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E3 2005 Impressions

Posted by Dana Massey on May 26, 2005  | Comments

E3 2005 Impressions -

Turbine Entertainment's second game at E3 2005 was Lord of the Rings Online, formerly known as Middle Earth Online. This game is due out after D&DO in 2006, and will have the tall order of bringing the fabled books to life in an MMORPG. The article includes twelve new shots from the E3 press kit. Here our impressions after limited exposure:

Lord of the Rings Online – the holy grail franchise for RPG gamers all over the world is going massive and Turbine Entertainment showed it off for the first time since the name change (from Middle Earth Online) at E3 2005. The focus was squarely on D&D Online, which we previewed yesterday, but from what we saw of Lord of the Rings Online it looks like it will be the flagship product for Turbine once it launches in 2006. Visually, thematically, and what little game play we did learn all left this game poised to pounce as a potential game of the show candidate in one year’s time.

Superficially, Lord of the Rings Online looks a bit like Dungeons & Dragons Online, except better. It moved and animated beautifully, and the slightly cartoonish feel felt like perfect for a representation of the books. Little touches, like the character leaning a little bit as he lugged a bucket of water to a fire, really made the game feel real. Turbine makes beautiful games and this one is the most beautiful of them all.

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