Posted: March 4
I'll admit, I haven't played many MMOs, but LoTRO is one of the best that I've played. You'll enjoy this game somewhat if you're more of a fan of the Peter Jackson movies, but if you're a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic books, like me, you'll go crazy over this game.
Another clever thing that Turbine has done is the in-game store. In order to buy things like quest packs, war-horses, and dyes, you use "Turbine Points". How do you get Turbine Points? You could buy them...or you could complete deeds like doing so many quests, killing so many orcs/giant fly things/wolves/brigands, or finding different locations in the game world.
There is just one big problem this game has: The riding. Not the riding itself, but the riding skill. You need to buy it from the store. And it's not cheap. It's 95 Turbine Points. Considering the most Turbine Points you can get from a deed is 15, and that's for doing over 30 quests, that's quite a lot.
In short, if you want a good open-world MMO with a great story, pick this up.
PRO TIP: Find and buy a boxed copy of the Mines of Moria expansion pack. You get a extra character per server, VIP for a month, and of course, access to Moria.