The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2002 video game based on the original book by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Xbox version was developed by WXP Games, a PC and Playstation 2 versions were developed by Surreal Software, and a Game Boy Advanxce version by Pocket Studios. All versions of the game are published by Black Label Games.
The video game's plot includes sections of the novel, such as Frodo Baggins' travel to the Old Forest, his encounter with Old Man Willow, his meeting of Tom Bombadil, and encounter with the Wights at the Barrow-downs.
Each of the three characters has their own weapons, which vary throughout the game. Frodo uses three different melee weapons: a walking stick at the start of the game, a dagger (from the Barrow Downs) and the sword Sting, which is given to him by Bilbo. Frodo can also pick up stones and hurl them as a ranged attack, and can utilize the Ring to give him invisibility. Aragorn uses his long-sword. Gandalf uses his sword Glamdring and an array of magical spells: Fire Blast, Staff Strike, Chain Lightning, Heal, and Attract.
The enemies in the game are: Barrow-wights, Black riders, Ruffians, Cave-trolls, Stone-trolls, and Orcs. Bosses include the Balrog, The Old Barrow-wight, the Fell beast, Bill Ferny, Harry Goatleaf, Old Man Willow, and the Watcher in the Water.
Synopsis EditThe narrative of the game can be roughly divided into four acts, each played out by one of the three main characters, with some variation.
It begins peacefully in the Shire as Frodo is making the final arrangements for his departure. Although there are many optional quests involving the inhabitants of Bywater and Hobbiton, the main story focuses on the selling of Bag End. Once this is complete and the Ring is retrieved, Frodo must escape the Shire undetected by Black Riders to meet with his companions at Maggot's Farm.
Afterwards, the group arrives at The Old Forest. Frodo must find Merry, Sam and Pippin who have lost themselves in a forest labyrinth. He must then free Merry and Pippin from the clutches of Old Man Willow. Finally Tom Bombadil intervenes, rescuing the Hobbits and setting them off in search of 12 water lilies. Once recovered Tom takes them to his house to recuperate.
Then they head to The Barrow-downs. Frodo's companions are again lost, and Frodo has to find them in the fog of the wight-haunted downs. In the final barrow Frodo finds his new weapon, the Westernesse Dagger, and uses it to defeat the Barrow-wight Boss with the help of Tom, who guides the hobbits to Bree.
Act Two starts in Bree when it is apparent that Merry is missing and gameplay switches to Aragorn. Having found Merry he then hunts for objects to construct Hobbit decoys to fool the Nazgûl that they are still on their trail, battling ruffians along the way.
Aragorn escorts Frodo and Sam to the summit of Weathertop. On the way wargs and Orcs are first introduced into the game. Aragorn must battle a troll on the summit before returning to the campsite to protect Frodo from the attacks of the Ringwraiths armed with a burning brand.
Act 3 begins with Gandalf as the playable character as he searches for the doors of Moria. As he attempts to open them, play switches to Aragorn as he fends off the Watcher in the Water before returning to Gandalf on entering Moria. With Gimli the dwarf as a companion, Gandalf must navigate the dark maze of the Dwarrowdelf fighting off the Orcs and Cave-trolls that stalk its shadows. In the Balin's Tomb Gandalf must find an escape route as the other characters fend of trolls. Play then switches to Frodo in the 21st hall, retaining Gimli as a companion, who must find a way through the various ladders, walkways and bridges to reach and open the gates on the other side. Act 3 reaches its conclusion on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm where Gandalf duels with Moria boss the Balrog.
Act 4 sees Aragorn resume the role of playable character after a brief interlude in Lothlórien. First there is a short level in which he spies out an Orc-dam on the river Anduin in which the game introduces better orcs. Player then moves onto the final level of the game at Amon Hen in which Aragorn battles his way through most of the previously-encountered enemies to the Seeing Seat. The very summit has to be reached twice, first as Frodo and then as Aragorn, before Aragorn battles the Games final boss, the Fell Beast.
- Frodo/Celeborn (voiced by Steve Staley)
- Aragorn/Tom Bombadil (voiced by Daran Norris)
- Gandalf (voiced by Tom Kane)
- Elrond/Bilbo (voiced by Jim Piddock)
- Gimli/Boromir (voiced by James Horan)
- Sam (voiced by Scott Menville and Cliff Broadway)
- Merry/Gollum (voiced by Quinton Flynn)
- Galadriel/Lobelia Sackville-Baggins (voiced by Jennifer Hale)
- Pippin (voiced by James Arnold Taylor)
- Legolas (voiced by Michael Reisz)
- Lady Goldberry (voiced by Kath Soucie)
- Arwen (voiced by Kath Soucie)
- Angelica Baggins (voiced by Kath Soucie)
- Rosie Cotton (voiced by Jennifer Hale)
- Robin Smallburrow (voiced by James Arnold Taylor)
- Horses (voiced by Jack Angel)
Game Boy Advance port Edit
A Game Boy Advance version of this game was later released in September of 2002 to North American audiences, and to Europe two months later. It greatly differed from its counterparts on other consoles, most notably for its RPG-style battle system. However, the game was poorly received by critics. Most of the complaints came from the extremely slow gameplay. It was also notorious for its poor quality; the game contained many glitches which greatly hindered the player's progress and sometimes even forced them to restart the entire game.