Lord of the Rings Online is being reviewed everywhere, and gets good to excellent grades in those reviews. The New York Times is very enthusiastic. The International Herald Tribune gives it three stars out of four. And I'm left wondering how that happened, that serious newspapers like this got into the business of reviewing MMORPGs. On the current trend I'll be unemployed soon, losing all my readers to the New York Times. :)
Of course all the more traditional sources of reviews cover Lord of the Rings Online as well. GameSpy gives it 4.5 stars out of 5, and the editor's choice award. Other sites like Gamespot haven't got full reviews out yet, but already high scores in the readers' reviews section. I think it is safe to say that Turbine has a winner on their hands here.