The Lord of the Rings: Tactics

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The Lord of the Rings: Tactics
Video game
DeveloperElectronic Arts
PublisherElectronic Arts
PlatformPlayStation Portable
Release dateNA: November 8, 2005
GenreTactical role-playing game
ModesSingle-player, Multiplayer

The Lord of the Rings: Tactics is a tactics game for the Sony PlayStation Portable which is based on The Lord of the Rings (film series), released on November 8, 2005.


The gameplay takes place on a grid. The game's characters move at the same time, rather than manipulating each entity individually.

Another feature of the game is called the Zone of Control. The Zone of Control means that if the player's character is next to his opponent's square on the grid, they must stop and fight. By using the Zone of Control, combined with simultaneous movement, the player can trap an enemy unit.

The player eventually gets to control a handful of heroes who progressively get more powerful. These are combined with a number of warriors. The user may play as the Fellowship or the minions of Sauron.

Official synopsis[edit]

A shadow is gathering above Middle-earth. The Third Age is drawing to a close, but its most dramatic and terrible chapter has yet to be played out. The board is set, the pieces are in motion. The question this time, however, is who will capture the Ring?

In The Lord of the Rings: Tactics, exclusively for the PSP™ system, choose to join the Fellowship in its quest to destroy The One Ring ... or the forces of Mordor in their final push to bring all of Middle-earth under Sauron's merciless rule. The action draws from the entire film trilogy, beginning on Weathertop as the hobbits, Frodo and Sam, along with Aragorn, encounter Nazgul (sic) led by the Witch-king. From there, battle on cinematic landscapes across Middle-earth, from the Mines of Moria across the Plains of Rohan, through the West Fold (sic), along the Road to Isengard, up to the Black Gate, and into the fiery heart of Mount Doom itself.

As you fight your way across open fields, through woodlands, and over mountains, you encounter many challenges. Whether you are fighting as Legolas in pursuit of a band of Uruk-hai or riding a Warg into battle against the soldiers of Rohan, you must learn the strengths and weaknesses of your team as well as get the lay of the land. Learn to navigate the different terrains and use them to your advantage. Claim the high ground, avoid deep water, seek shelter behind ruins and rubble, ambush your enemy, and much more. There is no lack of brilliant strategic minds in the Fellowship or Mordor, so you must employ your best tactics if you are to claim The One Ring for good ... or evil ...


Lord of the Rings: Tactics is received 6.5 from Gamespot and 7.7 from IGN.[1][2]

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External links[edit]

Licensed video games set in Middle-earth
 Melbourne House: The Hobbit (1982) · Lord of the Rings: Game One (1985) · Shadows of Mordor (1988) · War in Middle Earth (1988) · Crack of Doom Software Adventure (1989) · Riders of Rohan (1990)
 Interplay Productions: The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (PC) (1990) · The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers (1993) · The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (SNES) (1994)
 Vivendi Universal: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) · The Hobbit (2003) · War of the Ring (2003)
 Electronic Arts: The Two Towers (2002) · The Return of the King (2003) · The Third Age (2004) · The Battle for Middle-earth (2004) · Tactics (2005) · The Battle for Middle-earth II (2006) (The Rise of the Witch-king (2006)) · Conquest (2009)
 Turbine/Standing Stone Games: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (2007-) (Mines of Moria (2008) · Siege of Mirkwood (2009) · Rise of Isengard (2011) · Riders of Rohan (2012) · Helm's Deep (2013) · Mordor (2017) · Minas Morgul (2019)) - War of Three Peaks (2020) - Fate of Gundabad (2021)
 Warner Bros: Aragorn's Quest (2010) · War in the North (2011) · Guardians of Middle-earth (2012) · Kingdoms of Middle-earth (2012Armies of The Third Age (2012) · ·Shadow of Mordor (2014) · Shadow of War (2017) · Rise to War (2021)
 Glu Games: Middle-Earth Defense (2010)
 Traveller's Tales: Lego The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game (2012) · Lego The Hobbit (2014)
 Daedalic Entertainment: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (2022)
 North Beach Games: The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria (2023)