Lord of the Rings: Gollum was once expected to bring a new breeze to the games of the Lord of the Rings IP, but it seems that it only brings a poisonous wind.
If before, products related to the Lord of the Rings IP from movies, stories to games were highly appreciated, but in recent years, sadly, we are witnessing the decline of a whole brand. and Lord of the Rings: Gollum is the new bottom.
We are temporarily not talking about other publications of this IP, but only about games, we have welcomed quite good RTS titles like War Of The Rings or The Battle For Middle Earth, even a bit childish. but still classified as a pretty good game that is Lego Lord Of The Rings (the Shadown Of series is no doubt). With such successes, it is not difficult for Daedalic Entertainment to choose a direction and then develop to produce a good product. But instead of doing so, they decided to choose a completely new direction, even somewhat strange, choosing Gollum among countless other interesting characters of the world of the ring god to make a game of its own. With such a decision, the only bright spot that I can say that the game does a good job is trying to stick to the original as much as possible (which even recent series can’t do). It will begin with Gandalf interrogating Gollum, who then tells him about his escape from the tower of Barad-dûr in Mordor. We will then follow him on his journey to find his treasure, which will give us the opportunity to pass through many famous areas that you and I could only imagine when reading books or watching. passively watching the screen. And after a good opening, we are about to enter a long series of tragedies like Gollum’s life in the novel.
Indeed, Sméagol/Gollum would be a great goldmine if Lord of the Rings: Gollum was developed in the direction of a visual novel game, everything would have been better. Because this character is actually a good person but is corrupted by the ring over time. If we follow other publications, we will see many times Gollum is torn between two egos, one side wants to be a good person, the other is the desire to own the ring at all costs. In the game, you will be the one to help Gollum make decisions whenever the two sides of his person confront each other, but this feature is also implemented quite poorly, even the UI of the game for action selection is still limited. not as good as the UI of a flash game (for some reason in the demo test, this part was done quite well). Not only stopping at the selection mechanism is made half-hearted, other parts of the gameplay are not much better. The poor combat mechanism is added so that most of the time you just try to find a way to take down the enemies in silence. Exploring through areas is worse than basic operations such as running, jumping, hiding, climbing walls are done very sloppy, many actions also make me feel like it is missing a few frames. image. Lord of the Rings: Gollum is also a linear game with extremely few paths for you to choose from, but playing again without too many secrets to discover these are the things that will make gamers quit the game only. after a few hours of play.
Overall in Lord of the Rings: Gollum I can only give a good score on the soundtracks when they are done very well. The rest… I can’t believe I would rate a game like this but in my opinion, it’s a true trash game when the whole game is full of bugs, crashes. There are even serious bugs like the fact that after a cutscene, Gollum will be sent to a bug area where you just need to move a little and die. Graphics, even though the game was released on PS5, but I thought these were the games that were released in the early PS3 (if you have to make me play this I would rather play Forspoken), the rough model, hard although some of the landscapes are very well drawn. The plot is not attractive at all, the gameplay is poor and sloppy. In short, if I can only advise you that if the game is free, take it, but the game makes you spend a penny, then don’t bring Lord of the Rings: Gollum to spend the space.