LOTR demo now on XBL

[UPDATE] Gamers get a taste of war with the single- and multiplayer demo for EA's Battle for Middle-earth II on the Xbox 360.

No Xbox 360 owner is going to complain that there are too many demos available for download over Xbox Live Marketplace. Apparently Electronic Arts also believes that there can't be too many demos either, as the publisher continues to roll out demos of each 360 game it has on store shelves, and even one that hasn't yet made it to retail.

That trend continues, as GameSpot News has learned that a demo for Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II is scheduled to be released Thursday, July 13. The exact time of its availability has not yet been announced.

[UPDATE] The demo is now available for download over Xbox Live. The size of the file is 848.84MB.

The trial will feature both single- and multiplayer and will take gamers into the War in the North campaign. Console real-time strategy games will likely be unfamiliar to most, so EA has included a tutorial to show players how to use the 360's controller to direct their legions.

The single-player portion of the demo will feature the first mission in the evil campaign and will have players siege an elven stronghold. The multiplayer portion offers one-on-one battles over Xbox Live, pitting elven and goblin armies against each other.

The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II was released last week, is rated T for Teen, and retails for $59.99. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's full review.

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88 comments
blink-jfg
blink-jfg

This Game Looks Great And Even Better Its On 360

zidura
zidura

"Where are the short cuts to army groups? Where are the formations? Indeed the control system is simple enough but it doesn't inlude all aspects of RTS games and it is higly inaccurate compare to a keyboard and mouse setup." Rob76, the game includes all these controls just with simple button combinations (like RB plus A to select all of a certain type of unit on screen). It's only a matter of learning the buttons, which you would do with just about any console game anyways, and in fact, many PC games. Admittedly, it's not quite as intuitive as keyboard and mouse at first, but after playing for about 3 or 4 hours I have pretty much all the controls memorized to the point that i don't have to think about them. The controls Rob76 said are missing are demonstrated in the advanced controls tutorial. I enjoy playing the game on the 360 and I have the game for my PC as well. I just find that playing people on XBOX live with my widescreen TV and home theatre is a little more enjoyable. Why fight it? If you don't like it, don't buy it. I like it and plenty of others do too.

Proctar
Proctar

Well im sure as hell not gonna wait 10+ hours to dl it. USA -245 Aust-0

nadir_emperor
nadir_emperor

hey guys ,,,,,do we have to pay to play this demo ????

rob76
rob76

So much has been made about its innovative and supposedly functional control system.Enough of all this. RTS games can only be played with a keyboard and mouse. Where are the short cuts to army groups? Where are the formations? Indeed the control system is simple enough but it doesn't inlude all aspects of RTS games and it is higly inaccurate compare to a keyboard and mouse setup. Try picking any particular unit from a huge army in the heat of battle to trigger some special weapon! I just don't understand why developers don't implement a keyboard and mouse interface for specific games. It would cost them much less and prove much more effective.

Orague
Orague

I like but it better for pc i realy didn't like it too hard controling it

cr250bronco
cr250bronco

game downloaded no problem, couldn't tell you how long it took since i went to sleep, started downloading at around 1am. the gameplay is great!!!! never been into these types of games but i've played and betten the demo about 6-7 times now!!! lol can't afford the game. :(

master_orion
master_orion

ONLINE good oflline has fps drops neat game fun online! exept the fact that some1 just raped me ^^

Jrugh
Jrugh

The Xbox Live Portion of the Demo isn't working. I keeps saying "connecting to EA servers," but never connects! But I am connected to XBL (doesn't make sense) I have deleted it and re-downloaded it, but I am still have the same problem. Anybody else having this problem with the demo?

s0l0123
s0l0123

I think this will be a failure like Starcraft 64.

IROCNV35
IROCNV35

Downloads are a little slow ...but mine took about 1 hr...in the mean time i played another game and did some things around the house....presto!! its ready so ......im not complaining ...as long as the online gameplay is good...

juvinwo1
juvinwo1

I dled it, just havent had the time to play it yet:(

grave_rob
grave_rob

didn't impress me. felt like a wc3 ripp with a dash of oldschool command & conquer. the terrain looked nice, but the unit models were unimpressive considering it's on the 360... plus it just doesn't feel right playing an RTS with a gamepad verses a mouse.

rynmls
rynmls

its for 360 i only have ps2...

jahnee
jahnee

i doesn't work for me. It says after 20 seconds of dowloading "This demo could not be downloaded"

ZosoFan
ZosoFan

Thats because a lot of people are downloading the demos at the same time ;)

Thakingk05
Thakingk05

It takes to long to download on xbox live now. So Forget about it. NCAA Football was on 1% so long last night I gave up on downloading stuff.

ZosoFan
ZosoFan

Market place is on a roll! And im lovin it!

taddrad7
taddrad7

Is it just me or does this take a very long time to download?

revelations
revelations

If it werent for demos I would never have bought Moto Gp 06.

MoreCowbell6924
MoreCowbell6924

Awesome, Im in need of a strategy game, if I like the demo. Im definitley going to buy it

kinncolts
kinncolts

nice im gonna go download this now...

Satanmar
Satanmar

I know, we in the UK seem to get demo's much later!

mike-oxbig
mike-oxbig

i still can't get it on mp. how come everyone gets it first but us in the uk?

Igwababa
Igwababa

Good to see more demos it gives a nice little bit of gameplay without ever leaving the couch.......though it is ironic how everything from the MS camp is good news...where the Sony camp gets just bad news.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

at least a week and a half late - would have been better if I was able to play demo b4 purchasing the game. Oh well - I bought it which is all EA cares about anyways.

TheFlamingNinja
TheFlamingNinja

AAAAAAGGGHHH!!! Im stuck in new hampshire with nothing but my laptop and Im stealing someone else's wireless connection so I cant get it but I will when I get back... :(

Will171
Will171

does any body know how long that walk through demo has been out there, because if thats the demo they are talking about ... well that just sucks

spartan0420
spartan0420

yeah i saw some walk through thing. I hope thats not the demo

Satanmar
Satanmar

I have just checked out the marketplace and it isn't out yet! anyone know what time it will be released

moocow21
moocow21

I figured it would've been out YESTERDAY when there was a video for it in which the guy said I could get it already....

guthwulf_de
guthwulf_de

nice. that's a game i absolutely have to try out first.

MCCHA
MCCHA

I'd best downlad that

windbane
windbane

The demo isn't up yet, but the walkthrough video is up? Oh and a Mass Effect demo walkthrough video is up as well, so maybe we are getting a playable demo soon?

meddow
meddow

Picking the game up tomorrow, UK, :D

skitzocyko
skitzocyko

can't wait t o check it out....HAIL the 360!!!!

tidus9000
tidus9000

oh no! NEVER release dates for 360 demos, it always ends in delays and then everyone gets uber pissed off.

ccruzer
ccruzer

I'm not complaining about it, because I've been waiting for a game liek Warcraft... in general it's a good game, hooked on it, but wished it wouldn't slow down so much when you are in a battle with your enemy... :0(

SupaTrupa
SupaTrupa

Just got it for the PC and it's fantastic. All you console gamers can suffer with the framerate problems the 360 continues to have seemingly with every new game. :)

arab_prince
arab_prince

sweeet, i'm going to go check this out right now :)

ccruzer
ccruzer

THE FRAMERATE S(*#$... when you have a lot of people and you start to battle with your enemy. EA really needs to put out a patch for it soon. It's disappointing.

BMFibz
BMFibz

Can't wait, since I live in the UK I can't buy the game til friday so one night with the demo should be enough to persuade me to part with my cash.

richmini9_basic
richmini9_basic

Last week everyone was up in arms about how lame Marketplace and Live Arcade had gotten. What a difference a week makes!