One game to rule them all?
The mythology Tolkien created for the series is mind-bogglingly vast, with detailed histories for characters, places, languages, cultures, civilizations, and a whole lot more. A game or extra couple dozen movies set in this universe would not be out of place at all.
Therefore, it's great that someone decided to flex their adaption muscles and take a chapter out of the big book of Tolkien, creating a video game set in between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
Does it live up to the aforementioned works? Well, let's find out.
NOTE: Since this is a Content Rundown and not a Review, due to me not being able to play the game and watching video walkthroughs instead, the story, atmosphere and overall "feel" of the game will be looked at, as opposed to gameplay mechanics and player interaction. The Areas of Concern will still be as complete as possible.
Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg
Verdict: Caution Advised for Strong Gory Violence
Release Date: September-November 2014
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows
Genre: Open World Hack and Slash