IGN writes: " It's been a couple of weeks since Turbine first opened the Mines of Moria and, after sampling its delights, we're more certain than ever that it greatly enhances the already superlative experience of The Lord of the Rings Online. With new classes, new legendary items, new story chapters and one of the most iconic locations in the fantasy genre, it's a sure bet to please most MMO fans. You'll be stepping into the Mines of Moria as part of a dwarven reclamation project, intended to recapture and restore the Mines in the wake of the Fellowship's foundation-rattling passage through the ancient dwarven kingdom.
The content in The Lord of the Rings Online is more linear and more focused on narrative than you'll find in most other MMOs. Where games like World of Warcraft and Warhammer Online have plenty of interesting story arcs in their varied quest hubs, they tend to present them as independent theme parks; you show up, ride the rides and then move on to the thrills that are lying just down the road. Being based on the richest and most celebrated fantasy book of all time, The Lord of the Rings Online has more opportunity (and greater need) to connect all the elements of the story into a cohesive whole. To be fair, there are still plenty of interesting diversions and peripheral encounters, but the chapter-by-chapter progression of the story makes the overall context of your adventures just as engaging as the actual gameplay."