23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Now THIS is what i call amazing,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth (PC DVD) (Video Game)
Epic battles, valiant warriors, evil orcs, beautiful landscapes, amazing effects, mighty heroes, the fellowship, the battle for middle earth has it all. Even the pre-game movie is very interesting and a very good piece of computer animation.
In 'the battle for middle earth' you lead either evil or good armies to victory, following the plot of the LOTR trilogy. When you start a campain, you can choose two ways. Evil, or good. Evil makes you the commander of uruk-hai, warg riders, Lurtz, Saruman, evil pikemen, and many more. If you are lacking in firepower or strength, no problem, just bring in a ballista or a battering ram. If you choose to command the troops of Rohan, Gondor, or the fellowship, you will gain control of many units: Rohan Rohirrim, swordsmen, Legolas, Gimli, Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, Aragorn and others. You will also be able to create other troops such as trebuchets, which can destroy walls, and so on.
But the thing that makes the battle for middle earth so special is that it is definately and truly fun. The problem with some other strategy games is that they have devastatingly hard levels, which make you want to smash the CD, or waaaay too easy levels, which also make you want to smash the CD. I think that this has very challenging, but not annoying, levels. Even though some might be annoying, but this only lasts for a short time.
I think that there are a few problems with the battle for middle earth. The maps are often too small, resulting in a seemingly relentless attack of enemy troops. Very annoying. Also, it will be a lot nicer if you could actually use more strategy, as (like another reviewer) often you just charge around destroying small patches of enemy territory, then building more troops, then once again charging around destroying other troops or towns/outposts. There is also the problem that the Fellowship levels of the 'good' campain seem to be a lot easier than the Eomer levels, mainly because the fellowship are much stronger than any rohirrim, peasants, or archers that you can ever make.
Back to the menu: There is also another button, skirmish. Skirmish is basically a mini-campain, where up to 8 people (1 person and 7 computers) go against each other. Of course, you can choose to have allies, or choose to all be against each other (very messy!). I still feel slightly irritated at the fact that there is no 'peace' option, so that you can build up your horsemen, or archers, or whatever warriors, as you often find yourself trying to build up troops as quickly as you can, and then finding your camp or allies being attacked. Online play is supposed to be pretty good, but I have not tried it, and therefore do not know if it is good or bad.
No game or item is perfect, but some games are better than others, and some games are even better. To me, 'the battle for middle earth' is probably one of the closest to perfect when it comes to film/book strategy games.