JRR Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings series, called the bible of fantasy literature, has boasted its presence in various media as much as its fame. Most works based on this have an attractive character as the main character or create an original character based on a worldview to draw another story.
Daedalic Entertainment paid attention to Gollum, who can be seen as the main protagonist among the numerous characters in The Lord of the Rings. Few people have had a more significant impact throughout the story than Gollum, who left the famous line “My Precious.” However, there weren’t many works that featured Gollum as the main character, but this seems to be because he was more suited to the role of licorice in the story, in a position close to a villain, along with his unfavorable appearance.
So, when I heard that Daedalic Entertainment was developing a game featuring Gollum as the main character, I was more curious than expected. Even though there were many more attractive characters to use as game characters, what was the reason for the story of Gollum?
As the release was delayed, there was no news, but a place was prepared for the media to check the gameplay in detail. Indeed, I would like to tell you what I felt while watching the play video with the developer’s narration to see what the Gollum game to be presented by Daedalic Entertainment would look like.
First, ‘The Lord of the Rings: Gollum’ is a game based on the book trilogy by JRR Tolkien. The time zone is set before the start of the War of the Rings, and Mordor and Mirkwood appear as the primary setting. As Gollum appears as the main character, the focus is on stealth play rather than flashy combat action. The developer said that the Lord of the Rings movie is not imitated but reinterpreted, so you can see many things you haven’t seen before.
Unlike a typical hobbit, Gollum lived in an underground cave for a long time and acquired a deformed body structure. By crawling and rock climbing, it is possible to use both hands and feet to walk, run, and hide as much as possible.
Even in the actual demonstration video, we could see the characteristics of Gollum in the original work. You could see the finely crafted details on the exterior, such as almost bald hair, enlarged pupils that did not fit the size of the face, and a quadrupedal gait. If you compare it to the movie version of Gollum, the look is round and feels a bit cuter. Overall, the details are taken care of, so the unfavorable appearance shines more brightly. Still, I think anyone who likes Gollum can accept Gollum in the game without hesitation.
On the other hand, the game faithfully reflected Gollum’s appearance not only on the outside but also on the inside. In the original story, Gollum has two personalities: Smeagol, his original character, and Gollum, whose influence on the Absolute Ring has been corrupted. It’s a bit different from the dual personality. Still, Smeagol, who has a relatively good heart, and Gollum, who has an evil spirit, talk and communicate with each other quite often.