9The Fellowship of the Ring (2002)
Released in 2002 for Xbox, PlayStation 2, Gameboy Advance and the PC, The Fellowship of the Ring is a game much more true to the original novel. Despite being released almost a year after the first Lord of the Rings film, and just months before The Two Towers released in cinemas, The Fellowship of the Ring actually had no affiliations with the Peter Jackson movies. Instead, the publisher, Black Label Games, wanted to make a trilogy of games much more comparable to the Tolkien classics.
Their direction can certainly be seen in their depiction of Middle Earth, which can be much less dreary than other adaptations. The Shire, in particular, is very beautiful, even if very rough around the edges due to the graphics. It was great to see Tom Bombadil make it into the game, making it a great Lord of the Rings game for die-hard fans. Sadly the gameplay lacked the depth needed to live up to the competition at that time, and certain areas became almost unbearable due to how tricky they could be – the stealth section in the Shire is just horrendous. Despite this, it’s a must-play for any self-proclaimed Lord of the Rings nerds.