There are reasons to be excited and maybe, possibly a reason or two to be sceptical. Marc... sceptical? Never! Before we get to the points of why you might feel one way or another about this game I should have a small throat clearing here; LOTR is my favourite book universe second only to The Malazan Book of The Fallen. If you haven't read either yet, do yourself a favour...
Now we get to the reasons to be hyped for the upcoming LOTR game. Well, for one, there is some amazing talent tied to it:
- Troy Baker - Talion (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins, BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City)
- Nolan North – Black Hand (Uncharted series, Batman: Arkham Origins)
- Alastair Duncan - Wraith (Mass Effect series, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception)
- Laura Bailey – Ioreth (Halo 4, Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us)
- Liam O’Brien – Gollum (Infamous: Second Son, Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us)
This won't be the first time that Nolan North and Troy Baker have worked together but it does make me hyped that we will see these two in the same project. Troy baker is, for my money, one of the best actors in the world right now. Of the last two years the choice for best role has to be either Joel in The Last of Us or Michael Mando as Vaas in Far Cry 3. Point is... The guy has talent. The same goes for the rest of the names there. Not a fault to be found.
On to the reasons you might not be as hyped. I don't know if this can classify as a game set in Tolkien's universe. The use of magic is a little bit ridiculous, resurrection (a one time deal in this universe) and Wraiths are shown as something completely other than what Tolkien had described. With that said, it can still be a good game.
I don't really want to get into the whole argument of what duties the developers have to the creators of the universe if they want to use the name, so, for right now I would say that if you don't mind it not being lore friendly then get hyped.