Battle for Middle-earth II demo available now

Sampling of EA's real-time strategy game set in Tolkien's universe features aspects from popular films, tomes.

For fans of The Lord of the Rings books and movies, there is now one demo to rule them all. The first playable demo of Electronic Arts' The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II is now available on GameSpot.

The hefty single-player sampling (it weighs in at more than 1.3GBs) allows gamers to try their hand at the real-time strategy game's tutorial, as well as the skirmish mode on two different maps. The demo's playable factions include two of the three new races--the goblins and the dwarves.

The game is currently being developed by EA LA and is the follow-up to the well-received Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth, released in late 2004. The sequel takes advantage of EA's acquisition of the license to J.R.R. Tolkien's literary works, allowing gamers to take part in battles not shown in Peter Jackson's popular cinematic trilogy.

The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II is rated T for Teen and will retail for $49.99 when it is released on February 28. To learn more about the game, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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mosolini1
mosolini1

dudes just go to yahoo video games and download there. I'm at over 800kbs a sec. It is free by the way

SuperSonicfan
SuperSonicfan

A good game's cute demo. Not so bad. But I think the best srategy game is the Age of Empires trilogy. Is this game is orjinal game??????????????????????? It needs too much memory.

dorakin
dorakin

Agree with s0l0123 . . . Damn game.dat error . . . Anybody know how to fix it?

crazykage
crazykage

woooooooow i just want to know how long it takes the rest of you guies to download this game like 5 hours

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

I'll give it a try, but I wonder if it'll run on my pc. the empire at war demo didn't run very well at all. Time for an upgrade

esfoad
esfoad

Want to or not, I'm forced to take a pass on this title. The first one (which I thought was mediocre at best as far as game play goes) all but brought my above-average system to it's kness. A system which matched or exceeded the recommended requirements posted on the box. I'm afraid to think of just how much worse this latest installment will perform.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

yeah i had a error, siad it wasn't a windows application, tried changing the operating system under properties and didn't do anything. darn it. sounds like EA did it agian, another not quite good game for the LOTR franchise, good going EA.

s0l0123
s0l0123

I keep getting a game.dat error when it finishes loading the basic tutorial or a skirmish map. Got sick of the errors and uninstalled. Looks like I'll be getting EaW instead.

Zygo14
Zygo14

Are there custom heroes in the demo?

iPat_6000
iPat_6000

1.3 GB. Makes you wonder how big the real game is.

sandz_09
sandz_09

im all for Empire at War. cant wait. BFME looks cool but the only medieval like game rts for me would be Warcraft. no exceptions.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Meh, I'll wait for Star Wars Empire At War. :-)

minu_lord
minu_lord

We've come to it at last, the great battle of our time. The Battle for Middle-earth is over, the Battle for Middle-earth II is about to begin. THE ONE GAME TO RULE THEM ALL

kooldude22
kooldude22

Demo owns, disapointing you can only do 1 vs 1 on 2 different maps though : (

0neWingedAngel
0neWingedAngel

I don't want to waste five hours waiting to download it so i'll just do it a week from now...This game is going to rock!

gobo212
gobo212

Has anyone actually downloaded this yet?

neothe0ne1
neothe0ne1

The entire game is more like 4.6gb...

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

More than 1.3GB in size? Are you sure you're not giving us the entire game? lol.