GameSpy writes: "In the face of brutal competition from old warhorses like World of Warcraft and new juggernauts like Warhammer Online, Turbine's The Lord of the Rings Online has continued to chug along quite successfully, pulling in a large audience of Tolkien fanatics, casual gamers and lovers of PvE gameplay and storytelling. With Mines of Moria, the game's first official expansion pack, only a few weeks away, GameSpy decided to pop into the game's beta to check out what we could of this massive content addition. What we found, at least in our initial foray, is a game not straying far from its greatest strength: the ability to convincingly tell personalized stories to a million people at a time."
+Fun story-driven questing; beautiful artwork
-Leveling a legendary item to 10 provides a bit of a roadblock for new players