The game Lord of the Rings: Gollum, developed by Nacon and Daedalic Entertainment, was released today for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox platforms, with a Switch version coming later this year. However, the fantasy adventure game, based on the famous character Gollum from Tolkien’s classic The Lord of the Rings has received mixed reviews from both gamers and the media. Based on reviews from sites such as Metacritic and OpenCritic, it has been dubbed the worst game of 2023 so far.
According to Metacritic, a total of 296 games were released in 2023. “Lord of the Rings: Gollum” comes second to last on PC with 43 points, while the PS5 version scores even worse with only 38 points. Due to a lack of reviews, the game’s performance on other platforms is not included in the rankings. Similarly, OpenCritic ranked The Lord of the Rings: Gollum” in last place out of 213 competing titles, with a score of only 40 points.
The game “The Lord of the Rings: Gollum” focuses on Gollum’s various adventures and obstacles as he searches for the all-powerful One Ring. It covers several locations from the Lord of the Rings literature and features some familiar characters. However, the game does not live up to Tolkien’s works’ fascinating storytelling and rich world-building. Instead, it has been panned as a repetitive stealth-action game that lacks innovation, is dull to play, and has technical flaws, with critics calling it an affront to Tolkien’s literary masterpiece. “Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a terrible game,” declared Push Square flatly. It features outdated-level design, clumsy controls, sloppy visuals, and a dull plot. According to PCGamesN, “From the uninspiring gameplay to the poorly crafted narrative, this is not a Middle-earth worth exploring.