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So, just started the LoTRO trial...

Posted by Soerkvir Tuesday January 20 2009 at 8:34AM
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 I got so tired of WoW. That game is ridiculous.

I played it for about three years with a six-month break when I was getting a new job. I put ridiculous amounts of hours into this game. I was so glad to finally hit level 80 last month, but then when I started raiding, I realized how pointless and stupid it all was; here was a game that was fun to level in (for the most part), but once you hit the top, you can either a.) grind heroics; b.) grind tradeskills,  c.) raid, d.) play an alt, e.) do pvp, or f.) all of the above. Sounds boring to me. I can't stand doing dailies or grinding rep. I can't stand grinding almost anything. I hate repetition.

So I just now have a computer beefy enough to run Lord of the Rings Online. After getting a buddy key yesterday, I rolled a dwarven champion on the Landrovel server; I think I'm going to stick to him, but I'm playing a few different characters to get a feel for them. So far I find the game pretty fun, for the most part it's not entirely different from WoW (go here and kill X mobs, go there and bring me Y skins), but I'm only level 3, and I've heard a lot of good things about this game. For one thing I love Tolkien's work from the Silmarillion and beyond; for another, you can't resist the shinies. I'm not normally one to care about graphics (I'd gladly go back to classic EQ circa 2000, and I play RPGs on Kongregate quite a bit), but damn. These are amazing.

I'm looking forwards to getting my hands on a lute or a horn and playing with the music system, too!


Mrbloodworth writes:

Most classes do not really come into thier own untill about 15-20. Also, the classes are not typical of other MMO's, so becarefull with playing somthing with idea they they play the same as every other game. Also, join a good, friendly guild. Good luck!

Tue Jan 20 2009 9:01AM Report
Bastogne writes:

I hope you keep this updated, I am interested in seeing how LotRO is nowadays since I havent played since beta

Tue Jan 20 2009 11:23AM Report
Sovrath writes:

Well, you are only lvl 3 so you are not out of the tutorial part yet. Keep in mind their are epic quests which start out small but get quite large in scope. There are also other diversions such as fishing, home ownership or using the music system.

Tue Jan 20 2009 12:44PM Report
Kordesh writes:

 [quote]So far I find the game pretty fun, for the most part it's not entirely different from MMOs (go here and kill X mobs, go there and bring me Y skins)[/quote]

Just fixing that for you. Really, people need to get out of the habbit of attributing common MMO genre features to the game "being like WoW." At it's core, yes, its like WoW in that it plays like an MMO, but it quickly becomes appartent that the direction the game is going in and the way people play it, is nothing at all like WoW. 

Tue Jan 20 2009 2:09PM Report
Greygon writes:

LotRO is a great game, but it still has many of the same issues that you didn't like in WoW.  As far as the PvE, it is one of the best ones I have played.  They did a great job of fleshing out the world and using their license to the best of their abilities.  It DOES require full groups many times though, so it isn't as friendly to solo players as some others and it too runs out of content at max level which creates a bunch of issues.

Tue Jan 20 2009 2:41PM Report
Mrbloodworth writes:

The game is wider than it is tall. This is not a flaw; endgame concept is a flaw in the body of a game. It’s a symptom of a flaw.

Tue Jan 20 2009 3:23PM Report
Aerensiniac writes:

Yo dawg, we herd you like grinding so we put some grind in your grinding so you can grind while grinding.

Wed Jan 21 2009 3:47AM Report
qombi writes:

"Mrbloodworth- Tue Jan 20 2009 4:23PM

The game is wider than it is tall. This is not a flaw; endgame concept is a flaw in the body of a game. It’s a symptom of a flaw."


I like LOTRO for the small casual game it is. I have to point out though, it is smaller or the same size as many MMOs at all levels. It has very little to do at the end when you reach max level. To me though it has the issue that all MMOs have presently, they make the journey to the top go by too fast. In Everquest, the journey took longer.

If you are going to make a fast journey like LOTRO and WoW then you must have something to do at the end. I much prefer a long journey personally.

If you do not have much time to play a MMO, and you prefer small group content rather than raiding LOTRO is for you. I still feel if you casually play it you can finish the game too early. These games are persistant worlds, it would be nice if "max level" was almost impossible to obtain.

Wed Jan 21 2009 7:40AM Report
qombi writes:

Well I typed a lot and never got to my point ....

LOTRO is not any wider than any other MMO, in fact in can be argued that it is possibly more narrow. Still a fun little game.

Wed Jan 21 2009 7:46AM Report
SupaMutant writes:

"it would be nice if "max level" was almost impossible to obtain."


max level is when you grow old and die...

Wed Jan 21 2009 9:51AM Report
theguru22 writes:

I would like to point out that MMOs absolutely do not need the "go here kill X ammount of Mob and return with Y skulls" quests at all. Accepting them as a standard of the genre is just lazy, and that attitude is the reason why the entire genre is in it's massive play-to-mediocrity state. If you people don't start valuing innovation than why should anyone ever produce it?

I've played LOTRO, and it is a shameless WoW clone. The community and graphics are slightly better, but really you're just going to be going and grinding in the same way as you did in WoW but in a different world. The only reason to play almost every MMO on the market currently is because you enjoy the grind. To the people who are going to start yelling "PvP" I say does the PvP beat TF2, Rakion, Gunz, CoD4, Insurgency, Savage II, CS, etc?

Wake up people! We shouldn't be paying for this crap!

Wed Jan 21 2009 1:33PM Report
fcazares writes:

People who make comments that LotRO is like WoW either did not really play the game or have no concept of story. LotRO is nothing at all like WoW nor is it played the same way. LotRO is not an endless grind. Everything has a story adn you would not move through content fast if you took the time to enjoy the world you are in. The world that Tolkein created to even the most minute detail captured in an adventure as epic as any he wrote about. You can see what life is like for the common folk of Hobbiton in the Shire to the strife between the human people of Angmar and how the luring ease of evil can pull peoples apart. You can see the remnanats of the once great Arnorian Empire and explore. The goal will be to have all of Middle Earth which certainly indicates far reaching goals as far as content is concerned. Think about the journey the fellowship of the ring made and about how far you go in that progression so far in the Epic. The Epic brings you through the other side of Moria and all of the amazing stories and game topics for LotRO so far are in that relatively small time frame. There is still so much more that will be developed for discovery. To call such a thing a WoW clone is both rediculous and just silly. WoW is a cheesy take off D&D which is based on the world Tolkien created! That world is being captured in one MMO and one MMO alone.. LotRO. So instead of trying to be a max player or someone looking to play a god maybe look a little closer at the content of the game you are playing. So far as story and setting go there isn't a match to LotRO so far. Instead of just running through a zone as directed or looking on web sites for fast walkthroughs, try to explore and enjoy the world. Instead of worrying about the fact you need to go collect x amount of things you should find out why its necessary to the quest giver and how that interplays in the general story of the zone you're in be it the Lone lands or the Deep Descent in Moria and then how their strife plays into the greater realm of middle Earth and then look at the equally numerous puzzle quests and brain teasers. Consider how you are blessed to get to have a character of your own making play a direct role in the world Tolkien created brought to life so masterfully. Its a wonderful game with great content and even more potential. If you think about it, pick up even one of the books and read it and then consider these things. You'll find a new appreciation for a game that does not deserve to be lumped with or compared to any other MMO. As if any of them should be compared to each other anyway.

Anyhow to the origional poster I hope you continue to enjoy the game and not listen to unimaginative folks or folks who cant say anything nice about anything.

Wed Jan 21 2009 3:25PM Report
ElJackyl writes:

Granted, the setting of the game is much different from WoW. The graphics have a more photo-realistic look as opposed to the more cartoony graphics of WoW. But in base gameplay it's basically the same thing. Look at the shop screens, the bubbles when you click on enemies. it's all very similar. So the game really is WoW with a LOTR skin. That doesn't mean it's a bad game, on the contrary it's a very good game. But if the OP is looking for a major difference between the two...there's not much.

Wed Jan 21 2009 7:09PM Report writes:
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