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Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth 2

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Good storytelling, average gameplay for teens-up.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Plenty of battles, but most of the action is seen from a bird's eye view.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

References to the movies and books. Use of movie clips.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game contains many battles, but they are typically seen from a distance. There are campaigns for good and evil, and some characters can have repulsive looks and natures that may frighten young players. An online component allows players to challenge others over the Internet; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for kids under 12.

What's it about?

LORD OF THE RINGS: THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE EARTH 2 returns fans of the fantastical land of Middle Earth. Working as an extension of the books and movies, the game expands on the world J.R.R. Tolkien created.

Much of the game focuses on the battles not described in detail in the books or movies. But fans will recognize the source material: Players build up a force of troops to rally around familiar heroes, such as Elrond and Legolas, or Saruman and the Nazgul (if they play the forces of Mordor). Using the magical powers of their heroes and strategic placement of their troops, players work to defeat the enemy on the battlefield.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Players will find the storytelling engaging, which is enhanced with cut scenes often taken right from the big screen. But experienced gamers might find the game a bit simplistic and grow frustrated by lopsided battles (thanks to some ultra-strong hero characters). Overall, Tolkien fans will enjoy this bigger, badder version -- which includes larger wars and fun features, like the ability to create a personalized hero.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the art of storytelling in video games. How is the story told, and how does it compare to books, movies and other forms of media? How important is a good story in a game? What common themes and character types do you see in the video games you play?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$49.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:March 2, 2006
Genre:Real Time Strategy (RTS)
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:T for Fantasy Violence

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Kid, 11 years old August 7, 2012

Fun but violent

I have the game for xbox360 but I'm not sure about the computer version. The game is really fun but it's pretty hard. It doesn't have any blood but when someone get's shot with a flaming arrow they can be set ablaze. There are some scary bad guys but they look cartoony.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byKaty0 January 22, 2009

Very fun!

My dad, brother, sister, and I really enjoy this game. The strategy of the levels are fun to figure out and some levels are tough when you aren't allowed many men to fight with. The violence isn't something to really worry about;no blood, no body parts flying, etc. Enemies simply fall to the ground and disappear.
Adult Written byMi3 February 5, 2011
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Too much violence

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