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Your Review Sir...
Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle-Earth II improves the 2004 release with a much better strategy mode as well as a much better, faster paced, real-time mode that will provide the book and movie lovers a better "Tolkien Flair". This new release also offers gamers a "War of the Ring" mode that will let you completely run the battle for Middle-Earth.
These new features also come with sweet new graphics, new sounds, and wonderful productions values - but they also come with downsides as well. Such as, the single player areas and modes aren't that good and, for some reason, the "War of the Ring" mode has a lot of logic gaps that makes it hard to understand at times. But, since the last part of the trillogy is over two years old, it is a bit weird that they are releasing another part to this pc game as well as the MMORPG side of it. I guess that since EA has now gained a general Tolkien license, they can feature tons more of the areas and fun from all of his books, and not just the ones in the movies.
So, this might help them a bit; instead of building on the movies that we have all already seen, there is a new area here in this part of the pc game, since most of the original pc game focused on the south areas of Middle-Earth. So, with that in mind, here is my Bright Hub review of this new Lord of the Rings: Middle-Earth II pc game:
The Battle for Middle-Earth II is focused more on the northern areas of Middle-Earth instead of the southern ones that the original game was based on. This is where the elves, goblins, and dwarves battled and the hobbits climbed Mount Doom. So, this should mean that we have new races and factions here that weren't in the original game, right? Of course, and they come complete with their own special set of heroes and units. Your elven toons are the best archers around (but we already knew that), the goblins now rely on nasty looking spiders and numbers to overrun your forces, and the Dwarves have their massive war machines to lob anything they can at you.
But, if you preferred the factions and such from the first game, don't fret - they are all still here for you as well!
The battles that you will fight in the Battle for Middle-Earth II will have you fighting in familiar places (if you read the books), such as the Shire and Dol Guldur. Personally, I think that this is great, as there is so much more to the story line than the movies and the first three books had to offer. So for those of us who fell in love with the books and continued to read them all, this pc game shows more of the land and the races that fight upon it. For those of you out there who didn't read any of the other books (or who cheated completely and just watched the movies), go read the others... go on, we'll wait...
In the next part of this series, we will go through more of the single player mode and start into some of the other areas of the game itself.
This is an in-depth, four part review that will take those who love the Lord of the Rings games through the latest release from Electronic Arts and show you the good and the bad.