See how insanely tall some LOTRO structures are thanks to this fan’s video

    
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You might have seen some of those YouTube videos that compare and contrast the size of real-world buildings or fictional spaceships to each other to give you an idea of how large they are. Now, Lord of the Rings Online is the subject of this treatment, thanks to one fan who ripped the models out of the game and put them side-by-side to see how tall they are — and which structure is the one to rule them all.

YouTuber MiniExp Bounder put several of LOTRO’s statues, cities, fortresses, and even one very exploded volcano side-by-side to get a sense of scale. What’s even more interesting is how enormously complex and intricate these models are. It’s worth watching this video just to see the work that the art and design team put into some of these places.

Give it a watch below — and watch out for the chicken. You’ll know it when you see it.

Source: YouTube. Thanks Anthony!

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Andrew Schwartz

Love the world and art. Hate the character animations, game performance, and lack of graphical updates.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Ooo, what big towers you have…

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Robert Mann

Hmmm, no chicken falling from the prow of Minas Tirith? Must not have been anybody doing the drunkard quests at that time.

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Matthew Yetter

It’s interesting to see that Orthanc would actually fit underneath the bridge arches going into Barad Dur.

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Lunganor

The world building in LotRO is second to none. The new Amazon LotR game will always be compared to that world. They better do it right.

Robert S.
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Robert S.

Lotro has the best world building of any MMO out there. And even though it’s old with dated graphics, it still manages breathtaking landscape views. The world is center stage in this game. Wish more games would learn this.

cambruin
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cambruin

Actually, one game comes close (or does better, depending on your preferences); ESO. Unlike ESO however, LotRO does not have silly and over-the-top mounts, armour sets, pets, … which kill the immersion so carefully built by the world design team.
What LotRO does have is a predatory business model.. guess we can’t have it all. I decided to go for the predatory business model instead. Sorry ESO.

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Robert S.

ESO would be my 2nd choice. Their world building is nothing to sneeze at, but for some reason Lotro still has an edge in my opinion. However, I have better luck playing ESO than I do Lotro.

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liftedplane

Interesting.

I’ve been playing lotro since closed beta, I have a lifetime sub. Predatory? A bit, but without that model we wouldn’t still have the game WB threw away years ago.

Have you by chance played ffxiv? It’s got the strange mounts and over the top stuff but because it’s final fantasy it all actually fits and doesn’t really break immersion. The maps feel small but there’s so many and the world is massive. Also very pretty.

I do think it gives eso a run for its money.

But nothing will ever compare to the first time I stepped foot in Moria and the excitement I felt, and still feel, for that place.

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cambruin

I tried FFXIV several times, but never managed to get into it. I felt it was very on-rails and I have this ‘thing’ against games with fluffy pets, child-races and over-sexualized female chars.

But I am well aware that it is a good game nonetheless and that I’m no doubt missing out on something great.

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Utakata

Middle Earth has megatalls! (Anything over 600m, that is). o.O

Here’s a place where you can compare those to RL personable structures:

http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/

Enjoy! <3

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Vincent Clark

That was pretty awesome!