The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) can now be downloaded off of the popular store Steam. While the game itself can of course still be downloaded and installed for free, there is also an additional “Steam Starter Pack” that can be purchased as well. The Steam Pack includes:
- Exclusive Noble Grey Steed: Saddle up on this striking grey steed as early as level 5 and travel across Middle-earth 62% 68% faster than on foot.
- Three Bonus Quest Packs: Continue your adventures through the troubled Northdowns, tranquil Evendim, and frigid Misty Mountains
- 25% XP Boost Token: Earn 25% more experience from quests and monster while you have this token equipped, all the way to level 65
- 1,000 Turbine Points: Customize your experience in Middle-earth with 1,000 Turbine Points. Buy cosmetic gear, rare mounts, experience boosts, buffs, and more.
The pack sells for $29.99 USD, but for now it seems to be on sale for $14.99 USD. I personally think that this is a good move on Turbine’s behalf as Steam makes it much easier to download and install games due to its automated system. The only thing that I think is a bit of a downer is that they included the Misty Mountains as one of the bonus Quest Packs. I really think that since that zone has yet to be revamped it doesn’t best represent the games content. Other than that it seems like a pretty good deal to me, especially at its sale price.
Update: So there is some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the horse actually has a 68% speed increase and 250 health; plus it’s account wide. (And it constantly blows “steam” from it’s nose. Get it? Steam?) The down side is that the extra 25% token is actually Derudh’s Stone which means that it only gives 25% Experience Gain on Monster Kills. You can also add this pack to existing accounts by adding the game to your Library in the Steam client (I did this by having it start the download), right-clicking the title name, and choosing “View game CD key”. This will give you the key that you can add to your account through Turbine’s My Account page. You can then stop and delete the install from Steam if you wish to do so.