpg

  TobiasGrey

Apprentice Member

Joined: 9/12/12
Posts: 170

9/15/12 4:01:21 PM#13
Originally posted by SaunZ

i have discoverd LOTRO.  not sure what took me so long but, better late then never; right?


 

5) the questing is fun.  seems almost open world, where i can just go anywhere i want.  the reviews i read said there were WAY too many quests for each level and region, so i just wonder off and quest anywhere i want.  i don't follow any set pattern yet.  except for levels 1 and 2 - which are tutorials.

 

having fun!  hope it lasts!  did i mention that it is F2P

sz

Hate to burst your bubble but this isn't true, and its the main reason I've left the game so many times. The zones are all very boxed in and linear, and there are strict paths you're supposed to follow. The only way to advance is by questing so if you go in an area you don't have the right quest chain for, you're screwed.

There are tons of instances, most of which require a quest to enter. You run against a wall and it says "You do not have the right quest to enter here".

You will keep doing essentially the same quest in every hub. There are so many reskinned wolves that NPCs want you to get paws or tails or hides from. Over and over. Boars too.

And if you try to just explore sometimes the game will just insta kill you because you're not supposed to be there. I tried going to Angmar once, I avoided all the agro and as soon as I zoned in... the game just killed me. Because I didn't complete  the level 50 quest you need to do before you're supposed to go in.

I don't know what Turbine was thinking when they decided to make a WoW clone when they had such a good sandbox game in alpha.

  Po_gg

Elite Member

Joined: 5/12/10
Posts: 1987

9/15/12 5:00:09 PM#14
Originally posted by TobiasGrey

And if you try to just explore sometimes the game will just insta kill you because you're not supposed to be there. I tried going to Angmar once, I avoided all the agro and as soon as I zoned in... the game just killed me. Because I didn't complete  the level 50 quest you need to do before you're supposed to go in.

There are some truth in it, some questlines are strict, and gating the start of other quests, but it always supported by the story. I guess it's a common thing in mmo's anyway. I just want to comment the insta kill thing since I too love to explore in Middle-earth:

 

in Eriador, there's only 2 places, where you get insta killed, and both are backed up firmly by the story and lore.

One is the dread line in Angmar (which killed you). There's a book quest line to explore the watching stones, and find a way to 'deactivate' them, so you can cross to East Angmar. The line has it's purpose, and btw it's not 'insta' kill, there are fear debuffs (and a lot of skeletons on the ground) as a warning for turn back and leave...

(Second one is the bay in Forochel, but  it also not 'insta' kill, actually at lvl75 and with some help you can swim around... but at lvl50 the cold kills you in a few sec. And it's also fit in the lore)

  UNH0LYEV1L

Novice Member

Joined: 8/09/09
Posts: 413

9/15/12 5:10:44 PM#15
I played for a long time but ultimately I just couldn't stick with it.  The combat was so slow, and the leveling got really grindy in the high 60's.  The Deeds were also pretty damn grindy.  The PvP combat was just rediculous.  Would have been more exciting as a game where monsters actually had fleshed a fleshed out game imo.  I know ill probably get flogged for saying this but the game started to feel like a f2p grinder game.  The raids were always nice though, the watcher was a good time.


Spiritsever - AR/Ele - The Secret World
Ashmaker - Ranger < Prophets > - Age of Conan - #1 in Kills
Sweety - Sorceress < Infinite Darkeness > - SWTOR - 2.6K PvP Rating
??? - Pilot - ??? - EVE
Symir - Swordmaster - Warhammer - RR100
Dreadnaught - Rogue - Rift

  TobiasGrey

Apprentice Member

Joined: 9/12/12
Posts: 170

9/15/12 7:42:42 PM#16
Originally posted by Po_gg
Originally posted by TobiasGrey

And if you try to just explore sometimes the game will just insta kill you because you're not supposed to be there. I tried going to Angmar once, I avoided all the agro and as soon as I zoned in... the game just killed me. Because I didn't complete  the level 50 quest you need to do before you're supposed to go in.

There are some truth in it, some questlines are strict, and gating the start of other quests, but it always supported by the story. I guess it's a common thing in mmo's anyway. I just want to comment the insta kill thing since I too love to explore in Middle-earth:

 

in Eriador, there's only 2 places, where you get insta killed, and both are backed up firmly by the story and lore.

One is the dread line in Angmar (which killed you). There's a book quest line to explore the watching stones, and find a way to 'deactivate' them, so you can cross to East Angmar. The line has it's purpose, and btw it's not 'insta' kill, there are fear debuffs (and a lot of skeletons on the ground) as a warning for turn back and leave...

(Second one is the bay in Forochel, but  it also not 'insta' kill, actually at lvl75 and with some help you can swim around... but at lvl50 the cold kills you in a few sec. And it's also fit in the lore)

Uh, yes it was an insta kill. I went from full heath to dead, instantly, without warning. That's an insta kill. And its not backed up by the books at all. Its a dumb mechanic that is NOT in most other MMOs.

  truthhurts

Apprentice Member

Joined: 1/14/12
Posts: 75

9/15/12 8:57:29 PM#17
Originally posted by TobiasGrey
Originally posted by Po_gg
Originally posted by TobiasGrey

And if you try to just explore sometimes the game will just insta kill you because you're not supposed to be there. I tried going to Angmar once, I avoided all the agro and as soon as I zoned in... the game just killed me. Because I didn't complete  the level 50 quest you need to do before you're supposed to go in.

There are some truth in it, some questlines are strict, and gating the start of other quests, but it always supported by the story. I guess it's a common thing in mmo's anyway. I just want to comment the insta kill thing since I too love to explore in Middle-earth:

 

in Eriador, there's only 2 places, where you get insta killed, and both are backed up firmly by the story and lore.

One is the dread line in Angmar (which killed you). There's a book quest line to explore the watching stones, and find a way to 'deactivate' them, so you can cross to East Angmar. The line has it's purpose, and btw it's not 'insta' kill, there are fear debuffs (and a lot of skeletons on the ground) as a warning for turn back and leave...

(Second one is the bay in Forochel, but  it also not 'insta' kill, actually at lvl75 and with some help you can swim around... but at lvl50 the cold kills you in a few sec. And it's also fit in the lore)

Uh, yes it was an insta kill. I went from full heath to dead, instantly, without warning. That's an insta kill. And its not backed up by the books at all. Its a dumb mechanic that is NOT in most other MMOs.

One does not simply walk into Angmar...

  f0dell54

Novice Member

Joined: 4/16/12
Posts: 311

Sanity....
It's for the weak.

9/15/12 10:01:23 PM#18

Glad you like it.

It's a very fun game to play with a good group of people. I don't find it all to enjoyable solo but thats just me. Anyways, here's a picture of Kevin Bacon with some bacon.

 

 

 

  f0dell54

Novice Member

Joined: 4/16/12
Posts: 311

Sanity....
It's for the weak.

9/15/12 10:05:04 PM#19
Originally posted by UNH0LYEV1L
I played for a long time but ultimately I just couldn't stick with it.  The combat was so slow, and the leveling got really grindy in the high 60's.  The Deeds were also pretty damn grindy.  The PvP combat was just rediculous.  Would have been more exciting as a game where monsters actually had fleshed a fleshed out game imo.  I know ill probably get flogged for saying this but the game started to feel like a f2p grinder game.  The raids were always nice though, the watcher was a good time.

It is a f2p grinder. If your playing for free you grind out TP so that you can access more of the game. Sounds like the definition of f2p grinder to me.

  Ausare

Novice Member

Joined: 3/23/11
Posts: 870

9/15/12 11:22:45 PM#20
Was a p2p grindy game too.
2 Pages 1 2 » Search