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I've been playing a total of about 24 hours, so take this for what it is worth.
* This game is beautiful. Even on lower graphic settings, it is visually stunning.
* The art direction has more than a nod to WOW, rather than, say, EQ2. That is to say that in many ways I see the characters and their movements as a bit more on the cartoon-ish side, rather than the realistic side. That might not be a bad thing, depending on how you like a game to look. There are some wonderful bright colors in this game, as opposed to some I have played recently. Refreshing.
* Story. Story. Story, story, story. If you don't like to read; that is to say that if your idea of fun in an MMO is rushing through the content to get to the "end game", this game is going to be hard for you to get into. More than any other MMO I have played up to this point, this game is about the going there - not the getting there.
* In addition to the above, in this game you have to be alert. Not because Gollum is going to sneak up and snatch your Precious from you, but because the main story does not stop when you want it to. It is possible for you to miss watching some of main plot unfold (ie. what happend in the books) if you are not paying attention. This does not seem to matter at all to your own quests, but it is kind of a kick to watch and keep up with the travels and travials of The Fellowship (as opposed to the fellowships) as you go along.
* Turbine seems to have a certain "look" to their games and this is no exception. I had an early problem with the camera hesitating and then moving too fast when I turned, which sort of made me motion sick. A post to the LOTR boards, however, found the answer for me (changing a value in the .ini file) and all seems to be good now.
* The map is, for me, too small, but I might just be spoiled by the EQ2map program.
More to come as I play more.