This was a great game for someone new to role playing games. The interface is quite good and there is explanation of what everything means. The effects during battle are quite nice. I would have rated it a 8 or 9, except the game had a fatal glitch: DO NOT TRAVEL BACK TO OSGILIATH ONCE YOU REACH MINAS TIRITH. You will lose one of your most powerful characters. I was thus unable to finish the game since I didn't use multiple save slots.
This game has it's perks like new characters and many many items. But it really lacks in function and it is just is way too easy to beat. Also it is very long and you can get bored very easily. It's got some awesome music and visuals yet it still looked slapped together. Despite all of that I think it's one of the top lord of the rings games out there. A very good rent for someone who is a die hard fan of lotr.