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LEGO The Hobbit (Xbox One) Review – Charming, But A Bit Too Familiar

The LEGO series is one of the most highly-regarded franchises that specializes in taking popular licenses and putting the LEGO spin on them. Travelers Tales have been helming the LEGO series of video games for a while now, bringing beloved series such as Star Wars and Harry Potter to LEGO form with great results. However, the amount of LEGO games that have been coming out lately has increased A LOT, and LEGO The Hobbit happens to be smack in the middle of these seemingly-endless LEGO games. Is the LEGO formula getting stale? Well, a little bit.

For those of you not in the know, The Hobbit tells the story of the peaceful and reserved Bilbo Baggins (the eponymous hobbit) who suddenly finds himself thrown into a huge adventure when the wizard Gandalf comes knocking on his door. He brushes the old wizard off at first, but when a crowd of dwarves end up coming to Bilbo’s home, eat all of his food and talk of the home that they are trying to get back form the evil dragon Smaug, he ends up caving in and going along.

I can’t state enough how wonderfully the LEGO visuals and Tolkien’s world mix together in this game, as it has a light-hearted charm but also a sense of epic scale and wonder. Even though almost everything is made out of LEGOs, the environments look lush and detailed, always making the world seem truly vast and exciting. The character models are also very nice, with all of our favorite hobbits, wizards, dwarves and elves looking fabulous in their new LEGO forms.


Accompanying the visual charm is the dialogue’s charm, with every character interaction being absolutely precious and often hilarious. The sense of humor in this game is perfect, as many of the more serious and dramatic moments from The Hobbit movies are parodied in a way that made me laugh many times. The game is able to balance these tonal shifts very well, as I never thought that the comedy was forced or the sense of conflict too overbearing.

Like in just about every LEGO game, the gameplay is rather simple and to-the-point. You run around collecting LEGO pieces that you can use to purchase or upgrade things, and you get those LEGO pieces by laying waste to just about anything that is in your way.You also get them from defeating enemies, of which you will come across many of in the game. This is probably where LEGO The Hobbit stumbles the most, as the combat scenarios quickly get repetitive due to their lack of variety and difficulty. Luckily there are enough impressive locales and characters to make these situations not as problematic as they otherwise would be.

The world of LEGO The Hobbit is impressively large, offering you plenty of things to do outside of the main game. As you make your way across Middle-earth you will come across a variety of interesting characters that will need your help in some way or another, and it’s up to you to lend a helping hand. Some of these characters will ask you to help them find a missing person, while others will be looking for a particular LEGO piece that you need to hunt down. The rewards for completing these quests are nice enough, but due to the game’s very easy difficulty they aren’t very necessary.


LEGO The Hobbit presents a beautiful world that blends both LEGO and Tolkien together in an amazing way, but it’s the series’ lack of gameplay variety and difficulty that keeps it from being a true knockout. Luckily, even if you have the slightest interest in either LEGO or Tolkien you will probably be more than happy to overlook its flaws and get swept away in this charming adventure. LEGO The Hobbit may not be as perfect as it could have been, but it nevertheless is an enjoyable adventure that just about anyone can find some value in.


The LEGO The Hobbit Launch Trailer Looks Great

LEGO The Hobbit is now running rampant on store shelves, and to commemorate the occasion Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released a launch trailer for the game.

LEGO The Hobbit contains the first two installments in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, taking the player from peaceful tranquility of Hobbiton to evil depths of Smaug’s lair.

Check out the launch trailer for LEGO The Hobbit below.

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Condemn (OR) Condone:

Being a fan of both movies, it’s hard not to be excited about this game. The trailer recreates all of the big scenes from the first two movies in charmingly-LEGO fashion, with the voice work of the actors fitting-in well just fine with their LEGO counterparts. This trailer makes me want to play, so I guess it did its job.

Judgment: Condone

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CondemnHate | (O) – Dislike | (OR) – Indifferent | (R) – Like | CondoneLove

LEGO The Hobbit To Add Third Film As DLC?

LEGO The Hobbit hits shelves next week and will take gamers on an adventure that will span the first two films in Peter Jackson’s three film Hobbit story. Many (including myself) wondered why they wouldn’t just wait a little while and release the game with as a package that included the entirety of Peter Jackson’s trilogy.

Well, if the following rumor is to be believed, it all makes more sense now. The Lego fan site Brick Fanatics reports that the developers of the game are planning on releasing the final part of the story, which is called There And Back Again, as DLC.

Reps from WB Games were questioned on whether or not this news was true, but they made no comment.

Condemn (OR) Condone:

I can see the developers doing this, as it is major DLC that is pretty much guaranteed to be purchased. However,  it’s a crappy move. As is, you are releasing a game that is incomplete, and you are then asking fans – who already forked over full price for the game, mind you – to pay more money for the game’s conclusion. That’s nasty – plain and simple.

Judgment: Condemn

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CondemnHate | (O) – Dislike | (OR) – Indifferent | (R) – Like | CondoneLove

Trailer Judgment -The LEGO The Hobbit Trailer!

The Hobbit is currently being released in three parts in theaters, but they are making a LEGO The Hobbit game that documents the first two parts of the trilogy. The trailer has just been released and showcases the great Lego style and humor mixed with the epic of J.R.R. Tokkien.

LEGO The Hobbit comes out on April 8th for the 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Check out the trailer at the top of this post.

Condemn OR Condone: Though I have never played a Lego game before, I can not imagine the brand blending any better than as it seems to be with Tolkien’s Hobbit series.

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LEGO: The Hobbit Release Date Revealed

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If you were upset that your hobbits and your Middle-Earth weren’t blocky enough for your particular tastes, then this announcement is going to put a smile on your face. LEGO: The Hobbit is coming to stores near you on April 11, and will feature all of your favorite Tolkien settings and characters in glorious LEGO form. Continue reading