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  • Summary: Based on the PC version of the same name, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II for the Xbox 360 will bring players into the heart of Middle-earth to live the battles seen in the blockbuster New Line Cinema films and classic J.R.R. Tolkien literary fiction. The game boasts a new and intuitive console-specific control scheme that will allow novice players to enjoy the game’s signature strategy gameplay while giving expert players the flexibility needed to engage in a deeply complex strategy experience. Players will directly control hundreds of units in an attempt to defeat enemy armies, conquer new lands, and seal the fate of Middle-earth. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Sure, the camera can be a pain and the map isn't in any way natural to use, but you get used to these quirks and they don't get in the way of the very engaging gameplay, while very authentic renditions of every aspect of the LOTR world, both visually and aurally, are spread across the various campaigns and multiplayer game modes.
  2. 85
    As engrossing as it is pretty, while also offering up a rare control system that allows the game's core real-time strategy component to remain the right side of intuitively 'real-time' without ever lapsing into finger-breaking trials of game-pad frustration.
  3. The controls and easy command selection allow anyone to enter the fray, while the ferocious battles will keep skilled players at bay.
  4. 80
    I'm very pleased with how TBfM-eII on the 360 turned out, and while it does have some issues, it's a shining example of how persistence and well-constructed game design can bring a classic genre of games to the unlikely console platform in true style.
  5. Yes, the RTS genre has been seen on consoles in the past, but never to this level, and with this much polish.
  6. A quality console RTS game. There are still times that I’d prefer playing this type of game on a PC, but overall I found the controls easy to work with and although I was frustrated at my lack of ability I didn’t think it was the fault of the controls at all.
  7. I’ll give EA credit for trying what few companies have the cajones (or cockiness) to do –stick an RTS on a television. Unfortunately, the result of their effort is somewhat inconsistent and misses the smooth, intuitive play of the original.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Dec 17, 2013
    I for one Love this game so very much. When you able to also have friends on it the game becomes Very intrusting I wonder who still plays this and I wish i didn't give it away to my cousin I need to get it back ASAP It was fun V.S Ai and Remaking Battles like Helms Deep when you see like 10 Attack Trolls and 200 or more Enemys coming at your gate all you see is arrows raining down on Your enemy you get that rush and when they break the gate and You have men waiting right there and charge into the Enemy it's Such a Wonder Battle Feeling it makes you feel and Think as If you were there in the battle making your next move! Expand
  2. Nov 26, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This real time strategy game that takes you through all new Middle-Earth environments, new factions, characters, units and buildings. Set in the same time frame of the movies, book and original Battle for Middle-Earth game, BFME2 takes players on the the edge of their seats. All the excitement in the movies of what happens next is in this game, BFME is here again, with the most outstanding graphics never seen before, audio and solid game play.

    Battle for Middle-Earth II contains three game play modes all different for one another; campaign, skirmish, and War of the Ring modes. In addition, there is multiplayer player capability for both skirmish and War of the Ring game modes. which makes the game a lot more exciting, you have to hunt for your own resources you have to defend; your land, your castle, and your leaders. you need to upgrade your armour your weapons, at a pace in order to survive against you enemy. Build your watch towers, build your barracks, build you castle, and most of all build you walls here come the biggest fantasy , tactical war game you have ever played. There are two single player campaigns within The Battle for Middle-Earth II with one played as a good faction and the other played as one of the evil factions of Middle-Earth. The overall flow and story of the campaign mode is exciting. Each campaign is broken up into a series of missions that tell a story, to progress through this story you'll have to achieve certain objectives within each mission. to achieve this you will be defending or attacking on one of the many skirmish maps. so be prepared
  3. Nov 28, 2013
    Honestly just get it on pc, I have played it on both it is much better on pc, essentially just due to the obvious, pacing and control interface, I am still convinced rts games belong on the pc and this is coming from console gamer. Expand

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