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well, we're finally getting halo through halo wars though it's more like a 'halo huge must license it and bring people to 360' type of game. you know, like mario or zelda...

Aragorn's quest

at 14:30 - 29th, May 2009

the story, as told by kotaku is this so far:
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest covers the events of the series' three main books, breaking them into missions that exist as a story being re-told by an older Samwise Gamge. The game's hub is the Shire of just after Tolkien's saga. Samwise is major. Aragorn, elsewhere, is king. The player controls a young hobbit, Frodo Gamge in this hubworld, running through it in the style of a young Link from Zelda, learning basic mechanics and talking to townspeople. Sitting down with the other kids to be told a story of exciting adventure by Mayor Samwise initiates the game's core levels. In each of those, the player assumes the role of Aragorn (think older Link).

Sam is re-telling the legend of the rings as something of a fairy tale, the game's producer told me. That's a smart way to explain away any variations from the source fiction and to amplify the spirit of the game's more cartoonish look, which varies with the dark and fantastic realism rendered in Peter Jackson's films.

kotaku is calling this a mario galaxy / zelda take on lord of the rings.

i dunno bout that. i mean the only thing that resembles galaxy is this:
A second player can join the story missions in Aragon's Quest at any time in a manner similar to Super Mario Galaxy's co-star mode. That second player wields just the Wii remote and can issue magical attacks like lighting, frostbite and healing spells. That player is ostensibly controlling Ganadalf, who, during co-op, appears at Aragorn's side. (Not realizing during the demo that there would be a PS2 version, I did not find out if or how this system will work on that console).

while it looks like it could be a zelda game, the art style resembles WOW more than zelda.
it would be nice to play some of aragorn's story before fellowship since pretty much everyone knows about it now.

i do like the open fields though. gives the sense that exploration will be key to the gameplay.

• Alex


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Curt Curt
News comment 1 | User comment 281 | 15:54 - 29th, May 2009

That actually looks like it might be fun.

Alex Alex
News comment 2 | User comment 4968 | 16:27 - 29th, May 2009

carl's not impressed, says it's not dark enough.

as far as i can remember, the books were kinda dark, the animated series was pretty dark for what it was, the movie wasn't dark at all in my opinion and the game doesn't need to be dark because it's from the hobbit perspective, which should be somewhat childish.

as you said curt, looks fun. not willing to pay 60 bucks for it, though there isn't much i would pay 60 bucks for anyway.

andrew andrew
News comment 3 | User comment 1363 | 22:42 - 29th, May 2009

is this 5 years old? graphics look like early ps2

Alex Alex
News comment 4 | User comment 4968 | 9:23 - 30th, May 2009

it's for the ps2, the wii and the ds. but no, it's not 5 years old

Curt Curt
News comment 5 | User comment 281 | 13:02 - 30th, May 2009

I don't feel I need everything in my entertainment to be dark and mature. Something light and fun is good once in awhile. And I thought the cartoony graphics were kind of charming.

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