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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (Windows)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
Misc
84
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3.9
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Description

Command the heroes and armies of Middle-Earth in an RTS strategy game that crosses the bounds between the gameplay media and Hollywood film studios.

You get to decide the destiny of Middle-Earth and take control of either the Good side or the Evil side as the forces of Gondor, Rohan, Isengard or Mordor.

Cast spells and mobilize hundreds of units as you vie to take control of the One Ring.

The game takes an old-school, Command and Conquer approach to J.R.R. Tolkien's acclaimed universe, with one important twist: there is no real interface to speak of: structures can only be built on predefined sites and, like the units, they are ordered through a circular context-sensitive command menu that ensures that you get pulled into the action.

Also, the license of the game is taken from the movies, allowing it to have the voices, likeness and even clips from the Hollywood production extravaganza.

Screenshots

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows The multiplayer config. screen
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows Mount Doom, from the intro
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows The Living World: Where you command armies on a higher level than in battle
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows Raiding an enemy camp while the sun sets in.

Alternate Titles

  • "魔戒:中土戰爭" -- Taiwan title
  • "指环王: 中土战争" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Zhihuan Wang: Zhongtu Zhangzhen" -- Chinese Title
  • "Wladca Pierscieni: Bitwa o Sródziemie" -- Polish Title
  • "Slaget om Midgård: Härskarringen" -- Swedish Title
  • "Ringenes Herre: Kampen om Midgard" -- Norwegian title
  • "O Senhor dos Anéis: A Batalha Pela Terra Média" -- Portuguese title
  • "Le Seigneur des Anneaux: La bataille pour la terre du milieu" -- French Title
  • "El Señor de los Anillos: Batalla por la Tierra Media" -- Spanish Title
  • "Der Herr der Ringe: Die Schlacht um Mittelerde" -- German Title
  • "A Gyűrűk Ura: Harc Középföldéért" -- Hungarian Title

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User Reviews

Brilliant RTS game by the makers of Dune 2 and C&C Lukas Mariman (7) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Great RTS true to the movie-license Cadorna (190) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
A throwback to an ancient era... James Kirk (159) unrated

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Dec 05, 2004 93 out of 100 93
PC Powerplay Nov, 2004 91 out of 100 91
Strategy Informer Mar 24, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
4Players.de Dec 07, 2004 83 out of 100 83
IGN Dec 03, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
JeuxVideoPC.com Jan 05, 2005 16 out of 20 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Dec 22, 2004 8 out of 10 80
ActionTrip Dec 15, 2004 76 out of 100 76
Game Revolution Dec 01, 2004 B 75
Joystick (French) Dec, 2004 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Online Servers

Electronic Arts closed the game's online servers on 31st December 2010.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2005 (Issue #249) – Best Use of a License of the Year

PhoenixFire (83) added The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (Windows) on Dec 12, 2004