Lord of the Rings fans devastated as new game gets one of the worst reviews ever – abysmal scores on PS5

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A NEW game from the Lord of the Rings franchise has one of the worst review scores ever for a triple-A game.

It was initially announced in 2019, for a 2021 release, but has since been delayed twice.

Gollum from the 2001 film looks far more impressive than the latest release.

Fans were excited for the upcoming release of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, but they’ve only been met with disappointment.

The PS5 version is currently sitting at an average score of 36/100 on review aggregate site Metacritic.

Reviews rarely give a score above 50, with the majority noting huge technical issues with the game.

We’ve Got This Covered gives Gollum a 4/10 writing “The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has the ghost of good ideas sprinkled throughout, but they’re woefully hindered by dated graphics.

“Stiff, wonky controls; endless bugs, glitches, and crashes [as well as] in-game gimmicks that fail to live up to their lofty ambitions.”

However, this is one of the kinder reviews for the game, and many websites found it difficult to say anything positive.

Despite being based on a hugely popular IP, it seems that both the technical failures and the frustrating gameplay have led people to slam it in reviews.

Gfinity simply writes: “The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, like the titular character, is ugly, malformed, and infested with bugs.”

The outlet gave Gollum just a 2/10, but it wasn’t the only one to score this low.

GameSpot was one of the more savage reviews writing, “Much like Gollum’s quest for the One Ring, my quest to complete The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was full of endless setbacks, impossible odds, and ever-increasing levels of madness. 

“And, like Gollum, my journey was doomed from the start. 

“So if the developers’ main goal was to really put you in the shoes of such a pitiful, unloveable character faced with constant pain and suffering at every turn, they were at least successful at that.”

The PC version has a slightly higher score of 43 but features many of the same complaints.

In a year of so many amazing releases, it appears that Gollum is one to skip out on.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.