Closed demonstration of The Lord of the Rings Gollum did
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Closed demonstration of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum did not impress the journalists

Following yesterday’s announcement of the release date for Daedalic Entertainment’s adventure stealth action game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Western journalists began sharing their impressions of the closed demonstration of the game.

    Image source: Nacon

Image source: Nacon

employees IGN, GameSpot, Rock Paper Shotgun and other publications saw about 20 minutes from the beta version of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. The developers showed two locations – Cirith Ungol Pass from the middle of the story and Mirkwood from the beginning.

Gollum is a linear game mostly composed of closed rooms with stealth and climbing options (sometimes you can choose between both). There is nowhere to climb: the authors have prepared special routes.

    Climbing spaces are

Climbing spaces are “ugly” and unnatural, according to an IGN spokesman.

Gollum cannot defeat an enemy in open combat, but is capable of feints (like throwing rocks) and stealthy finishing moves. Stamina is spent on the latter – if it runs out while killing the enemy, this is the end.

At the same time, there are no skill unlocks during the passage in The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (all skills are available instantly), which is why the two sections shown felt extremely similar from different phases of the game.

    In its current form, Gollum is reminiscent of the Peter Jackson film trilogy, from which it seeks to distance itself.

In its current form, Gollum is reminiscent of the Peter Jackson film trilogy, from which it seeks to distance itself.

The inner struggle of the protagonist is manifested in the voting system: journalists were shown an episode with a bug that Gollum wanted to eat and Smeagol wanted to save. The developers claim that the player’s choices will affect the fate of some characters.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be released on September 1st on PC (Steam), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S and will be available on Nintendo Switch before the end of the year. In general, journalists were not impressed with the show, and there were questions about the allure of the game.

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