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Anyone who sees the LotRO video and believes this game in anyway captures the essence and excitement and the possible interpretations (whether Purist or Realist) of The Lord of the Rings or Middle-earth is deluding themselves.
This video, without doubt, illustrates precisely what I've been saying for the last 3 years: Turbine has mauled this Story and turned it into a mediocre arcade/console game.
I thought it was impossible to be any more dissappointed and outraged than the last 3 years have made me. I see I was mistaken. I haven't had the experience of depravity associated with this company that others have---though I was warned of it on other bboards.
So, here it is: this game is not Lord of the Rings Online nor is it even Middle-earth Online. It's a mediocre console game with the absolute cheapest veneer of Middle-earth stamped on top of it. I'm absolutely appalled and outraged. There is no longer any question whatsoever of me paying this company for this rather infantile attempt. In addition to my absolute relegation of Turbine, I must also begin to question the motivations of Tolkien Enterprises who have, apparently, lowered their standards as well---merely for the sake of money.