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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 eye of Sauron, as it shifts across the map
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Windows Boromir needs help! (Note the video playing in the lower left corner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Windows You can modify the landscape to your advantage with the Elvenwood spell which gives allied units several benefits
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Windows The multiplayer config. screen

Promo Images

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Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "魔戒:中土戰爭" -- Taiwan title
  • "指环王: 中土战争" -- Chinese title (Simplified)
  • "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
  • "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
  • "BFME1" -- popular 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 (223) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
A throwback to an ancient era... James Kirk (168) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Dec 05, 2004 93 out of 100 93
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Jan 10, 2005 A- 91
PC Powerplay Nov, 2004 91 out of 100 91
Game Vortex Jan 03, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Game Freaks 365 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2004 86 out of 100 86
eXp.de - Extreme Players Dec 13, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot Dec 07, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
Eurogamer.net (UK) Dec 22, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Dec 01, 2004 B 75

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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