Pros:Sean Astin as Samwise.
Sounds\images\music tied into movies.
Integrates some scenes not in movie.
Cons:Clumsy battle system quickly devolves into mashing the attack button.
The Bottom Line: Pick up if you can get it on the cheap, especially if you have kids that would enjoy orc smashing.
6/10 Rings of power
Aragorn's Quest is pretty much as stock and standard fare as you can get without being outright bad. We purchased the game off the PSN, so any UMD related issues/benefits are not known.
Recommend this product?
The load times are pretty standard for PSP, not great but not bad.
Voice acting was limited to the in between cutscenes, which took away from it some, but it is better than having different actors from the originals doing the voices.
Sound overall is good. As always it sounds much better on headphones than the native speakers.
Graphics are descent. I have seen better on the system, but for the isometric view, hack and slash system they were adequate.
The game is easy to pick up, and since for the most part you really only need to know one attack, the learning curve is low. On the other hand, when you do encounter a part of the game that requires one of the other skills, you are often fumbling trying to remember what to press.
Is this game fun? In short doses, yes. There is an amount of fun to be had just beating the snot outta orcs and other Middle-Earth baddies, but without any real tactics being needed the fun wears thin after a while. It does make it very accessible to younger players though, until they get to a spot that requires you to use a special ability. The collection challenges can be fun, and the gauntlet challenges provide a small diversion, and gives you some sweet loot, though why anyone would actually need it I don't know.
In the end it is a pretty mediocre offering, that has some short term fun but fails in the long haul. While I never ding a game for no multiplayer, it would have added to the long term appeal of the game. Overall I give it 6 rings of power out of 10.
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