Most of the LotR games have sucked, until Snowblind Studios made this game. This isn't really the best game in the world, but it doesn't suck, either. The dialogue can be weak, and the combat gets repetitive, but this won't leave you requesting a refund. Plus, I somewhat enjoy the new story and characters, but I do not really identify with them, as they're just not too developed. Let's just say, this is a thousand times better than the previous game, Conquest, and is ideal for someone new to hack-and-slash games. This is fairly easy-going, and you don't die too often, unlike games such as Halo or Dark Souls. However, there is one thing you will notice when you start fighting the goblins and orcs in this game:
VIOLENCE: VERY STRONG. Don't walk into this game willy-nilly, thinking the violence will be like Conquest. This is more along the lines of Dragon Age in content, and should not be played by anyone under 14. I'll describe the violence for you. Heads fly off bodies, wounds splatter plumes of blood, goblins explode into bloody messes, leaving limbs behind, orcs get smashed in the stomach by hammers, spraying their entrails, and so on. This isn't like Skyrim, where decapitations and blood on walls only happen rarely, trust me, every second battle involves dismemberment. You can also zoom in to look at the freshly-eviscerated bodies. This is rated M for a reason.
SEXUAL CONTENT: None. None at all. Maybe some references to love, but that's probably all there is.
LANGUAGE: Extremely mild. Only name-calling, such as "scum", "filth" and "foul creature", which is heard in battles and cutscenes.
SUBSTANCE USE: Extremely mild. At the beginning of the game, you are in a bar, and drinks are shown on tables. You cannot drink them, and none of the characters act intoxicated.
Even though this is a good game, I would not recommend it to anyone younger than a teenager, due to the explicit, graphic violence.