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  • Summary: Given a new agreement with The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises that grants EA the rights to develop games based on the books, in addition to a separate agreement that allows for games based on the New Line Cinema films The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II will introduce players to depths of the fiction never before explored by EA. With all new content from J.R.R. Tolkien's original fiction, delve deeper than ever before and engage in new battles that go beyond the award-winning movie trilogy. Wage war in the North and assume command of the most storied civilizations in all of Middle-earth history -- the Elven and Dwarven armies -- or fight on the side of Evil with heroes and creatures that have never been seen in The Lord of the Rings films. Defend or overtake never before seen lands such as Dol Guldur, The Misty Mountains, and Mirkwood as you unleash powerful new weapons and abilities - summon dragons, cause volcanoes to erupt, or bring down a cataclysmic lightning strike. But beware, with greater power comes greater adversity. Your enemies, commanded by a powerful new AI system, possess a greater tactical edge and more powerful spells. Will your armies have the fortitude to persevere? [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Innovative, fun to play and a joy to watch. A breath of fresh air in the stale real-time strategy genre. [Mar 2006]
  2. 90
    Improves upon the original in several fundamental ways. Most importantly, it allows you to build your fortresses and buildings anywhere on the map, rather than pre-set building zones, opening your strategy up and allowing for a lot more variation in gameplay.
  3. 90
    Battle for Middle-earth II is proof that EA was serious about getting back into the good graces of serious RTS fans.
  4. The Battle for Middle-earth II improves on 2004's game with a better strategic mode and a much broader scope that encompasses the whole of Middle-earth.
  5. What we have in The Battle For Middle Earth 2 is a good title, very good at times, that could become rather great with some patching.
  6. 80
    The hottest RTS game this year, and one of the most rewarding Lord of the Rings title available.
  7. 70
    My biggest concerns, though, rest with how multiplayer is balanced. The heroes are simply far too powerful; in one game, three heroes utterly destroyed an entire enemy army. Things get even worse when playing with One Ring enabled.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 71
  2. Negative: 23 out of 71
  1. Jan 4, 2013
    Perhaps lacking in originality or innovation, I find the gameplay itself to be simply outstanding. Aside from Starcraft, I haven't spent as much time in an RTS, replaying and replaying - most of that comes from the depth of material drawn from the films, giving one an immersive experience that I don't believe another LotR game has matched. Expand
  2. Jun 16, 2013
    lotr on his best cool story with the north thats just awsome to fight with the story isnt that long but you keep playing with some new modes that could bin a lilte better but its still fun its a bitty that ea had to this up and now we cant play online and we cant buy this game anymore only on amazon for 500 dollars but still this game is great with lots of maps you can play like you wound and make your own herous that awesome you can than level them up the graphics are nice to you dont have that much options but its good like this its epic like this lets hope that we get a part 3 i am hope so much ea or sombody els Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2010
    The Lord of the Rings, Battle for Middle-earth II, Is an Extremely good RTS game. That any RTS player should give a try. Its campaign is good good with voices and music. Outstanding game play I never get tired of going back and playing a match in multiplayer or even a little of campaign. With the Create a Hero and War of the Ring It gives more game play. The create a hero is Amazing I would be sitting there making heroes with strategy's for each one, But sooner or later I would have 100 heroes and never use a majority of my strategy's. As the game is great go play it and if you don't like it then you aren't a fan of Lotr. Well thats fine but that dose not mean its not a great game. The balance is very good but still some mess ups there. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2014
    This RTS went deeper into tolkiens lore with the campaign and units from its predecessor. One of my favorite strategy games of all time. Its a lot of fun controlling great battles of middle earth and seeing who plays out as victor. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2013
    Great game for Lord of the Rings fans, not that great RTS. The online servers used to be very unstable and the balance... well, there was no balance. The graphics were great, can't deny that. What wasn't all that great was the post release support. It took forever for a patch to come out that didn't really fix anything and soon after, support died all together. I'm not going to deny that I still had a huge amount of fun with this game and the player made scenarios were great. Expand
  6. Aug 7, 2012
    After playing and enjoying the first Battle for Middle Earth, I was excited about this game, but ultimately was disappointed. The game succeeds in taking us to previously-unseen places and allowing us to command new forces, but for all the glamour I never found it particularly compelling. I suppose that's what happens when it lacks the known characters of the original but fails to create new memorable characters or story. I did like that unlike its predecessor this game allows you to (mostly) freely build structures instead of using nodes, but this is small comfort. This was definitely a game that I finished more out of duty than enjoyment. Expand
  7. Dec 2, 2013
    This game had great potential, but its AI, unit balance and online Lags are some of the worst i ever seen. The original BFME was just better, the biggest let down here is story mode. The main problem is that AI is absolutely broken. It never upgrade troops and just swarm, multiplayer could save it, but again unit balance is so poor that you will quickly go play online Starcraft, Warcraft 3. CnC 3 or dawn of war. Expand

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