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The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring - PC

by Vivendi Universal
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews) 67 / 100

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  • Real time strategy game set in the Lord of the Rings universe
  • Play as the forces of Good or Evil using multiple types of character units
  • Real world environment and terrain effects alter the outcome of skirmishes and battles
  • Character units gain experience and visual enhancements as they destroy enemy units
  • For one or more players

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000BXIAK
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 4, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,313 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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The first real-time strategy game for the PC set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth is here! Command the Free Peoples of Middle-earth or the evil Minions of Sauron in two brilliant single-player stories. Battle up to 8 players online in intense multiplayer combat.

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The quest to destroy the One Ring continues in the first real-time strategy game based on The Lord of the Rings saga. Massive battles erupt as the forces of light and darkness battle for control of middle-earth. Play as the forces of good and valiantly fight for the One Ring’s destruction or play as the forces of evil to claim control over middle-earth forever.

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176 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, wow, wow! November 7, 2003
This is a killer game. I've been playing almost nonstop for two days and this is the most fun I've had in a long long time. The art is rich and the environments lush. The units are full of character and each of the heroes are unique. I was really surprised, I was expecting a more-of-the-same Warcraft III, but this thing blew me away. Warcraft III came off as a big bloated over budget yawnfest. This game is a lean mean, hit and run, "screw them before they screw you" kind of game with some of the smartest AI I've seen yet.
I didn't know what to expect because I didn't want to play a game with the visuals that the movies have. I like the movies alot, but I don't want to look at a mishmash of browns and grays on my monitor. This game's art style is not that at all, it's just simply really cool. The colors are rich and it looks like you're in a painted graphic novel. The special effects are wild and the voice acting is great. The single player missions are awesome with scenarios behind the scenes and including the main storyline. The campaigns that take place in cities are cool with rich details like damaged buildings, rubble, and a bridge you have to demolish to hinder the enemy. Helm's Deep and Osgiliath are simply amazing.
This game really shines in multiplayer too. For the good side, you have Gondor Swordsmen, Rohan Riders, Elven Archers, Elven Lightbringers, Dwarven Axethrowers, Dwarven Shieldbreakers, Huorns (Ents) and Beorning (wildmen that turn into Bears) For the evil side you have Orc Slashers, Orc Archers, Uruk-hai, Wraiths, Haradrim, Troll Stone-hurlers, and Troll Bone-cleavers, Warg Riders, and Spiders. Also, each of the heroes are designed so that you have to adapt your strategy according to which heroes the enemy has in play.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Tolkien and fun gameplay November 16, 2003
I picked up War of the Rings just the other day and have been playing it since. It has a tremendously realistic feel for all Tolkien fans out there. The graphical sets for each of the missions are very much how I pictured them from the books, as well as true to the movies so far.
The setting is Middle Earth and the Good Campaign chronicals all of the major heroes in the literary work. You are tasked with many different missions, some pre-requisites to others, and follow the books well into the story. Example of this are the Battle for Helm's Deep, the battle for Lothlorien, tracking Gollum, that battle for Gondor, etc.
The graphics and storyline pay the game off extremely well, but the gameplay itself is typical of most RTS games; easy to learn and simplistic in nature (think WarCraft series). The r-click, l-click dilemma is solved in WotR with it being an option to choose, which is a nice added touch. The game came fully working and, unlike 95% of RTS game's first releases, had no noticable bugs for my system (2.2g, 512MBRam, Win XP). A very pleasant surprise.
Anyone that's a fan of RTS or Tolkien would do well to pick this game up. It's simple to learn, fun to play and very immersive since it has such a prolific history. I can't wait to start the "Evil" campaign and get back into the storyline!
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This War of Middle Earth is Great December 6, 2003
Reading reviews from all over the net it is pretty clear this is the type of game you are going to love or hate. I personally love this game so I thought I would categorize the reasons why to help others with their purchasing decision.
The War of the Ring is based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien, what does this mean exactly? First it means this game is not based on the Peter Jackson movies so do not expect things to look or feel exactly as the big screen version. However that said the developers of this game actually had more material to work with, just take a look at all the indexes and appendices (not mention main story elements) that were left out of the movies. War of the Ring does an excellent job covering both the main story line and events only glossed over within the book. This makes the game seem familiar yet fresh for diehard Tolkien veterans.
The graphics in this game are superb. The backgrounds are highly detailed and just interactive enough to keep them interesting. The first time you send 80 elven archers through a field of blowing grass and watch it realistically react to their presence will have you in awe. From Mind bogglingly beautiful waterfalls to nightmarish fortresses this game has a graphic style that surpasses Warcraft III in its majesty. The individual units are a little under whelming unfortunately. They seem to be just a few polygons shy of acceptable. That said this is an RTS game and 99% of the time you will be zoomed out so far that it is irrelevant. From a distance the units look great and the massive battles will make you a true believer.
The audio portion of the game is a mixed bag. The music and voice acting is top notch. A symphony orchestra keeps the pace as booming voices please your ears.
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25 of 0 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Rings fan, but not much of a game player... December 8, 2003
By April
I haven't played many computer games, particularly a real-time strategy such as this. I'm more of a LotR fan (the books primarily, and the films, of course).
I had fun playing this game, even though I'm pretty pathetic at it. It wasn't hard to figure out how to play (although it helps if you've got some friends who know strategy games--they can give you tips on the finer points of what to do to actually try to win). Thank goodness it doesn't require the eye-hand coordination of a teen-ager (which I don't have!!!).
It was interesting to see how Middle Earth was envisioned in this game. It's different than the films, which is a good thing since I can always see the films for that version--and there are other games which more easily can fit the look of the film version. I loved wandering about places like Mirkwood, where the trees were huge and your elf characters (along with Legolas!) hunts for Gollum and have to deal with nasty Giant Spiders and Orcs.
It was also fun to play Dwarves and build a Giant Catapult or roll boulders off cliffs to fight off orcs.
I was also surprised to really like playing the bad guys. When I figured out more about the game I could play some skirmishes and actually get some bigger units, like the Trolls--which were cool to see lumbering about.
Even more powerful stuff, like getting Fate points and calling Gandalf or Ringwraith into being were harder for me, but still possible for a mediocre player.
It should be possible for nearly every level of player to enjoy this game. When I set the levels to Easy, it was possible to see enough of the game not to be frustrated. I could even win every now and then! And as I learned more about how stuff worked, I got even better at it--just by playing the game.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Will not load
After 10 attempt to load this game I've given up. Every time I've loaded the game and try to play I get invalid CD code except once. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David C. Bowerman
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
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Published 18 months ago by Darth Maul
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this game
I am a HUGE lord of the rings fan. I love all the movies and all the games but I have to say out of all the lord of he rings games I like this one probably the best. Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Much to be desired
Product shipped very late and untimely, the CD never worked on my PC as decribed with tons of strange error messages. Too bad I really love LOTR. Read more
Published on May 7, 2010 by Shahin Y. Mashhadian
5.0 out of 5 stars great game at a great price
I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with this game. It plays like Warcraft 3 but better IMO because it is Lord of the Rings. Read more
Published on January 3, 2009 by musicfanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to understand...
Let's look at this from a logical standpoint:

1) Runs on the WC3 engine, plays just like WC3, if you liked WC3, chances are you'll like this. Read more
Published on April 20, 2007 by MinscOwnsYou
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
This one was just okay for me. I am a big fan of Warcraft and this game is along the same lines. My copy was a bit buggy though, with visual glitches which took away from my... Read more
Published on December 12, 2005 by RG69
4.0 out of 5 stars good game
I dont see what everyone has against this game (except for the graphics, which raise the question: was Picasso on the design team? Read more
Published on October 7, 2005 by Person
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price!
this game is not worth the pirce! the campagin is comepletly random battles jumping from third age 1000s to thirda ge 3000s, the population limit is tiny! Read more
Published on June 16, 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars Do you like cubism?If you don't, buy a dead hampster instead
Well, for all of you cube-fanatics, this is a must get. The graphics are HORRIBLE!!! Oh-no, the rohan rider's head is square!!! He has been deformed at birth!!! Read more
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