The game made from the creators of the Star Wars Battlefront series, and plays just like one. While I had heard horrible things about this game, I'm thoroughly enjoying it. This is the closest to a current generation Battlefront game as we can get.
The game really has the large scale battles you would imagine it having. The game has all the battlegrounds from the game you would think, plus a few others such as Rivendell and the Shire.
The game really lacks in combat, which is probably the most important part of the game. At times, the sword swinging feels sluggish, but I do think it brings a degree of realism. It's tough to take down more than a few guys at once, I often feel overwhelmed.
The game also has "vehicles" like Battlefront. Wargs, horses, ents, trolls, catapults, even Oliphaunts.
There are also plenty of heroes from each side.
- Frodo Baggins
- Mouth of Sauron
- A Nazgul
- Durin's Bane
Note: Some of these are DLC only.
As I have stated above, these battles really do feel huge. It is a shame the online play is no longer available, as these battles would be intense with a bunch of people running across the battlefield.
The online server being down poses a few problems. Not that I am an achievement whore, but it sucks that I can't complete all the achievements because some of them are online only achievements. This upsets me a bit, but doesn't take away from the game itself.
Overall, this should be a no brainer for any Lord of the Rings or Star Wars Battlefront fan. I wouldn't recommend it otherwise, as it has some serious gameplay flaws compared to other modern hack 'n slash games.
This game is a little hard to find on a disc, but is available on the Xbox Marketplace for $14.99. Totally worth it for anyone craving some Battlefront or wanting a Lord of the Rings game they haven't played.