Lord of the Rings: Conquest

Common Sense Media says

It could have been a great, but it doesn't seem finished.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

All of the game is about war and battle and swords and sorcery. Whether you choose to be a good character or bad character, the game is about killing before being killed.

Violence

While your coups are bloodless, the game thrives on violence in every mission.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

You'll think of the three Lord of the Ring movies a lot since some of the scenes from the Peter Jackson's films are included.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very violent escapade with constant battles full of fire, swords, arrows, and magic lightning. Though there is never any blood flowing forth from wounds and wounds are never shown, the general idea is to kill or be killed. This is a game based on the three Lord of the Rings movies. The game can be played online with up to 16 people.

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What's it about?

In LORD OF THE RINGS: CONQUEST, Electronic Arts tries to immerse you into Tolkien's epic fantasy world of hobbits and orcs, except this is the movie world based on the Peter Jackson's trilogy that ended in 2003. The character images are of the movie actors, but the voices are not. In this game, the most touted storyline revolves around your being the bad guy, the Sauron orc who tries to stop the magic ring from being wrecked. In fact, one of the trailer's tag lines is, "It's good to be bad."

In the single player campaign mode, you first play as the forces of good. As you play though this mode of 15 levels, you can play as a troll, a wizard, an archer, a swordsman, an orc, even an Ent, those giant trees that are part human. Up to 150 characters might appear on screen at one time during battles, the most amazing of which is killing those big elephants things, olyphaunts. You'll relive the awesome, action-packed scenes from the movies, but be prepared to be knocked down flat way too much. Playing though the game on the side of good allows you to unlock the evil campaign. And the online mode allows you to play with up to 16 players during which you can control the giants like trolls and Ents.

Is it any good?

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In Lord of the Rings: Conquest, it's neither good to be bad nor good to be good. That's because Pandemic, the developers, tried to do too much in too little time. On the surface, there's so much to do that you'll initially feel like a kid in a candy store. However, as you start to get farther in the game, you realize that the developers failed to polish the game.

The single player mode of 15 levels ends too quickly after about 13 hours. While much of it is on the easy side, the hard levels are terribly unforgiving. Sometimes, its environments seem unfinished as you find yourself moving through barren scenes. The gameplay is not always fluid, and you'll get choppy movement, especially in a massive battle scenes. Even walking doesn't always appear that natural. You can go back and play as different characters at different difficulty settings, but it is unlikely that you will because your first experience doesn't make you want to return. If you do return as a baddie, you'll eventually have to kill many hobbits and burn down the Shire. Online, the battles seem all too usual, and controlling those giant trolls and Ents is unwieldy because they move so slowly. This may be fun to Lord of the Rings loyalists, but even the true fan will likely wish that Pandemic had spent more time on the development of Lord of the Rings: Conquest.

Families can talk about...

  • Parents can talk about which of the epic fantasy characters they most enjoy being. Which character gives you the most bang for your buck, the troll, the archer, the swordsman, or the powerful wizard? Does playing this game make you want to go back and watch the movie trilogy or read the original Tolkien novels? Does the violence fit the story or is there too much of it?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:January 13, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:T for Violence (Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 12 year old Written byprotective pare... January 27, 2011
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Okay for anyone over ten

This is a good game.A bit violent but nothing like M rated games. I think this game could be E10 becouse it's not bad at all for anyone whose seen the movies
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 13 years old Written byHelpfulgamer25 July 15, 2013
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11
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4 stars!

It is a very fun Lord of the Rings game. If you like the movies you will like this game. It has no language and very little blood. Although there is swords and knives there's no limbs flying around. When you kill the whatever you are fighting they just fall over and disappear. This is a great game for anyone 11 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byShelton W September 27, 2011
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13
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Not Violent,And Good Role Models

LOTR Conquest,A Third Person Shooter,That Basically Copies Gears Of War.The TPS(Third Person Shooter),Has Many Fun Varieties To Play,But I Suggest If You Play It,To Make It More Fun Do Co-op Mode.This Game Is Not Violent,But Does Have Many Ways To Kill Your Opponent.This Action TPS Is Preferred For Teens 13 And Up.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence

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