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

3.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
Rated: Teen
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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

Product Description

Product Description

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.

From the Manufacturer

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.

Product Information

Release date November 4, 2003
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3.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #14,412 in videogames
#1,561 in Video Games > PC Games > PC Games
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Product Dimensions 9.5 x 7.9 x 1.8 inches
Media: Video Game
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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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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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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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Bwa ha ha! Feel the wrath of Gimli paired with the mighty Gandalf and Aragorn! Fear Anduril, flame of the west! Oops, sorry, I get carryed away.
It's not hard to do with this game, though. It is incredible. The game is played in a sense of Warcraft meets Battle Realms (which was a game I always happened to like despite public opinion). It has the potential for clever strategy in combat or, if you're the bashem' up type, that works too. Point in mind is that the game is focused around battle. Finally, a war game focused around what its name suggests. Resource management is only a footnote in the game, something to keep the balance.
Sure, that sounds good enough already, but there's so much more. The two sides (yes, only two, but no big deal) of the game are good and evil, respectively the alliance and Sauron's dark forces. Two sides are good enough simply because of how much you can do with them. So much research was put into the development of the game, making sure that no pivotal characters were left out. As the alliance, the player can recruit elven archers, various dwarf units, the Riders of Rohan, and other book-specific units as well as heroes such as Aragorn, Gimli, and others. Evil is much the same with various orc and troll units available (the trolls are massive, not to mention pretty cool) as well as the evil legends such as Gollum, The Witch King, and Saruman.
Combat in the game is fast, but not frantic like it can be in other games. You have enough time to use the special abilities you worked so hard to get. A thing I liked about such unit upgrades was the fate points (a ying-yang system like in Battle Realms). You get fate points, your heroes can become more powerful. Or, if you're in a tight spot, you can cast a "fate spell", as I like to call them.
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