TT Games and Warner Interactive have been a busy bunch this past year with titles such as LEGO Marvel Superheroes and the LEGO Movie Videogame releasing on every format available. Now here we are again with their third multi-generational release in six months as Tolkien gets the construction toy treatment once more in LEGO: The Hobbit.
The story isn’t based on Tolkien’s masterpiece directly but on the first two films of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, “The Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug”, though it is very well adapted from that source material.
Each level of the main story campaign is introduced by Christopher Lee, a.k.a Saruman the White (or Dracula if love your Hammer Horror movies), who provides the player with a chapter blurb which helps keep the story on track. Despite such an eloquent prelude, there are a couple of times throughout the game when the story feels rushed and disjointed from the gameplay, meaning that players who have not seen the movies might feel lost. That said, the avid Tolkien fan will be more than pleased with the story flow.
All of the main movie scenes have been adapted into stunning levels to enjoy, from Bilbo’s first unexpected meeting with the dwarves to his face to face with Smaug, every sense of fun, adventure and danger is captured brilliantly in LEGO form and as always TT Games legendary cut-scene humour is at the top of it’s game.
Many fans of the gaming series saw LEGO Lord Of The Rings as one of the less enjoyable outings to date for a number of reasons and although there is a sense of deja vu early on in LEGO The Hobbit, it is clear to see that the developer has made some significant improvements.