The Lord of the Rings is a popular movie series. In addition to novels and blockbuster movies, we also have a ton of video games to enjoy. In this list, we’ll feature some of the best video games based on movies with the same name.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
- Platform: PC, PS, Xbox One
- Release Date: October 10, 2017
- Genre: Action role-playing, hack, and slash
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and it does everything we love from that first game and expands on it. A lot of the things I mentioned above are true at this point, you have an intense Batman Arkham-style battle with a bunch of upgrades to add extra power to your character.
Likewise, the Nemesis system is attached again and it’s just as interesting as the first one. Every character that happens to you will come back and maybe even retain some battle scars the first time around.
Once you’ve crossed the game’s learning curve, it’s a really enjoyable experience. We think if you join Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor you’ll see an easier time getting used to things with Shadow of War, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some issues with this game when it first came out.
Like many other titles, this one is full of microtransactions. At the time, every game had loot boxes and some sort of in-game purchase which, thankfully, wasn’t the thing for Shadow of War anymore. Not long after the game launched, the developers went back and deleted all the micro-transactions.
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II
- Platform: PC, Xbox 360
- Release Date: PC February 28, 2006
- Xbox 360 July 5, 2006
- Genre: Real-time strategy
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II is a sequel to the 2004 release of Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth. Like before, this is an RTS video game but you can expect bigger and more scale battles than before.
You will also receive two more campaigns with the story focusing on the Elf’s efforts to eliminate Sauron and restore Middle Earth to a state of peace. Likewise, you can take control of Sauron and try to destroy the rest of Middle Earth.
Unlike the previous installment, EA was able to obtain the ability to adapt the novel alongside the film franchise. This means that more battles are not included in the movie. You will control units around the map while building buildings, reinforcing defenses, gathering resources, and upgrading in your battles.
This is a game that was widely received when it launched in 2006 but similar to the previous game, the servers officially stopped working. In fact, like the first, the servers for the sequel ended in 2010 because PC players using Xbox 360 found their servers shut down a year later. However, the community of players was able to get the game running through unofficial game servers.
Third Age – Total War – Lord of the Rings
For our number one pick, we have another mod. This time we have Third Age, a game mod for Med Middle II: Total War. Released in 2009, this game resonated with the community when the developers behind the project really created a great LOTR experience.
If you are familiar with Total War then the game should be done with ease. For those of you who may not be familiar with Med Middle II: Total War, this is an RTS title but now instead of medieval historical battles we will enjoy this game taking place.