Thread: EA's Battle for MIddle Earth
I'm working my way through the Neverwinter Nights series and have just arrived on the first level of the Undermountain in Hordes of the Underdark. When I finish it I'll probably go back to Final Fantasy VII now that my grandson and I finally got that darned runaway train stopped before it wiped out Mt. Corel: the on-screen instructions for the PC sounded like it took four keystrokes cycled over and over, while it only took two cycled over and over. I wasted six months and a couple hours waiting to figure that out. Harumph!
Is anyone excited like i am about this game?
I've had my eye on that one since I first saw some screen shots around Christmas time. I love RTS games anyway, and this looks like being one of the best. I like the idea that each of the factions (Mordor, Rohan, Gondor and Isengard) each have to meet different criteria in oder to raise their armies. It looks awesome.
I often play these sort of gamnes over my LAN with my son, so we're both looking forward to this one.
Gandalf didn't "die" in Moria. In fact, the old wizard slapped down the Balrog and marched out of the mountain with the rest of the fellowship. Meanwhile, King Theoden of Rohan managed to get cut down at Helm's Deep and, oh yeah, Boromir lives.
But in other battles, heroes can and will fall. In fact, one of the most shocking moments in our testing came when Aragorn fell in an early battle and the game went on, accepting Aragorn as a casualty of war. Another surprise came when Boromir was saved from the Uruk-hai, thus veering away from The Fellowship of the Ring storyline. Alas, what seemed to be a bold move on the part of EA faded as Aragorn and other characters that were killed in battle simply reappeared in other battles later on.
Sam and a group of Gondor soldiers take on Shelob, the spider queen. As you can probably tell, the game takes some liberties with the story for gameplay's sake.
That's from the Gamespot review, which awarded the game 8.4 out of 10. So overall, I think I'll grant EA the poetic license and get the game, because it looks great!!
(Grondy merely strengthed the above spoiler headline)
(A hint for the rest of you that are gamers, don't be afraid to summon the balrog or an army of the dead.)
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And yeah, as for the "mistakes" in the storyline, like Gandalf not dying in Moria and Boromir living, the game does mention that "The fate of the Ring is in your hands and it is now your choices that will decide it" meaning you control the game and the characters will live or die depending on how you play the game.
And yeah, I can't wait for Battle for Midle-Earth II to come out. Dragons and Elves and Dwarves and what not? It says it offers the complete Middle-Earth for you to take. Ought to be great.
I tend to play a lot of games over a LAN with my son. I was really looking forward to playing this one with him as we like such games as Age of Empires, Empire Earth etc, which are similar Build and Battle games. Unfortunately, Battle for Middle Earth comes on a DVD rather than a CD-ROM, and only one of my PCs has a DVD reader. Had it been on a CD, no doubt we would have played it quite a lot.
As far as the game was concerned, from what I saw of it, I really liked it. Nice graphics, the chance to play as the party members etc. At some stage I will go back and have another go at it. It's just finding the time.
As a final note, it's far better than Lord of the Rings - War of the Ring. Ironically, as I can play that one over my LAN, it gets played far more often.
Unfortunately, Battle for Middle Earth comes on a DVD rather than a CD-ROM, and only one of my PCs has a DVD reader. Had it been on a CD, no doubt we would have played it quite a lot.
Well, I've got mine on a set of 4 CDs. I think you'll find the game on CDs too if you look for it. And yeah, if you do have a DVD, just copy the game onto the computer having the DVD reader (note: copy, not install), then copy the game onto the other computer throgh the LAN and then install the game on that computer using the copied files. In this way, the game will be on both the computers. Of course, you will need to have quite a nice chunk of freespace on both your comps to do this but it is a solution for your problem.