This collection includes both The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth and The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth 2.
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth 1 & 2 Install-Game:
The players control the heroes or villians from the famous Lord of The Rings movies. With a hero characters similar to the Warcraft series you control both the armies and all the unique heroes. The game follows the movies very closely and even got scenes from the films appear in game. Not only does the game contain a giant campaign where you play through the journey of the ring as the good side, the game also features an evil campaign where as the players play as the evil forces of Middle Earth. With multiple diffrent races from all over Middle Earth, a giant spell tree to customize your game and a unique basebuilding layout the game was great for its time. There is another really cool game mode that is called The War of the Ring. Expedition Zero
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth 1 & 2 Free Download:
This is like the board game Risk where you have a large map and you are trying to conquer it. The game still has the RTS battles, but there is more going on now. I had a blast playing this with one of my friends as we had a game that lasted for ages as we both were trying to take control of the land. You can also play this mode in single-player and I even found the AI to be a fun challenge as well. You still have your various factions with a few new ones added in. You can build various things on the battlefield such as bases which is much easier to do than in the last game. The actual battles are a great deal of fun you have your units, heroes, and so on, and deciding what to do and when to do it really is the key to giving yourself the best chance of victory. Overall, I found the gameplay to be challenging, but also very rewarding. It does have a fair bit of a learning curve, but I felt that the game did a great job of explaining everything to me as I was playing.
Pentium III or Athlon or better
GeForce2+ / Radeon 7500+ or better