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3.0 out of 5 stars I love Lord Of The Rings, but after playing Rome Total War this, well.., 5 Jun 2006
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth (PC DVD) (Video Game)
I'm a massive LOTR fan and i have to admit the creators have put an excellent effort into this game, i commend them, the soundtrack, the voiceovers(brilliantly provided by the cast of the films)and the graphics as well as recreations of the battles from the movies are all suberbly done and when playing the game you can quite easily get lost in the LOTR world, as Tolkien would have liked, however, i really wanted a LOTR version of Rome in this when you feel you have real control over your empire, how its run and how you fight it's battles,you know- send an army of Oliphunts to Gondor and trample that band of Gondorian scouts, train one more troll before setting the army through the Black Gate etc but with LOTR BFME, i don't feel in control of very much, whilst the campaign map is wonderful to look at and you do have some choice of what you do whether you're good or evil, in campaign mode the story rather plays out in front of you and you just help it along rather than really have any effect upon it. In the battles, i believe the idea is that you use strategy,but i cannot set formations, archers behind uruk-hai in front etc, hold strategic positions or move troops around with any great freedom- its so awkward!and this was a let down, i would buy the game for just being a fan of LOTR because it is very immersive and addictive, yet somehow i feel inclined to trade it in because i enjoy battles on Rome so much more!Advice, buy this if you have not bought Rome yet, don't if you love Rome, and buy Rome if you're after realism and control!Enjoy whatever your choice
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