New maps for 360 LOTR out now

Aragorn's Journey map pack available for download from Xbox Live Marketplace; three maps cost 700 points ($8.75).

The revived interest in J.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings mythos has expanded the fantasy franchise's empire well beyond just books. A plethora of films, posters, and collectibles adorned with Legolas, Gollum, Sauron, and others can now be purchased by any diehard LOTR fan.

Now, one game based on the franchise is expanding, too. The first downloadble content for the Xbox 360 version of Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth II is now available on Xbox Live Marketplace.

The new content includes three maps for the game that can be used in both multiplayer and single-player modes. The trio of battlegrounds is titled Aragorn's Journey, and the maps are named Weathertop, Argonath, and Umbar. The file won't take up much hard drive space (7.65MB), but it will cost gamers some cash--$8.75 (700 Marketplace points), to be exact.

Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth II is rated T for Teen and retails for $59.99. For more information on the game, read GameSpot's review.

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63 comments
The_Pace
The_Pace

You all whinge too much. Enough said. In lighter news, THEY'RE ALL FREE!!!

GTAG-daver999
GTAG-daver999

does anyone think the maps will ever be free

djord02
djord02

New maps should be $2-3 at most. For $8.75, I would expect some more single player missions or even new units.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Damn EA! 1+$ per 1mb! This is milking! It's wiser to get Street Fighter-II instead of this.........

Chemosh013
Chemosh013

you guys do remember that EA just posted an $81 million quarterly loss right??? and they were happy because they had unexpected sales and beat the $87 million or something loss that people were expecting. Point is, developing for next gen consoles is EXPENSIVE! they're not exactly raking in millions and millions of dollars, they're LOSING money trying to get a lot of good next gen games out there. now i agree, 700 (bizare number) points is a LOT for 3 freaking maps, but don't buy it. maybe enough people WILL buy it so that they don't have to charge to try and offset this gigantic loss they're taking. or maybe no one will buy it and they'll learn from their mistakes. and about the whole 59.99 for a freaking game controversy. I'm sorry but there's factors such as inflation, the fact that a 360 game probably takes a lot more developers to develop than a last generation game console, gas is more expensive to deliver the games, etc. 60 bucks is not bad considering how much enjoyment we get out of games. just sack up and pay the freaking money. they didn't raise the prices on us, that was the bar that the next gen games are set at. if you don't like, go cry and play your gamecube with your 20 dollar classic games and skip this gen.

speedsimmons
speedsimmons

first off, 8 bucks is too much for 3 maps, especially in an RTS. BUT, all the EA hating... i remember a blog a few months back where everyone was praising EA for the price drops they were doing.... try and remember EVERYTHING a company does, not just the last thing.... i hate EA, but i just want to throw that out there.

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Just go buy Galaga for $5. Or anything on arcade if you want to spend money. Atleast that's a deal considering all the quarters I wasted, er... invested in those arcade machines back in the day.

sasuke55
sasuke55

What a rip I don't have XBL and at this rate I may not get it. Why I mean I like to play with other people but that Nickle and Dime people for not even a 10th of game screw that.

OPOLO
OPOLO

I had to pull teeth & make a ton of phone calls to higher ups from Gamestop/EB before I got mine for free - Gamestop/EB Stores suck

The_Great_Gabbo
The_Great_Gabbo

Ya know what? I pre-ordered this game, primarily for the free maps. However, the day I picked it up, the GameCrazy said that they only got 1 freakin' ticket for the free maps, and they already gave it away! I got ripped off, and there's no way i'll be spending that much money on only 3 maps. There would have to be at least 7 maps for that price for me to even CONSIDER purchasing them.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

Wow! You'd think with all the money EA saves by putting out black and white 4 page instruction books, they wouldn't have to rape their customers at every possible opportunity.

Riptoo1
Riptoo1

Little hard on the wallet EA =p

hoserboy15
hoserboy15

Im guessing those were the maps you got if you preordered the game lol

moocow21
moocow21

Wow that is expensive... but then again it's EA, so I'm not surprised they are trying to rip peoples' money off.

Lewos1
Lewos1

Just when I thought EA were getting a bit better (not licensing official content for the most recent Sims expansion even though doing so would have made them quite alot of money) they try and get away with this. If these comments are anything to go by then EA shouldn't have too many buyers...but we are the gaming elite here - common sense rules. Just hope the masses enforce a similar boycott.

louie2k
louie2k

wow havent really gone through all the maps yet

Demandred24
Demandred24

I really can't believe this. This is just stupid. 8.75 for 3 maps. I already payed 20 more for the 360 version then the pc version. I really hate EA. They are not milking me even further.

kryptin
kryptin

5 maps might have been worth, but no way am I spending $8.75 for only 3 maps. I got gipped enough with the $15 GRAW chapter 2.

Dic_Dasterdly
Dic_Dasterdly

Ya, this isn't good. I figure something like this might start occuring. The best thing we can do is not buy it and maybe then we can start getting the whole game the first time we buy it. Oh, and for all of you PC people, I could have swore this was a 360 story. You guys are worse than the sony boys.

halohelldaddy45
halohelldaddy45

Hey, guys do you remember when EA had to lay off some of its employees because it didnt make money up to expectations?? So when you buy this kind of stuff, please remember the hard working EA game makers and publishers that are going to be laid off if you dont buy some stuff.

Travis281
Travis281

Just simply, way too much money. The PC version came packaged with more maps for less than the cost of the 360 version. Three extra maps is a relatively tiny amount of content for $8.75.

PSone
PSone

These guys must go to sleep on a bed off money every night..... this pricing is just wrong.... definately will not be buying.... 3 maps really this is a joke.

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

Yeah, the GRAw maps were a better deal. hell, the PDZ map pack was a better deal considering the lack of maps for the game.

fore_runner
fore_runner

Kor Jax A good PC for $800? yea right more like 5x as much as an X360 for a good PC

jburde
jburde

I'll think about buying it. I love this game but 8 bucks for 3 maps?!

rayzor6
rayzor6

I have no problem paying for premium content...but close to 8 bucks for 3 maps is ridiculous. If this is going to be EA's standard pricing for any added content, I will unfortunately just not buy their games anymore. This is the only way that they will understand: that pricing is TOO high for what it is. I remember get a slew of FPS maps on Rainbow Six for $5! C'mon...especially when they were maps that were already done and should have been included.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

I'd hold off on getting theses maps because in a few months they will probably be free. For only three maps 700 points is too high but remember this is from a company who is charging $20 for a one hour pay-per-view special about the making of a game. I'm interested to see just how low EA can really go.

hepcat00
hepcat00

lame....the maps should've been shipped with the game to begin with at $60.....an example of the downside of XBL and digital copy management. so we can expect more "add-ons" that should be already included in the original purchase price, and incomplete games (such as bad framerate on a "fixed" console system). thank goodness there's the XBL demos and game rentals to steer clear of crap!!

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Do these maps come with a patch that smooths out the framerate? I'd pay for that patch, and if you want to throw in some maps, that would be cool. In the meantime I will consider returning it when DeadRising or some other game that plays like a next-gen and not just look and sound like one comes out. If I wanted to play a jerky version of the game I'd have bought the PC version and played it on my slightly outdated PC.

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

Good to see content that doesn't cost 400, 800 or 1200, at least.... Meh, I don't even have the game :P

TimSpot
TimSpot

@bossjimbob - i dont know, i'm thinking Cabbage Patch now...

jeebs213
jeebs213

i learned my lesson with Battlefield 2: Euro Force. EA isn't getting any more of my hard earned dollars!

cocote2049
cocote2049

FRIGGIN ROBBERY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

advent6
advent6

Too much money...not enough maps. I will pass on these 3 maps.

readingfc_1
readingfc_1

They were all on the collectors edition of the PC game on launch. The collectors edition on pc was still cheaper than the 360 version though. Such a rip off!

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

LMAO those maps were suppose to be on the game itself. no way can they finish 3 maps in less then 3 weeks. BS EA blows

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

@TimSpot: Why, he's doing the Curly Shuffle, of course. :)

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Sorry Chromebound, since I already have a console and have friends and family that come over to game with me on the weekends using my PC is not an option.

Chubbums
Chubbums

I'm beginning to wonder if any content download is free nowadays on Xbox Live.

KorJax
KorJax

Yep, you get what you paid for. You could choose to purchase a much cheaper-than-PC 360 that can run anything on the market, as long as it can be played with a controller. However, each game cost $10 more than a standard PC's version, and is less custmizable and shapable than the PC versions. This isnt bad though if you just want to pop it in and play the game. But then they introduce add-ons, which cost about $5-$10 a piece. Or, you could go for the PC version. The PC costs mabey as much as 2x more than a 360. But everything is highly custmizable, you can play EVERY genre of game (not just games that only work on consoles), you have the freeware and Open Source games to download online for free, all commercial games are $10 cheaper than 360 ones, and most importnatly: All content and mods for all games are completely free, and there are already dozens if not hundreds of files to add-on to your game for most games. Not to mention you can even make your own if you bother to take the time to learn how. You get what you paid for ;)

tischla
tischla

for 3 maps. that ridiculous. im not getting it. thers already a nice bunch of maps that came with retail. and i doubt achievement points will come with multiplayer maps. if they wer graw style maps where they had an actual campaign to play on it, i would understand, but its not like that. i'd rather use those 700 points towards street fighter 2.

Yammazul
Yammazul

Great just what EA needs, more money! guess 3 billion a year doesnt cut it anymore, fact is no one should buy these maps on principle, if we tell them were happy to pay that for only 3 maps what do you think they will do with ALL thier other franchises coming to the 360, extort large amount of money for small amounts of content, not to mention the Witch King expansion thats prob going to come to the 360 for this game, make a stand now and say no to EA's ways if you care about value for money

nenoneno
nenoneno

Forget EA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 9$ for 3 maps, are they crazy?????????????