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The Lord Of The Rings: Conquest

Released on 16 January 2009

Rating: 16+ (PEGI)

3.0 out of 5 (58 customer reviews) | Write a review

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In this exciting, action strategy game, players fight on the side of both Good and Evil in all the biggest battles from 'The Lord of the Rings' movies. The Battlefront format allows them to switch between characters at will, to suit the circumstance or their style, reliving - and even reinventing - the chaotic and engrossing conflicts from the films as they choose how best to tackle their objectives and defeat their enemies. In online multiplayer, gamers can choose to be Evil from the outset.
  • Play as Evil characters in a brand new, 'Evil' campaign. Battle through scenarios after Frodo failed to destroy the One Ring - it's good to be bad!
  • Acclaimed Battlefront gameplay in a fantasy setting allows players to choose the way they fight, as Warrior, Archer, Mage or Scout in melee and ranged combat.
  • Battle online, with up to 16 players in instant action mode or 2 players in a co-op campaign or offline with 2 players in split-screen.
  • Local multiplayer split-screen with up to 2 players competitively or 2-player co-op.
  • A massive cast of characters and weapons adds great depth to the gameplay: Heroes, Wargs, Ents, Oliphaunts, Cave-trolls, the Balrog, Nazgul, ballistae, and more!

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 Average rating (58 reviews)

 Not living up to the franchise

| | See all Plato67's reviews (45)

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As a devotee of 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy , a wondrous literary achievement that I deem a milestone in English literature, I had been rather enthused about the release of the first next-generation video game inspired to the series. Being this particular title based not just on a literary masterpiece but more closely on its successful cinematographic adaptation, we would normally have high expectations on its franchise-related products; alas, this video gaming endeavour may have just taught us that sometimes we have to learn how to lower our expectations.

In terms of game-play, EA have entirely failed to provide the game with an appealing campaign mode, and I entirely agree with the reviewer before me who found it far too short and repetitive. Upon completing the first campaign as the forces of Good, it is possible to unlock a second one in which players will side with the forces of Evil and plunge Middle Earth into a world of chaos. Whereas the latter might have been a remarkable addition in terms of alternative ending, it still was not properly crafted since the four classes - mage, archer, warrior and scout - are identical to the ones of the original campaign with the sole exception that you are now controlling merciless hordes of blood-thirsty Orcs or sword-swinging Nazguls instead of playing as a paladin of Gondor; what is worse, in either campaign, you cannot update any of the given abilities, thus the game is limited to the same chain of repetitious combinations of moves that only vary depending on the class of your choice. On the upside, however, I particularly enjoyed the chance of playing as almost all characters from the film, which, along with the original locations, has at least prevented the game from being utterly shoddy. Furthermore, during the Evil Forces campaign, you can reverse the roles and play as the brobdingnagian Balrog, or even partake in Saruman's unholy endeavour to defeat Aragorn and bring the human race to its demise.

If the campaign mode is mediocre and overall off-putting, the online feature may just give the game a gleam of hope in terms of lasting appeal. Structured in four different modes - Capture the Ring, Conquest, Team Death match and Hero Team Death match - the online feature is the only element that can prolong the otherwise null longevity of this game. In addition to that, the chance of achieving additional trophies online can be an incentive to play the game for some time before selling it, or eventually rent it for a week. On the downside, though, due to the fact that there is no way to update any character nor skills, and the environments are quite limited even online, the game will tend to become tedious after a while, especially after clearing all online trophies and thus completing every achievement available.

In conclusion, having analysed all the ups and downs, I will give this game a couple of stars because I did enjoy playing it online after all, but, both as a fan of Tolkien and as a gamer keen on action video games, I cannot bring myself to rating this product differently. Thus, my recommendation to all customers, both fans of the trilogy and action video games aficionados, is to rent this game and see if they can at least enjoy playing it online.


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I love this game. Since I am a huge LOTR I bought the game on the day it was released. It is exactly like the movie. Multiplayer option is great fun. I will recommend this game to everyone.

 Easy to overlook the flaws

| | See all moistarmpits's reviews (1)

This game gets alot of bad reviews which it does not deserve. the campaign levels are great fun usually ending whith some kind of boss battle. Loads of enemys are on screen at once and the game is not really that linear, The classes are each fun to play as and your options include: you can provide archer support from a ridge, heal your players as a mage, or do the dirty work and plow through as a warrior or finnaly the most rewarding you can sneak up and one hit kill people as a scout. When your finished playing out the good and evil campaings, Lord of the Rings online will keep you addicted for a while, the best mode to play is hero team death match where 8 heroes fight out against bad guys with playable characters including: Aragon, Legolas, Gimli,Frodo, Gandalf, Eowyn, Faramir, Elrond, Sauron, Saruman, Mouth of Sauron, Lurtz, Grima. You pick anyone you want out of this list pretty much (give or or take a few on some maps) and you can have some great simple fun, and yes the online can be sometimes fustrating and seems poorly designed because of warriors not being that useful, but hey dont play as them. Definetly buy this game if you liked lotr two towers or return of the king on PS2 but don't expect the overall polish of say call of duty from this game.

 bland, ea. battlefront clone.

| | See all swanni09's reviews (5)

this game is just another ea rush job. "hey guys, lets do battlefront in LOTR setting. 2 months. GO!" not next gen graphics, buggy as hell, heroes are only slightly better than normal classes, fighting is just hack and slash. the battles are not epic: in the background u see huge armies clashing, but ur own little section is just small skirmishes. It doesnt matter if u go good ro evil, you get the same troops with a different costume. Only for LOTR fanatics.

 Sure to please any LOTR fans

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Basically star wars battlefront, but with lord of the rings. I have downloaded the demo and the singleplayer was fun, but the multiplayer is fantastic, i have played the two levels on the demo countless times and still not bored, a must buy for fans of LOTR and/or star wars battlefront. I certainly will be buying it.

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Rating16+ (PEGI)