So I got the LEGO Hobbit game the day it came out (the 8th) for a birthday present. I knew I was going to love it - I have a fondness for the LEGO games, and I especially enjoyed the Lord of the Rings one - but I didn't realize how much
I was going to love it. I just. New favorite game? Probably. I am trying really hard to savor this game instead of blitzing through it, because it's such a delight. I don't want the game to end! Right now I'm mucking about in the hub at Laketown, though my next level I will take Gandalf and Radagast to Dol Guldur.
As far as a 'sequel' to the LEGO LotR game, I would say that this is excellent. It keeps a lot of things from that game (like the stash of items that you collect and can bring out any time you like, or the blacksmith in Bree where you can make mithril items) but then added a LOT. I was very impressed with the 'loot' feature, where instead of just getting studs (money) when you destroy everything around you, you can also pick up things like gems, rope, wood and food, and in turn, you can use those to create things. Like, this makes perfect sense! Dwarves are craftspeople! (And you run around as the company + Bilbo for most of the game.)( Some cute little bits in the game (and a little spoiler-y): )
I originally bitched here a little bit about some of the bad reviews the game is getting, but then I decided I didn't want that on my journal. I want to look back at this entry and be delighted at fun things, not pissed because some elitist assholes think this game is lacking. Because it isn't
. It's is delightful, sparkling joy, especially if you're a Tolkien fan.