Lego The Hobbit (video game)

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LEGO: The Hobbit
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Developer(s) Traveller's Tales
Publisher(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Distributor(s) MGM Interactive
Composer(s) Rob Westwood
Ian Livingstone
Howard Shore (Soundtracks)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Wii U
Nintendo 3DS
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Release date(s) NA 201404088 April 2014

EU 2014041111 April 2014
AU 2014041717 April 2014

Genre(s) Action-adventure, action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, co-op
Distribution Download, optical disc

Lego The Hobbit is an action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales. The game was released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on 8 April 2014 in North America, and 11 April in Europe. The game is a follow-up to Lego The Lord of the Rings based on the first two Hobbit films An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug.[1] The Battle of the Five Armies is slated to appear as DLC. It has a Lego feature similar to the one in The Lego Movie Videogame where Emmet has to find the instructions to build certain Lego objects, except in this videogame you have to mine for wooden objects and crystal objects to build. A PC demo version was released in March. It was released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Microsoft Windows.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

The game shows several features from the previous games, including a feature where the user should locate specific materials to build a big Lego object. When the user selects and input the correct materials a screen is displayed where the Lego machine is built and the player should select the correct pieces in exchange for studs.

Also the characters have different actions to perform, making the Dwarf Company a group with different capabilities during the mission, including someone that has archery abilities, another that uses a big hammer that can move big objects, other with the abilities to extract minerals from stones and so on. Bilbo has his abilities improved as long as the game advances, first when he gains Sting he has the ability to be a more skilled fighter and when he gets the One Ring he can disappear and build invisible Lego structures.

The game, similar to the latest Lego games is composed by a big map, rather than a single hub, the player can move along different events where different characters ask users to retain a specific material from a mission or to exchange materials.

Locations visited will include Bag End, Hobbiton, The Misty Mountains, Goblin-town, Mirkwood, Lake-Town, Dol Guldur, Rivendell and The Lonely Mountain.

Plot[edit]

Much like its predecessors, the game presents storylines from the The Hobbit films: An Unexpected Journey and Desolation of Smaug. However, the developers modified the storylines to fit the events into a number of game chapters per film, as well as adding the humour the series has become known for.

Audio[edit]

Similar to Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Lego The Hobbit features talking minifigures. However, the dialogue is taken directly from the films. Additional voices were provided by Tim Bentinck, Liz May Brice, Clare Corbett, Duncan Duff, Daniel Fine, Joel Fry, Jenny Galloway, Andy Gathergood, Anna Koval, Jonathan Kydd, Steve Kynman, Jamie Lee, Andy Linden, Sara Beck Mather, James Naylor, Emma Pierson, Jason Pitt, Richard Ridings, Emma Tate, and Marcia Warren. Christopher Lee has an uncredited role as the narrator in the game.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic (PS4) 72/100[3]
(PC) 68/100[4]
(XONE) 69/100[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 6.5/10[6]
Eurogamer 6/10[7]
GamesRadar 3.5/5 stars [8]
GameSpot 5/10[9]
IGN 7.4/10[10]
NintendoLife 4/10 stars [11]
Official Xbox Magazine 6/10 [12]
Polygon 8/10 [13]

The game received mixed to positive reviews. The critics praised the game's visuals and humor based on Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy but criticized the disjointed story, sameness of characters and the ending.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lego The Hobbit Release Date Announced". IGN. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Kubba, Sinan (25 November 2013). "Lego: The Hobbit Announced". Joystiq. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "LEGO The Hobbit for PlayStation 4 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "LEGO The Lord of the Rings for PC Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "LEGO The Hobbit for Xbox One Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Lego The Hobbit Review". 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Lego The Hobbit Review: There and Not Quite Back Again". Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lego The Hobbit Review". 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Lego The Hobbit Review: There and block agains". 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lego The Hobbit Review: Safe Fairyland". 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014.