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Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II (PC DVD)

by Electronic Arts
Windows XP
 Ages 12 and Over
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • New races, places, heroes, and battles from books & films
  • Command all the races of Middle-earth with 3 all new factions including Elves, Dwarves, and Goblins
  • Win the war in the North single-player campaign with all-new story that takes you to places and battles of Middle-earth previously unseen
  • Build your own landmark castle with fully customizable and upgradeable fortresses and walls
  • Create your own hero with all new customized RTS units that are your avatars in-game
  • Control battles with all-new enemy AI, melee combat, and flanking, adding unprecedented tactical fidelity
  • Master next-gen unit control with smart formations, battle lines, and planning mode
  • "Build anywhere" brings creativity and strategy to base building and battlefield dominance
  • Control the entire war with a high level "Risk" style meta-game on the Living World Map with all new strategic AI
  • Extend your battlefield with larger than life navy battles at sea


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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B000CED8SA
  • Release Date: 3 Mar 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,162 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

* New races, places, heroes, and battles from books & films * Command all the races of Middle-earth with 3 all new factions including Elves, Dwarves, and Goblins * Win the war in the North single-player campaign with all-new story that takes you to places and battles of Middle-earth previously unseen * Build your own landmark castle with fully customizable and upgradeable fortresses and walls * Create your own hero with all new customized RTS units that are your avatars in-game * Control battles with all-new enemy AI, melee combat, and flanking, adding unprecedented tactical fidelity * Master next-gen unit control with smart formations, battle lines, and planning mode * "Build anywhere" brings creativity and strategy to base building and battlefield dominance * Control the entire war with a high level "Risk" style meta-game on the Living World Map with all new strategic AI * Extend your battlefield with larger than life navy battles at sea

Manufacturer's Description

With all new content from J.R.R. Tolkien's original fiction, delve deeper than ever before and engage in new battles that go beyond the award-winning movie trilogy. Wage war in the North and assume command of the most storied civilizations in all of Middle-earth history the Elven and Dwarven armies or fight on the side of Evil with heroes and creatures that have never been seen in The Lord of the Rings films. Defend or overtake never before seen lands such as Dol Guldur, The Misty Mountains, and Mirkwood as you unleash powerful new weapons and abilities - summon dragons, cause volcanoes to erupt, or bring down a cataclysmic lightning strike.

But beware, with greater power comes greater adversity. Your enemies, commanded by a powerful new AI system, possess a greater tactical edge and more powerful spells. Will your armies have the fortitude to persevere?



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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BFME 2 a sweet cherry but not iced 6 Mar 2006
Let me first of all by saying that I will be partially comparing Battle for Middle Earth (BFME) 2, to its predecessor, which is regarded as one of the most successful real time strategy games of recent years.
BFME 2 is set in the northern realms of middle earth; something neglected by the recent film trilogy and the first game. There are 4 game modes for the single player. War of the Ring is essentially the first games map concept, made into a turn based strategy campaign. Each team fights over key territories and when armies clash, resolve their disputes in real-time. War of the Ring is really great for a player new to the game, or in multiplayer, but for veterans they will find it all too easy to overcome the AI (more on this later). You have the classic skirmish mode and a good and evil campaign. The story in both of these campaigns is really strong and I haven’t enjoyed a single player experience in Real Time Strategy this much in a long time. The missions are well thought out and give a sense of scope to the mythical world. However, veteran players will zoom through the missions; I played without using major powers and still found the missions relatively easy.
The game now has both land and navel combat, though navel combat feels more of a token gift than a strategic element. You can now build anywhere on the map, which is actually a lot of fun and adds a further strategic element to the game. Fortresses now form the key element of your base and can be upgraded to massive monoliths of power.
Many of the powers of the original are present, a few with upgrades. Many new powers are really cool to use, i.e.-earthquake and summon the watcher.
The AI is still lacking in intelligence despite claims made about its improvements, but it does challenge you on harder settings.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth it 10 Mar 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Unlike all the other lord of the rings games-whatever console they're for-I've noticed they all follow the same events-the journey of Frodo and aragorn down south or around that area. I love this game because it gets away from this and (in the campaign-either baddies or goodies) concentrates on the fights between dwarves and elves with sauron in the north, (In skirmishes though you can still play with whoever you want anywhere so don't let this put you back).

You start off fighting in rivendell and slowly travel around fighting in different places against different heroes and races.

All heroes in campaign or skirmishes devastate with great attacks and dominate the battlefield. I also love the fact that you can actually put walls round your base (even though uruks easily come and poke them down).

All unit factions have advantages and disadvantages and you can place them in battle lines or hide them in trees and finally you can increase the number of units you can have up to virtually 4000 making for giant epic battles or just little fights.

Only problems with the game. When finished the campaign and done a few skirmishes it starts getting a bit tedious (even with the war of the ring different play style i'm hopind the add on pack will increase things to do). Also, if you don't have 5.5GB or a decent video card it won't work (which lots of people have had trouble with) but check your computer for the right requirements, get the game and enjoy a fabulous gaming experience with the most amazing graphics.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad . . . Not Bad at all 11 Sep 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
So, i loaded this game up - started it, thought aha! plenty of graphics options, so i customised it, tweaked it some more ( i like the get the balance just right, acceptable FPS v Graphics, yes, slightly nerdy but hey, i play computer games .. . ) and played a skirmish, then another, and another, marvelled at how the witch king gracefully tore through battalions at a time, how my Half Trolls tore through cavalry of the rohirrim, how drogoth effortlessly torched entire bases, and most of all, how Souron effortlessly destroyed an entire army. All this power, so little time. And here comes my one main complaint really, the AI is really very pants. Pants. Paaaaaants. Just to emphasise it some more - PAAAAANTS! Once you've played it a few times you've played it all. Don't get me wrong, its still a lot of fun, i mean a lot of fun, but it could do with tweaking somewhat, to make it less brain dead.

My other couple of complaints - Walls. Walls did not crumble when an uruk hai poked them with his eyebrow tweasers, did they? Well, in this game, walls serve only one purpose - to slow the enemy down so you can move troops to counter the attack.

Another is skinning, some of the skins have not been updated since BFME I, and although they still look good, they could have been polished that little be extra in my opinion, although, i am not a programmer nor a skinner, and this may be a highly arrogant point of view.

My last is realism - when could 1 battalion run through another without being hurt in some way - i.e. a battalion of pikemen are run at my swordsmen, my reaction would be to form a phalanx.
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