The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Video game
DeveloperDaedalic Entertainment
PublisherDaedalic Entertainment
Nacon
PlatformPS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Nintendo Switch
Release date25 May 2023

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, known on social media as @GollumGame for short, is a video game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, featuring Gollum as the main protagonist. It is set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, during the time in which Gollum is searching for the One Ring. The game was originally scheduled for release in 1 September 2022,[1] but on 25 July 2022, it was announced that there would be a further delay of "a few months".[2] It was later announced on 24 March 2023 that the game would release on 25 May, with the Nintendo Switch version releasing later in the year.[3]

A special edition called the Precious Edition was announced on 14 April 2023. The contents include the full game, an Art Exhibition application, the Lore Compendium DLC, a 45 minute original soundtrack, and Sindarin voice acting. Early access to the Emotes Pack DLC is also included as a pre-order bonus.[4]

Plot[edit | edit source]

The game explores a never-before-told story about Gollum, and is set eight years before the War of the Ring.[5][6]

After Gollum is tortured in Mordor, he is enslaved to work in the mines of the Ephel Duath on the edge of Mordor. Here Gollum fulfils his tasks, and sometimes stealthily causes some mischief.[7] Upon escaping enslavement, Gollum enters the tunnels of Shelob.[8]

The game cuts to the Elvenking's Halls upon fleeing Shelob, where Gollum is brought before Thranduil. Gollum is granted some freedoms, and befriends an Elf named Mell. She helps you find the Riddlemaster, who turns out to be the main antagonist. Upon killing him, Gollum manages to escape Mirkwood, and the game ends.[9]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The game was designed with a focus on stealth,[10] platforming,[11] and Gollum's split personality.[12]

Reception[edit | edit source]

The game has received overwhelmingly negative feedback, with some calling it the worst game of the year.[13][14] Headlines include boil it, mash it, stick it in the bin,[15] referencing Sam's line in the film, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. On Metacritic, it got a Metascore of 39/100, and a user score of 2.0/10 as of 5 July 2023.[16]

References

  1. "Gollum's quest for his precious will begin on September 1, 2022! Coming on PC & consoles and at a later date on Nintendo Switch. #GollumGame💍", Twitter (accessed 13 April 2024)
  2. "An important message.", Twitter (accessed 13 April 2024)
  3. "Sméagol will swear it on the Precious, your new adventure in Middle-earth begins on May 25, 2023! Watch the Gameplay Showcase: https://youtu.be/YOBqFV6EO80", Twitter (accessed 13 April 2024)
  4. "Yes Precious, we have a Special Edition! 💍 💿 The Full Game 🖼️ The Art Exhibition Application 📜 The Lore Compendium 🎼 A 45-min OST 📣 Sindarin Voice Acting Pre-order and get the Emotes Pack DLC, which includes 6 of Gollum’s iconic gestures and sayings.", Twitter (accessed 13 April 2024)
  5. "'Lord of the Rings: Gollum' Video Game in the Works From German Studio Daedalic" dated 25 March 2019, The Hollywood Reporter (accessed 24 March 2023)
  6. "The Lord of the Rings: Gollum™ - The Making Of The Untold Story" dated 24 March 2023, YouTube (accessed 13 April 2024)
  7. "Worst Game of the Year So Far" dated 26 May 2023, YouTube (accessed 13 April 2024)
  8. "I Can't Stop Playing This Trash" dated 28 May 2023, YouTube (accessed 13 April 2024)
  9. "I Finally Finished This Trash" dated 30 May 2023, YouTube (accessed 13 April 2024)
  10. "The Lord of the Rings Gollum - Everything We Know" dated 18 July 2022, Gaming.net (accessed 13 April 2024)
  11. "Worst Game of the Year So Far" dated 26 May 2023, YouTube (accessed 13 April 2024)
  12. "The Lord of the Rings: Gollum", Steam (accessed 13 April 2024)
  13. "The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is the worst reviewed game of 2023", VGC (accessed 13 April 2024)
  14. "Worst Game of the Year So Far", YouTube (accessed 13 April 2024)
  15. "The Lord of the Rings: Gollum review - boil it, mash it, stick it in the bin" dated 25 May 2023, The Guardian (accessed 13 April 2024)
  16. "The Lord of the Rings: Gollum", Metacritic (accessed 5 July 2023)
Licensed video games set in Middle-earth
 Melbourne House: The Hobbit (1982) · Lord of the Rings: Game One (1985) · Shadows of Mordor (1988) · War in Middle Earth (1988) · Crack of Doom Software Adventure (1989) · Riders of Rohan (1990)
 Interplay Productions: The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (PC) (1990) · The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers (1993) · The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (SNES) (1994)
 Vivendi Universal: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) · The Hobbit (2003) · War of the Ring (2003)
 Electronic Arts: The Two Towers (2002) · The Return of the King (2003) · The Third Age (2004) · The Battle for Middle-earth (2004) · Tactics (2005) · The Battle for Middle-earth II (2006) (The Rise of the Witch-king (2006)) · Conquest (2009) · Heroes of Middle-earth (2023)
 Turbine/Standing Stone Games: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (2007-) (Mines of Moria (2008) · Siege of Mirkwood (2009) · Rise of Isengard (2011) · Riders of Rohan (2012) · Helm's Deep (2013) · Mordor (2017) · Minas Morgul (2019)) · War of Three Peaks (2020) · Fate of Gundabad (2021) · Before the Shadow (2022)
 Warner Bros: Aragorn's Quest (2010) · War in the North (2011) · Guardians of Middle-earth (2012) · Kingdoms of Middle-earth (2012Armies of The Third Age (2013) · Shadow of Mordor (2014) · Shadow of War (2017) · Rise to War (2021)
 Glu Games: Middle-Earth Defense (2010)
 Traveller's Tales: Lego The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game (2012) · Lego The Hobbit (2014)
 Daedalic Entertainment: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (2023)
 North Beach Games: The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria (2023)