It's boring. Seriously. Just awful. Was awful two years ago, is awful now.
So I went VIP fairly quickly.
I use to play lotro, leaving just after it went f2p. Then I was on my playing swtor on my Sith a couple weeks back and mysteriously started hitting gambit combos so I figured I'd give lotro another go.
I went into this game for the second time determined to not like it, it's a f2p for crying out loud, what's to like. And at first (and something which still bothers me) I was "proven" right - they broke the Warden. My beloved Warden could no longer heal!
Oh wait, it can, they just changed things up a bit. Fine. All my gambit memories are wrong till 20... fine. Although I really miss sh/sp working at low levels as a heal. I hit it out of habit and nothing happens, somewhat frustrating.
Turns out that outside of that one issue (and the silly store, no I'm not going to spend points to speed up my slayer skills or buy recipes or such. Don't mind using it for cosmetic stuff but the rest...no... just no). Outside of those two issues, one of which is avoided by just not using it and the other works itself out so I'm told, the game is largely as I remember which I have to admit surprised me.
I expected and indeed wanted to walk into a broken, buggy, battered game and laugh at it. Instead I fell in love with it again, the atmosphere, the night...just wow. I don't know how the devs did it but somehow they made a level 15 Warden wading through level 11-12 goblins at night a tense affair. From an RP perspective that is beyond brilliant.
I think it's the little things that truly make this game so good though, the sound of a nearby Warden yelling or a champions blade cutting through the air, the boars and bears growling at you - giving you the option to just walk away - the fact that everybody looks different, I've yet to see two players wearing the same thing which is again, brilliant from an RP perspective.
This game has something which even WoW never really achieved, it actually feels alive. The dev and presumably art team, could teach swtor a lot in that area.
It actually says something about a game which makes somebody who, frankly, isn't a fan of lotr actually enjoy the setting and story, even the films couldn't make the thing interesting and I find the books to just be a dull slog. I appreciate that to some people they're the ultimate literacy classic but each to their own.
So all in all, it's a very good game and I'm sure I'll be playing it for as long as it's around.