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Description

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth is a real-time strategy game set in the Lord of the Rings universe and makes use licensed elements from Peter Jackson's film trilogy.

The game features four factions: Gondor, Rohan, Isengard, and Mordor. Bases are comprised of a fortress structure, a limited number of nodes upon which other buildings can be constructed, and surrounding walls with gates. Farm-type structures bring a constant income and raise the population cap. Further nodes can be found on the map to create more structures, either new fortresses or just farms. Unit production structures can level up with usage in order to gain access to more powerful or specialized unit types and upgrades.

Regular units (with the exception of artillery) are trained in squads, and much like in WarCraft III, heroes can be trained. Heroes can gain up to 10 levels through experience in combat, and as they level up, they get new abilities and spells to cast. The player can also gain experience points in combat, much like in this game's immediate technological predecessor, Command & Conquer: Generals, which can be spent to unlock support powers from the Palantir, which in turn form a special tech tree as they act as prerequisites for each other.

The game has two singleplayer campaigns, one for the Good factions and one for the Evil ones. Both are played on a meta-map, as the player chooses which area to take control of next, and each area bringing a different bonus for future skirmishes. The storyline follows the events of the Lord of the Rings films, and some key moments feature clips from the films themselves in the control interface.

Screenshots

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Windows A close up of the action- Eomer and the riders of Rohan trash some ork scum
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Windows Trolls attack
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Windows Power points allow you to buy special magic skills that can be used in-game
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Windows The campaign calls for you to decide which area to tackle next

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "魔戒:中土戰爭" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "指环王: 中土战争" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Властелин колец: Битва за Средиземье" -- Russian spelling
  • "Zhihuan Wang: Zhongtu Zhangzhen" -- Chinese title
  • "Władca Pierścieni: Bitwa o Sródziemie" -- Polish title
  • "Slaget om Midgård: Härskarringen" -- Swedish title
  • "Ringenes Herre: Kampen om Midgard" -- Norwegian title
  • "Pán Prstenů: Bitva o Středozem" -- Czech 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
  • "Il Signore degli Anelli: La Battaglia per la Terra di Mezzo" -- Italian title
  • "El Señor de los Anillos: Batalla por la Tierra Media" -- Spanish title
  • "Der Herr der Ringe: Die Schlacht um Mittelerde" -- German title
  • "BFME1" -- Common abbreviation
  • "A Gyűrűk Ura: Harc Középföldéért" -- Hungarian title
  • "เดอะลอร์ดออฟเดอะริงส์: แบทเทิลฟอร์มิดเดิลเอิร์ธ" -- Thai spelling

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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 (222) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
A throwback to an ancient era... James Kirk (168) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Action (Germany) Dec 16, 2004 94 out of 100 94
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Jan 10, 2005 A- 91
Game Vortex Jan 03, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Gamerz-Edge Dec 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Fragland.net Feb 25, 2005 88 out of 100 88
Game Watcher Mar 24, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot Dec 07, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
4Players.de Dec 07, 2004 83 out of 100 83
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 09, 2004 16 out of 20 80
Factornews Dec 25, 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 (108) added The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth (Windows) on Dec 12, 2004
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