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  • Summary: Play the Greatest Story Ever Written . . . The quest to destroy the One Ring continues in the first Real-Time Strategy game based on The Lord of the Rings saga. Massive battles erupt as the forces of light and darkness battle for control of Middle-earth. Play as the forces of good and valiantly fight for the One Ring's destruction or play as the forces of evil to claim control over Middle-earth forever. [Sierra] Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Being one of the first strategy titles based on Tolkien's locus classicus, War of the Ring should introduce a good many movie fans to the strategy genre -- and most likely, no greater percentage of Ring fans exists than amongst the gaming demographic -- but veteran real-time strategy players might want to look elsewhere if depth is what they're seeking.
  2. While War of the Ring does little to revolutionize the RTS genre, it does serve Tolkien's Middle-Earth admirably while letting you control the actions of the majority of its most storied denizens. [Jan 2004, p.98]
  3. 75
    While WotR is a good title that offers a lot of fun, it simply doesn't offer a game that's new or interesting enough to raise it from the pack of similar RTS titles available.
  4. A competent, if lackluster, effort that will probably appeal to Middle-earth fans and casual gamers who haven't played a lot of real-time strategy before. If you're a real-time strategy veteran looking for something fresh and exciting, don't look here.
  5. 60
    The orchestral score and voice acting are good, and the detailed graphics are incredibly well animated, but those features and Tolkien’s story aren’t enough to distinguish this game from all the other strategy titles out there.
  6. A textbook case of glorious buildup and shattered expectations. [Feb 2004, p.72]
  7. Has some lovely visuals but in the end is so passionless and denuded, it makes you feel dumb for having looked forward to it. [Feb 2004, p.54]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. MihaL.
    Sep 10, 2005
    10
    If you ask me this game is good!
  2. Dorkmom
    Dec 20, 2003
    10
    One of the best games i have ever played.
  3. GennieG.
    Jul 19, 2004
    10
    I love It. I love It. I love it.
  4. D.C.
    Nov 11, 2003
    4
    Looks nice, plays awful. The camera wanders around like a crazed thing and combat is made very awkward by not being able to see where your character is half the time. The checkpoints are woefully far apart so you can lose half an hour's play with one wrong move. Expand
  5. TylerL.
    Jan 2, 2004
    4
    I really think they could have had better character animation and voice I was really disapointed with how the charaqcters looked very little like like they did and how bad the voices were, I think they could have made campaigns that were more relevant to the trilogy. Expand
  6. EwanJ.
    Jan 23, 2005
    3
    Just doesn't capture the LOTR spirit. Bad acting too.
  7. DarrylV.
    Nov 6, 2003
    1
    A poor, me-too "adaptation" of Tolkien's works. The single player is lacking and has shockingly little to do with Tolkien. The multiplayer is terribly unbalanced and still prone to sync issues (like Liquid's previous game, the problematic Battle Realms). And the graphics, while nice in many ways, are too cartoony for the subject matter - the game looks like a poor man's WarCraft 3. I recommend getting WarCraft 3 and it's Xpack instead - it's longer, better, prettier and cheaper. Expand

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