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XBox 360's 2nd Middle Earth

Published January 25, 2006 in Console Games
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of EA Games
XBox 360- The Battle for Middle-Earth II The Battle for Middle-Earth II

I don't know if it is the fact that I love the Lord of the Rings films or if I love epic RTS (real-time strategy) games, but Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth is probably the best RTS game I have played on my computer. Actually, I credit the game for slowing up efficiency here at CanMag.Com from time to time.

After beating the game with both campaigns I tried my hand at Age of Empires III but couldn't get into it. Then what am I to do? With no worthy game to fill my open time I might as well panic.

Well, it looks like all my worries have been unfounded, as EA Games is ready to release Battle for Middle-Earth II for PC and exclusively to the Xbox 360 console. I have been using Halo 3 as my number one excuse to purchase the new console from Microsoft and now it looks like I have just found reason #2.


The Battle for Middle-Earth II Preview: XBox 360


Electronic Arts has recently announced that the highly anticipated PC game, The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II will make its exclusive console debut when it ships in Summer 2006 on the Xbox 360™. Players can now command epic Middle-earth battles presented in spectacular high-definition from the comfort of their very own couch. To add to the intensity of the experience, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II for the Xbox 360 is the first game in The Lord of the Rings™ series that will be playable over Xbox LIVE™*. Players will be able to challenge friends online and engage in intense, action-packed real-time battles.

“Living these cinematic battles in high-definition with stunning surround sound, all from the comfort of your living room couch on the Xbox 360, is an extraordinary experience,” said Louis Castle, VP of Creative Development at EALA. “Adding the ability to battle it out with friends via Xbox LIVE is also really exciting.”

Based on the PC version of the same name, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II for the Xbox 360 will bring players into the heart of Middle-earth to live the battles seen in the blockbuster New Line Cinema films and classic J.R.R. Tolkien literary fiction. The game boasts a new and intuitive console-specific control scheme that will allow novice players to enjoy the game’s signature strategy gameplay while giving expert players the flexibility needed to engage in a deeply complex strategy experience. Players will directly control hundreds of units in an attempt to defeat enemy armies, conquer new lands, and seal the fate of Middle-earth.


XBox 360- The Battle for Middle-Earth II The Battle for Middle-Earth II


XBox 360- The Battle for Middle-Earth II The Battle for Middle-Earth II

Key Features:
    • The Middle-earth you have never seen brought to life on the Xbox 360! The unification of the book and film rights have unlocked a world of Middle-earth – new races, places, heroes, and battles from the books and films are yours to command.
    • Command the most epic battles of Middle-earth from your living room couch. Directly control and manage hundreds of units and engage in intense, action-packed real-time battles.
    • Challenge friends online and battle it out via Xbox LIVE. The game features exclusive new multiplayer games including King of the Hill, Capture and Hold, and Hero versus Hero.
    • First The Lord of the Rings strategy game for any console system and first game in The Lord of the Rings series for the Xbox 360.
    • New and intuitive console-specific control scheme that makes it possible to experience and enjoy the strategy genre on the Xbox 360.
    • Customize fortresses or choose to build anywhere! Craft your own landmark castle and create signature units including naval ships or Elven and Dwarven heroes.
    • Hugo Weaving reprises his role as Lord Elrond lending his voice and likeness to the game. Weaving offers the game’s overarching tone by guiding players in and out of each good and evil mission within the single player campaigns.

The PC version of The Lord of the Rings, Battle for Middle-Earth II will come to PC on February 28th and the Xbox 360 version will arrive this summer. Let the geekage begin!

Stay tuned for updates.


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