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The Lord of the Rings: Tactics is a completely original strategy game set in Tolkien's Middle-Earth. Players experience the entire trilogy, from the earliest battle at Weathertop to the final conclusion at Minas Tirith and Mordor.

Unlike other tactics games, which are strictly straightforward turn-based affairs, The Lord of the Rings: Tactics innovates in its system. Players assign their moves simultaneously with the AI, and then all the actions unfold. In this way, players must guess their opponent's intentions and try to block them before they actually happen. This keeps the action moving much faster than a traditional tactics game.

The game features over 24 levels and includes the vast majority of characters from the films, such as Aragorn and Gandalf, the hobbits, as well as key villains such as Saruman and the Balrog. Players can choose between good and evil campaigns, so the entire game can be experienced from each of their perspectives.

Characters can level up, gain abilities, and purchase equipment between levels, reminiscent of EA's The Third Age game. Since the battles are mostly small skirmishes, your characters' attributes and abilities (or lack thereof) can easily swing battles.

Finally, the game also offers a multiplayer skirmish mode for up to four players. Players purchase units and allies using a flexible point system, choose a battle location, and try to take out each other's teams.


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The Lord of the Rings: Tactics PSP Select a target in the combat phase.
The Lord of the Rings: Tactics PSP Boromir’s death
The Lord of the Rings: Tactics PSP Shot from one of many small clips that explain the saga susing movie scenes.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Le Seigneur Des Anneaux: Tactics" -- French title
  • "Der Herr der Ringe: Taktiken" -- German title

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PSX Extreme Dec 14, 2005 8 out of 10 80 Dec 19, 2005 75 out of 100 75
Game Chronicles Dec 18, 2005 7.1 out of 10 71
GamePro (US) Nov 09, 2005 3.5 out of 5 70
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2006 6.75 out of 10 68
GameSpot Nov 10, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65 Dec 05, 2005 12 out of 20 60
GameSpy Nov 11, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
G4 TV: X-Play Jan 31, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Legendra Apr 20, 2011 3 out of 10 30


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thalcos (1557) added The Lord of the Rings: Tactics (PSP) on Apr 06, 2006