Those who have been waiting for LEGO The Hobbit, rejoice. It’s out (except on the Wii U — those folks will apparently have to wait until April 22).
The games allows players to adventure within key locations from the (first two) of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films, including Lake-town, Dale, Erebor, Bag End, Goblin-town, Mirkwood, Rivendell and the High Pass over the Misty Mountains. From the product blurb:
Fans will assume the roles of their favorite characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the Dwarves of Erebor: Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Óin, Glóin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori, each possessing a unique and hilarious ability. One of the main new features of the game allows players to utilize the Dwarves’ combined abilities such as buddy fighting, two-player attack, staff climb, mace swing and belly bounce to help them fight Orcs and fouler things or to progress through the game.
IGN’s early review
IGN has a review of the game out already, and by-and-large they like what they see.
Lego The Hobbit won’t surprise fans of the Lego series, but the new gameplay systems add just enough complexity to keep things interesting. New events and mining opportunities make exploration of the open world almost as fun as the main missions. The storytelling presumes you already know the source material by heart, which means things are sometimes a bit disjointed, and the game, like the movies it’s based on, ends at an awkward place. But like almost all the Lego games, this is a journey worth taking.
Read the complete review here.
Cheat codes for added fun and amusement
Fancy drafting the Witch-king, Sauron, or even Peter Jackson into your team? These unlock codes that Gamefront unearthed will do it for you right away without having to .
Unlike most in the modern age of gaming, the Lego titles keep cheating alive. These codes might not give invincibility or anything super cool (You’ll have to find the Red Bricks for that) they do provide for instant access to some of Middle-Earth’s most iconic characters.
See the unlock codes and how to use them here.
As mentioned, the game is available now for all announced systems — Nintendo 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, and Xbox One — except for Wii U which will have an April 22 release.