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The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria

Free Range Games, North Beach Games
Oct 24, 2023 - PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Weak

OpenCritic Rating

56

Top Critic Average

14%

Critics Recommend

IGN
4 / 10
PC Gamer
58 / 100
TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
Shacknews
4 / 10
God is a Geek
5 / 10
Guardian
2 / 5
Push Square
4 / 10
COGconnected
72 / 100
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Critic Reviews for The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria doesn’t give a ton of reasons to play it over its genre peers – and its poor combat, building, and mining mechanics make those other options sound even more appealing.

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Don't be a fool of a Took and rush into Moria. An authentic and authentically grueling game.

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TheSixthAxis

Steve C
6 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria has the potential to be a challenging and enjoyable multiplayer experience. The loop of mining, crafting, and exploring is a satisfying one when overwhelming hordes of goblins aren't haranguing you. There doesn't seem to be any real optimisation for solo players so I'd probably stay clear unless you can get a band of dwarves together to brave the darkness of the mines.

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I just didn't really want to do any of the other things Return to Moria expected me to.

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If you're a fan of the universe, Return to Moria is a reason to re-immerse yourself in familiar sights and sounds, but for anyone else it's just another survival game.

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There are moments when The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria hints at what it could have been, such as when you’re mining a rich vein of ore in some dark tunnel, and your dwarf becomes inspired to sing. They’ll clear their throat and give voice to a story of trolls and orcs and the beating that will rain down on them if they cross your path. The game briefly feels alive, the story making the cold mines warm. But then the song stops, and you’re still mining, and all you have to look forward to is a long walk back to the forge.

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Another miss for the Rings franchise, then. There are bursts of quality here, and the potential for fun when playing with others. However, it ultimately fails as an adaptation and a survival game.

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Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria doesn’t take any huge chances with the survival crafting genre. Still, the Lord of the Rings overlay and familiar character cameos help make its familiar loops seem fresh enough. In the mixed-bag pantheon of Lord of the Rings-inspired games, Return to Moria acquits itself quite well.

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