LOTR is one of those games I can't figure out why people like it so much. It's not a very attractive game to me on the surface and there is not much in gameplay that really feels satisfying. That said, I really don't like the D&D type of themes and don't know the rules.
MET is much more what pinball should be in my book. Great art, cool toys, great sounds, loud, and fast. Basic rules are easy to learn and there are deeper things for experienced players to discover. Getting to CUI modes is not too hard and feels like a wizard mode. All the multiballs and other elements in the game (besides the final wizard) are very doable as well. If I start a few multiballs and make it to one CUI mode I feel like I had a good game. Getting a good bonus and then cashing it in with a doubler makes my day. It's hard to get the same feeling on deep games where you barely accomplished anything even in a long game.