Rewrite Rings History
After a spate of chart-topping hack n slashers, its no surprise that EA decided to cash in with another Rings-themed effort. But in using Peter Jacksons trilogy as the backdrop for a cerebral strategy game rather than a kid-friendly brawler, its finally delivered a title in tune with the directors epic vision.
Like Jacksons films, Battle excels in its grandiose presentation and sense of scale; the skirmishes all based on key scenes each feature hundreds of warriors, from the Elves and Orcs who clash hand-to-hand, to the towering Ents and Oliphaunts that trample entire battalions underfoot.
Hardcore strategy fans may feel cheated, as the controls are less complex than theyd expect, having been dumbed down for a wider audience, but being able to focus on the grandeur of the clashes rather than micro-managing your troops makes for a more engaging experience; you dont have to tell your swordsmen to protect your archers, for example theyre smart enough to fight their own battles.
The in-game movies and music also do a fine job of capturing the spirit of the films, but its the chance to control the forces of Sauron and re-write Rings history that makes this irresistible.