Title: LEGO The Hobbit
Format: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita PC, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: TT Games
Developer: Warner Bros.
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
The Grade: B –
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Summary: “LEGO The Hobbit” is inspired by the first two films in The Hobbit trilogy: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.” If you’re a fan of those two films you’ll have a good idea of what kind of action you’ll see in this game, but “LEGO The Hobbit” also extends the experience. Gamers will be able to play along with their favorite scenes from the films including Bag End, Rivendell, Goblin Town and Mirkwood. Gamers will also get to play as their favorite characters including Gandalf, Bilbo and what seems like 100 different elves. As you would expect from a LEGO game, there is quick and easy drop-in/drop-out gameplay and plenty of puzzles to solve and items to collect. There’s a ton of exploring and fighting to do as well. “LEGO The Hobbit” will certainly give you your money’s worth, providing plenty of hours of gameplay. A new craft making system gives the game a Minecraft-lite feel, a very welcome addition.
While “LEGO The Hobbit” is a fun title, it does have some flaws. Most of the puzzles are very simple and easy to solve, which can lead to some monotony. The game is also likely only to be of interest to fans of The Hobbit. Unlike some other LEGO titles, if you’re not familiar with The Hobbit films, chances are you’ll be confused as to what’s going on. The Hobbit canon can be pretty complex. These issues aside, I found “LEGO The Hobbit” to be yet another solid entry into an already reliable franchise.
Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has written for numerous publications including GamePro, GamesBeat, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones.