Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lego The Lord of the Rings has a new trailer, voice acting

It's been almost eight months since the announcement of Lego The Lord of the Rings video game was made. For many fans of Tolkien and casual gaming, Lego LotR looks like the perfect union of epic source material and silly, minimalist presentation as it features the usual Lego game hijinks alongside a Lego version of Eddard Stark.

But Lego The Lord of the Rings takes a decisive step away from the tradition forged by other collaborative Lego games (Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, etc.) by featuring voice acting in the game's cutscenes. The inclusion of movie/book dialog is a marked, and perhaps unwelcome, change from the mute Lego protagonists of games past who communicated through grunts, nervous laughter, and the occasional shrug.

Still, the game looks absolutely great. In anticipation of Gamescom happening this week, WB Games release a new extended trailer for Lego LotR and while the voice acting still feels a bit out of place, it is a small price to pay to have a game like this:

It is likely that Lego The Lord of the Rings will release alongside (or just ahead of) Peter Jackson's first installment of The Hobbit trilogy, so look for it on your DS, 3DS, PS Vita, Wii, Xbox, PS2, PS3, etc some time this fall or winter.