5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
not an avid gamer - but i love this game,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2 - PC (Video Game)
This was my first RTS game in years. I'm not an avid gamer and so it took a couple of years for me to wear out my older RTS games (Warcraft III, C&C:Generals) enough to justify opening the wallet for a new one. Also, I just got a new computer that can finally handle newer games.
In all, I have quite enjoyed the game for the first three weeks and I'm very excited about the future. It seems to combine/include all the best elements from all the RTS games i've played. some don't like it, but I like the fact that you have to upgrade each unit individually. It allows for more strategy and makes the upgraded/experienced battalions/units much better than those that aren't. The hero element is also good (as it was in Warcraft III) but very-well balanced with non-hero units. Heros can do tons of damage, but they will still get destroyed if you send them into battle alone. Also, the experienced hero's have significant advantages so it is well worth your while to build them early and level them up as much/fast as you can.
The resource gathering mechanism is cumbersome, difficult and challenging. Other games allow you bunch all resource gathering in a concentrated area, but this game forces you to sprawl your base if you want to collect resources faster. this is compensated by the fact that resources never run out. All of these things introduce new elements and therefore alter the strategies needed to overcome them.
This was consistent throughout the game. It takes a little bit to get used to it, but one can play it fairly soon. But the more you play, the more you see the depth of the game and realize the extent to which various strategies can be employed.
Strongly recommended. my best friend is considering buying a pc just so he can play this game because i've raved about it so much.