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Lord of The Rings Ships As Demo Copy?

ETA: It turns out that it was a labeling error. Oops. Read the full press release below:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is recalling a small number of LEGO The Lord of the Rings video games that were released for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft to Walmart, Target and Toys ‘R’ Us in the United States with a disc labeling error. The discs in question are incorrectly labeled as demo discs, but those discs do contain the full game content and are fully functional. This error does not affect any other formats of the game. We are in the process of remanufacturing the discs and will get them to the stores as soon as possible.

Consumers who purchased a copy of the Xbox 360 version of the game with the disc labeling error can contact customer support via email at support@wbgames.com or phone at 410-568-3680 for a replacement disc. 

ORIGINAL STORY: It’s been reported along the gaming grapevine in the US that the new LEGO Lord of The Rings game released for the XBox 360 console was faulty.

Well, the disc played. That’s all well and good. But upon the opening of the box, some gamers were shocked to find a DEMO DISC inside the case and not a full copy of the game. Of course, this left both Warner Bros and TT Games with egg on their faces. It appears that this error only extends to the XBox 360 version of the game and not the 3DS, PC or PS3 versions. At least there has been no reports of those platforms of this time.

Of course, this is a very expensive mistake to make especially to those buyers purchasing the game as a Christmas gift. So please- if you live in the US and you’re buying an XBox 360 version of the game, check the disc before you leave the shop. Warner Bros have said that those who have found this disc inside their case to contact their customer service team for help.

LEGO: Lord of The Rings Available to Buy

I appear to have gotten myself some kind of a reputation around these parts for being the ‘LEGO Guru’. Yes, I’m a fan. Yes, I own most of the games (all the Star Wars, Harry Potter and Batman LEGO games *whistles nonchalantly* ) and I grew up playing with the famous plastic bricks, as is now my daughter. So yes, you could say I’m some what of a fan.

So when I did my first piece about the Lord of the Rings trilogy being immortalised in brick form, my heart leapt in joy while my stomach flipped like some tumbling acrobat. Happy days! Watching the trailer a few months ago, this game seems to break a few of the usual LEGO rules which TT Games started in the second Batman game. The tongue-in-cheek humour isn’t there so much, it’s a lot more obvious now. But the main thing is voice actors. And it’s actually pretty cool. As usual, TT Games came out fighting and it looks like they have another smash-hit in Lord of the Rings. Does this mean that there will be more of the game like Harry Potter and Star Wars? I assume so, but we will just have to wait and see.

For those of you out there chomping at the bit for this game- you can buy it now in the US and on November 23rd in Europe. Ah, you were attempting to buy Christmas gifts this year? Pfffft. I don’t think so…

Funcom Creating a New LEGO MMO

Funcom, the independent developer who is developing the Secret World MMO has just announced that they have signed a license with the LEGO Group to create a new LEGO MMO based on the massively popular Minifigures franchise. This obviously proves were never to old to play with lego’s. With the LEGO Minifigures MMO you’ll be able to expect a “oddball” in a gorilla suit, a Knight and even a firefighter. With how big the Minifigures franchise is you can expect there to be tons of different options in the game.

“The market for family-friendly online experiences intended for children and youngsters is brimming with potential,” says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. “Being able to work with a world-renowned brand such as the LEGO® brand to develop an MMO for this audience is incredibly exciting to us as game developers and for Funcom as a company. This is source material we all know and love and we simply cannot wait to get started working with the LEGO Group on realizing this exciting project.”

The independent developer, Funcom, is set to release their other MMO, The Secret World, on July 3rd with having finished their final beta weekend this past week. Hopefully after that, we’ll be able to see a trailer for this LEGO Minifigures MMO in the next few months.

Are you looking forward to this new LEGO Minifigures MMO?

GKick Review: Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes

Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes | Available Now
Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC
Publisher: Travellers Tales | Developer: Travellers Tales

I have been a fan of the Lego games for a number of years now. My sordid love affair started off some time back in 2005 when I purchased Lego Star Wars for the PC. Being a huge SW geek, it was pretty much love at first sight for me. Or play in this case. I loved how Traveller’s Tales had managed to combine both an enjoyable game and my love for the little Lego mini figures. I felt sort of wrong though playing a Lego game as I was led to believe that it would be a game targeted and dedicated towards kids. But it turns out that I was wrong as I careened at a neck-breaking speed towards the end of the game. And before I knew it, that was that and the game was over. I felt saddened and desperate for another Lego game fix.

Both Indiana Jones and the original Batman came and went. Surprisingly, I didn’t pick up the original Lego Batman. I didn’t like Pirates of the Caribbean either. I decided to buy Harry Potter out of sheer boredom and actually enjoyed it. It was different to the Star Wars games, it seemed to be better put together and the gameplay seemed to be smoother along with slightly better graphics. I was impressed, so on that game alone- I decided to give Lego Batman 2 a try. After doing the piece on the up-and-coming Lego Lord of the Rings and heard that there was going to be voice acting in the Lego games from now on, I was excited to see what they did with the Batman series. So, when I heard that there was a demo available on the Xbox 360 Live Marketplace, I spent half of the evening downloading it for a quick play. (I have a very slow internet connection.)

I won’t go too far into how the demo was, as it’s mainly going to be in my main review of the full game but I will say that after the demo I was left very much unfulfilled. I wanted more, I was blown away at how good the game was and how different it was compared to the original Lego Batman game. It made me laugh, some of the puzzles were mind-boggling and I just wanted to see how the whole DC Heroes thing fitted into the game as there was none of it in the demo version I played.

I was excited to play the game, so I took the plunge and bought it online. It would be here in the morning and I behaved like a kid on Christmas morning. I was up and dressed early. So, on the morning of the 23rd of June, bright and early at 7.05am I received Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes via my lovely courier. I was awake for work already and I almost missed the bus by poring over the new shiny game in my possession. Upon opening the box, I saw on the front that it had a Lex Luthor Mini Figure inside. I wondered if it was already built or if I would have the childlike-joy of once again getting to build Lego stuff. Inside the box was a plastic packet, with Lex inside. He was in bits and the thought of building him made my morning. So, putting him together as I said I almost missed my bus to work but boy, did I enjoy that.

On The Eve of Gotham City…

Are you looking forward to the new Lego Batman game? Do you want to finally kick ass as Wonder Woman or The Flash? Well, now is your chance. It’s currently half an hour away here in the UK from being the 22nd of June and that means it’s almost release day for Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes. The game is being released on multiple platforms, I believe it’s being released on ALL gaming platforms. (checks Nintendo Magazine). Yep. It really is:

  • PC
  • Xbox 360/Xbox Live
  • PS3/ Playstation Network
  • PS Vita
  • Wii
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo DS

Along with being pegged as one of the best Lego games to date (it’s always going to take a lot to beat the Star Wars series in my opinion), it’s the first game other than the up-coming LOTR Lego game with actual voice acting. No more of the mute Lego figures, but hopefully just as much as the slapstick humour. Lex Luther and The Joker team up to become the ultimate super-villian and it’s Batman’s job to take them down with a little help from his friends- The Justice League. Superman AND Batman in the same game? Wow.

How can you go wrong? And c’mon, who doesn’t enjoy a bit of Lego fun in their lives? I’m not sure if the promotion applies in outside of the UK, but for a limited time you can get a free Lex Luthor Lego figure when you buy the game. Awesome. Also, as I found out tonight- the game is already for sale on Xbox Live along with a downloadable demo if you’d like to try before you buy. I’ve got the demo downloaded and primed for review on my Xbox. It’s my day off from REAL LIFE (hurrah!) tomorrow so I shall be shooting you all a review based off the Xbox version. Until then, download the demo and tell me if you’re looking forward to playing this game too!

First Impressions: Lego Lord of the Rings

Release Date: Autumn/Fall 2012 Platform: DS, 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. Genre: RPG/Fantasy/Adventure

In the middle of the deluge of trailers over the next week, TT Games snuck another Lego game into the mix. I personally, was completely surprised that the company chose Lord of the Rings to base their next series off. I mean, in their back story they have already made Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman and Indiana Jones. I’ve played two out of four (Star Wars and Harry Potter). In the old games, the characters in the games themselves wouldn’t speak. It was all innuendo, nods, giggles and facial expressions. As well as Lego characters tripping each other up or shooting one another. This was fun and added somewhat of a personality to the game.

So TT Games have decided on yet another franchise, marching forward to steal the money from people who love the Lego video games. We join Frodo, Merry and Pippin on their infamous quest to get to Mount Doom, and along the way you will see Gandalf among others. Now, it seems in the new style of the Lego games (Batman DC Heroes included), the characters now talk. In Lord of the Rings, it almost feels like they ripped whole chunks of dialogue directly from the Fellowship of the Ring. The game itself is not entitled ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ but you get the impression that’s the way they’re thinking of going- which would make it into a whole series like Harry Potter. But this teaser doesn’t really give us much other than what you would expect from a Lego game. The characters look almost identical to the minifigures from the actual Lego sets you can buy from toy stores. I can only think that the game will play out just like all the other Lego games, follow the story, watch the cutscenes, collect the shiny gold objects (parts of The Ring, maybe?)

It almost leaves the door open for what Lego game is next on the cards for TT Games? Pirates of the Caribbean, maybe? Haha. I do love a bit of Captain Jack Sparrow!