developer: Travellerís Tales / TT Games
publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Game mode: single player
LEGO The Hobbit for PC, X360 and etc. is an action game based on The Hobbit film series and developed by Travelerís Tales, a studio that specializes in LEGO games.
The gameís campaign is based on the two frist movies of the series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. The remaining story was released as a DLC. As we play, we will control the most famous characters like Bilbo, Gandalf, all of the dwarves: Thorin, FIli, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori. Each of the playable characters has their own unique stats and skills. We will visit Shire and Bag End, travel to Rivendel, or try to find our way through the goblin city. The game focuses on the most important story elements of the movies, but approaches them with a sense of humour typical for the series and the serious moments of the story are presented in a humorous way.
Gameplay mechanics in LEGO The Hobbit for PC, X360 and etc. are very similar to those from the previous LEGO games from Travelerís Tales. We get an action game where we have to fight with many groups of enemies. We will also have to face some platforming and stealth elements, and solve a puzzle from time to time. Combat system is simple but engaging, which, combined with various attacks and character skills, makes the battles more diverse. New feature included in LEGO The Hobbit is that along with the coins, we will gather resources (wood, fish, iron, ropes, stones, etc.). We will use them to build more complex mechanisms and feed our heroes.
Just like in the previous LEGO games, players can join our game anytime they or we want them to, changing the game from single player into a cooperative adventure. LEGO The Hobbit emphasizes the cooperation between the heroes available in a given moment of the game. Some of the things we have to do, like defeating a more powerful enemy or breaking through a giant wall, are possible only if those characters join their forces.
Key gameplay element in LEGO The Hobbit for PC, X360 and etc. is the exploration in order to find valuable items that will unlock access to new characters and additional equipment. Just like in LEGO The Lord of the Rings, we can freely explore the Middle Earth in between the missions. We will find many new secrets, characters to recruit, unique locations (blacksmithís house or miniset warehouse), and NPCs that will give us side missions.
When it comes to visuals, LEGO The Hobbit for PC, X360 and etc. has the same style as other LEGO games from Travelerís Tales. Both characters and some of the environmental elements were designed to look as if they were made from actual LEGO blocks. The gameís soundtrack is made of the pieces of music from the filmsí OST and the dialogues use actual lines from the movies.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Core i5 2.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1536 MB (GeForce GTX 480 or better), 10 GB HDD, Windows XP(SP3)/Vista/7/8