Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: The Hobbit (2003)

 About a decade ago, some the biggest movies to hit the silver screen were the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While the movies were a success, many fans noted the absence of a film based on The Hobbit, which predates The Lord of the Rings books. Despite no movie at the time (one is currently on the way to being released), Sierra decided to make their own video game for the PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, and PC in 2003.
 The game faithfully followed most of the book. The plot involves Frodo Baggins' uncle Bilbo as a young man. The tale is not as dark as the Lord of the Rings, and can be kind of charming than action-based. 
But the game itself was dubbed a "Zelda clone" by video game journalists. You had a basic sword, went through dungeon-like areas, and fought enemies and bosses. 
While fans of the movies flocked to the Lord of the Rings games by EA, the Hobbit was rather ignored. It did decent critically earning modest review scores. But as many reviewers noted that while it was a decent attempt by Sierra, it didn't come close to rivaling the Zelda series. I didn't get into the movies until a few years later so I skipped it. 


Old Kitty said...

I'm totally useless with games and all that - but when I saw Skyfall, one of the movie trailers was The Hobbit and by golly - it looked AMAZING!!!! I can't wait!! Take care

Bob Bushell said...

That's is a nauseating thing to do with "Lord of the Rings", I stick to the original.

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Natasha said...

Oh wow, this game looks awesome! I cannot wait for The Hobbit. xxx

Winnie said...

Oh you've reminded me about the Hobbit movie, I'll definitely be watching that!

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Pat Hatt said...

Never played this one either, but can't wait for the movie.

Blue Grumpster said...

Same here, Adam.

metalpark_73189 said...

Always wanted this game when I was small because I always heard comparisons of it being like Zelda but I never got it. I might emulate it when I get a chance.