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The best bit of LotR merchandising ever.
on 2 January 2005
As the forces of good, you control the Fellowship and their allies from Gondor and Rohan as you fight across Middle-Earth before taking your war to the Black Gate itself. If you choose the forces of evil, lead armies from Isengard and Mordor in hunting down the Fellowship and despoiling the lands of your enemy. Levels includes such iconic settings as Moria, Isengard, Helm's Deep, Minas Tirith and Cirith Ungol.
Not only is the best LotR game I've ever played, but it's also the best strategy game I've ever played. Your army fights in units, doing away with the tiresome process of purchasing your forces one man at a time, but you are also given Heroes to control, who add an entire new depth to the game with their powerful special attacks and the bonuses they grant to nearby troops. All of the main characters of the films (Gandalf, Merry, Pippin, Sam, Frodo, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Faramir, Treebeard, Eomer, Eowyn, Theoden, Saruman, Shelob, Lurtz, Gollum and the Witch-King) have been included and each is entirely unique. Also, each of the carefully researched locations (most taken from Tolkien's texts rather than the films) presents different challenges, be it preparing to ambush a convoy of Haradrim or (best of all) desperately trying to prepare Helm's Deep and Minas Tirith for the immanent arrival of the enemy army. Oh, and just wait until you take control of your super special power (the Balrog for evil, the Army of the Dead for good)! Add to all this excellent graphics that even hold up when you zoom right in and a wonderfully streamlined resource-gathering system (none of the AoE '4 wood, 6 gold, 9 stone' rubbish). I would say this is 'one game to rule them all', but I'd have to break my own legs for using such a tired cliche. *SNAP - SNAP - ARRGGGH!*
There's really not much to complain about here, but I was a little disappointed about the briefness of the levels in which you just control the Fellowship. I can't help feeling that they could have made an entire game just based on those too few bits. The other really bad thing about this game is the fact that you become so engrossed that you suffer from alien-abduction-style missing time and suddenly realise it's 3AM and you've been playing for six hours straight!