Lord of the Rings Online is a formerly pay-to-play MMORPG that is now free-to-play! The game places a heavy emphasis on story and lore. Right from the start, players are thrown into the thick of things with interactive quests. Players are only given the option of choosing between the ‘good’ or ‘free’ races which include Humans (referred to simply as ‘Man’), Dwarves, Elves, Hobbits, and Beorning, but can play as monsters in special PvP battles starting at level 10. There are a total of ten classes available, though not all are available to all races. PvP in LotRO is a bit different than most MMORPGs; players fight in large battles either as special max-level monsters or as their normal characters.
The Classes Are:
Burglar – The rogue-like class of LotRO. Buglers fight with daggers and excel at debuffing and crowd control. They can deal heavy DPS as well but have now defense and health. Races: Man, Hobbit.
Captain – A class unique to the race of Man. Captains can use a large variety of armors and weapons. They control pets, have buffing abilities and are capable of tanking. Races: Man.
Champion – A melee DPS class that has several area of effect (AoE) moves. Champions can dual-wield and tank when they need to but are mainly concerned with dishing out damage. Races: Man, Elf, Dwarf.
Guardian – The main tanking class of Lord of the Rings Online. Guardians can use most weapon types and all armor types. They can deal moderate damage, but are most useful in absorbing damage for their allies. Races: Man, Elf, Dwarf, Hobbit.
Hunter – The classic archer archetype. Hunters deal heavy damage from a distance using bows, but have lower defense and health than the melee-oriented classes. All races can play as hunters.
Lore-Master – A multi-purpose spell casting class. Lore-Masters hurl spells from a safe distance, summon pets, and are capable of crowd control (CC.) Races: Man, Elf.
Minstrel – Minstrels sooth their allies wounds with enchanting songs and boost their fighting potential with powerful chants. Since they are the main supportive class in he game, the Minstrel class is available to all classes.
Rune-Keeper – The main offensive spell casters. They hurl powerful spells at their targets but are also capable of healing their allies. With low defense and health, they must be defended by their allies. Races: Elf, Dwarf.
Warden – A jack-of-all-trades melee class that uses medium armor and several weapon types, including throwing javelins. Wardens are mainly concerned with dealing damage, but can serve as off-tanks. Races: Man, Elf, Hobbit.
Beorning – A premium class, Beorning are capable of changing into a bear form to channel their power for a short amount of time. They are primarily melee focused and can serve as tanks, damage, or support. Races: Beorning.
- Status: Released
- Release Date: Apr 24, 2007
- Business Model: Free to Play
- Developer: Turbine
- Publisher: Turbine
- Category: Stand-alone
- Genre(s): 3D, MMO, Adventure, RPG, Fantasy
- Platforms: PC, Mac
Editor's Score: 4/5
- +Well established backstory/lore with story driven gameplay
- +Player housing.
- +Titles to earn and Hobbies to learn.
- -Huge download and slow install.
- -Feels like a single player game at times.
- -PvE offers no challenge during early levels.
- Recommended System Requirements:
- OS: Windows XP / Vista
- CPU: Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz / AMD Equivalent
- RAM: 1024 MB or more
- GPU: 128MB Geforce 6800 / ATI Radeon X850 or better
- HDD: 10.0 GB Free
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