Wednesday, July 13, 2022

LEGO The Hobbit

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LEGO The Hobbit, where it all began, and where it never ended.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I was leery about playing this game after finally completing LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. That’s what happens when you play games that leave an unsatisfying effect on your gaming psyche though, y’know?

Anyway, I loved playing The Hobbit.

It’s been quite a while since I actually watched the movies, so it was pretty refreshing. I definitely forgot some of the small things, but memory lane lit up as the storyline progressed. I also recalled my dislike of trying to read the actual book, because I never knew it’d be more for kids. (That’s what I get for not looking at the fine print.)

Unfortunately with this game…it’s no longer for sale on Steam, and there’s not even a finishing DLC to complete the trilogy.

LEGO The Hobbit was given out for free in a Humble Bundle.

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Pros:

  • Fun skits from the movie
  • Little mini-games
  • Variety of things you can do in the open world

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Cons:

  • Not as many unlockable characters as other LEGO games
  • No third DLC
  • Game’s unavailable on Steam

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Gameplay

From the start to the…well, clipped-off end, I definitely liked the gameplay of the game. You can get lost in just breaking stuff around the open world, and the mission sections keep you on the right path while also offering you little side things to do if you have the appropriate characters.

What I find interesting is the loot system. You can grab material and use that material to craft objects, or even give to people in need.

So the game certainly gives you incentive to break everything you can, not just because you want to rack up your stud count.

Unfortunately, the game stops at the end of the second series, as the third was never released. A real bummer to find out.

What platforms can you buy LEGO The Hobbit on?

Are there achievements?

A whopping 39 of them, though that’s not much compared to some LEGO games…

What’s the combat like?

It’s pretty simplistic. At times you can freely attack enemies (and sometimes you need to kill a certain amount of certain ones, with a picture above as guidance). Other times, prompts to press certain buttons come up in order to win the fight.

For the most part, that’s for bosses, but it’ll sometimes happen for other enemies.

Your characters have different weapons, so use whichever one as you see fit. Some are better, some are iffy. Sometimes characters don’t even want to hit enemies and prefer hitting LEGO breakables instead.

Facepalm, right?

Also, while the AI aren’t completely useless in these fights, don’t rely on them all the time.

How long does it take to complete?

For the main storyline, it’s around 9 hours. For more information on times on LEGO The Hobbit and other games, head to How Long to Beat.

Are there any DLCs?

  • The Big Little Character Pack DLC
  • The Battle Pack DLC
  • Side Quest Character Pack DLC

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Navigation

The game’s pretty linear as far as doing actual missions. But when you’re out in the open world, you can check the map to find different locations you can head to or people you can help in order to get mithril blocks.

Until a certain point in the game, you can’t “fast-travel” to other areas. But once those eagle statues are unlocked, things get a bit easier when you want to go from one location to another.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Graphics

As with every other LEGO game, LEGO The Hobbit sticks to the idea of having LEGO blocks be breakable, while anything that has a more realistic look can’t be touched by you.

Regarding some of the environmental activities, things are pretty well-known as to what character you need to do what. Such as with dark areas, you’ll need Gandalf’s light. Gold hooks involve characters with a flail.

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Soundtrack

The soundtrack is good. Nothing over the top. It’s your typical Hobbit tunes, right?

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Characters

There are 98 characters that you’re able to unlock within the game and via game codes.

Not part of this number are the DLC characters. Good luck trying to find some of those DLCs (along the cheaper side) these days though…[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Final Thoughts

The game’s not available on Steam anymore, but you might be able to find it elsewhere to play on Steam, if you wanted. If not, though, you might not want to grab it at all anymore, especially given it’s not complete and will never be complete.

I got it for cheap, so I felt it was worth it.

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