Thanks to King Peter the Jackson and his latest epic: The Hobbit we can all fall in love with Middle Earth once more.
Of late we have had Lego Lord of the rings, a charming game with charming little characters and possibly the best free roam LOTR game on consoles.
And now on Xbox Live its time for the Guardians of Middle Earth, a strategy game featuring some of the well known (and not so known if you have not read Tolkeins works) characters from the movies.
I have spent many hours playing this game and it is safe to say that this is a special title and must be looked at by any LOTR fan.
For those of you whom are not really aware of this game yet I will describe what it is all about, as best I can.
This is a SP and MP game, though the tempting 5 v 5 battles are the cream here with you and your mates taking on other people. I can see a big following coming as the word spreads.
Picking your character is simple. I play as Gandalf or the Witch King. Each character has his/her own special moves and their class - Enchanter, Warriar, Tactician, Defender etc etc spells out how you will fare on the battle field and how you choose to tackle the enemy side.
Basically your army starts on one side of a map the enemy on the other. You have defensive towers, strategically placed to slow down the marching hordes. Although you cannot build towers and place them, you can fully upgrade them to do more damage. The same goes with barracks in your camp. You can assign elite soldiers, mounted soldiers and even summon powerful creatures such as Ents and Trolls (depending on your allignment).
Your base constantly spawns soldiers whom will assault the enemy and you can accompany them at will but be warned as you are not the only guardian on the field. The goal is to storm the enemy base and destroy the main tower.
Enemy guardians bring PVP into play. Everything you do in regards to combat levels you up. You can max level 14 in a game and all players start at 1. The key is to succesfully defend your land while levelling as quickly as possible. Its up to you how you do this. Will you ambush enemy soldiers? Take on a guardian directly for an almost instant level? Will you spend time upgrading your defenses? There are even random monsters situated on the maps such as Wargs, giant spiders and trolls. You can fight these for a massive XP boost.
Basically its important to approach other players with caution. All special moves have a cool down period, some players deal more damage than others and because you can hide in bushes and spring out to surprise attack a weakened guardian....you need a strategy.
Its really cool to see 10 guardians going at it in a big brawl. Even if you are Sauron fighting side by side with Gandalf and Legolas...the game isnt cheesy and due to the lack of a storyline it seems to work very well indeed.
Outside of combat your victories will give you levels and gold. You can buy new characters, assign perks (if you like) to yourr favourates and extra abilities. You even have a gem belt that can be equipped with different combos of stone for extra damage, quicker cooldown on abilities and so on. The list is massive and all gems and such have a cost. Winning means more gold and better loadouts.
I cannot praise this game enough. I suggest you try the trial but it should be an auto-buy if you have the Microsoft points.
Games like this dont really exist in the console market. The controls are spot on too which means that everything feels fluid and easy to handle.
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