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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 willGiven 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Pelit (Finland)
    92
    Innovative, fun to play and a joy to watch. A breath of fresh air in the stale real-time strategy genre. [Mar 2006]
  2. It helps all the more if you can recognize the subtle genius in zerging an enemy base with a battalion of Lothlórien elves, but even if you can’t, it’s still worth a long look.
  3. Ounce for ounce, this sequel improves upon its predecessor in every imaginable way, and as a result, is even more delightful. It’s fun, exciting, and beautiful to see and hear.
  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. There's really nothing here that truly deserves great reward. But I had legions of fun. And, for this game at least, that counts for, oooh, pretty much everything.
  6. 80
    The hottest RTS game this year, and one of the most rewarding Lord of the Rings title available.
  7. They've put more than enough bells and whistles in to make Battle for Middle-Earth II seem extremely fresh and, most importantly, a lot of fun. When it comes down to it, for the LOTR strategy fan, this game is a must.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 94
  2. Negative: 23 out of 94
  1. Nov 15, 2019
    10
    Sequel that i was waiting for :)
    More races, more spells, more everything :)
    Love this game and it's a shame that is no longer available to buy....
  2. ScottB.
    Mar 10, 2006
    10
    So much better than the original. You actually need some experience to play this game, which some people may not like. Too bad for them, cuz So much better than the original. You actually need some experience to play this game, which some people may not like. Too bad for them, cuz I love it! The graphics are awesome! Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2010
    10
    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 goodThe 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. Apr 16, 2020
    9
    An OUTRAGEOUS GAME, A **** MASTERPIECE of a strategy game from one of my favourite film franchises, The Lord of the Rings. When i was a childAn OUTRAGEOUS GAME, A **** MASTERPIECE of a strategy game from one of my favourite film franchises, The Lord of the Rings. When i was a child this game blew my mind and i was really happy with it, enjoying a lot. Expand
  5. Feb 26, 2020
    8
    Basic RTS game, but balanced and a lot of fun with the Lord of the rings elements in it.
  6. Mar 8, 2013
    6
    The sequel to the incredible Battle for Middle-Earth. I don't really believe the game is anywhere near as good as its predecessor. TheThe sequel to the incredible Battle for Middle-Earth. I don't really believe the game is anywhere near as good as its predecessor. The campaign modes are mediocre, at best, but the Skirmish and the create-a-character bring some new stuff into this game. I also really don't like the way the factions are decided (Humans, Elves, Dwarves, etc.). I prefer the old style of the original game (Mordor, Isengard, Rohan, Gondor). I also prefer the idea of their being castles instead of having fortresses with builders. Overall, okay game, but nowhere near as good as the original. Expand
  7. JS
    Feb 14, 2006
    0
    Battle for Middle Earth II is so incredibly awesome (insert sarcasm here)

    I like the realism, where a stray dwarven axe flying through my
    Battle for Middle Earth II is so incredibly awesome (insert sarcasm here)

    I like the realism, where a stray dwarven axe flying through my base takes out five buildings on it's way off the map. It's also cool to play a game where all the super powers are less interesting rip-offs of C&C Generals:Zero Hour generals powers.
    Weak sauce.
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