So one-third done in Lego: Lord of the Rings, and I am loving it. I have not played that many Lego games, but this one really does take it to a next level. I love that it is using the movie for dialog. It allows them the chance to add a lot more to the story in sense of Lego style jokes. If you have not seen the trailer I recommend it. The best part is at the end, and I just completed that section. It has a nice amount of humor, and does a great job at keeping the pacing moving just the right amount.
I have encountered 2 freezes so far, nothing related to the game as far as I can tell, but it is a little disconcerting. It could be me playing on the PS3 fat, and not one of these new PS3's, but that really should not make any difference. There is a lot of free play, and almost always a large area you can "explore" between the scenes that you play through. I also wanted to mention that Hobbiton in the Shire looks beautiful. Each vista that you visit is just as great looking as the last, and they really made the scenes gorgeous. So far I think my favorite part is the Misty Mountains. They really added a lot to the area, because we all know that it was a large part of the movie. There are parts you must carry the dwarf, or a hobbit over for assistance with the next area since they take a longer time to cross the thick snow, or play as Legolas, and you just walk over the snow like he did in the movies.
So if you are looking for a new Lego game, or a Lord of the rings game. I recommend this one. I have not always enjoyed the games, but this one is great, and comes highly recommended by me. (Grain of salt can be used)