Monday, June 4, 2012

Lego Lord of the Rings has a teaser trailer, looks awesome

Similar to last year, I promised myself that I wouldn't be reposting scraps of E3 news here (partially because I'm covering E3 for another site this year...) but because this is technically pre-E3 news, I couldn't pass it up.

Lego Lord of the Rings released a teaser trailer, and it is adorable.

The news of Lego Lord of the Rings was announced back in December but saw a quiet development period with little in the way of news since then. Partially, I suspect, this is because everyone knows what to expect from a Lego (insert name of huge franchise here) game at this point: you play through the plot of a given movie, smash things to collect brick studs, build things to collect more brick studs, and eventually unlock legions of characters along the way. It's a simple and predictable formula, but I'll be damned if it doesn't work.

For those familiar with Lego games, one of the more interesting aspects of the trailer below is the full-voice acting: a franchise first. For those unfamiliar with the Lego games, hey look- a Lego Balrog!

While well-executed, the voice acting just seems a bit weird. In previous Lego titles, the characters communicated with grunts, sighs, snickers, and groans and it added to the slapstick nature of the games.

There's no official word as to whether this dialog is a feature of the game itself or was mocked up for the teaser trailer, but it's not changing my decision to pre-order this geeky crossover gem for my 3DS as soon as I'm able to.