If you struggle with the concept of the Lego games, you’ll flip out when you see Angry Birds Star Wars. That aside, the reality is that the block loving guys from Denmark (the ancestral home of Lego) are back at it again and this time it’s JRR Tolkien’s classic that’s getting the remake.
Lego Lord of the Rings the video game is set for release later this month (23rd November 2012). It’ll be available on the Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo DS and the Playstation Vita. It’ll also be one of the few games to be released for the Nintendo 3DS this Christmas with all of the Nintendo love seemingly going into the launch of the Nintendo Wii U.
Bringing together the whole Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the video game Lego-ises all of the amazing characters into brick-men form, giving the classic story a funny spin. Galdalf looks like he could have done with a little more work, but the rest of the the little guys look pretty cool, especially Gimli, the Golem and Frodo. There’s got to be some inward groans at the convenience of Legolas’ name too.
Expect some creative licence in the video cut scenes as the Lego peeps add their own comedy twist to the story line. There’s also going to be a good few different characters to get to grips with, so you’ll be able to use a combination of sword, axe, bow and magic to make it through the levels. Playable characters include Frodo Baggins, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, Boromir, Samwise Gamgi, Merry and Pippin, as well as many of the other characters from the books, like the Golem.
The free roam option returns for the Lego Lord of the Rings game, although it’s not available for the 3DS or PSVita versions. The biggest new addition to the Lego series is the inventory capability, which lets all of the characters build up a selection of items to use throughout the game. However, the coolest feature has got to be the ability to throw Gimli to take out the enemies.
The other thing to look out for if you’re thinking about buying the Lego Lord of the Rings video game is that some of them come with a free Lego LOTR minifigure too.