Get a bird’s eye view of LOTRO’s new Mirkwood map

    
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Sometimes you can learn an awful lot from an in-game map.

Take for example Lord of the Rings Online’s Northern Mirkwood map, which testers have accessed during the Update 22 beta. It shows a truly huge zone that is divided between the dense leafy forest and the eastern Dale-lands. Not only can you get a sense of scale here, but also there are many tantalizing landmarks on display for future exploration.

YouTuber Andang took fans through this map and its highlights while moving on to the new larger Rhovanion map that might contain clues pointing toward future zones and expansion. He notes that Northern Mirkwood is truly disconnected from any other zones (being situated far north of the existing Southern Mirkwood) and that it has map markers pointing toward regions like the Iron Hills, Fields of Celduin, and the Mountains of Mirkwood.

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Melissa McDonald

I personally feel we are past the point of criticizing the game for what it is and what it isn’t. That ship has sailed. You might as well be asking your dad why he never became President or something. What it is, is what it is. Love it for what it is, or let it be. Just my 2 pence.

I think it is (along with WoW and EQ) one of the 3 best MMOs ever. I revere this game for what it has accomplished, how long it has lasted, and the amount of love, work, and respect for Tolkien’s books that has been poured into it.

It’s entirely possible we may never see again an attempt to recreate the entire Map of Middle Earth that Tolkien drew. This game is historic and significant. Cherish it while it lasts, we may never see its like again.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Assassin’s Creed: Middle-Earth

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Randy Savage

That game already exists. It’s called Shadow of Mordor

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Randy Savage

As an MMO it’s pretty terrible and I could list all the reasons why, but as a Tolkien game it’s pretty faithful. You can tell the game makers love Tolkien’s world just as much as we do. While certainly admirable, it isn’t enough to keep me playing it regularly because of all its problems as an MMO but I do keep it on my computer for whenever I get the itch to explore Middle Earth. And the questing experience is top notch too if you can be bothered to actually read quest text in this day and age of voice acting and cut scenes.

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Paragon Lost

“As an MMO it’s pretty terrible and I could list all the reasons why,” -Randy Savage

Gonna have to list them then. I’m gonna say that what you list is probably going to mostly fall under “your opinion”.

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Randy Savage

Oh god where to begin? Everything about the game was terribly dated even when it came out. The graphics, textures, interface, etc. The combat, class design, character progression, etc. It looks and plays four years older than it is, which is really sad considering the IP. Now I will say that they have made some minor improvements to the graphics and textures so the game looks much better now compared to even just a couple years ago, but the core engine is still bad and has always been bad. It’s terribly optimized. Anyone who’s tried PvMP can attest to this, which pretty much killed that game mode before it ever had a chance.

Then there’s the terrible end-game PvE progression. Shadow of Angmar was good but everything since then has been bad. Missteps they made in Moria all but killed the raiding scene. It only got worse in Mirkwood. And it never recovered. Bad decisions killed it and instead of listening to the community and fixing it, they just sat on their hands and eventually stopped developing group content for years. I want to give Standing Stone a chance but they’re still pulling the same expansion pricing shenanigans that Turbine did and it’s making me hesitant to jump back in after being burned too many times in the past. And all the “selling points” don’t look like they’re worth the risk.

But I will praise the game for what it has done right. They have faithfully recreated Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The quests stay within the parameters of Tolkien lore. It also has some of the best music in any MMO. And the community is amazing. Far more helpful and far less toxic than any other MMO community that’s still running. For those reasons, it will stay on my computer, but for all the other reasons I listed, I can’t see myself making it my main MMO again. And of course, this is all “my opinion”. Everyone’s comments here are just opinions. We are on the internet after all.

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Oleg Chebeneev

You’re wrong, it didnt feel dated when it was released. I was in beta and I dont tolerate bad graphics but in 2007 it was one of the prettiest MMOs out there. It didnt age well, its true, and they made some mistakes, but in its core its not a bad MMO. Its fairly standart MMO that has its ups and downs

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Randy Savage

No way. The textures were terribly low-resolution. So low in fact that they later added a higher resolution texture pack for downloading because the original textures weren’t on par with other games like EQ2 and WoW. Don’t even get me started on the god awful character and creature models. But as I said earlier, they have gotten better and now the game looks better than what it did at release, but at release, it was far behind its peers in graphic fidelity.

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Vincent Clark

For an article highlighting new maps in-game, I find it a bit odd to find a post that is essentially a rant criticizing people who criticize their “revered” game. Maybe people should take their own advice and y’know…let it be. After all, if a person has truly accepted LotRO for what it is (and isn’t), what other people have to say about it shouldn’t matter in the least.

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Melissa McDonald

Don’t understand why you always feel the need to be so combative about this game. Truly, I don’t.

“Find the good, and praise it.” – Alex Haley

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Vincent Clark

What we think we see in others is a often a reflection of ourselves. You decided to post a rant about people who criticize this game (attached to an article that was discussing new maps no less) and then accuse me of being combative? Sure…

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Bango on Laurelin

It’s LOTRO as it got-row, not low-trow.

Anyhow, we’ve had a “To the South Farthing” since lotro went live back in April 07 and the dev’s haven’t filled it. So I’m not going to hold my breath that we’ll see the Iron Hills or indeed any of the unfilled map areas.

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2Ton Gamer

lol.. Watch the 10th anniversary streaming videos and you will hear many of the devs say it both ways. With so many things to complain about, this old tired argument certainly should be laid to rest.

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Neurotic

Looking at these beautiful maps sure does make me want to pick up LoTRO again. I haven’t touched it for years. :(

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Randy Savage

I’m patching it up now just because if there’s one thing that’s always been good about this game, it’s the environments. Everything else might be shit, but they’re pretty good at world building