Building the fantasy
If you think you've seen everything Middle-earth has to offer, think again. LEGO The Lord of the Rings on PlayStation 3 lets you experience J. R. R. Tolkien's classic tale in a refreshingly original way.
From the start you're greeted by the impressive sight of a vast battle between Sauron's evil hordes and the human and elf army led by Elrond and Elendil. With a lava spitting volcano in the background and the colossal Sauron leading hundreds of orcs, the scene is set for an epic adventure of might and magic. Colourful LEGO studs fly as swords clash and armour sparks.
The incredible sense of scale immediately draws you into the game. As you control the colourful Minifigure characters across massive landscapes and memorable scenes, The Lord of the Rings style shines in every little detail. Gandalf the wizard is instantly recognisable, while the grey form of Gollum looks suitably creepy. The excellent voice acting and booming soundtrack - taken straight from the movies - round things off perfectly.
While this fantasy classic is a dark and powerful story, developer Traveller's Tales has done a great job in making LEGO The Lord of the Rings family-friendly and accessible to anyone new to the trilogy. The more grisly scenes of the tale are given a light-hearted touch of humour to keep you smiling, without losing their drama.
One ring to rule them all
One thing shines brightly in the dangerous darkness of Middle-earth - it's not the Master ring that everyone is seeking... it's you, brave warrior. Only you have the ability to save the world in LEGO The Lord of the Rings on PlayStation 3, and you'll love every brilliant second of it.
Based on J. R. R. Tolkien's books and the movie trilogy, this massive adventure plants you into the shoes of over 80 characters, such as Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas. Each character has at least one special ability or item, such as Samwise Gamgee's trusty spade to dig up soil patches and tinderbox to light fires.
You'll need all of these abilities to survive your quest and defeat Sauron. Through three massive chapters you'll solve brain-teasing puzzles, hide from fearsome Ringwraiths, leap into thrilling battles and help others in mini-missions. Your courage will be tested, so make sure you pay attention to the handy on-screen hints, and find map stones to dig out any useful treasures.
All of your favourite moments from the movies are here to enjoy. From the memorable showdown between Gandalf and Saruman to the spine-chilling confrontation with the giant spider Shelob, LEGO The Lord of the Rings delivers a magical adventure for all ages.
Create your own fellowship
You may be skilled on your quest to defeat the sinister Sauron, however, one does not simply walk into Mordor, especially alone. So it's best to have a buddy with you to watch your back in LEGO The Lord of the Rings.
Up to two players can trek across the vastness of Middle-earth, defeating orcs, taking part in daring escapes and completing tasks such as making an ill-fated breakfast for the Hobbits.
Don't be too precious about any items or LEGO studs you may find on your travels, either - co-operation is the only way you'll succeed on this dangerous journey. That doesn't mean you can't give your pal a friendly tap on the head with a frying pan every once in a while.
LEGO The Lord of the Rings is perfect to enjoy with a partner or play as a family. Each hilarious scene is made even better when shared with someone by your side and the impressive action set pieces are wonderfully rewarding when you beat them together. After all, The Lord of the Rings is a story about friendship - so what better game to play with a pal?