Considering the quality of enjoyment the game provides, I'd say 45 is still too high a price. I ended up with a copy via a Math Trade a while back and I couldn't barely GIVE the game away. Ugh.
I don't know, I find it superior to War of the Ring, which is hugely lauded on this site and uses some similar mechanics. It's not nearly as complicated, or convoluted rules-wise. I find the maze of faqs, errata, and fiddliness of WoTR so bad that I strongly believe it would be as poorly received as Age of Conan if not for the LOTR factor.