Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 90
    A refined competitive strategy game that combines the high-paced action of League of Legends with RPG elements to add depth and more strategy after endless games.
  2. 85
    After spending a fair amount of time in the game, I can safely say that it came across without a hiccup and what we were given was a well executed and fun experience.
  3. Guardians of Middle Earth's early days are a bitch, and can be made bitchier by the fact it has no local matchmaking. Push through this brief difficult period, and you'll be hooked. It's almost loathsome how addictive this can be. You ever laugh at all those World of Warcraft Gollums? That's gonna be you. [February 2013, p78]
  4. Dec 24, 2012
    League of Legends with a Lord of the Rings skin is... well, as good as you would expect League of Legends with a Lord of the Rings skin to be. Frame-drops and bad connections aside, you won't regret a purchase.
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    This console-designed MOBA based upon the magnificent creation of JRR Tolkien it´s both satisfying and well recreated. A great introduction for newbies to the MOBA genre.
  6. Dec 11, 2012
    Guardians of Middle Earth is a solid MOBA and one well worth your time and effort, especially if you've enjoyed similar titles. It doesn't sacrifice or change much in comparison to other MOBA experiences, and at no point do you feel like you're playing something that's watered down.
  7. Dec 8, 2012
    It's a complete and satisfying game, that proves that it's a a MOBA is possible on consoles. We think both old fans and newcomers to the genre should give it a try.
  8. Dec 7, 2012
    Despite the wait time to get the games going with real players, if you've never had the pleasure of playing a MOBA, then let Guardians of Middle-earth be your first. It has all the fast-paced insanity that comes with the genre, a wealthy amount of options for loadouts, and a nice dash of Lord of the Rings personalities and species to boot.
  9. Dec 5, 2012
    Guardians of Middle-Earth is a very pleasant surprise. A well-crafted title that fans of either RTSes or tower defense games will enjoy, the season pass setup ($14.99 by itself, or $29.99 with the full game via retail) ensures that new content will be coming for quite a while to this already jam-packed downloadable title. Those in the mood for a relatively easy to learn RTS-style game or with Hobbit-fever will find a lot to like here.
  10. Feb 9, 2013
    Great fun and an excellent excuse to recreate your very own Helm's Deep with friends. [March 2013, p.85]
  11. Jan 23, 2013
    A very comfortable introduction to the genre - it's just the chronic slowdown during games that drags Guardians down. [Issue#227, p.77]
  12. There are only two maps in total: one consisting of one road and one consisting of three. In order to destroy the opposition different classes will have to work together, which gives Guardians of Middle-Earth a surprising amount of depth. [January 2013, p.94]
  13. Dec 14, 2012
    It's just too bad such a solid game can be made occasionally unplayable by technical issues.
  14. Dec 10, 2012
    Guardians of Middle-earth is an excellent game hobbled by bad network performance. I am continually drawn back to the exceptional gameplay, only to be repulsed by a disconnection or unbearably long matchmaking queue. I can see myself playing this for months on end if and when Monolith solves the lag and connectivity problems.
  15. Sep 24, 2013
    This is a well thought out game with a huge amount of complexity. Unfortunately the steep learning curve means the ladder to the top looks almost impossible to climb when you first begin.
  16. Jan 10, 2013
    If you are a League of Legends fan there is nothing here you haven't seen before. On the other hand, if you want to see what the fuss is about MOBA games, call some good friends and enjoy the thrilling competition that Guardians of Middle Earth can offer.
  17. Dec 11, 2012
    While it doesn't dazzle, this game does offer something for everyone. For salty MOBA fans, here's the genre you love in a new, bantamweight shape. For anyone new to the genre, here's an easy chance to see what the fuss is about.
  18. Dec 13, 2012
    Guardians of Middle-earth just doesn't seem to have the lasting appeal it needs to, and it overcompensates for this by whitewashing itself with a thin coat of Tolkien paint. Don't get me wrong, it does a lot of things right, and it does several things brilliantly. Unfortunately, this is a genre that requires a healthy community, and it's hard to be optimistic about that here.
  19. As a Lord of the Rings property, this is disappointing. [Feb 2013, p.112]
  20. Jan 27, 2013
    Guardians of Middle-earth is reminiscent of a different LotR-based game, The Lord of the Rings: Conquest. Its creators also took a popular gameplay mechanic, turned it into a mess, and then tried to bury their failure under a bunch of licensed characters and locations. Monolith was luckier in its endeavor than the late Pandemic Studios, because you can at least play Guardians of Middle-earth.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 6, 2012
    Really great game, anyone who like MOBA type games, MUST try this one. Everything is there to have a good time or to go competitive. If you've never tried MOBA games, this is a good opportunity to try it out, easy to learn. This is the best 15$ I've spent in a while! Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2012
    Finally a great MOBA game for the console. Characters are varied and a lot of customization is available using the loadout system. The character balance is good and the developers are active and will correct anything that's out of balance.

    It's a steal for $15
    Full Review »
  3. Dec 6, 2012
    One of the best gamne on console since a long time we just need more player and this will be an awesome game so everybody who is a fan of Lol,HoN,DotA or Awesomenauts come play on ps3 and youMll have fun!!! Full Review »