Got this today, so not miles into it yet - but i'm running around the shire as Sam and Frodo having completed the prologue and i have to say i'm geeking out on the whole LOTR-ness of it. The music is the official soundtrack, so running around to the same tunes as the film is epic - and i've hardly scratched the surface!
The collection bit seems the same as in the previous game and demo i played, not sure what half of it is for but guessing that'll become clear - believe you can craft new weapons and armour from it though!? Not sure if the novelty of the Lego part/gameplay will rub off before the end, but the fanboy part of me should definitely ensure i get to the end of the game, really impressed so far!
EDIT: Strongly suspect this is a 'you had to be there moment' but you haven't lived until you've had your very own 'sheep race' around the shire - i was sceptical as to how much fun co-op would be in the game but that was worth the entry fee alone (ignoring the fact i got this gratis)...! One of my standout gaming moments of this year, classic!
Sid is waving. Waving goodbye. It means he's leaving now. He's going. His final message to you, dear reader, is to always wash your hands after making a big pooh, and to remember that Hyrule Warriors
is a thing…!