New footage from The Lord of the Rings-based game Guardians of Middle-Earth (GoME) sprung up today, highlighting some of the difference in play styles between Gandalf and Gollum. Considering that one’s a wizard and the other one is a 500-year-old… thing… their difference  really isn’t surprising. The video is included below:

While the use of the Lord of the Rings license makes some sense considering the hype that’ll be generated from The Hobbit (2012), the fact that Monolith is working on this is still a bit baffling. The studio’s developed some excellent original IPs, but their work on licensed games is disappointing. Just compare the F.E.A.R. franchise with such classics as Aliens vs. Predator 2 or The Matrix Online. Monolith, Lord of the Rings is cool and all, but the fans demand sequels to Rage of Mages and Shogo!

However, I do fess up to the fact that I found Gotham City Imposters  pretty enjoyable. Maybe my bad faith is misplaced and GoME won’t be so bad after all. RipTen’s own Michael Futter seemed to generally have a fun time with it. Check it out his impressions of the game from E3 2012 here. We also had the chance to speak with members of the development team. You can catch up on the information from that conversation here.

Guardians of Middle Earth is planned for release this year on PSN and XBLA.