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Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II

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GF Rating
6.7

5159 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Oh RTS, how I've missed thee...

posted by JoshTheGr8 (MONTGOMERY, TX) Jul 19, 2006

Member since Oct 2005

100 out of 104 gamers (96%) found this review helpful

I'm a long-time fan of RTS games, and I played the PC-based Age of Empires and Command & Conquer series for many years. And I'm instantly hooked on LOTR for Xbox 360. Finally, someone (EA) figured it out, and they did a very nice job.

Using a controller is slower and more tedious than the keyboard-mouse combo of PC games, but EA did as well as you could hope for on their 1st attempt. Be patient -- learning all those shortcut keys on PC games isn't so easy at first, either. After just a few games, you'll be right-bumper-A selecting units like it's 2nd nature.

It could use some improvements, sure. The framerate gets sticky sometimes, and even though they've done a nice job with the controls, there's still some room for improvement there.

The armies (six to choose from) and units are pretty well balanced, and each army has it's own unique units and powers. The games are fast-paced, and geared more toward military strategy and epic battles than economy and micro-management.

Overall, they did an excellent job, considering it is the first of this genre - a much needed and desired genre - for the 360. I've played about 10 games since renting it, and with each game, I like it more. I find it funny how some of the reviews give it a rating of 3 or 4, because the graphics aren't superb and the framerate gets sticky. THOSE are good reasons to rate a game at 3?! When it's the first successful RTS, and the gameplay itself is fantastic?

If you're an RTS fan and, like me, you've migrated from PC to console gaming exclusively, you should definitely rent LOTR. Like me, you'll probably end up buying it.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

The First Good RTS on a console since Starcraft 64

posted by spartan116 (LAYTON, UT) Jul 8, 2006

Member since Jul 2006

76 out of 81 gamers (94%) found this review helpful

The controls are simple but effective and they include:
the "A" button, the thumbsticks, and the triggers.

The graphics are very good on a high definition TV or a PC monitor.

The framerate is slow until you download the patch on Xbox Live.

The six factions(Men of the West, Goblins, Mordor, Elves, Isengard, and Dwarves) are all very well balanced and have awesome looking units.

Overall this is a great RTS and a GREAT GAME.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Finally, RTS that works on a console.

posted by BruinsFan (BEVERLY, MA) Oct 17, 2006

Member since Mar 2006

39 out of 43 gamers (91%) found this review helpful

I'm a huge Lord of The Rings fan so I'm a bit bias. i've been waiting for a good RTS on a console and finally we have one. I was shocked at how well this game works using a joy stick.

The graphics are great and there is only a frame rate hiccup when the battle get really big and tons of action is going on. The slow down really didn't hamper the game since most of it is point and click and doesn't effect player movements.

The whole control system works well, though the learning curve is kind of steep at first, but you'll get the hang of it.

LOTR fans will love all the different races involved in the game, from orce to cave trolls, even the Giant Eagles are here as a weapon.

If you are at all interested in RTS games you should definitely give this a try.

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