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  • Summary: Full of new content, including an entirely new faction, a completely new single player campaign, and additional units for all six existing factions, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II, The Rise of the Witch-King, allows players to explore the evil side of Middle-earth. The all new single player campaign's innovative new units help to tell the story of the evil Witch-King’s rise to power, domination of Angmar, and invasion of the great kingdom of Arnor, home to Aragorn's ancestors. To fully experience the evil side of Middle-earth, gamers can now play as the all new Angmar faction in skirmish, multiplayer, and War of the Ring modes. Experience a whole new depth of strategy and upgraded War of the Ring and Create-A-Hero features. Create-A-Hero's entirely new Troll class boasts additional weapons and armor that will allow players to have even more freedom in customizing their game play. War of the Ring, the risk-style meta-game, offers upgraded army persistence, a new siege dynamic on the Living World Map, and unified territories that serve as major control points. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. An essential purchase, as it increases the longevity of the original and more importantly improves on it, to make the whole experience of Tolkien's world feel even more complete.
  2. One of the most commendable aspects of the expansion pack is the inclusion of a revamped version of the War of the Ring turn-based mode.
  3. Just like its predecessors, BfME is probably the most fun RTS at the moment. I liked the Witch-King campaign, but the new and improved War of the Ring still feels like a war of randomly moving chess pieces. [Dec 2006]
  4. 80
    An excellent expansion that does exactly what an expansion pack should do -- add in new stuff while improving the core gameplay. The game remains a bit over- reliant on micromanaging special powers and hero units, but for fans of The Battle for Middle-earth II's gameplay style, the expansion pack is a must buy.
  5. A fantastic expansion. It does everything right, fixing some troublesome bugs, adding new units and a new faction, and continuing the story without completely destroying the original good-versus-evil concept that has been the staple of the Lord of the Rings universe.
  6. It carries that rare trait of success where many expansions suffer miserably and leave many gamers in despair.
  7. Unlike the original game, which offered the freedom to choose sides, this expansion pack forces players into the dark shoes of Sauron's henchman.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. MikeJ.
    Nov 30, 2006
    This game is amazing! It's the best expansion pack to come out in a very long time. The new faction alone makes it worth $30, but then they have an awesome campaign and lots more. Expand
  2. MathewE.
    Dec 4, 2006
    This is probably one of the best expansion I have played since AOM titans. Provides great game play and a nice new in-depth campaign.
  3. BaoV.
    Dec 11, 2006
    The campaign missions are much better than BFME2. I love what they did to War of the Ring and Create-a-Hero too.
  4. HarveyL.
    Nov 29, 2006
    Truely the one expansion pack to rule them all! The only thing this game is missing is a playable demo of C&C 3.
  5. HollyJ.
    Dec 3, 2006
    Rise of the Witch King is pretty fun for the first hour, but the repetition starts to get to you after a while, not even the great graphics can keep you interested. Expand
  6. GlennK.
    Dec 2, 2006
    An uninspiring rehash from an unispired game. You'd be most wise to avoid this so called expansion pack.
  7. FlakK.
    Nov 30, 2006
    A classic example of a game that put all its cards on the table in its previews and trailers but had squat to show for it when it came time to pony up. There are a couple improvements (new units, some poorly designed missions), but not enough to make you feel as though you got your moneys worth. The only thing good I can say is that the game has decent graohics, but that is expected in todays games. In the end I would say that you should stay away from this game especially if you dont have the original yet which would mean you would be shelling out $40+ of disappointment. Expand

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