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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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…
If you had been wondering what’s been going on with Turbine’s, Riders of Rohan, expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, just yesterday they released a trailer while also letting players pre-order the game. There are three types of Riders of Rohan you can pre-order with each one offering different pre-order and content bonuses. They are as followed:
Base Edition $39.99
Heroic Edition $49.99
Legendary Edition - $69.99
Riders of Rohan is the next chapter in the game’s epic and thrilling story based off of Tolkien’s critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy. The trailer in my opinion, is one of the best they’ve done to this date and is very much worth watching. I’d give it a look or two if I were you.
Lord of the Rings Online is a free-to-play MMORPG that originally released in 2007 and is still going strong. The game is open and available to everyone on lotro.com. No purchases are necessary to play the game.
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!
Guardian’s of Middle-Earth just launched the trailer for the game. After watching this trailer, I see an Xbox purchase in my near future just to purchase this game. If your familiar with League of Legends this game should be fairly easy to pick up, though I don’t know how well a MOBA will work on a console. That aside, I am really, really excited for this game, and can’t wait to play Thor Gimli.
Some suspicions from the trailer:
Gimli can destroy Thor in a showdown match. Seriously. Watch the trailer, Gimli is a boss! Aside from that, I do have a really good feeling about this game, especially after this cinematic trailer they released. As I watched it, I felt confident that this game will succeed. Here’s why:
A lot of game companies really don’t have a lot of money and sometimes don’t even have something to show right away to get support. They’ve basically just got either a very rough Alpha build or the idea on paper with the game engine still being worked on. With Guardians of Middle-Earth they created this beautiful trailer of all of our favorite Lord of the Rings characters and from what the YouTube comments has to say, people love it. Guardians of Middle-Earth has something to show and it’s already drumming up a lot of support. That’s why I think it’s going to succeed and be a big highlight of 2012.
How about we beg Monolith Productions for a PC port, eh?
Warner Bros Interactive is going at another Lord of the Rings title with Monolith entitled, “Guardians of Middle-Earth.” According to their Facebook page, Guardians of Middle-Earth is a MOBA game like League of Legends coming to Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network this coming fall. The game will have 20 of your favorite Lord of the Rings characters including Gandalf, Sauron and Gollum. Of course all of the heroes haven’t been named yet, but I bet it’s safe to say that you can expect to see most of the Fellowship in the game.
The game is being developed by the guys over at Monolith Production who also happened to make the F.E.A.R series we have all come to know and love. With all that said, there isn’t a whole lot of info on the game aside from a lot of speculation. Hopefully it won’t end up like Lord of the Rings: War in the North, but with Monolith Productions developing this game, it’s safe to assume that this will be one of 2012’s top titles.
You can expect the game to release in Fall of this year just in time for the release of the film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.