The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II -- The Rise of the Witch-king Review

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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II -- The Rise of the Witch-king Review :

One of the all time great RTS games!!!

by Dorkicide Mar 20, 2012

I would like to start by saying that I am an avid RTS gamer and have been playing on line RTS online since Tiberian Sun first came out. In my opinion the genre is taking a turn towards the RTT game play style and losing a lot of what makes RTS truly unique and so very enjoyable. LOTR B4ME2 Rise of the Witch King is a true RTS game with a fantastic story line in first player mode, rich and impressive graphics and very impressive gameplay. After playing Red ALert 3 about a half dozen times I find myself bored and just finished re-installing B4ME2 ROTWK on my new PC. I will be starting a War of the Ring online with my buddy and am looking forward to a good 3-4 week game.

  CheatsGuru rating and opinion
7Story line
LOTR B4ME2 ROTWK is set just before the War of the Ring and follows the events of the Witch King in his rallying of the forces of Angmar in the North in an effort to bolster Sauron's forces for the coming war.
10Graphics
The graphics are excellent with rich mapping, animated structures and very impressive detail in both environment and characters. In my opinion this game has the best graphics of any other RTS of it's genre.
10Sound
The sound is amazing with dialogue, music and sound effects straight from the LOTR movies. I have a 7.1 surround system which is fully supported and the quality is superb.
9Gameplay
The gameplay is fantastic! Army sizes are limited by a point system depending on the structures built but this aside the battles are truly epic. The power ups and heroes are truly enjoyable to use and impressive in their abilities, from Gimli's axe throw to the Balrog's fire whip.
10Lasting Appeal
I purchased this game new and have played so many skirmishes solo and online it's not funny. I especially enjoy the "War of the Ring" mode which engages you in a "Risk" like game in which you fight other armies for control of the map country by country. I am still playing this game for a reason!
9.2
Overall
Outstanding
(Out of 10)
 
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