Battle for Middle-earth rages again

EA ships the sequel to its popular Lord of the Rings-inspired PC real-time strategy game; Xbox 360 version coming later in the year.

Of all the games based on the Lord of the Rings, the most critically acclaimed was the Battle for Middle-earth. The PC real-time strategy game let players control any of the various good and evil armies that warred for control of the realms in author J.R.R. Tolkien's novels. Like other EA Rings games, it featured art assets and video clips from director Peter Jackson's multibillion-dollar-grossing film trilogy based on the aforementioned books.

Today, EA announced it has shipped the sequel to the popular RTS, which is appropriately titled The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II. Rated T for Teen, the standard retail version of the game costs $49.99. As is becoming the trend with many high-profile releases, however, it is also available in a $59.99 Limited Edition, which features a DVD sporting a "making-of" documentary, as well as exclusive, in-game content.

Like its predecessor, The Battle for Middle-earth II will sport the orc and human armies featured in the films. However, it will also sport a whole heap of Tolkien-inspired content that didn't make it to the big screen. On the side of good, players will be able to take control of separate dwarven and elven armies, as well as a reworked human faction that will include both the defenders of Gondor and the horseman of Rohan. If you'd prefer to serve the Dark Lord Sauron, you can now control the all-new "goblins and monsters" faction, which includes the hungry spiders of Mirkwood forest and the dwellers of the mines of Moria. The game will also include an all-new hero creation system , which will let players fashion and foster individual leaders of their armies.

GameSpot's review of The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II will be up later this week. In the meantime, consult our extensive previous coverage for more details on the game, an Xbox 360 version of which is due later this year.

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23 comments
darkfireking905
darkfireking905

I'd don't think it'll be better then the PC but whatever im still gettin it

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i'm waiting to see the 360 version get 2 or 3 full points less than the pc version's rating........ rts with a controller? hahahahahaha

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

EA milking milking everything to death.. what's new!?

NERDSFOREVER
NERDSFOREVER

damn i have to spend 100 bucks for two great RTS games in the same week(EaW) damn oh well goodbye savings

777rak
777rak

Man I hope I can get this game. I enjoyed the first one.

Leogelol
Leogelol

I WANNA PLAY THIS GAME SO BADD lol

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

Why did we get a "gold" announcement?

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

they announce a 360 version after the PC one is released? not very smart if u ask me.

cybergooch
cybergooch

How did a keyboard really come into play for the original? other than typing a taunt to another player, it seemedd a point and click style game.

younggotti
younggotti

If it's to be succesfull on the 360, you'd better be able to connect a mouse and keyboard. If not it will flop.

Lord_Foortwenti
Lord_Foortwenti

Isn't it possible that the two races featured in the demo just weren't good at sieging and were balanced for other things? Maybe sieging is still a part of the game, just other races are stronger in it

alberto2045
alberto2045

WOW THAT LIMITED EDITION KEY SET IS GOOD FIRST TIME IVE SEEN IT PRETTY COOL I DONT KNOW ABOUT THE GAME SINCE IVE NEVER PLAY ONE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE EARTH BEFORE.

doomed51
doomed51

this game wont be all that great.....

jonnyjd
jonnyjd

Gondor again calls for aid. Who shall answer? ...yea...that will be me.

AlexWills
AlexWills

Ill be gettin this one for my PC, I dont have high hopes for the 360 version.

Sturm08
Sturm08

I'll be grabbing this one. I just finished AOE III and need more RTS love.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

the BFME 2 demo sucked because they removed the neccessity for sieging and so walls seem like a waste of time since basic infantry can easily crumble it in a few seconds, and more importantly siege weapons aren't nearly as important. plus repairing walls is a pain. yeah they have alot more races but the new more retarted base building betrays the awsome seiges of the original game.

teh_ownerer
teh_ownerer

It should be fine even though it will get alot of criticism, i used to play Red Alert all day on my PS1 and that was before the Analog controllers and i never complained, i played them very well.

Nedemis
Nedemis

should be really interesting to see how well an RTS can be done on the 360... :)