Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PC)
Action 10 October 2017
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a direct sequel to the well-received action-adventure game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Just like the first game in the series, Shadow of War takes place in the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game is presented from a third-person perspective. We can explore the rich, open world of the game by riding various steeds and by taking good use of the free-running movement system, similar to that from the Assassin's Creed series. Once again the Nemezis system is one of the core gameplay mechanics. The game will automatically generate unique enemies which we will encounter, battle and optionally make them join us in our battle against Sauron. It needs to be mentioned that the game also offers many new features, with the possibility of taking over Dark Lord's keeps being one of them. There are more types of enemies for us to face, more new, unlockable skins and pieces of equipment.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC)
Action 30 September 2014
A TPP action game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was developed by Monolith Productions, the creators of Aliens vs Predator 2 and F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon. The plot takes place before the events depicted in "The Lord of the Rings". In the main campaign, players assume the role of Talion, a ranger who is raised from the dead by an ancient spirit of vengeance in order to take bloody revenge on the servants of Sauron for the death of his loved ones. The core of the game consists of spectacular battles with large groups of enemies, during which you can use a rich variety of ranged and melee attacks, as well as dodges. The audiovisual aspects of the game were modeled after the cinematic saga by Peter Jackson.
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PC)
RPG 01 November 2011
A multiplayer-focused action role-playing game, taking place in the famous Lord of the Rings universe. The game was developed by Snowblind, creators of e.g. the console edition of the legendary Baldur's Gate. You play as a man, an elf or a dwarf, fighting the forces of Sauron and participating in the events in the norther part of Middle-Earth, happening concurrently to the main story of the Lord of the Rings novel. Depending on your chosen character, the gameplay mechanics vary slightly, and you use different abilities. The story unfolds depending on your choices, enabling us to do many sidequests. Of course, your character can level up and gain new useful abilities. The game can be completed in a three-person co-op mode or in a singleplayer mode, in which you are supported by AI-controlled party members.
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (PC)
Strategy 06 December 2004
A real-time strategy game developed by EA Los Angeles. The title takes place in the fantasy universe of Middle-Earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game allows the players to participate in two separate campaigns in which they can lead one of 4 nations: riders of Rohan, soldiers of Gondor, army of Isengard and legions of Mordor. Each nation has its advantages and weaknesses. The gameplay combines features of classic RTS games, based on resource gathering and base expansion paired with epic fights during which, similarly as in the Total War series, the player controls whole formations of troops and powerful war machines. Heroes with special powers, such as Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas or Gimli are an interesting addition to the formula. The developers recreated many battles known from the trilogy, including the Battle of Helm’s Deep during which as much as 500 units can appear on the screen simultaneously. Graphics of the title are generated by the engine that was previously used in Command & Conquer: Generals.
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II (PC)
Strategy 28 February 2006
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.
LEGO The Lord of the Rings (PC)
Action 13 November 2012
An action game, featuring elements of a 3D platformer, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and the movie trilogy by Peter Jackson. LEGO The Lord of the Rings is another "blocky" production from Traveller’s Tale studio. It lets us take the role of a chosen member of the Fellowship of the Ring and set out on a dangerous journey to stop Sauron and his minions. The campaign consists of a series of stages inspired by the most memorable scenes from the movies. The gameplay mixes elements of action, arcade, and logical puzzle games. Similar to previous LEGO-licensed productions from Traveller’s Tale, LEGO The Lord of the Rings offers a two-player cooperation in addition to single player.
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II – The Rise of the Witch-King (PC)
Strategy 28 November 2006
An official expansion for the second installment in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth series. It requires the basic version of the game to work. The Rise of the Witch-King expansion takes place between the War of the Last Alliance and the journey of the Fellowship of the Ring. This time the developers decided to be more creative and the game tells about the events that J.R.R. Tolkien described rather sparsely. The story of the expansion concentrates on the Witch-king of Angmar whose objective is to conquest the kingdoms of Arnor. The player assumes the role of the titular character and he must build power of his army and participate in the great conquests for the glory of Sauron. The gameplay in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II: The Rise of the Witch-King doesn’t differ from the one used in the basic version of the game. However, the expansion offers completely new units (including Thrall Masters and Dark Dunedains) which can be used both during the story campaign and in skirmishes and multiplayer modes. Siege engines appear on the battlefield as well. In addition to that, the races from the basic version of the game received some new units and the AI behavior was greatly improved. The process of character creation has become much clearer and more intuitive.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (PC)
Adventure 04 November 2003
An action game with RPG elements – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, developed by Visceral Games in cooperation with EA Redwood Shores, is based on the license of a hit movie by the same name. The game allows the players to assume roles of over a dozen characters known from the silver screen – one can play as Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and many others. Player’s task is to destroy The Ring of Power and defeat the Dark Lord Sauron. The gameplay builds on battles against hordes of enemies. All the bloodshed takes place across twelve diverse battlefields – these include Minas Tirith, Fields of Pelennor, The Black Gate and The Path of the Dead. As the story progresses, one can develop particular characters, gaining access to more powerful combos that can be used in all the battles to come. An additional treat, featured in the PC / Windows and home consoles releases of the game, are the cutscenes taken from the third part of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, along with the soundtrack composed by Howard Shore. The players can enjoy this experience either in a single player mode, or accompanied by one more player.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War - Blade of Galadriel (PC)
Action 28 February 2018
An expansion for the game Middle-earth: Shadow of War, in which you play as Eltariel, an elite assassin, who hunts creatures corrupted by the Ring of Power. The new protagonist uses new equipment and battle abilities, and her weapons of choice are two elvish blades and the Light of Galadriel.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (PC)
RPG 24 April 2007
An MMORPG set in the fantasy world created by J.R.R. Tolkien for i.a. The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Players get right in the middle of the war between the forces of evil (led by Sauron, who commands an unlimited number of orcs and other beasts from Mordor) and the forces of good (races inhabiting the remaining parts of Middle-Earth). The game developed by Turbine Entertainment allows one to assume the role on an Elf, a Human, a Hobbit, or a Dwarf, explore the vast open world, fight the aforementioned creatures, complete various quests, as well as collect useful pieces of equipment and weapons. On his journey, a player can develop his character’s combat potential by selecting consecutive abilities as he sees fit. Since mid-2010, the game has switched to a free-to-play business model. This means that players can enjoy it for free, however, those who want to unlock the access to the so-called 'premium content' have to utilize the optional microtransactions system.
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest (PC)
Action 13 January 2009
An action game set in the universe created by J.R.R. Tolkien for The Lord of The Rings trilogy. The game shows a vision of the aforementioned universe inspired by the movie trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. Developed by Pandemic Studios, The Lord of the Rings: Conquest allows a player to participate in a number of battles determining the fate of entire Middle Earth. One can side with the forces of good and fight side by side with the characters from the books and movies, or join Sauron as he conquers consecutive territories and enslaves the peoples of Middle Earth. The gameplay mechanics have been based on the formula featured in the first two installments of the Star Wars: Battlefront series. During the battles, one controls standard units diversified in terms of their specialties - players get at their disposal warriors, archers, scouts, and mages. Occasionally, one can also assume the role of giants and characters known from the movie adaptations. The two single-player campaigns (one per each faction of the conflict) have been divided into several diverse missions - the multiplayer experience, however, features three game modes – Skirmish, Conquest, and Capture the Ring. The game delivers high-quality visuals - a player is bound to appreciate the character models highly resembling the actors who starred in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (PC)
Adventure 23 October 2002
Middle-earth: Shadow of War - Desolation of Mordor (PC)
Action May 2018
The DLC to Middle-earth: Shadow of War, in which the player assumes the role of Baranor - the commander of Minas Ithil who faces the threat coming from the East. This Add-on offers not only a number of new story-related quests but also an entirely new region and additional pieces of gear that the main protagonist can upgrade at his dwarf friend – Torvin.
The Lord of The Rings Online: Mordor (PC)
RPG 08 August 2017
The sixth official expansion to the popular MMORPG developed by Turbine Entertainment. After the studio responsible for developing the base game had been shut down, the developers joined the Standing Stone Games – the studio responsible for creating the expansion described herein. This add-on introduces the titular land of Mordor, currently inhabited by Sauron – the lord of the darkness. Players get at their disposal a number of new locations known from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, including Cirith Gorgor, the Valley of Udun, Barad-Dur, and the Black Gate; also, one can visit Erebor – the city under the mountain known from the Hobbit book and its cinematographic adaptation. The Lord of The Rings Online: Mordor introduces over three hundred new quests, increases the level cap up to 115, and delivers new items and artifacts. To top it all, when creating a character, players can now select members of the High Elves. Mordor features a new barter system allowing players to acquire unique upgrades for their equipment. Another novelty is the allegiance system allowing one to join any faction in order to retake Mordor territories for additional bonuses and unique pieces of gear.
The Lord of The Rings Online: Riders Of Rohan (PC)
RPG 15 October 2012
Another expansion to The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar developed by Turbine Entertainment. As the title suggests, this add-on allows players to visit the plains of Rohan – a kingdom that has to face armies of orcs marked with the White Hand. A player is tasked with supporting the warriors led by Burnoth, son of Baldeg, in the fight against the forces of Evil, as well as facilitating the alliance with Ents – the ancient dwellers of Fangorn. The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan broadens the in-game world by the titular land (featuring area twice as large as the one introduced by the Mines of Moria expansion) as well as two minor locations – the area surrounding Fangorn and the Hill of Amon Hen. These, however, are not all the novelties introduces by the expansion, as the level cap has been increased up to 85, and players get at their disposal a war horse (one receives his faithful steed upon completing a special task). The war horse is not only a new mean of transportation since it supports one’s character in battles against new types of enemies, such as the Warg Riders. Moreover, when mounting a horse, player’s character gains access to additional unique abilities. Joining other riders allows players to plan charges or take a more tactical approach and attack the enemies from the flank. To top it all, the expansion allows a player to rebuild the burnt city of Snowborn by completing hundreds of side quests.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - The Bright Lord (PC)
Action 24 February 2015
The Bright Lord is the second DLC to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor developed by Monolith Productions. The expansion takes us to the distant past where we play as Celebrimbor. Remembering how much the Dark Lord hurt his family, Celerbrimor declares war on Sauron and tries to stop him from getting his hands on the Ring of Power. Unlike Talion, the protagonist of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - The Bright Lord can use the power of the One Ring. He can use it to mind control his enemies, force them to attack their allies, and even become invisible. All of those things provide us with many possible tactical approaches to combat. Moreover, Celebrimbor is a much better archer. The Bright Lord requires the base game to be playable.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard (PC)
RPG 27 September 2011
An expansion to the popular MMORPG – The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar developed by Turbine Entertainment. The story of this add-on focuses on the powerful wizard known to many as Saruman, who is trying to come into possession of the Ring of Power. During the game, a player can visit new locations such as the gigantic tower of Orthanc, from whence the wizard issues orders for his minions, territories of Dunland inhabited by belligerent Dunlendings, and the Gap of Rohan. The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard introduces also a new multiplayer instance designed for twenty-four players, who are tasked with defeating a powerful dragon called Draigoch – the largest adversary ever featured in The Lord of the Rings Online. The Rise of Isengard expansion introduces also a number of new story missions and fresh pieces of equipment. Moreover, the level cap has been increased up to 75. Players can also enjoy the modified versions of all the available character classes.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Lord of the Hunt (PC)
Action 16 December 2014
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Lord of the Hunt is the first big DLC for the third-person action game developed by Monolith and set in the Tolkien's Lord of the Rings universe. The expansion focuses on the various beasts that roam the lands of Mordor. During our adventures, we will once again meet Torvin, the dwarven hunter, to listen to his stories and take part in the titular hunt for the never before seen beasts, like the toxin-spitting graug. Along with the new plot, Lord of the Hunt introduces a series of story-based quests and challenges (we can see our results in the online rankings). We will also collect five new runes, the Beastmaster skin for our hero, and encounter new types of orc chieftains who can ride beasts,
The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep (PC)
RPG 20 November 2013
Another expansion to the popular MMORPG developed by Turbine Entertainment. As the title suggests, this add-on allows players to participate in the Battle of Helm’s Deep – the largest battle ever featured in The Lord of The Rings Online. This, however, is not the only novelty introduced by this expansion – players can now visit the western parts of Rohan including the Dunharrow Stronghold and the city of Edoras, where one has to aid King Theoden in regaining his power. During his adventure, a player is bound to encounter various characters known from both the books and the movies, such as Aragorn, Eowina, and Eomer. The Lord of The Rings Online: Helm’s Deep increases level cap up to 95 and allows players to acquire new abilities for their characters that now represent improved classes. In addition, the combat system has been slightly modified making each battle a more thrilling experience. The add-on described herein features also a number of new pieces of gear that boost character’s combat potential.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood (PC)
RPG 01 December 2009
The second, after Mines of Moria, expansion to the MMORPG – The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. This time around, players get to visit the Mirkwood and under the command of Galadriel and Celeborn fight not only orcs but also other monsters such as giant spiders. The list of new locations features the stronghold of Dol Guldur hiding countless dangers that players have to face in groups of three, six, and twelve – the most prominent threat being the King of Nazguls. This battle is one of the most epic in the history of The Lord of the Rings Online. Moreover, the Siege of Mirkwood expansion increases the level cap, introduces entirely new artifacts, and delivers a number of improvements to the game’s mechanics (e.g. modified combat system). The add-on features also a new game mode called Skirmish, in which a player can train his soldiers and fight in random instances that are part of The War of the Ring.