The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth
The Lord of the Rings The Battle for Middle-Earth was one of many Lord of the Rings games that were pumped out during the movies heyday. Say what you want about EA, but they actually handled the Lord of the Rings license very well and I would say most of the games were good. They had Lord of the Rings games for most genres that made sense, action, RPG and in the case of The Battle for Middle-Earth, RTS.
Good vs Evil
The Lord of the Rings The Battle for Middle-Earth actually features two different campaigns. EA went all out with the presentation here and it features cut scenes and voice acting from the movies. The campaign where you play as the good side actually follows the events of the movies pretty well and features some of the big battles from the movies. While playing through the events of the movies was cool, I actually thought the evil campaign was better. This starts off with the betrayal of Isengard and is about Sauron putting everyone in their place. What I love about this is that it is a different take on the events of the movies and the books a kind of what if Sauron one the war.
Who Will Win The War?
I found The Lord of the Rings The Battle for Middle-Earth an RTS game that was actually very easy to get into. You have four different factions that you can choose between when you play. The Horse Lords of Rohan and Gondor are the two good factions. Isengard has the Uruk-Hai and there is also the Orcs of Mordor. Each of the factions has their own things that make them special.
Think Before You Swing Your Sword
The gameplay is what you would expect from an RTS style of game. You have to make buildings, get troops, watch resources, plan your attacks and so on. I found that the game handles everything very well and it is not over complicated like many other RTS games can be. The battle system is actually pretty awesome. The different units in the game work on a kind of rock, paper scissors system. For example, pikemen can defeat cavalry, but swordsmen can defeat pikemen. The different units can be upgraded as you progress through the game which as you would expect makes them stronger. There are more powerful units that you can use like Hobbits which have their own special abilities. Speaking of special you can also use heroes such as Gandalf which is pretty awesome. You can unlock various special abilities as well as upgrading your buildings and troops so it always feels like there is some kind of progression happening. The battles feel huge in their scale and I feel that they did a great job in capturing the look and feel of the huge epic battles in the movies very well.
I think that The Lord of the Rings The Battle for Middle-Earth is a wonderful RTS game. It is especially good if you are a fan of the movies as there is a ton of fan service here. I would actually have given this a higher score, but the only reason I have not is that there is actually a sequel, The Lord of the Rings The Battle for Middle-Earth II and that is just a wee bit better than this as it upgraded many different things. Still this original game is an awesome time and worth playing for the campaign alone.
- The campaign is great
- Two different campaigns to play through
- The presentation is fantastic
- Easy to get into
- One of the better LOTR games
- The sequel is even better
- Some heroes are only in the campaign
Download The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP