The E3 teasers just keep coming. It’s hard to follow the news of LucasArts’ new game, Star War 1313, but Warner Bros. is trying its best and has released a trailer for Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle Earth. The trailer doesn’t show off any gameplay, unfortunately. In fact, the trailer doesn’t seem to be anything other than eye-candy wrapped in Lord of the Rings fan fiction. Take a look at the action-packed trailer below and see for yourself what I mean.
Before you watch the trailer, though, there are some things you should know about the game. Warner Bros. announced the game yesterday, stating that it is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. This means the game will play much like the popular Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) games. Players will take on the role of a “guardian” from the Lord of the Rings universe and battle against opponents over Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Gandalf, Sauron, and Gollum are some of the “guardians” that players can embody, and the trailer makes it look as if Galadriel will be among the ranks as well.
Now, this isn’t the most tactful use of the Lord of the Rings IP, and the YouTube comments accompanying the video are vicious. However, most of the commenters don’t seem to realize that the game is a DOTA-like multiplayer game, and are simply berating the trailer for breaking Lord of the Rings continuity. YouTube user KevRocky reviews the trailer on its own merits, though, and correctly points out the problem with nearly all cinematic game trailers:
Am I the only one who yawned at this trailer? It’s full of Michael Bayism. No heart, no soul, just a bunch of cgi dudes smashing each other’s heads in with pretty effects, that would have been acceptable if they didn’t overuse the slowdowns. It’s as if they had to stretch out the time. Terrible.
Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-Earth will be released this fall, with several “guardians” to be released in conjunction with The Hobbit film.