The Ten Ton Hammer Best of 2012 Awards - Page 4

Posted Tue, Dec 18, 2012 by Sardu

The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity when it comes to expansions. In fact, 2012 saw more major expansions launch than triple-A MMOs, including such notable entries as World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, RIFT: Storm Legion, and EVE Online: Retribution to name a few.

While expanded content is always a good thing, a truly great expansion needs to build upon the core game's strengths in meaningful ways. Not only does it need to provide more interesting things to do, but also add something entirely new into the mix beyond additional landmass, generic quest hubs, or an increased level cap.

This year's winner for Best Expansion not only hits each of these marks squarely on the nose, but adds one of the coolest new gameplay features we've had the opportunity to experience this year.

The competition for best expansion was pretty fierce this year; perhaps more so than it has been for quite a while now. But once again Turbine rose to the occasion and delivered another kickass installment for the ongoing Lord of the Rings Online saga. Riders of Rohan not only continues the storyline progression, bringing players into a much beloved locale in Middle Earth for the first time, but it packs in a lot of excellent gameplay to boot.

From the very outset we were highly impressed with how mounted combat has been implemented. While Turbine isn't the first developer to take a crack at such a system, Riders of Rohan takes what could have simply been a cool diversion and made it central to the expansion. Not only does this help further immerse players into Tolkien's world, but does so by capturing the spirit of the region in meaningful ways.

As noted in our official review for Riders of Rohan earlier this year, the score really helps to create the setting as much as the graphical improvements that were bundled into the expansion. All this and much more contributed to Turbine being the recipient of our Best Expansion for 2012. In fact, this is the second year in a row that the developer has locked in the best expansion category, neatly following up last year's victory for Rise of Isengard.

MAHAHAHAHA, how much did Turbine pay you to say what you said... Mounted combat is a joke... Im a veteran player of Lord Of The RIngs, and the game is in worse shape than it ever has been... I have been playing since day 1... The community is starting to turn into World Of Warcrafts community.. The game is laggy, Mounted Combat is broke, You Rubberband all over the place, due to the servers not being able to keep up with our clients, at least this is what we have to assume, since Turbine wont give us an official statement on whats going on.. raids are broken.. HEAVY IN YOUR FACE MONITIZATION Im sorry, go read the forums if you dont belive me. You will see for yourself.

Even though the mounted combat is cool I have to say Storm Legion brought so much more to the table.Trion is actually surpassing many people's expectation's with this xpac,it's hard to do that in today's mmo climate.Confused at the choice.

This sounds more like an editorial page than results from an actual contest.

There is far more "right" with the Riders of Rohan expansion than there are problems, and to the person who posted about rubberbanding and other issues, I can only say that I certainly haven't experienced them (and yes, I have been playing for a very long time). Futhermore, the LOTRO community remains the most mature-minded player base of any MMO out there. Sure, there are people who are annoying, exploitive, or just down right idiots but if you want to see just how bad it gets in open chat, feel free to log into any other game; LOTRO players as a rule are far more positive and polite. Also, the developers and community liaisons have worked hard to keep players updated with the status of bugs and the general direction in which they're heading...moreso than in any other games I've played.

The short of it: RoR was a massive undertaking and while there remains some tweaking to be done, the devs have done a fantastic job. Any Tolkein fan - any game fan can appreciate their work by experiencing the high level of immersion and great attention to detail in this expansion as is.

The community is starting to turn into World Of Warcrafts community. Is it not?

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