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| name=The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II
 
| name=The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II
 
| developer=[[Electronic Arts]]
 
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| publisher=[[Electronic Arts]]
 
| publisher=[[Electronic Arts]]
| platform=Microsoft Windows, Xbox
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| releasedate=2 March 2006
 
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|}}'''The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II''' is the second game in the real-time strategy genre by [[Electronic Arts|EA]], released on [[2 March|March 2]], [[2006]] for both PC and Xbox 360. Unlike its [[EA's The Battle for Middle-earth|predecessor]], the game is set mainly in the northern regions of [[Middle-earth]]. Factions include the [[Elves]], [[Dwarves]], [[Dúnedain|Men of the West]] (a combination of [[Gondor]] and [[Rohan]]), and the [[Orcs|Goblins]], along with [[Mordor]] and [[Isengard]]. The game-play includes naval battles, larger battalions, and more traditional base building, unlike the first part. The game has a special feature where you can create your own hero. The heroes are from six categories, such as [[Wizards|wizard]], [[Dwarves|dwarf]] or servants of [[Sauron]]. Also, there are fourteen subcategories, such as hermit, taskmaster and [[troll]]. This game has an expansion set called [[The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king|The Rise of the Witch King]]. It features [[Angmar]] as the new faction and has general game-play improvements.  
 
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'''The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II''' is the second game in the real-time strategy genre by [[EA]], released on [[March 2]], [[2006]] for both PC and Xbox 360. Unlike its [[EA's The Battle for Middle-earth|predecessor]], the game is set mainly in the northern regions of [[Middle-earth]]. Factions include the [[Elves]], [[Dwarves]], [[Dúnedain|Men of the West]] (a combination of [[Gondor]] and [[Rohan]]), and the [[Goblins]], along with [[Mordor]] and [[Isengard]]. The gameplay includes naval battles, larger battalions, and more traditional base building, unlike the first part. The game has a special feature where you can create your own hero. The heros are from six categories, such as [[Wizards|wizard]], [[Dwarves|dwarf]] or servants of [[Sauron]]. Also, there are fourteen subcategories, such as hermit, taskmaster and [[troll]]. This game has an expansion set called [[EA's The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king|The Rise of the Witch King]]. It features [[Angmar]] as the new faction and has general gameplay improvements.  
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== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
The game is set in the period of the War of the North, the plot differs for both campaigns.
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Set in the regions of northern Middle-earth, the game focuses on the events of the War in the North, which are described in the Appendices of [[The Return of the King]]. For the sake of game-play, Electronic Arts added new battles to the story, and introduced original characters to the game, such as Gorkil the Goblin King. Some characters were altered in their appearances, abilities, and roles. In addition, [[The Hobbit]] lends several elements to the game, including locations and characters such as the High Pass and mountain giants.
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The story is divided into Good and Evil Campaigns. Both campaigns focus on the battles fought by the newly introduced factions: the Elves, Dwarves, and Goblins. Instead of the world-map overview in the previous game, the player goes through nine fixed missions in either easy, medium, or hard difficulty mode. Narrated cut scenes provide plot exposition between missions.
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===Good campaign===
 
===Good campaign===
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The Good Campaign opens as [[Glorfindel]] discovers an impending attack on [[Rivendell]]. Thanks to the early warning, Elrond's forces in Rivendell manage to repel the Goblins' attacks. Following the battle, Elrond realizes that the Elves and Dwarves must join forces to defeat Sauron. The next battle takes place in the High Pass where you create your own army to fight your way through the high pass. Near the end you will face a kraken or giant octopus-like creature which you kill with archers. This beast is a power you can use as evil. The next fight takes place within the Goblin capital of [[Ettenmoors]], where the Goblin fortress is destroyed, and the Goblin King is killed. After their victory, the heroes are informed that the Goblins, on Sauron's command, enlisted the service of a dragon lord, who is laying waste to the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains. The heroes make their way to the Blue Mountains and help the Dwarven army defeat the dragon and his Goblins.
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[[The Grey Havens]] are attacked by the [[Corsairs of Umbar]], allies of Sauron. The [[Dwarves]] eventually decide to come to the aid of the Grey Havens. With the Goblins defeated and all of [[Eriador]] pacified, the Dwarven-Elven alliance is tested by Sauron's forces. Mordor's forces besiege [[Lake-town|Esgaroth]] and [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]]. However, Elven reinforcements from [[Mirkwood]] led by [[Thranduil]] save the Dwarves. The heroes of the Dwarven-Elven alliance come together for a final battle in [[Dol Guldur]]. The Good forces overcome the defenses and destroy the fortress, eliminating the last threat in the game.
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*Mission 1: [[Rivendell]]
 
*Mission 1: [[Rivendell]]
 
*Mission 2: High Pass
 
*Mission 2: High Pass
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*Mission 4: [[Blue Mountains]]
 
*Mission 4: [[Blue Mountains]]
 
*Mission 5: [[Grey Havens]]
 
*Mission 5: [[Grey Havens]]
*Mission 6: [[Celduin]]
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*Mission 6: [[River Running|Celduin]]
*Mission 7: [[Erebor]]
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*Mission 7: [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]]
 
*Mission 8: [[Dol Guldur]]
 
*Mission 8: [[Dol Guldur]]
  
===Bad campaign===
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===Evil campaign===
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The Evil Campaign follows an alternate version of the War in the North. Sauron sends the [[Mouth of Sauron]] and the [[Nazgûl]] to the North in order to lead the Goblin army and launch an assault on the Elven forest of [[Lothlórien]], and another group of Goblins, led by the Goblin King, attack the Grey Havens by land and sea. The Elven port is destroyed, and the march across Eriador begins; Hobbits of the Shire are chosen as the next target. The Goblin King's horde manages to crush the Hobbits, but [[Gríma|Wormtongue]] suddenly appears with a large army of [[Isengard]] [[Uruk-hai|Uruks]], and claims the land for his master. The Goblins destroy the well-trained army and kill Wormtongue.
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The Goblin King besieges Fornost, where the defenders crumble under the relentless Goblin attacks, and Eriador falls under Goblin control. Sauron launches a concurrent campaign east of the Misty Mountains. The Goblins from Dol Guldur eliminate the Elves and the Ents that guard the Forest Road in Mirkwood. For the final battle against the Good factions in the North, the Goblin horde and Sauron's forces from Mordor converge at Rivendell, and completely destroy the remaining Good forces in the North.
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*Mission 1: [[Lothlórien]]
 
*Mission 1: [[Lothlórien]]
 
*Mission 2: [[Grey Havens]]
 
*Mission 2: [[Grey Havens]]
*Mission 3: [[Eregion]]
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*Mission 3: [[the Shire|Shire]]
 
*Mission 4: [[Fornost]]
 
*Mission 4: [[Fornost]]
 
*Mission 5: [[Mirkwood]]
 
*Mission 5: [[Mirkwood]]
*Mission 6:  
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*Mission 6: [[Withered Heath]]
*Mission 7: [[Erebor]]
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*Mission 7: [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]]
*Mission 8 [[Rivendell]]
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*Mission 8: [[Rivendell]]
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==Factions==
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*Elves
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*Men of the West
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*Dwarves
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*Mordor
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*Isengard
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*Goblins
  
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
|- bgcolor="#CCCCCC"
 
|- bgcolor="#CCCCCC"
! Role !! Actor
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! Actor !! Role
 
|-
 
|-
| Narrator || [[Hugo Weaving]]
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| [[J. Grant Albrecht]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Gollum]] || [[Dee Bradley Baker]]
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| [[Robin Atkin Downes]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Glóin son of Gróin|Glóin]] || [[Steven Jay Blum]]
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| [[Dee Bradley Baker]] || [[Gollum]], [[Orcs]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Glorfindel]] || [[Jason Carter]]
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| [[Greg Ellis]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Haldir of Lórien|Haldir]] || [[Richard Doyle]]
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| [[Steve Blum]] || [[The Mouth of Sauron]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]] || [[Chris Edgerly]]
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| [[David Boat]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Éomer]] || Chris Edgerly
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| [[S. Scott Bullock]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Thranduil]] || [[Peter Emshwiller]]
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| [[Jesse Burch]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Faramir (son of Denethor II)|Faramir]] || [[Crispin Freeman]]
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| [[Jason Carter]] || [[Glorfindel]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Sharku]] || [[Brian George]]
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| [[Dan Conroy]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Arwen]] || [[Kim Mai Guest]]
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| [[Neil Dickson]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]] || [[James Horan]]
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| [[Richard Doyle]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Mouth of Sauron]] || [[Roger Jackson]]
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| [[Chris Edgerly]] || [[Aragorn]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Gríma Wormtongue]] || [[Nick Jameson]]
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| [[Peter Emshwiller]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Gimli]] || [[Darryl Kurylo]]
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| [[Crispin Freeman]] || [[Legolas]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Treebeard]] || [[Bob Joles]]
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| [[David Fries]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Legolas of Mirkwood|Legolas]] || [[Darryl Kurylo]]
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| [[Brian George]] || Sorcerer Hero
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Galadriel]] || [[Lani Minella]]
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| [[Kim Mai Guest]] || [[Éowyn]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Theoden]] || [[Phil Proctor]]
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| [[James Horan]] || [[Boromir]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Éowyn]] || [[Brianne Siddall]]
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| [[Roger Jackson]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Lurtz]] || [[Isaac C. Singleton Jr.]]
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| [[Nick Jameson]] || [[Grima Wormtongue]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Gorkil || [[André Sogliuzzo]]
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| [[Bob Joles]] || [[Gimli]], [[Treebeard]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Sauron]] || [[Stephen Stanton]]
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| [[Neil Kaplan]] || Additional voices
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Peregrin Took]] || [[Dave Wittenberg]]
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| [[Darryl Kurylo]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Adam Leadbeater]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Michael Lindsay]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[David Lodge]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Lewis MacLeod]] || Dwarf sage, [[Hadhod (video game character)|Hadhod]]
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|-
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| [[Paul Mercier]] || [[Faramir]]
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|-
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| [[Jim Meskimen]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Lani Minella]] || [[Galadriel]]
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|-
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| [[Mark Moseley]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Nolan North]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Mical Pedriana]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Phil Proctor]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Brianne Siddall]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Isaac C. Singleton, Jr.]] || [[Lurtz]]
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|-
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| [[André Sogliuzzo]] || [[Gorkil]]
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|-
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| [[Stephen Stanton]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Julian Stone]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Fred Tatasciore]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Simon Templeman]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Jim Ward]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Hugo Weaving]] || Narrator, [[Elrond]]
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|-
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| [[Joe Whyte]] || Additional voices
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|-
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| [[Wally Wingert]] || Dwarf Narrator, Rohan Warrior, Goblin, Elf Builder
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|-
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| [[Dave Wittenberg]] || [[Gorkil]], Warriors of Gondor, Orcs
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|-
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| [[Tatyana Yassukovich]] || Additional voices
 
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[[Category:Video games]]
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==External links==
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* {{WP|The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II}}
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{{title|italics}}
 
[[Category:EA Games]]
 
[[Category:EA Games]]
[[Category:Real-time strategy games]]
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[[Category:The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II]]
 
[[Category:Microsoft Windows games]]
 
[[Category:Microsoft Windows games]]
[[Category:Xbox games]]
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[[Category:Real-time strategy games]]
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[[Category:Xbox 360 games]]
 
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Revision as of 13:32, 13 January 2013

The name The Lord of the Rings refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see The Lord of the Rings (disambiguation).
The Lord of the Rings- The Battle for Middle-earth II box.jpg
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II
Video game
DeveloperElectronic Arts
PublisherElectronic Arts
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, Xbox 360
Release date2 March 2006
GenreReal-time strategy
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II is the second game in the real-time strategy genre by EA, released on March 2, 2006 for both PC and Xbox 360. Unlike its predecessor, the game is set mainly in the northern regions of Middle-earth. Factions include the Elves, Dwarves, Men of the West (a combination of Gondor and Rohan), and the Goblins, along with Mordor and Isengard. The game-play includes naval battles, larger battalions, and more traditional base building, unlike the first part. The game has a special feature where you can create your own hero. The heroes are from six categories, such as wizard, dwarf or servants of Sauron. Also, there are fourteen subcategories, such as hermit, taskmaster and troll. This game has an expansion set called The Rise of the Witch King. It features Angmar as the new faction and has general game-play improvements.

Contents

Plot

Set in the regions of northern Middle-earth, the game focuses on the events of the War in the North, which are described in the Appendices of The Return of the King. For the sake of game-play, Electronic Arts added new battles to the story, and introduced original characters to the game, such as Gorkil the Goblin King. Some characters were altered in their appearances, abilities, and roles. In addition, The Hobbit lends several elements to the game, including locations and characters such as the High Pass and mountain giants.

The story is divided into Good and Evil Campaigns. Both campaigns focus on the battles fought by the newly introduced factions: the Elves, Dwarves, and Goblins. Instead of the world-map overview in the previous game, the player goes through nine fixed missions in either easy, medium, or hard difficulty mode. Narrated cut scenes provide plot exposition between missions.

Good campaign

The Good Campaign opens as Glorfindel discovers an impending attack on Rivendell. Thanks to the early warning, Elrond's forces in Rivendell manage to repel the Goblins' attacks. Following the battle, Elrond realizes that the Elves and Dwarves must join forces to defeat Sauron. The next battle takes place in the High Pass where you create your own army to fight your way through the high pass. Near the end you will face a kraken or giant octopus-like creature which you kill with archers. This beast is a power you can use as evil. The next fight takes place within the Goblin capital of Ettenmoors, where the Goblin fortress is destroyed, and the Goblin King is killed. After their victory, the heroes are informed that the Goblins, on Sauron's command, enlisted the service of a dragon lord, who is laying waste to the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains. The heroes make their way to the Blue Mountains and help the Dwarven army defeat the dragon and his Goblins. The Grey Havens are attacked by the Corsairs of Umbar, allies of Sauron. The Dwarves eventually decide to come to the aid of the Grey Havens. With the Goblins defeated and all of Eriador pacified, the Dwarven-Elven alliance is tested by Sauron's forces. Mordor's forces besiege Esgaroth and Erebor. However, Elven reinforcements from Mirkwood led by Thranduil save the Dwarves. The heroes of the Dwarven-Elven alliance come together for a final battle in Dol Guldur. The Good forces overcome the defenses and destroy the fortress, eliminating the last threat in the game.

Evil campaign

The Evil Campaign follows an alternate version of the War in the North. Sauron sends the Mouth of Sauron and the Nazgûl to the North in order to lead the Goblin army and launch an assault on the Elven forest of Lothlórien, and another group of Goblins, led by the Goblin King, attack the Grey Havens by land and sea. The Elven port is destroyed, and the march across Eriador begins; Hobbits of the Shire are chosen as the next target. The Goblin King's horde manages to crush the Hobbits, but Wormtongue suddenly appears with a large army of Isengard Uruks, and claims the land for his master. The Goblins destroy the well-trained army and kill Wormtongue. The Goblin King besieges Fornost, where the defenders crumble under the relentless Goblin attacks, and Eriador falls under Goblin control. Sauron launches a concurrent campaign east of the Misty Mountains. The Goblins from Dol Guldur eliminate the Elves and the Ents that guard the Forest Road in Mirkwood. For the final battle against the Good factions in the North, the Goblin horde and Sauron's forces from Mordor converge at Rivendell, and completely destroy the remaining Good forces in the North.

Factions

  • Elves
  • Men of the West
  • Dwarves
  • Mordor
  • Isengard
  • Goblins

Cast

Actor Role
J. Grant Albrecht Additional voices
Robin Atkin Downes Additional voices
Dee Bradley Baker Gollum, Orcs
Greg Ellis Additional voices
Steve Blum The Mouth of Sauron
David Boat Additional voices
S. Scott Bullock Additional voices
Jesse Burch Additional voices
Jason Carter Glorfindel
Dan Conroy Additional voices
Neil Dickson Additional voices
Richard Doyle Additional voices
Chris Edgerly Aragorn
Peter Emshwiller Additional voices
Crispin Freeman Legolas
David Fries Additional voices
Brian George Sorcerer Hero
Kim Mai Guest Éowyn
James Horan Boromir
Roger Jackson Additional voices
Nick Jameson Grima Wormtongue
Bob Joles Gimli, Treebeard
Neil Kaplan Additional voices
Darryl Kurylo Additional voices
Adam Leadbeater Additional voices
Michael Lindsay Additional voices
David Lodge Additional voices
Lewis MacLeod Dwarf sage, Hadhod
Paul Mercier Faramir
Jim Meskimen Additional voices
Lani Minella Galadriel
Mark Moseley Additional voices
Nolan North Additional voices
Mical Pedriana Additional voices
Phil Proctor Additional voices
Brianne Siddall Additional voices
Isaac C. Singleton, Jr. Lurtz
André Sogliuzzo Gorkil
Stephen Stanton Additional voices
Julian Stone Additional voices
Fred Tatasciore Additional voices
Simon Templeman Additional voices
Jim Ward Additional voices
Hugo Weaving Narrator, Elrond
Joe Whyte Additional voices
Wally Wingert Dwarf Narrator, Rohan Warrior, Goblin, Elf Builder
Dave Wittenberg Gorkil, Warriors of Gondor, Orcs
Tatyana Yassukovich Additional voices

External links