Reviews for LEGO® The Hobbit™

90

A solid sequel

Locke | Nov. 15, 2014 | See all Locke's reviews »

Review originally posted on Steam.

LEGO The Hobbit is, first and foremost, a LEGO game. There isn't a great deal different from other LEGO titles, in both bad and good ways. If you've tried LEGO games before and found them dull, I don't think this one will change your mind, but if you have an obsession for collection, this game will probably serve you well.

First of all, some gripes. I really don't like how the game forces you to come back later and re-do things when you already have the means to complete them at your disposal, simply locked away. It takes advantage of a child's endless appetite for repetition (Pokemon, anyone?), but as an adult it gets frustrating at times. And speaking of frustrating, the game has some bugs too. I've had characters get stuck, once even in a game-breaking way in the middle of a story mission that locked out all buttons but Start and forced me to quit. The physics on hills and edges get weird sometimes and prevent you from jumping, which can sometimes lead to the stuck thing or lead to death in the middle of a jumping puzzle. I would also get random crashes for a while, which was fixed by turning off Raptr's integration completely, even the Track Gameplay part (the only part I actually use). And the end of the game cuts off at a really bad time, though that's not entirely their fault, since from what I understand the movie does too. Perhaps they should have waited for the third movie to come out to release this. Hopefully they put out some DLC to add in the final climax. It's literally only missing the last chapter or two from the book.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, the game is still fun. It's still cathartic to beat up LEGO objects and watch them explode into fountains of loot and studs. The gradual ramp of power and wealth starts to get quite high near the end, and I feel a bit Smaug looking over my vast collection of items and riches. Okay, I admit that pun was terrible. Moving on. None of the missions, quests, or puzzles are particularly difficult or complex, but are still fun nonetheless. Suitably accessible for a child but still enjoyable for an adult, a good balance. I'm about 28 hours in and I still haven't gotten tired of it. The bits of humor injected into the game here and there are a nice touch as well. My favorite gag is Azog's missing hand actually following him around and constantly taunting him. Great way to add flavor to the original movie script. And the voice acting clips taken from the movie are a nice touch to telling the story as well, as opposed to the silent approach of early LEGO games.

By no means is LEGO The Hobbit without flaws, but if you're a fan of Traveller's Tales style of collect-a-thon games, this will be a shining Arkenstone in your collection. I picked it up for $5 on sale and more than got my money's worth out of it. Again, if you're tired of the LEGO formula or just really hate Tolkien it's probably a safe pass, but for everyone else, I'd definitely recommend giving it a try.

85

The Power of the Ring

YYS1995 | Sept. 6, 2014 | See all YYS1995's reviews »

LEGO Lord Of The Rings is another one of those LEGO Games that is a must have for Lego fans and LOTR fans alike.

The creators of the game did a good job of sticking to the storyline and providing enough places for the player to explore while he or she progresses through the story. Combined with the original music and cut scenes from the movies, the game gives the player a wholly immersive experience.

Gameplay wise, this game is no different from the other Lego games, having random achievements and a lot of brick breaking. But still, I'm not complaining, as this is the charm of LEGO games that attract many.

To sum it up, this game is a must have for LEGO and LOTR Fans. For a casual player, getting this to play through the storyline would not be a bad idea either. This game would provide the need to know about LEGO games, if you like this, you will like the other LEGO games too.

86

Must-have for fans

diekatze | July 16, 2014 | See all diekatze's reviews »

If you loved Lego Lord of the Rings, the Lego The Hobbit doesn't fall far behind. The quality of the game is amazing as well, and the story itself is complete (except it only includes the first two parts) and includes sidequests. Anyone who has played Lego games before knows they are charming and entertaining. I definitely recommend this game to Tolkien / Lego fans.

85

Fan of the Lego Lord of the Rings Series? This is a must-have!

DonVercetti | May 24, 2014 | See all DonVercetti's reviews »

Ever since falling in love with the Lord of the Rings Lego franchise from the same developer TT Games. This has been an instant buy for me. And after about 20-30 hours in to the game now, I can say it hasn't disappointed. It has the same charm and funfactor as it's predecessors. Even if you're just a Tolkien fan, get this game. It's Amazing!!

100

LOTR and LEGO. What more could you ask?

johansdr | April 29, 2014 | See all johansdr's reviews »

I have played a lot of Lego videogames, but this is the best of all. I mean, is the story of the Hobbit, with the extra scenes of the film (and book obviously) and with that characteristic humor of Lego franchise.

The graphics are awesome, the gameplay too. So... BUY IT!

80

There And Almost Back Again

H4ZD4M4N | April 28, 2014 | See all H4ZD4M4N's reviews »

If you played LEGO: Lord of the Rings - and I'm guessing if you're thinking about purchasing this game that you did - you will enjoy this game. It brings the same humour and charm from that game over to the beloved story of Bilbo Baggins and his great adventure with Thorin's company of dwarves.

Like the Lord of the Rings game, there are plenty of side quests and extra areas which allow you to get a lot of replayabillity out of the game, but you won't feel like you missed out if you just play the main story.

Sadly though for book readers, the game only goes up to where the second movie did. I expect the third film will be added as DLC later on but I can't help but be a little disappointed that it wasn't here already.

70

Great game

KanzerReview | April 22, 2014 | See all KanzerReview's reviews »

The voice work and music was so dead accurate it was like it was taken from the films. Accompanied with familiar epic score going well with the cut scenes.

During gameplay when things get a little hectic and messy you can occasional glitches but it's fine sometimes it's funny to see them.

LEGO achievements never fail to be so random and somewhat difficult to get because you have to get to the most goofy situations in order to unlock them.

80

Astonishing

Cavalieroscuro | April 14, 2014 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »

Do you love Lego Lord of the Rings? Then you will love Lego The Hobbit too! The game is plenty of cutscenes that reproduce the ones saw in the movies, and they are well done: even if you haven't seen the movies, you will understand the story. The gameplay is plenty of things to do, with free roaming areas. You can always play the game by beating story chapters, then clean up the rest in free roaming mode, unlocking new characters etc.

The third movie isn't here, sadly, and probably will be added later as DLC.