The Lord of the Rings Online, known as LoTRO for short, is an immersive, epic MMORPG...
... And one of the hands down best that I have ever played in my opinion!
What is an MMORPG? Well... some people call them MMOs for short, or online games. It stands for:
Basically it's a game that is played completely online and filled with other human players. A huge part of the fun of these types of games is the opportunity to team up with friends to explore an interactive world.
For The Lord of the Rings Online you also get to explore the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth like you could never have imagined. You can actually visit the memorable locations that the fellowship visits throughout the books as well as discover areas that you may never have known about.
LoTRO was originally released in North America in April of 2007 by Turbine, Inc. The game was titled The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™. This release took players up to level 50. The end game zones at the time were Angmar, the Misty Mountains, and the Ettenmoors. During the Shadows of Angmar edition numerous free updates were given to players including The Rift raid and the zones Forochel and Evendim. For many players the game has never been better than it was then ;)
The first expansion to the MMORPG was released in November of 2008, titled The Lord of the Rings Online™: Mines of Moria™. This expansion took the game in some new directions... loved by some and hated by others. It introduced the legendary item system to the game, gear gating through the radiance system, and dps race type raids and instances.
A second expansion titled The Lord of the Rings Online™: Siege of Mirkwood™ was released in December of 2009. This expansion took us beyond the Misty Mountains along the path of the fellowship. It included a new raid where players could do battle with the Liutenant of Dol Guldur.
For more information visit the official site at www.lotro.com (page opens in new window)