i have been playing lotro since its last alpha in late '06
loved the game so much i have 2 lifetimes accounts , 1 premium and a free one for my son.
i have always considered it the Crysis of mmos due to its high detail and how hard it makes your gpu work.
this is definitely a game where more gpu ram is better.
they recently added support for dx11 and while doing so they have tweaked dx10/9 in such a way that where i could only run max setting in dx9..i can now do so in dx10.
on top of that...they have redone the textures on most all the mobs making everything even more awesome.
just an FYI to all you non-US folks...we have many players on the NA servers from Oceania/Aus/NZ and europe..i personally know many from the UK/Germany and even South America.
you can sign up for a free account and get either the standard or high-res clients >>>HERE<<<
while there is end-game raiding and pvmp..the story and your role in it is what makes lotro so great.
and the awesome visuals dont hurt none either!!
wow..i sound like a fanboi
dont get me wrong now while i do love lotro ( it is the only mmo to ever hold my interest beyond 6 months) it aint perfect.
just like any other game out there it has its issues.
but the dev team is top-notch and almost ALL the original devs are still there working on it(a rarity these days)
they recently added 4 servers bring the total up to 15...if playing off-USA hours conceerns you may i suggest Elendilmir..it is one of the original server and considered one of the big 3...AND more importantly it is the unofficial Oceanic server and as such has players on it pretty much 'round the clock.
if ya got any questions..just ask!!