The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II

A sequel to the bestselling real-time strategy based on the very popular Lord of the Rings book trilogy and its cinematic adaptation. This time the action takes place in the northern areas of Middle-Earth where combined forces of humans, elves and dwarves face the army of evil Sauron represented by orcs of Mordor and Isengard. Players can play 15 scenarios per each side of the conflict. The second installment in the series uses the mechanics from the original game while introducing many improvements. It is now possible for players to create their own heroes and improve his skills during the game. Lists of available units, weapons and spells were increased and the fights now take place not only on land, but on sea as well. Thanks to the improved SAGE engine, graphics of the game were enhanced, as were the looks and number of units appearing simultaneously on the screen.

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PC / Windows
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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II | PC

Strategy, fantasy, RTS, books, The Lord Of The Rings, videos

Companies responsible for The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II

Electronic Arts Inc. | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II release date for PC:

game language:
English

28 February 2006 | Worldwide

03 March 2006 | Europe

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, size: 1 DVD9
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 6091 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.6 / 10 calculated out of 551 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox 360
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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II | XBOX 360

Strategy, fantasy, RTS, books, The Lord Of The Rings, videos

Companies responsible for The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II

Electronic Arts Inc. | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

05 July 2006 | Worldwide

14 July 2006 | Europe PAL

05 July 2006 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-8 , size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 190 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 33 players' votes.  

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II for PC / Windows is a sequel to the popular real-time strategy game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth. The title is based on the cult trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien and its cinematic adaptations directed by Peter Jackson. The game was developed by Electronic Arts Los Angeles, the creators of the first installment and of Command & Conquer: Generals.

Plot

The story of The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II for PC / Windows takes place in the northern areas of the Middle-Earth, where the forces of evil Sauron (armies of Goblins, Mordor and Isengard) are fighting the combined armies of Elves, Dwarves and western humans (Rohan and Gondor). The developers created fifteen scenarios for each playable side of the conflict in the singleplayer campaign. In comparison to the previous installment, the game introduces new units which player can control (infantry of dwarves, elven wizards, goblin fighters etc.) and new heroes (including Elrond, Arwen, Dain, Glorfindel and Haldir).

Mechanics

The title introduces the possibility for players to create their own hero (select its look, attributes, equipment etc.) and control his development. Gathered experience points can be distributed between abilities or other attributes and make the hero stronger as the game progresses. The number of available spells was doubled and there are more weapons and items that can be used during the battles. The limit of space for placing new buildings from the first game in the series was removed now players can freely decide where to place their bases.

While the first game took place only on land, The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II for PC / Windows introduces sea operations (battles, army landings etc.). There are transport and military ships available to control (White Ships of the Elves, Black Ships and Corsairs fighting for Sauron). The developers introduced various improvements for multiplayer modes (new rivalry options, improved server communications etc.).

Technical aspects

Visuals of The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth 2 for PC / Windows were generated by SAGE engine, the same engine that was used in first game. It was improved and now allows more units to appear on the screen (the units now have more details and are more realistic) and is able to render water areas.

System requirements

Recommended: Pentium 4 3 GHz, 1 GB RAM, graphic card 128MB (GeForce 6600 or better), 5.5 GB HDD, Windows XP