My recent musings on EA’s video game Lord of the Rings: The White Council and its possible cancellation put me in a Tolkien gaming mood. I wanted to play a Lord of the Rings video game, I wanted to mercilessly kill Orc after Orc, but which game to play? I settled on The Third Age, … Continue reading On Revisiting The Third Age
I finished Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, the XBox (and PS2, and Game Cube) role-playing game from EA, this evening. I’m depressed, and not because the game is over. I’m depressed, because the game didn’t redeem itself in the end. Role-playing games need a story. Role-playing games need characters. The Third Age had … Continue reading Well, I'm back.
Gandalf’s judgment on Denethor as given in Lord of the Rings: The Third Age: Thus is the havoc when a steward breaks his solemn bond with his people. Gondor shunned counsel, chose to dominate its subjects. While its sons were sent to die in hopeless causes, alliances faltered. Hope withered. Armies were squandered, leaders lost. … Continue reading A Thought for the Day
Last night I saved Helm’s Deep from Saruman’s armies. It wasn’t the first time. A long, slogging battle. Wave after wave of Uruk-hai berserkers and trolls. The Third Age‘s story takes a new turn. Now things begin to “fit.” Not well, not comfortably. But just a little. Next stop–Osgiliath. No, I’m not sure why.
Today EA Games announced their new Lord of the Rings video game, The Third Age. Speculation had been rampant since the release of the Return of the King game, which ended with a “James Bond Will Return”-style notice that Lord of the Rings: Trilogy would be coming in 2004. The Third Age is, from all … Continue reading The Third Age