Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. It is simply one of the best handling RTS games that I’ve ever played, and I played just about all of them.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. TS
    Jun 10, 2008
    while it is rather slow and dull compared to modern games, it brought something new which has lain untouched ever since. The multi-layer maps brought a new dynamic to gameplay, and the cutscenes were well worth the wait, adding a darker feel than Warcraft 3.
    I understand the anger at the unchanging "Good guys look good, bad guys look bad" format the average RTS has taken, but remember that the high fantasy which is based upon Tolkein's works is based upon metaphor as well. If you are evil you look evil, if you are sly you have an evil feel to you but might look better. Its not complicated and really not something to get upset over.
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  2. NodD.
    Feb 4, 2005
    Marvellous RTS.
  3. Mzzx
    Jan 16, 2005
    Really strong competitor of today's big titles. Definitely worths price.