Being a big fan of The Lord of the Rings I was looking forward to this game and, after playing Star Wars Battlefront on the PS2 a few years back I expected a lot from it.
Happilly The Lord of the Rings Conquest lived up to my expectations. Players are catapulted into heated and manic battles where not only orcs but ents, trolls, nazgul, fellbeasts and heroes from the trilogy await to be defeated or commanded. The combat is simple and, once you have the hang of it, very fun. The graphics are terrific and the maps show an obvious attention to detail on the developer's part. The awesome soundtrack from the films is the icing on the cake.
The gameplay is very good and very fun. Players have a choice of playing as one of four different factions each with different tactics and weapons. If you're good enough you also get offered the chance to play as a hero, which acts as a hyper-unit. Playable heroes range from Frodo Baggins all the way up to Sauron himself.
The only criticism I would have is that the campaign modes are fairly short - they can be completed with two hours of easy gaming, but there are different difficulty settings and the instant action mode never gets old. All in all a brilliant game, one of the jewels of my collection.