A Reader posted a review at 2008-08-16 12:20:57.
THE MOVIE CONTINUEDEven if I managed to sleep in the middle, I did find Lord Of The Rings as an OK movie, but it was not the case with this game, based on the movie, named Battle for middleearth. I brought this game home wanting a good action/RPG game, but unexpectedly this one was a strategy game, unlike the usual titles from EA.Even if the game developers still talks about crossing one million multiplayer games taking place, the game just seemed to me as a wild copy from the different strategy games released. The game reminds me of the games, Dragon Throne, Battle for Troy and a few others which looked somewhat the same.STRATEGIC WARFAREThe game lets you control lots of heroes and armies with an interface which is actually more confusing than a usual strategy game. The learning of the game will be a bit difficult even with some help provided in the menu itself. The game may work in almost all systems about two or three years old but it does get very slow on occasions.The game allows you to play a good or evil campaign as you proclaim your alignment to the side of the light or embrace the darkness. There is also the option for skirmish as you select one of the four available civilizations, each having its own characteristics, units and upgrades along with the heroes.NOTHING SPECIALYour units can gain experience and upgrade to the next level as you go through. The heroes have special abilities, just like the spells that we cast in other RPG games. The game just seems to be trying to combine some RPG with the strategy to make the game better, but fails to do so.Just like any other strategy game, there is resource collecting and training units. The game can give you a feeling of Warcraft III also. The good thing about this game is that it is a huge game with lots of levels, with patches to make it even better, with a storyline that almost follows the movie itself.LORD OR LOAD?The game has got some good graphics, just like Warcraft III. The characters look solid and the world is just more than realistic. The waterflow and the trees just swinging across in the wind are just a few examples. The world around you can make you more interested in the game.The sounds also are convincing as it gives a good support to the surroundings. But still it is the game play that gives minus points to the game, its extremely annoying on some occasions, may be overloaded with everything unnecessary!The game gives you almost the same feeling that the movie has given due to the presence of the same characters and the storyline. There is also a good multiplayer option. So the game will not be the worst choice to go for, but still it laggs behind the expectations of a strategy gamer as well as any LOTR fan!REQUIREMENTSOS: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/2003/XPCPU: 1.3 GHz or fasterRAM: 256 MBDISC DRIVE: 8x or faster CD/DVD driveHARD DRIVE: 4 GB or more free spaceVIDEO: DirectX 9.0b compatibleSOUND: DirectX 9.0b compatibleINPUT: Keyboard and mouseDISPLAY: Video card with 32 MB memory