Publisher: EA Games Developer:Electronic Arts Expected: 10th March 2006 Players:1/online www:ea.com
In The Battle for Middle-Earth II, the sequel to the first critically acclaimed real-time strategy Lord of the Rings game you now have the chance to experience all that Middle-Earth was meant to be.
Featuring all new content from J.R.R. Tolkien’s original fiction, players can now delve deeper than ever before and engage in new battles that go beyond the award-winning movie trilogy. Whether you want to wage a bloody war in the North with legendary civilisations such as the Elven and Dwarven armies – or fight on the side of Evil, now the choice is yours. Defend or overtake never seen before lands such as Dol Guldur, The Misty Mountains, and Mirkwood as you unleash powerful new weapons and abilities - summon dragons, cause volcanoes to erupt, or bring down a cataclysmic lightning strike. Buildings can now be placed anywhere opening the doors to unique strategic battles and players can create fortresses and landmark castles – customising right down to the walls and structures.
Another new addition to the series is the ability to create and customise your own Hero characters. Similar to a classic RPG game, you can choose the race, gender, skills and alter costumes of your hero avatar that you can use to lead armies or scout new plains. But beware, with greater power comes greater adversity. Your enemies, commanded by a powerful new AI system, possess a greater tactical edge and more powerful spells. Will your armies have the fortitude to persevere?