Reviews and Problems with Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II
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A side-story for the book/movie
18 October 2011
Excerpt: First I'd like to mention that I didn't play the first game in the Battle for Middle Earth series, therefore I don't know how the game has improved. Also, I am a fan of the Lord of the Rings series - I have played the Fellowship of the Ring, the Return of the King, LOTRO and this one.
The Lord of the Rings: the Battle for Middle-Earth II
9 November 2007
Excerpt: Sometimes its worthwhile flogging a dead horse, and EA games proves that they are expert floggers indeed with this latest release of the LOTR game that didn't quite manage to rule them all. You can't really blame them, they feel the potential oozing from the product like power from the one true ring.
Excerpt: The Lord of the Rings video games have become a popular franchise among gamers. Among EA’s Lord of the Rings -themed hits was The Battle for Middle-Earth , a PC RTS. The game was well received by gamers and critics, so it was destined for a sequel. That sequel was released in the form of The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II , in the Spring of 2006.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game contains many battles, but they are typically seen from a distance. There are campaigns for good and evil, and some characters can have repulsive looks and natures that may frighten young players. An online component allows players to challenge others over the Internet; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for kids under 12.
The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II Review
27 June 2007
Excerpt: At last, the Xbox 360 version of The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II has arrived, and we can see if EA's experiment to translate a PC real-time strategy game to a console is a success. Real-time strategy has been done on the consoles before, of course, but previous efforts have produced mixed results.
Pros: The single-player game lets you battle it out as good or evil in the world of Middle-earth, Rich multiplayer suite with five distinct modes geared for fast-paced and epic-paced games, Middle-earth comes alive thanks to beautiful graphics and top-notch audio, Controls are intuitive and easy to pick up
Cons: Frame rate struggles during big battles, Graphics get a bit muddled on a standard-definition display
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II
14 June 2007
Excerpt: The Battle for Middle-earth II is the sequel to EA Games' real-time strategy game based on The Lord of the Rings movies. Unlike to the first game, which mostly followed events from the movie, Battle for Middle-earth 2 takes us on a journey across the Northern realms of Middle-earth. Frodo is moving closer to Mount Doom and the massive armies of darkness begin their march towards the lands of the West.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Those who own BFME II and have a strong interest in the LoTR and the story surrounding it should get a hold of Witch-king. Those who are interested in the multiplayer aspect and want a new faction to muck about with should look in to getting it. And those who have a passing interest in the setting, or have yet to pick up BFME II, should probably try elsewhere, as the experience offered by the game as a whole - not just the expansion - is barely above...
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: While it doesn’t break much new RTS ground in either story-telling or gameplay, The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II proves to be an entertaining diversion for RTS fans.
The Battle for Middle-Earth II showcases some of the best polish and most immersive visuals I’ve seen in a real-time strategy game, and it does so with reasonable system requirements.