Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Isildur Session Play: Volume III: Book 3

With what little time I've had lately playing LOTRO I've been working on the epic storyline. I really love the volume three quests and the storyline itself is cool. The biggest bonus however is the rewards themselves. Yesterday I received my level 65 second age hunter sword that turned out quite well. It now has most of the legacies I was looking for in a PvE sword and now I'm trying to get some decent relics on it. I haven't gotten to the end of the quest line yet but plan to tomorrow.

Anyways, I did want to touch on the highlight of the newest epic quests: the Isildur session play! This was an impressive and incredibly good looking instance. For those of you who did not play the session on a higher graphical setting you totally missed out! Basically what the instance's story covered was the oaths taken by the men of the mountain to fight against Sauron and aid Isildur. You get to see both King Rioc swearing his people's allegiance on the Stone of Erech itself along with Isildur eventually cursing them. This actually was pretty epic and it gave me slight goosebumps! Great job Turbine! Also, you get to fight alongside Isildur as one of his men in the retaking of a lost control point somewhere in Gondor. This is where Isildur discovers that Sauron had returned by finding a large makeshift shrine that the orcs made inside the city (this bears much resemblance to the witch king statues in Mirkwood and Angmar). The fighting itself wasn't the most interesting but the Gondorian architecture and the atmosphere was amazing! This is the first time we've caught a glimpse of what Turbine's Gondor would look like and I approve.

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The session play itself is not hard in any respect. Even the most inexperienced casual player could finish it without any problems. This is mostly due to the fact that you are given some very overpowered attacks to play with as well as a 75% morale heal that is on a ten second cooldown (you can actually use this heal on Isildur and the other Gondorian). Just make sure your escorts stay alive and all will be well!

Keep your stick on the ice,

1 comment:

  1. funnily enough Goldenstar from CSTM failed this lol. I can only imagine she didn't read the tooltips on her skills and so failed to realise the fact that you get that completely ridiculous heal. I don't think it'd even be possible to lose 75% of you or your party member's morale every 10s.