Gamer Discovers Pre-Owned Copy of 2023’s Worst Xbox Game Sold at Astronomical Price


The discovery of a preowned Xbox Series X copy of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum retailing at a significantly higher price than expected has sparked attention in the gaming community. Priced at $88 Australian dollars, which equates to approximately $60 USD, this exceeded the standard rate for a new copy of the game. The game, known for its troubled release and subsequent negative reviews, has seen varied pricing, and this discrepancy could likely be an error at the store level.

The initial disappointment surrounding The Lord of the Rings: Gollum stemmed from various issues, including subpar graphics, lackluster gameplay, and controversy regarding the elvish language being locked behind a paid DLC. The negative reception led to widespread criticism, prompting a swift apology from the developers, Daedalic Entertainment. Despite a sizable patch aimed at fixing major bugs and camera issues, there have been no further significant updates or improvements to the game since July.

While the $88 AUD price tag for a preowned copy of the game seems excessive, the standard cost for a preowned version on the EB Games online storefront is $58 AUD, roughly $40 USD. Nonetheless, sentiments among gamers generally align with the belief that even at a lower price, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum lacks the quality and gameplay experience expected from a title associated with the renowned Lord of the Rings franchise.


Despite the disappointing reception of Gollum’s journey in the gaming world, enthusiasts of the Middle-earth series may find solace in Amazon’s ongoing development of a Lord of the Rings MMORPG, offering the potential for a fresh and immersive experience set within Tolkien’s iconic world.