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Recently, I set out to find a JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: Volume 1 For Super Nintendo-I gave a trivial 3/10 game some time ago. I did not see the copy as a strange punishment, nor was it for irony—I wanted to own it again, because although it was terrible, I had a real, heartfelt connection with it.
As early as 1994, when the Lord of the Rings first landed on SNES, I was already a veteran fan of the acclaimed fantasy series. My introduction to the world of Tolkien is not a trilogy—not even a child-friendly prequel novel, Hobbit – but Animated version of Ralph Bakshi in 1978 The first two books of Lord of the Rings—— Ring Fellowship with Two towers – And, based on this rather uneven (but still beloved) Middle-earth primer, I read the original a few years later. By the time I was a teenager, I was eager to consume as much media related to the series as possible-in the early 90s, it was not as easy as you thought (Peter Jackson’s blockbuster still has a way to go).
As you can imagine, even though I have played the only other game based on the series, I still want to experience the Lord of the Rings for the SNES—— Sino-Turkish War On my Atari ST-a bit disappointing. Interplay, the company behind SNES Travel, has already made two Lord of the Rings games for personal computers, but I have only seen screenshots in magazines and never actually played them. Therefore, I entered the SNES version with a certain degree of optimism-I read more about the broad scope of the game in the magazine previews of that period and the optimism will only increase.
The release of The Lord of the Rings: Volume 1 has been postponed. By the time it finally arrived in 1994, people’s enthusiasm for the next generation of games was building. 3DO and Atari Jaguar were already on the market, and Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn were already on the horizon. . Nevertheless, I am still a loyal fan, and the fact that Interplay’s SNES games borrowed heavily from the 1978 animated film will only make me more eager to actually play it.
However, temporarily removing my rose-tinted glasses, I realized at the time that they were Is not A good video game. The control is stiff, the environment is dull, and the gameplay is painful to repeat. There is even no battery backup option, so every time you want to continue your adventure, you have to enter an annoying password. And, as the “Volume 1” in the title implies, this is not even the complete story-it ends the moment you arrive at Rivendell, which means that many of the other great moments in the book are gone. . Nevertheless, at least the music is good-in fact, I think it is one of the best soundtracks on the SNES.
Despite its obvious and serious failure, I persevered.This may be because, as early as the mid-90s, I had very little disposable income (I was still in school) so I had to make sure I got maximum The amount of enjoyment and entertainment Every The game I bought—even if it was terrible.However, I still feel what my long-term connection with Middle-earth is Really Persuade me to move on; I still like Tolkien’s work (even after Jackson’s film can be described charitably as overexposed twenty years) but the Lord of the Rings: Frodo and Sam Wai S and Gandalf are just marginal players in the world of popular culture, and the fact that they starred in the game mine In some way, SNES makes the entire enterprise feel more attractive than it actually is.
By 2021. After selling my original game for many years, I gave up my SNES collection to buy a PlayStation (forgive me, Miyamoto!), and I have started preparing another copy-not for playing, but just to remind me in the collection, Not all games have to be icy classics to make you like them unconditionally.
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Ronald is a blogger who is always fascinated with the games and the amount of knowledge he can gather from the internet. He is trying to nerdify everyone around his with that same knowledge, through his writings.