The fate of the One Ring rests in your hands as you play
as the forces of good and valiantly for the One Ring's destruction
or unleash the legions of evil and claim control over Middle
the label "Lord of the Rings" off this game
and change the characters names and this could be any role-playing
strategy game on the market. It's a shame that the licence
was not used a little more creatively for War of the Ring.
However, on the plus side Vivendi Universal has taken its
inspiration from the original books rather than the movies.
plenty of fun to be had. If you're in a particularly vindictive
mood, why not crush a few Orcs or blast them into the middle
of next week? Or, if you are really in a bad mood, why not
switch to the dark side? It is the dark side that provides
the most fun (I hope that this won't have certain pressure
groups complaining that this may entice more youngsters to
choose the dark path in life). It's much more fun controlling
the forces of evil than it is the forces of good.
of classic games, like WarCraft, will be disappointed
that War of the Ring doesn't offer anything new. In
fact, and I may get some stick for saying this, but you could
be forgiven for mistaking this game for WarCraft at
is fun (especially when playing on the side of evil) but hardly
a game that is likely to be remembered as a classic in years
to come. What it does, it does well. Just don't expect anything
conclusion then, this could have been a cracking game if only
the programmers had tried to be a little more original instead
of mimicking what has gone before. It's still a well constructed
game, it's just that there's nothing here you haven't seen
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