Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth 2

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Good storytelling, average gameplay for teens-up.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 13 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMi3 February 5, 2011
Adult Written byTommy from NY October 8, 2010

Great for almost all ages!

This game is barely considered violent, because their is no blood, corpses disappear almost instantaneously, and the battles are seen from a bird's eye vie... Continue reading
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 b... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 15, 2010

Elves of Rivendell, unite under the power of the Ring and drive out the orcs!

This... is... awesome! I have forever wished to play as the elves, united under the banner of Elrond, and that wish came true. This game allows you to build and... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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