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Disc labeling mix-up mars LEGO Lord of the Rings release

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(Credit: Game Informer)

You shall not play! At least not past level one or so.

Game Informer reports that a significant number of Xbox 360 copies of Lego Lord of the Rings errantly contain a demo disc.

The good news? The error is only occurring for the Xbox 360 version. The bad news? It's occurring at all.

The game, which releases Tuesday (you might have seen it out of the corner of your eye as you waited in line for Black Ops II), transforms Tolkien's three-part tale of Middle-Earth into another playful Lego video game adventure.  That means plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor as you guide the Fellowship against the forces of Sauron, though I doubt anyone laughed after opening up their copy of the game only to find a lousy demo disc inside.

As it turns out, however, the demo disc itself actually contains the full game. Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive says that it's simply a misprinted label and has has issued a limited product recall, as well as this official statement:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is recalling a small number of LEGO The Lord of the Rings video games that were released for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft to Walmart, Target and Toys 'R' Us in the United States with a disc labeling error. The discs in question are incorrectly labeled as demo discs, but those discs do contain the full game content and are fully functional. This error does not affect any other formats of the game. We are in the process of remanufacturing the discs and will get them to the stores as soon as possible.

Consumers who purchased a copy of the Xbox 360 version of the game with the disc labeling error can contact customer support via email at or phone at 410-568-3680 for a replacement disc.

Weirdly, that's not the only incorrect disc issue plaguing the week's new releases. Some owners of Call of Duty: Black Ops II for the PC reportedly found that the game's second installation disc actually contained information for the EA role-playing game Mass Effect 2 and was therefore unusable.

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