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This is a real time strategy game similar to warhammer and command and conquer games out there on the market at present. You can command your minions over middle earth in a single player campaign or fight it out online against up to three other players at once. At the beginning of the game you get the option to choose whether to be good or evil which ultimately chooses which army type you will command.
To me this was like any other army commander type game and the controls seemed quite easy to use. I'm a bit of a fan of Lord of the rings so I found it quite good that I could play an army style game like this and use different tactical units that you see in the movies.
The game also lets you build various hero's throughout your battles. Each are specific to whatever side you choose (good or evil) but include various ones from Gimli (The dwarf) to Sauron (The evil overlord). Throughout the game you get a chance to unlock different abilities for each of your heroes such as healing units and also upgrade your heroes through the ranks.
I found the single player campaign quite easy to complete and if you're familiar with these type of games you probably will to. Nonetheless it's not a bad game. Very time consuming once you get started though as battles can last quite a while but it does have a save function in game for that.
LoTR: TBME II (bit of a mouthful) is a well made real time strategy game and among my favourites. One thing to note is it's quite an old game released mid 2006 and so the graphics aren't quite up to the standard of more recent RTS games such as halo wars.
The gameplay is very enjoyable; unlike most console RTS games the control scheme is actually not bad. Reliant on the triggers (similar to halo wars) I found getting around fairly easy, though not nearly as easily as easily as the PC version. The missions themselves are pretty long and varied meaning you won't get bored quickly.
Graphics wise, the game is very well presented. I found the character animations varied and enjoyable to watch, and when zooming in only some detail is lost. Sound effects bring the action to life as does the movies epic score. The game is narrated well but perhaps a little too much in my opinion.
The multiplayer is what'll keep you coming back for more though, with 5 separate game modes: Versus, King of the Hill, Capture and Hold, Resource Race and Hero versus Hero. These are all pretty self explanatory, and are pretty much variations of versus mode. Lag isn't too bad here, and only really gets intrusive when 4 players (max allowed) are playing.
To conclude, LotR BFME II is a very worthwhile RTS, whilst not as easy to play as its PC counterpart. It's aged fairly well, and is still worth a purchase even in 2010.