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I'm sure many of us remember the sandbox version of LotRO that Turbine was advertising up until about a year before the LotRO release. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk0ogD_HMn0
After giving LotRO yet another try, I grew frustrated at how linear and gated it was. I tried to get to Angmar just to explore, and managed to get quite deep with my level 18 character. I got by almost all the mobs and was close to the interesting bits when a stone suddenly insta killed me. Apparently the game has been fitted with so many artificial barrier to prevent people from exploring places they shouldn't be yet. The game told me I wasn't strong enough and bam, back to bind stone.
I also recently tried to follow the Brandywine River into the Old Forest. The map shows it leading directly in but... invisible wall.
That's all I seem to run into in this game. Artificial barriers, invisible walls, mountains you can't cross that shouldn't be in the locations they are in.
So, for all of you who were are still are, hoping for a Middle Earth without barriers, let's have a moment to watch that trailer and remember the good old days before Turbine reconfigured MEO into a WoW clone. Let's remember the days when we dreamed of being able to walk the path the Fellowship took without being forced to complete hundreds of pointless "quests" first.