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Middle-Earth Comes to Xbox 360

Published May 10, 2006 in PC Games
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of EA Games
Battle for Middle-Earth II Vast terrains and custom camps.

Considering that I have claimed Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth to be one of the coolest RTS games I have ever played, it was a no-brainer for Electronic Arts to send us over a few new screenshots for the Xbox 360 version of the sequel, Battle for Middle-Earth II.

Battle for Middle-Earth II Preview


Command the epic battles of Middle-earth? from your living room couch in The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II for the Xbox 360™. The highly anticipated PC game will make its exclusive console debut when it ships in Summer 2006! 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™*. Challenge friends online and engage in intense, action-packed real-time battles.

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. Directly control hundreds of units in an attempt to defeat enemy armies, conquer new lands, and seal the fate of Middle-earth.


Battle for Middle-Earth II The boulder is mightier than the arrow.


Battle for Middle-Earth II Custom castle about to get hulk smashed by troll.

Some Key Features for Battle for Middle-Earth II:

-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.

Online play is only available for those with a subscription to Xbox Live.

Just in case you missed it -- Battle for Middle-Earth II will arrive for Xbox 360 this summer.

Stay tuned for updates.


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