Check out preview videos for the next Lord of the Rings Online update

    
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We are running out of roads.

Minas Tirith is a big deal in Lord of the Rings Online; everything bringing player characters closer to Mordor is important, and Minas Tirith is a milestone. The game’s next update will add in the region of Old Anorien, bringing with it Minas Tirith, Pelennor Fields, and Talath Anor. You could jump into the game’s test server and start exploring the regions there… or you could watch many, many preview videos below to get a sense of the area without a test client. Your choice.

The videos in question cover all of the major regions with an exploration as well as the battle for Minas Tirith, so players who can’t wait to explore these regions can enjoy the ambiance. It’s the next best thing to being there.

Source: LotRO Players; thanks to John, Serena, and Eric for the tip!
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PrincessAlexandria
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PrincessAlexandria

SeedEve I respectfully disagree. It’s aged well enough.

Styopa
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Styopa

After quite a while focusing on EQ2 I drifted back to LOTRO.
I hadn’t played it for years (since beta for SoA, in fact), and while I’ve given it a try here and there, I was always frustrated (frankly speaking) by my own parsimony.  Once I accepted paying a little (really, I mean little: $0.76 for riding, and $8 for 700 tp’s plus the tp’s I’d accumulated just rhough normal play bought me the next 20+ levels of zones) I’m really enjoying it.
First, it feels deeply authentic.  After going from WoW to GW2 to Tera to Rift to EQ2 (etc) I’m so sick of poorly-crafted, trope-filled, insubstantial virtual worlds, if that’s not a misnomer.  About the only one that narratively competitive with Rift is AoC and I can’t help but feel that’s so long past the point it should have died, I couldn’t commit to that (how’s that crafting revamp going?)….LOTRO was, effectively, imagined in the head of a true storyteller in the mid 20th century, and conceived as a world, not as a gameplay space.  It probably goes without saying at this point that its philological underpinnings contribute mightily to its sense of reality; WH Auden recognized this back in 1938.
Second, it’s paced entirely differently than most other current games.  Probably archaic to younger gamers, it’s clearly a slower experience.  From travel times/speeds to crafting to combat, things aren’t done in short order (although like any mmo, a bad pull can go sideways pretty quickly).  And that’s fine for me.
I like the feeling of persistence in a long-lived game, certainly.  The closure of servers is troubling, but I hope this will lead to a world that feels a little more alive as well, which will probably help new players’ experience as well.
The world itself is beautiful, but the character models could indeed do with an update; I can’t imagine them having the resources to chase this anytime soon however.
So I’m enjoying the hell out of it, frankly.

crackfox
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crackfox

melissaheather crackfox Too dangerous for a single dwarf to venture into without fellowship?

Slaphammer
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Slaphammer

Firelilyx I think both the game and the films took inspiration from the same pre-existing art.  The flicks, especially inside the Lonely Mountain, do feel very much like Moria in the game, but I think it’s just that they both spawn from the same earlier visualizations.

Slaphammer
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Slaphammer

Neo_Wolf No problems for me on my new PC.  In fact, moving to a system with Windows and LotRO both on a solid state drive has finally fixed the mounted combat for me!  After years of hating it because of its jerkiness, finally it’s buttery smooth.  I still kinda hate it because of how you circle endlessly and mash buttons, but at least I can see what’s happening now instead of the frequent stuttering.

Firelilyx
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Firelilyx

crackfox And super cool in its ambience. Seriously, it’s one of the best MMO spaces ever made.

Neo_Wolf
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Neo_Wolf

melissaheather Neo_Wolf tis true :)

melissaheather
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melissaheather

Neo_Wolf Doesn’t crash, has always been rock solid for me.   You’ve got an issue.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

crackfox Well, after Angmar really “what’s next” is Moria once you break level 50… and it’s just as described… long, dangerous, dark.

Zariarn
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Zariarn

Oh my!  Can’t wait!