So let’s take a look at what other outlets have to say about the game, shall we?
Starting with our good friends at Push the boxgave the game a score of 2/10 and called it “a massive missed opportunity”:
“There is some serious potential in one linear player Lord of the rings Such an experience, but with outrageously dated level design, clunky controls, a sore lack of polished, muddy and unimpressive graphics, and a lackluster story, Gollum gets it all wrong. As a huge fan of books, movies, and games, it’s sad to see that there is nothing precious about this experience.”
Watchman It was equally negative in its assessment, calling the game “a derivative, uninteresting and fundamentally broken stealth action adventure” in its 1/5 star review:
If you’ve played a third-person action-adventure game in the past decade, you’ve played Gollum. Of course minus Gollum himself, but this is such an unconvincing performance that you’re unlikely to scratch that particular itch. I’d praise the animation work; Sméagol himself is slick And wit as you’d expect. But if you’re hungry for some Lord of the Rings in your gaming system, pick up Shadow of War for five at the next sale instead, and spend the savings on a second breakfast.”
GameSpot Repeat rating Push Square with its own 2/10, highlighting the enemy AI’s “disconcerting incompetence”:
Much like Gollum’s quest to obtain the One Ring, my quest to complete The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was filled with endless setbacks, impossible odds, and ever-increasing levels of insanity. Like Gollum, my journey was doomed from the start. So, if The developers’ main goal was to really put you in the shoes of such a miserable and unlikable character facing constant pain and suffering at every turn, at least they succeeded at that.”
twinfinite I awarded the game 1.5/5 stars, lamenting the repeated game-breaking errors:
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum doesn’t do anything as interesting or fun as similar (better) games like A Plague Tale: Innocence and Requiem. It’s hard to say if even the most loyal Lord of the Rings fan will actually find something useful here. Given that there are good Lord of the Rings games out there, this one seems incredibly out of place.”
Finally, to end on a (slightly) more positive note, God is obsessed Gollum awarded an average score of 5/10 and hopes the patches will provide a better experience in the future:
“I really wanted to like The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. While the story is its strongest feature, technical issues dogged almost every aspect of it. From visual glitches to the lack of polish in its gameplay, it’s hard to recommend this to those who are looking forward to to venturing into Middle-Earth again.While I’m sure future patches will fix some of the issues, I don’t think it will become a title that will stand up to some of the Rings games we’ve seen over time, and as a lifelong Tolkien fan, I feel bad that this wasn’t the game that I wanted her to be.”
So this is it! Is there a part of us that secretly hopes the Switch release will surprise us and ends up doing it right? good? certainly. But we’re not going to hold our collective breath over this one. Judging from the reviews so far, it looks like it might stink. Given Gollum’s character, that might be a perfect fit.
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