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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (Video Game)

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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a 2023 adventure video game developed and published by Daedalic Entertainment. The game follows the story of the character Gollum from The Lord of the Rings epic fantasy novels and movies as he climbs the mountains of Mordor and ventures through Mirkwood on his quest to retrieve his Precious. In late May 2023, the game became a subject of memes and viral discussions due to its poor-quality performance, gameplay and graphics.


On March 26th, 2019, German video game developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment announced The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, an action-adventure video game following the story of Gollum / Smeagol, a character from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.[1]

Originally scheduled to release in 2021, the game was released for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S and Windows on May 25th, 2023 (launch trailer shown below).[2]

Gameplay and Features

Lord of the Rings: Gollum is an action-adventure game that follows the character Gollum, with the story set eight years before his appearance in The Lord of the Rings books. The game features stealth and platforming mechanics, and the player is presented with choices in which he can take action as Gollum or Smeagol, with the decision-making presented in the form of dialogues between the character's two personae (gameplay video shown below).[3]


Upon release on May 25th, 2023, the game was met with very negative reviews both from critics and players, who criticized its poor implementation of mechanics, bad interface and design choices and poor optimization. On Metacritic,[4] the PlayStation 5 version of the game had a 40 average reviews score with 29 reviews. On OpenCritic,[5] the game had a 42 average score with 46 reviews. On Steam,[6] the game had a 35 percent approval rating with 100 reviews as of May 26th, 2023 (IGN review shown below).

Online Reactions

The release of the game and its early reviews were followed by viral discussions online as users shared screenshots of the game to criticize and mock it. For example, on May 25th, 2023, video game journalist Alex Avard posted a tweet comparing a promotional screenshot and an actual screenshot from the game, with the tweet[7] (shown below, left) gaining over 1,300 retweets and 10,800 likes in one day.

Alex Avard @alexavard95 Morning. Gollum is one of the worst games I've played in a while. If you can't be bothered to read the full review, the difference between this promotional screenshot and the actual game gives you a decent summation of why. gamesradar.com/the-lord-of-th... wn! ear us! 5:26 AM - May 25, 2023 1.4M Views Do to kill the beetle and hide! cause... around! ys watchful! Gollum cannot kill Orcs wearing a helmet. ... Convince SMÈAGOL to kill the beetle and hide! Too dangerous, because... Ⓒ Spider! (x) The Spider is still around! Wraiths! Winged Nazgûl are always watchful! Gollum cannot kill Orcs wearing a helmet.

In the following days, more users on Twitter posted screenshots from the game, typically criticizing its design. For example, on May 25th, 2023, Twitter[8] user @StellaNoxEclair posted a screenshot commenting on the game's font choice, with the tweet gaining over 1,700 retweets and 27,500 in one day (shown below, left). Later that day, Twitter[9] user @chainsaw_alice posted an image of Gollum with bulging eyes next to a 3D image of Minecraft YouTuber Dream from his music video "Mask." The tweet gained over 390 retweets and 2,700 likes in one day (shown below, right).

@StellaNoxEclair This is the font they decided to use for dialogue options yes the Gollum game has dialogue options (Give bread) (Threaten) (Beg) 7:43 AM • May 25, 2023 2.6M Views 85 FPS @StellaNoxEclair. May 25 Watched a review for the new Gollum video game and i am now obsessed with this Show this thread Alice Sawyer @chainsaw_alice This is so f----- up Know Your Meme Horror VTuber 11:34 PM . May 25, 2023 30.4K Views

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Phillip Hamilton
Phillip Hamilton Staff

Why would they even make this? Who tf, even a massive LOTR fan, wants to play as Gollum for an entire game? I could see a Gollum stealth level or two being fun in a bigger LOTR game, but to base an entire game on the dude and not even put any sort of effort into making it good seems insane.

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