Lord of the Rings Online offers an everything-in-one $200 bundle

    
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There’s a pretty strong opinion out there that Lord of the Rings Online’s lifetime subscription was one of the best such subs in the industry, at least if you had the foresight to buy it early on and then play the crap out of this MMO over its long life. And while players haven’t been able to buy this for many years now, LOTRO has made something similar available for a limited time.

Called the Legacy Bundle, this $200 package permanently unlocks every single quest in the game, including all of the zone packs and expansions to date. In addition, players will get a year of VIP membership (which includes a monthly 500 LP stipend), all regions, all instances, and a Crystal of Remembrance for all character.

To further sweeten this deal, Standing Stone Games is prepared to offer a single-use legacy package, which includes (among other things) a premium wallet, riding skill, 250 mithril coins, a fast goat mount, another fast mount, and a housing kit. Worth it alone for the hedgehog house, really.

SSG fans will recall that Dungeons and Dragons Online this week released a similar buyable package, our readers seemed unimpressed with the offerings and the $299 pricetag.

Source: LOTRO. Cheers, Matthew!

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MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

You know, I haven’t managed to get back into LOTRO for years, and I wish I could.

Sadly, this is just another of the bad options game companies put forth.

I pay for either lifer/bulk sub time. But I played for a year of LOTRO paid already and already ‘bought’ a few ‘expansions’ that were on sale/numerous character slots (I had like 16-18 character slots)/other upgrades(Cosmetics/emotes) because I used to farm ‘deeds'(Or whatever they were called) for tokens with my account since I had so much time on my hands…and this isn’t really a ‘deal’ for people like me.

I want permanent access to games for bulk money, not this ‘If you’ll pay us a steady increment.’ to keep the lights on nonsense…I’d buy something like this if it gave access to permanent ‘VIP’ level or something, but these games don’t want to just charge a big batch of money for that, they want to turn around and keep you paying over and over.

Heck, I’d even invest in certain upgrades to the account(account wide-shared storage/shared wardrobes/cosmetics, etc type stuff) ‘to keep the lights on’ if I was enjoying the game/they were keeping my attention…but I sure as heck won’t pay a large pile of money for content I already own/for a tiny bit of ‘VIP’ level access that ‘runs out’ and I certainly won’t be nickel and dimed for ‘character specific’ nonsense like these companies like to do…

…and definitely not even going to give a game that purposely blocks your bags/playtime ‘to get you to pay’ the time of day/my time.

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Ailsa Nordstrom

I also bought most of the expansions so what I did was calculate how much it would cost to get the year of VIP plus all the items. It would have cost more than the deal was being offered for so I sprung for it. For someone new to the game, or someone who left long before any of the expansions, this is an unbelievable deal.

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Roger Melly

I am not sure I would recommend this to anyone unless they were new to the game and looking to play on the progression servers ( which requires the VIP subscription to do so ) .

On the live servers I think you probably could unlock all this content a lot more cheaply if you wait until the expansions are on sale .

Must admit I am glad I brought the lifetime subscription , I was one of the lucky ones who got it offered for half the normal price one welcome back week , its hands down the best money I ever spent on gaming .

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cambruin

It’s nothing like the lifetime. It’s a bad deal and that’s it. With the exception of the Legendary servers -and even those leave are up for debate on the official servers- this game has done nothing but attract bad press.

You’re basically paying 16.5$ per month for a lackluster game. The premium wallet is nice, but after subbing for a month (or 2?) you can already buy it, the horse skill is useless as you can get a quest at lvl 6 or so to unlock the skill, the mithril coins can be bought with your monthly stipend and the housing pack… Well, there’s no real reason to have a house, most neighbourhoods being dead and what few houses aren’t locked due to upkeep not being paid for are ‘no access’.

This is a bad deal, period.

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Viktor Budusov

>for a lackluster game
lolwhat? You wanna said for a huge game.

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cambruin

It’s huge game world and it has quite possibly some of the best world building as well as a good community. But you can’t ignore the fact that class customization, combat, crafting, housing, … it’s all very lackluster compared to what other MMOs put on display.

* Class customization compared to ESO for example. Can you have your runekeeper tank?
* Combat has always been slow, and slow is good as far as I’m concerned. But this slow? This ‘shallow’? Why does everything have to trigger that massive GCD?
* Crafting… it used to be soooo good. Vocation interdependancy, named mobs dropping specific materials for specific items, … and now? None of that’s left.
* Housing. Neighbourhoods are so awesome. Except that 50% of the houses are locked due to upkeep not being paid. The other 50% having 50% locked because the owner doesn’t give permission to access and most of what is available is nothing but storage. Such an awesome idea and they never managed to build upon it, to further expand it.

Sorry, this was without a doubt the best MMO prior to Black Desert, Guild Wars 2, Elder Scrolls Online, FFXIV, … but right now it’s nothing but nickle ‘n dime, capitalizing on nostalgia alone.
It’s very much worth checking out, but don’t say this is a good deal for new players. It’s expensive and offers pretty much nothing you can’t unlock via regular play.
Please don’t support these ‘scams’.

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Viktor Budusov

TESO has other system. ‘Class’ itself there is just 3 small skill trees. So, no, Lotro has much more powerful classes.

I like slow combat. That’s an advantage for me. I’m not a teenager.

Crafting – i could agree on this, it’s weak now.

Houses are closed – So what? I don’t understand this argument. Housing system in Lotro now is awsome. Period. They expanded it several times and very succesfully.

>right now it’s nothing but nickle ‘n dime, capitalizing on nostalgia alone.
You are mindless hater, that’s the fact. Right now Lotro is huge incredible game with very detailed world (far better than 99% MMOs even new ones), good solid gameplay, tons of content, developing much every year more than most other MMOs. Those are facts. Not your idiotic hate. Ant speaking about “nickle&dime” – you are liar too. It’s one of the cheapest MMOs to play.

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2Ton Gamer

It’s not a bad deal for new players who intend to play this game, especially those who are just getting into it due to the legendary servers, which is the reason this came out. They have access to metrics that I’m sure they did not clue you in on, which tells them that they have a bunch of new players and I give them kudos for seeing these players and for giving them a way to get all of the quest packs and expansions for a cheap price.

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Ocho

I won’t lie… I’m tempted.

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Alex Js.

$200 to play same exact game that I’ve finished before, which uses same exact ancient engine that has outdated visuals and horrible performance? Nah, I think I’ll pass ;-)

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2Ton Gamer

This deal is not for people who have already played the game and bought the packs and played the content. It’s for the scores of new players who are trying it out now. You purchasing this would be like buying a book that you have already read that is sitting on your desk in front of you.

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cambruin

Sorry, but there’s no ‘scores of new players’. The official forums portray this greatly. ‘Old’ servers are at it’s lowest. The Legendary servers are quite good pop, but they are dropping numbers as well.
And even if there were ‘scores of new people’, it would still be a bad deal.

I understand you like the game and you want people to populate it. But this will have an adverse effect. It’s yet another money grab. They can offer a discounted subscription, satisfying both the old and new players, but instead they prefer to nickle and dime the new, and leave the old for what they are.
That’s how SSG has been handling things since the day they seperated and population is the sad result of that practice.

Proof of player population; http://lux-hdro.de/hdro-live-europe.php

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2Ton Gamer

The pricing structure of LOTRO overall is an issue and has been for some time. I have railed on about how this game needs to offer better deals to entice and keep new players. This is NOT the deal that I would like to see, but again, this is a deal non the same. With their current pricing structure without any special sales like they have had in the past, this is a good deal to get every expansion and quest pack. I would much rather see this deal at half the price though, which to me would be a good price point for all of the game play that is offered. As an old player, I think the lack of new player love is absurd and has always been a huge problem for them. They focus more on trying to win over new instead of holding on to the core players who would tune in more if they felt loved.

Honestly I am just happy that they are offering something because they could have done like they did in the past which was to offer nothing, so for that I say it’s a good deal considering how stingy they have been in the past. SSG has had the very rare opportunity of being able to appeal to curious players a couple of times now, these being players who did not have this game on their radar. Two years ago when SSG announced their take over and that Mordor was on it’s way, many new players were coming out to try it out. What drove them away was no way to get all of the content at a decent price. This price is not as decent as it could be, but it is something at least and does save them money, granted from the already overpriced content, but it’s still something. That was my only point. That this does save people money if they want to try it and have nothing.

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Chosenxeno .

Didn’t like DDO when I tried it. Lotro was pretty solid. If they offered this when I decided to give it a look I might have stuck with it for a bit. They wouldn’t need to offer this if you got full entry with a sub. That is why I left. Even with a subscription access is limited. Meanwhile, ESO let’s you get to the cap and even some raids for the price of the sub and you get free currency which you can save for content if you want.

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2Ton Gamer

Except that ESO does exactly what LOTRO does. With a ESO Plus you get all of the regions EXCEPT the Expansions like Summerset. With LOTRO VIP you get all of the regions EXCEPT the expansions. Now, ESO does a much better job of throwing their expansions at you for really great deals and their log-in bonuses are miles ahead, but still, what you stated simply wasn’t true.

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Chosenxeno .

We both agreed that ESO does what Lotro does better. What did I say that wasn’t true?

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Sorenthaz

Sounds like it’d be a good deal for folks who haven’t bought much, but it’s definitely one of those eyebrow-raising things, especially when DDO did it too.

Looks like they’re trying to end the quarter/year with a big burst of revenue tbh.

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Mordyjuice

Jeeze guys I don’t get it, I mean I suppose you have to be financially stable to run your ship like ANet or Zenimax but I can’t figure out their logic behind these LOTRO and DDO ‘deals’.

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2Ton Gamer

“I can’t figure out their logic behind these LOTRO and DDO ‘deals’.”

Let me help you here so you do not strain yourself too much. These are “deals” for the many new players who have joined LOTRO recently with the new Legendary servers. This is for people who have not been playing and who do not own the many quest packs and expansions. For those people this IS a good deal.

If you need help putting on your socks or something and you live near Atlanta, I can assist you.

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semugh

make it playable offline and I will buy it.

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Bannex

If I’m spending 200 dollars on a game it’s going to Camelot unchained. Not a 40 year old game that could lose its license at any moment…

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Viktor Budusov

It can’t. Lotro got license for next 10 years at 2017.