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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth (PC DVD) (Video Game)
Ignore the rubbish about buying this game just because it is Lord of the Rings, that's just over enthusiastic fans getting a little steamy under the collar.
tBfME is a LotR game based on the General's engine (which does suck a bit but anyway). You have a choice of single player campaign, single player skirmish or multiplayer online/network. In the multiplayer and skirmish you can pick 1 of 4 armies, thus being Isengard, Mordor, Gondor or Rohan and beat the living daylights out of your mates, internet gurus or the AI. In the single player campaign you get to play as the bad guys or good guys in an epic game of strategy and utilisation of every weapon you can muster. From Gandalf to the Witch-king and from Sam to Gollum, you build an army as best you can and fight for Middle-earth.
The basic concepts are similar to General's in that you build a base, command units and build heroes. Be warned however, do not take heroes for granted, they are extremely powerful and can devastate an army if used correctly.
The graphics are very smooth and a lot of detail has been added to even the most simple rocks and trees.
The major drawbacks are that the size of your armies is limited, usually between 100 and 400 command point usage (example would be 5 Rohan horsemen would use 20 command points). Each group of units is commanded as one but if you lose say 4 of the 5, eventually the dead 4 will return if the 5th stays alive long enough.
Your base is built on a set design, you cannot place buildings anywhere like on Generals.
Once a multiplayer game has reached it's peak and thus you and your mates all have a full army and all your hero units it becomes almost impossible for anyone to win because both Gondor and Rohan have huge walls surrounding their bases and with Mordor they can keep churning out basic fighting units for free (granted they are about as much use as contesting a parking ticket).
However, like Generals, this game is excellent and highly addictive. The controls are easy to master and the story is fun to listen to. Although granted, towards the end you may get frustrated if you can't get the last piece of the puzzle because it becomes so hard to defeat the enemy's last stance on the hard difficulty.
Nitpicking aside, this is a fully enjoyable game for the action gamer as well as the strategic lover alike.
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2009 23:02:27 GMT
there's a mod out now so the limits a loootttttttt higher :D
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