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The Hobbit LEGO video game release, reviews and a few cheat codes for some extra fun

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. (more…)

Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Video games

Pre-order Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

ShadowofMordor_FOB_PCWitness the return of Sauron’s army to Mordor, the attack on the Black Gate and the origins behind Talion’s quest for vengeance in the Official Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer – Banished from Death.

Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Merchandise, Video games

New trailer for The Hobbit Lego video game!

Lego Hobbit game trailer Here’s a funky new trailer for the Lego video game for The Hobbit, done in the style of Ocean’s Eleven. Pretty neat. It does seem to emphasise the teamwork element of the game, something that IGN’s reviewer of the just-released playable demo wrote about approvingly just the other day:

Already in this small section of Goblin Town, buddy-up was used in a handful of ways, and and considering Thorin, Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Dwalin, Balin Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori all have different ways of interacting with the environment and one another, I’m excited to see how else the mechanic will play out.


Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Video games

Download and try-out Lego’s new demo for The Hobbit video game

demo_lego_hobbit_hirez_482x273 Folks with a PC running Windows 8, 7, XP, or Vista can now download and install a free demo of Lego’s forthcoming The Hobbit videogame.

The demo sequence allows you to fight your way out of the Goblin town in the Misty Mountains. One very neat thing I observed is that the narration is by none other than Christopher Lee. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, LEGO, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Video games

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Gameplay Trailer and New Screenshots

Middle-earthShadowOfMordorCoverNow you can experience the first gameplay reveal for action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Get an in-depth look at the Nemesis System, a new next-gen feature that remembers players’ every move, shaping unique gameplay experiences and relationships that react and adapt to every player choice.


Posted in Headlines, Merchandise, Video games

Watch the trailer for LEGO The Hobbit the video game

lego hobbit Near the end of November we reported on rumours on the Brickset forums about a new video game coming out in 2014 from LEGO for The Hobbit.

Now there’s a trailer to enjoy. Check it out in case you’ve missed it previously. (more…)

Posted in Gaming, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Video games

“Helm’s Deep” expansion to The Lord of the Rings Online released!

Helm's Deep Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and Turbine have just released a new expansion to the hugely popular The Lord of the Rings massively multiple online role-playing game (MMORPG) – Helm’s Deep. Upon reaching level 10, you will now be able to take part in the major battle from The Two Towers. (more…)

Posted in Gaming, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Video games, Warner Bros.

Lego bringing out new Hobbit video game in 2014?

Over on the Brickset forums (home to many, many Lego fans), some interesting images have popped up, taken from the back of instruction booklets for the of the 2014 Hobbit sets. The images from Brickset member sidersdd appear to preview a LEGO The Hobbit video game to be released sometime in 2014.

Seems it will be released on all major gaming platforms including the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PC. Check the teaser images below! (more…)

Posted in LEGO, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Video games

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earthShadowofMordor_LogoBoxWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a next-gen, third-person action game set in the legendary Tolkien universe of Middle-earth. In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, players explore an original story of vengeance and redemption as they take control of Talion, a ranger whose family is murdered at the hands of Sauron and his army the night they return to Mordor.

Developed for next-gen consoles, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor introduces the Nemesis System, a powerful and dynamic gameplay mechanic that allows players’ actions to shape enemy relationships and characteristics to create personal and unique story and gameplay arcs that are persistent even after death. Players experience a unique game every time as the dynamic world reacts and adapts to their choices.


Posted in Headlines, Merchandise, Video games

Lego surpasses Hasbro as second-largest toy company

LEGO Tower of Orthanc One wonders how much Middle-earth’s Hobbits, wizards, elves and dwarves have contributed to the success and growth of the Lego company over recent years. It has now grown bigger than Hasbro, and become the second-largest toy company in the world.

The boss of Lego Group carries two business cards – one the usual kind and the other a Lego mini-figure in his likeness, complete with beard and glasses, with contact details on the back.

That kind of playful thinking has helped the Danish company become the world’s second-biggest toy maker as it clicks with fast-growing Asia and builds on its popular plastic bricks with video games and theme parks.

“We are seeing a society where the wealthier it becomes, the more room there is for what I call the business of play,” Chief Executive Jørgen Vig Knudstorp told Reuters in Singapore.

“In that I will include the role of play in education, the role of play in theme parks and family entertainment, the role of play in adult age.”

Video games are big business and Lego Group has “a major role through licensing arrangements” but the digital realm is a complement, not a replacement, for physical play, he said.

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Posted in LEGO, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Toys, Video games

TORn Light the Beacons auction: Burger King Lord of the Rings Goblets, HUGE replica of Bilbo’s Contract signed by Celebs & Oscar Party Attendees, LOTR: The Two Towers (Sony PlayStation 2, 2004), LOTR: The Return of the King (Sony PlayStation 2, 2003)

As you know, over the next couple of weeks or so TORn is conducting a pledge drive to raise funds and keep our servers running. But, as you might know, we also have some very exciting auctions going on over at ebay.

We have some fabulous, exclusive pieces up for grabs – including some things which, usually, money can’t buy! Here’s just four that might tickle your fancy:


Posted in Collectibles, Events, Fans, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Oscar Parties, Other Merchandise, The One Expected Party, Announcements, Community, Video games

LOTR fans get sucker punched by preview for new Chrome app

Dragon Castle ramparts from the movie Sucker PunchWhen Configura Equipos, a Spanish-language website featuring technology and gaming reviews and forums, posted this video last week it seemed like we were seeing something new. A preview for Google Chrome’s upcoming “A Journey Through Middle-earth” interactive map featured clips from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well as the brief shots from Google’s own preview for the the new app.

But in the midst of these familiar images was what looked like a brand new scene of an army of orcs laying siege to a castle with very striking dragon-shaped prominences on the ramparts. Could this be something we hadn’t yet seen from The Desolation of Smaug? Were we getting a sneak peek at some flashback to Carn Dûm or Minas Ithil?

Nope. It turns out it’s a scene from the 2011 film Sucker Punch from director Zach Snyder.

Keen detective and TORn staffer Magpie matched up the images and found the scene, one of several in Sucker Punch that are overt homages to other genre films. So, alas, as TORn staffer Justin said, “These aren’t the orcs you’re looking for. Move along.”

Troll from Google's Journey Through Middle-earthMisleading clips aside, we’re still looking forward to Google’s “Chrome Experiment,” which will “bring Middle-earth to life in the browser with 3D Trolls, interactive musical experiences, and more.” It’s currently in beta testing to be released to the public later this year. And as for Configura Equipos… ¡Estamos vigilando!

Watch the misleading video here.

Read about Google Chrome’s “A Journey Through Middle-earth” here.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Miscellaneous, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Video games