[The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar] I was listening to Brent’s 53rd podcast from VirginWorlds last night and he brought up an interesting point about The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. While I did not agree with some of his impressions, his comment about the Intellectual Property (IP) being powerful is very true.
He questioned the fun of the game, if you removed the IP. I have to admit, the setting has been a huge appeal for me and I think he is right – if you remove The Lord of the Rings from The Lord of the Rings Online, the game does not stand up all that well. Personally, I have been enjoying the setting a heck of a lot more than the actual game. I did not really understand that before. I have decided to spend more time playing the game and not being so into the setting and see if I can find some other reasons to play the game.
You should not ignore the setting as it is a big part of these games. However, the underlying game should be fun – no matter what the setting is. I’m not sure that this rule is satisfied by The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. I’ve spent so much time running around trying to see the “places” from the books, that I have not paid that much attention to the actual game play. This will change.