The Lord of the Rings has been blessed by quite a few top-quality videogames over the years. The settings, battles and characters of the famous franchise lend themselves well to the realm of the videogame, it seems. With so many great games available with the Lord of the Rings name attached, surely there has to be one to rule them all?
5. The Two Towers
Back when film tie-ins were good, we had this bad-boy. With “faithful” recreations of real events from the movies, The Two Towers let you play through the story as either Gimli, Legolas or Aragorn. The gameplay involved taking out enemies until there were none left, but the combat was fun and the enemies were quite tricky to best. Your chosen character would accrue experience points based on your performance and you could spend them on levelling up your skills. It’s one of the best film tie-ins you can play.
4. War in the North
War in the North isn’t based on the films or the books of The Lord of the Rings, rather, it is set during the events of The Lord of the Rings plot. Just days before Frodo set out on his epic quest, Eradan, Andriel and Farin meet with Aragorn to discuss what they must do – essentially it boils down to them going on an epic quest of their own. Fighting a war in the north is fun and brutal, especially with two other friends. Why don’t more games offer three-player co-op?
3. The Battle For Middle-Earth
The Battle For Middle-Earth puts you in command of the vast armies during the plot of The Lord of the Rings. It’s real-time strategy gameplay is simple and incredibly fun. I spent hours upon hours on this game. The campaign is huge, detailed and addictive. Add in a now sadly missing online multiplayer for up to eight people and this is one of the best strategy games to date.
2. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Another game that’s not set within the plot of The Lord of the Rings. Shadow of Mordor is gruesome, bad-ass and gorgeous all at the same time. Featuring animation and graphics that put a lot of other games to shame, Shadow of Mordor is fantastic to look at. It’s great fun, too, with gameplay inspired by the likes of Batman’s Arkham trilogy and Assassin’s Creed. Filled with cool Middle-Earth lore and a decent story of its own to tell, you’re sure to have a grand time sneaking, plotting and killing your way through Mordor.
1. The Battle For Middle-Earth II
The Battle For Middle-Earth II builds upon its predecessor and drops the plot of the movies and books. The developers had more freedom with the license and you get more freedom in the gameplay. Now you can build anywhere, not just in your base. The freedom to build wherever you want allows for deeper strategy. I miss being able to employ the services of characters from the films as hero units, but the heroes this time around are fun, too. Again, as with the first game, there was a brilliant online mode for up to eight people that is now sadly unavailable. However, if you can find a copy of this game, there is still a Mûmakil’s amount of content available.
I love The Lord of the Rings, and I love videogames, so the two are a natural mix for me. If you disagree with my list, sound off in the comments below!