As with the best Star Wars (opens in new tab) or Star Trek games (opens in new tab) on PC, the best Lord of the Rings games stretch across a bunch of different genres. Among the following entries, you'll find an RTS, a MMORPG, a text adventure and a couple of decent open-world adventures, among others, based on both the books and Peter Jackson's classic movies.
We've expanded the remit here to include some games based on The Hobbit and other parts of Middle-earth lore—we've done this because the PC has such an extensive history of Tolkien games compared to other platforms, and we wanted to reflect that.
We've updated this list following the release of Shadow of War, which, while bloated, is still more than good enough to make the cut.
Melbourne House’s take on Tolkien is something of a legend in the UK, where systems like the Spectrum ruled. As well as (for the time) excellent graphics, it featured wandering NPCs, interactions like the infamous ‘Say to Thorin "CARRY ME"', and the full, albeit condensed story. The most memorable thing about it though is its combat 'engine'—a purely random system that lets Bilbo be the ultimate badass. Actual quote: "With one well placed blow, you cleave his skull. Gandalf is dead." Thorin says: "Well, are we just going to stand around all day?"—Richard Cobbett
The Lord of the Rings Volume 1 and 2
Released: 1990, 1992
Interplay’s take on the series switched the action from adventure to RPG, with an admirable focus on both following the novel’s story, complete with features like a day/night cycle that controlled how often the likes of the Nazgûl would show up, and scattering in assorted sidequests and bonus content like finding the pieces of Anduril. The sequel, The Two Towers, also offered the novelty of multiple parties on their own adventures. Sadly, it didn’t click. Even The Two Towers went largely unnoticed by RPG fans, and the third part never ended up happening.—Richard Cobbett
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
EA's The Lord of the Rings games were a mixed affair, but a couple of strong efforts made their way to PC. This hack-and-slash adventure based on the third movie faithfully tells its story in three different parallel strands, following Frodo, Sam and Gollum, then Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli, plus Gandalf doing his thing. It looked nice for the time, and though we called out the controls for being built for consoles rather than PC in our original review, it remains EA's highest-rated Lord of the Rings game in PC Gamer UK history, with 85%. Like all of the publisher's old LOTR games, you can't buy it digitally, only in old boxed copies.—Samuel Roberts
The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth II
A familiar-feeling but well-produced RTS that improved on the first game, particularly with the CPU AI, this was a decent large-scale translation of The Lord of the Rings. With good and evil campaign paths, a gorgeous (for the time) version of Middle-Earth with extravagantly realised locations and well-animated units, this is probably as good as a LOTR RTS will ever get. It was certainly better than The War of the Ring, a non-starter 2003 effort from Vivendi based on the books rather than Peter Jackson's movies.
You could even create your own heroes for skirmishes, and new content for the game is supported by an . The only issue now, of course, is getting hold of a boxed copy, since EA's licence lapsed and that means no one can sell it digitally. Find a way to play Battle for Middle-Earth II, though, and there's still , which now also support the game's expansion, The Rise of the Witch King.—Samuel Roberts
The Lord of the Rings Online
While it never really undercut World of Warcraft as its creators hoped, Lord of the Rings Online is easily one of the best Tolkien games around. Rather than try and recreate Middle Earth in one go, creators Turbine started in relatively quiet areas like the Shire, with expansions since then roughly following the Fellowship’s path to Mordor while filling in the gaps around the sides. For fans of the world, there’s no better way to jump in and explore—especially as the base game is free.—Richard Cobbett
Lego The Lord of the Rings
This is one of the better Lego games, featuring a truncated open-world version of Middle-Earth that somehow stands as the most faithful translation of the settings as seen in Peter Jackson's films. Each region is pretty detailed, and the colour palette is surprisingly spot-on. It's not the best choice if you want to take Middle-earth super seriously, but the oddly effective use of voices from the movies, combined with the Lego games' now deeply familiar slapstick humour, make it an ideal all-ages choice. Plus, unlike most of the games on this list, it's readily available from Steam.—Samuel Roberts
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Shadow of Mordor is one of the most talked about games of the last few years thanks to the Nemesis system. This generates unique orc commanders for your hero, Talion, to face off against, and depending on the results of their encounters, they can blossom into grudges that play out over the course of the game.
Its borrowing of Assassin's Creed-style systems is pretty successful, too, with high-quality melee and ranged combat. I'm not in love with the two sparse-feeling overworlds, or the main story—Talion, killed by Sauron's Black Hand, is brought back by Elven wraith Celebrimbor to exact revenge—but you could rightly argue that the real story in Shadow of Mordor is the relationships you form with both your orc opponents and brainwashed pals.—Samuel Roberts
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Shadow of War (opens in new tab) isn't a total slam dunk, thanks to more open world busywork than its predecessor, but it also builds on the first game in some decent ways. Conquering Nemesis fortresses with your army of orcs gives the sequel a sense of scale the first didn't really have, and the improved Nemesis system means even more meaningful encounters with the cockney warriors of Middle-earth.
Take Tim's encounters with Mozû the Blight (opens in new tab), for example, where the large orc who looks like he's had cheese melted onto his face began bullying him. Then there's an orc (opens in new tab) who will track you down to sing to you. These minions are the true stars of the game, and it's amazing we haven't seen the Nemesis system implemented elsewhere in games yet. Shame about the loot boxes (opens in new tab), then, but they didn't spoil Andy's enjoyment of the game.—Samuel Roberts
And here are some Tolkien games we're less keen on
We hesitate to call these the worst Tolkien adaptations—some of them are—but like a lot of big licensed properties, The Lord of the Rings is more prone to average or disappointing games than outright disasters. Here is a selection of them.
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Sadly, lightning couldn’t strike twice for Melbourne House. Its take on Lord of the Rings arguably shows why so few games have dared take on the full trilogy—even with three games and the success of The Hobbit to build on, the designers couldn’t live up to the scope of the book and struggled from the start to turn its adventure into a series of puzzles. With most of The Hobbit’s advanced features jettisoned, the only thing it really became remembered for was its scale.—Richard Cobbett
War In Middle Earth
While most games up to this point tried to tell the story, this one used the power of more modern computers to provide a slightly different take. It was primarily a strategy game focused on the clash of armies and heroes. The clever parts, though, were in the victory conditions. To win, you could defeat Sauron’s armies fairly, or get the Ring (not necessarily carried by Frodo) to Mount Doom, while the baddies could win by retrieving it and making it back to Mordor. A clever set-up, even if the strategy side was too simple for most players.—Richard Cobbett
Riders of Rohan
Set during The Two Towers, Riders of Rohan is somewhat reminiscent of the better known Defender of the Crown—a mix of strategy and minigames that sees you leading armies against the orc hordes, while also getting your hands dirty with duels and magic and shooting invading soldiers with a crossbow. Like most games that mix flavours, the result was that no individual part of it ended up being particularly great. Still, there were definitely worse ways to combine both the macro-scale of the fight against Sauron with the importance of individuals down on the ground.—Richard Cobbett
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest
This was a disappointing translation of LOTR into a different genre, this time a Battlefield-esque competitive game. Conquest came from Pandemic, creators of the rough but vividly film-like Star Wars: Battlefront games, and this should've been fun and authentic like those. Unfortunately, it felt a lot cheaper, with bad animation, poor combat and underwhelming small-scale adaptations of the movie's best set pieces.
I wish I could still play Conquest as a curio against the AI, but I know it's the sort of thing I'd buy in an Origin sale for $8/£6, play for 20 minutes and then never again.—Samuel Roberts
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
Play as some nobodies in this floppy appendage to the films, that shows you parts of Middle-Earth lore previously unseen in the games or movies. The hope with War of the North was that it could capture some of the co-op magic of Snowblind's Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance games on PS2, but it's instead a repetitive and clunky action game that didn't capture the drama of the films or the appeal of that fictional universe.
War in the North not a disaster, mind, just one that only patient LOTR fans will enjoy. Releasing it shortly after Skyrim (or just before, in the US) was a death sentence.—Samuel Roberts
Lego The Hobbit
If you're going to adapt a movie trilogy, at least do all three films before you release the game. Instead, the trigger was pulled on Lego Hobbit before the turgid third movie even hit the multiplexes, and hopes that it would be covered via DLC never materialised. Chances are, you've got three or four other Lego games in your Steam library that are more deserving of your time.—Samuel Roberts
Former PC Gamer EIC Samuel has been writing about games since he was 18. He's a generalist, because life is surely about playing as many games as possible before you're put in the cold ground.
1 Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (Xbox One) (87)
When it comes to LOTR games rich in terms of presentation and gameplay, Shadows of Mordor for the Xbox One and PS4 reigns supreme. It favors thrilling, enjoyable combat, as opposed to its sequel which gets a bit more convoluted.
While many of them aren't particularly well known, there are almost 50 video games based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
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Other great LotR games include:
- The Two Towers.
- The Return of the King.
- The Third Age.
- LEGO Lord of the Rings.
5 Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014)
The open-world adventure game is one of the most famous LotR games that even those who haven't read the books or seen the movies will enjoy. It is jam-packed with exciting gameplay and offers an incredible gaming experience.
Deciding to put his fate in his own hands, Talion dons Isildur's Ring of Power to preserve his own life. He then uses the power of Isildur's Ring to assault and seize Minas Morgul, defeating the Witch-king in the process.
Skyrim shares similarities with multiple franchises one of which is the Lord of the Rings. Even at a cursory glance, players find subtle influences that J.R.R Tolkien's works have had on the world of Skyrim Special Edition.
Dragon's Crown is one of the most beautiful fantasy games ever created. It as if all the best of the best of the genre came together in one glorious hand-drawn adventure for gamers to enjoy, and Lord of the Rings is, unquestionably, a heavy influence.
Like its predecessor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. With sixty years separating the two stories, this is fertile ground to work in.
There are also familiar themes and imagery when it comes to the inclusion of Dragons, Lords and Fire. But for those wondering, there is no direct link between Elden Ring and The Lord of the Rings. From Software have already answered questions regarding possible links and what might have indirectly influenced the game.
The Third Age was the Age of Arda that lasted for 3021 years, from the first defeat of Sauron by the forces of the Last Alliance and the deaths of Elendil and Gil-galad, to the departure of Gandalf, Galadriel, Elrond, Bilbo, and Frodo to the Undying Lands after Sauron's final downfall during the War of the Ring.
We know that the storylines in The Rings of Power are set in the Second Age, which occur thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings. We also know that when Galadriel finally returns to her birthplace of Valinor after the destruction of the One Ring, she is over 8,000 years old.
Monolith Productions are the developers of the Middle-Earth games, which are set between The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings Books, are working on Middle-Earth 3. The game will be a next-gen-only game likely on the PS5 or PC and feature a massive open world like Skyrim.
The stealth adventure game was originally slated to release in late 2021. However, in January of that year, developer Daedalic Entertainment announced that the game had been delayed to 2022. Now, we've finally got a solid release date.
No new Middle-Earth game is confirmed to be in development, but Lord of the Rings: Gollum is slated to launch in 2022 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
Originally Answered: Is Sauron an elf? No Sauron is not an elf, elves are the firstborn children of iluvatar but Sauron is a maia an angelic being that has existed before the universe was even created.
Talion becomes a Nazgul
His only option is to take Isildur's Ring, which he uses in the final fight against Sauron. He then uses the power to contain Sauron's forces in Mordor for as long as he can, but he eventually goes full-on Nazgul, which would make him one of the Ringwraiths that hunts Frodo.
Skyrim (not Tamriel, just Skyrim) is in Middle Earth. During the events of Skyrim, Dwarves are extinct and have been for years, after being overthrown by the falmer. Most Dwarven ruins are on the Eastern side of the map, where the dwarves lived in LOTR.
Transforming Skyrim into Lord of the Rings (Every LOTR Mod for Skyrim)
Skyrim is not a game based in History (which is a shame), but each of The Elders Scrolls games has been heavily influenced by weapons and locations from the middle ages. Skyrim takes most of its inspiration from medieval Northern Europe.
Install LOTR: Rise to War on PC
To do this, go to the Play Store tab in BlueStacks. Search for the game and click on "Install" (just like on a standard Android device). After a few minutes of waiting for the installation of The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, you will finally be able to play it on your PC!
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War - Xbox One.
The closest approximation of Gandalf's physical age is 24,000 years old, according to Gandalf himself. Yet, various dates of key events in other Tolkien texts show that Gandalf has actually only walked in his physical form for just over two thousand years.
Why should we care? Celebrimbor is a major player in Tolkien's works, but he has never been a major player in the best-known books nor the movies or games. He appears in The Lord of the Rings' appendices and is named once by Elrond in the story.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Mobile (2018)
With his latest appearance, Gandalf is in yet another real-time strategy game. Middle-earth: Shadow of War allows players to unlock various characters from the cast of the Lord of the Rings films including Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli, and others.
The One Ring of Sauron
Very much like the Elden Ring, it is an idea rendered in gold. It was made by the trilogy's main antagonist, Sauron, to carry his vision for the world, to concentrate and amplify not just Sauron's raw firepower, but his very identity.
There are 2 main reasons why Elden Ring has the popularity it does today. The first reason is that it is a FromSoft game. The second reason is that it is a pretty challenging game.
Elden Ring is more approachable than Dark Souls in many ways, but not when it comes to parrying. Parrying in any Souls game is not an easy thing to do. Precise timing is needed to ward off attacks making it a high-risk, high reward manoeuvre.
Sméagol was about 589 years old when he died, a remarkable age for a creature that was once a Hobbit, but he had been deformed and twisted in body and mind by the corruption of the Ring.
Legolas was portrayed by Orlando Bloom. In the "official movie guide" for The Lord of the Rings, a birthdate for Legolas is set to 87 of the Third Age. This would make him 2931 years old at the time of the War of the Ring.
Frodo is an old hobbit in a young body
Frodo Baggins has a full ten years on Boromir, making him 50 years old throughout his adventures. In fact, he literally kicks things off by leaving Bag End the day after his 50th birthday.
Gandalf has a younger form in Middle-Earth who is appeared to be about 60 but in reality he is 2019 making him older than Middle-Earth. Legolas was not born in TA 87, that date was made up for a reference book to the films. His actual date of birth is unknown.
Legolas is a Sindarin Elf from the Woodland Realm of Northern Mirkwood. His father, Thranduil, is the King of the Silvan Elves living in that realm, making Legolas the Prince of Mirkwood.
The games have varied wildly in quality over the years, even though the earliest games still retain some charm and features that led to them being worthy mentions.. This list is the opinion of a Lord of the Rings fan, so the views of other games and fans of the franchise may vary.. With about 40 years of Lord of the Rings video games, there are far too many to mention, but which ones are the best of all time?. That said, as long as a game is set in the world of Middle-earth in some fashion, the game counts for the purposes of this list.. The best LOTR games of all time Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth 2 Lego: Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings Online The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The game allowed players to alter how the world was experienced based on what they did, making it an interesting experience for every single playthrough.. The game kept track of how the player reacted towards NPCs and enemies, creating powerful enemies returning later in the game.. Some would argue that The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth was the better game, but this sequel has a better overall experience.. The ability to claim the One Ring from Gollum was another amazing feature of the game, giving players the power to summon a Ring Hero (Galadriel or Sauron), offering powerful, unique units in addition to Hero Units.. The combination of turn-based strategy and real-time battle in one place made LOTR: Battle for Middle-earth 2 a worthy addition to the collection of games.. The king, so to speak, of LOTR games, is without a doubt LOTR: Return of the King .. There are always going to be more LOTR games, though.
Ever since Frodo Baggins lucked his way into inheriting a cursed piece of jewelry, The Lord of the Rings has been prime material for video game adaptations.. The majority of these games have been based on the Peter Jackson-directed film trilogy, with The Hobbit prequels also getting time to shine on various platforms.. Some of these games have been great tie-ins to terrific films, others have been about as fun to play as tag with a Nazgul.. We think all of these are worth playing even today, but there have definitely been some clunkers in The Lord of the Rings franchise.. Middle-earth: Shadow of MordorAn original tale set in the wastelands of Middle-earth, Shadow of Mordor's claim to fame was its brilliant Nemesis System, which created a dynamic choice-based system that altered the world around you based on your actions.. Battle for Middle-earth largely succeeded at bringing those conflicts to life, with systems and ideas that would later be used in its sequel.. The Lord of the Rings: The Third AgeWhat if Final Fantasy X was given a Lord of the Rings makeover?. You'd get The Third Age, a fun and competent role-playing game from 2004.. Lego The HobbitA compilation of the first two Hobbit films, this Lego game tie-in pretty much stuck to its strengths.. The Lord of the Rings: War in the NorthWith Lord of the Rings readying a return to cinemas with 2012's The Hobbit adaptation, War in the North took advantage of that buzz to craft an original Middle-earth tale.
Tolkien's epic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, has spawned a lot of video games — and that's just counting official adaptations.. (Image credit: Vivendi)Possibly the most controversial entry on this list, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring is, by most accounts, a rather unremarkable real-time strategy game.. (Image credit: EA)The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth is one of the best Lord of the Rings video game, in that it doesn't need any qualifying statements.. It's not a "good LOTR strategy game" — it's simply a good strategy game, period.. (Image credit: EA)The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is probably the silliest game on this list, but it's also one of the easiest to like.. (Image credit: Standing Stone)The Lord of the Rings Online is another one of those oddball "based on the books, but not the movies" titles.. Lord of the Rings Online has access to much more expansive lore than most LOTR games.. (Image credit: Warner Brothers)One of the few genuinely great games based on The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is still one of the most innovative titles of the last console generation.. Overall, though, Shadow of Mordor's tight gameplay, sharp graphics and creative mechanics more than merit a look — even if the sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War , falls flat.. (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)
The best Lord of the Rings games are the Middle-earth series, game adaptions of films (i.e.. More notable mentions are the Battle for Middle-earth series and Lord of the Rings Online on PC and several mobile games.. Being a sequel to the critically acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War did not hesitate to capitalize on the success and foundation laid upon by its predecessor.. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is still undoubtedly fun and content-rich video game based on the Lord of the Rings.. A sequel based on the third film was then released a year later.. Unlike the games published by Electronic Arts, Lord of the Rings Online was based on Tolkien’s novel trilogy and not Jackson’s films.. There are also more factions to use in battle as well as more maps to play on.. Nonetheless, Lord of the Rings: Middle-earth Defense is still enjoyable and fit for fans who want to play a Lord of the Rings game on-the-go.
With about 40 years of Lord of the Rings video games, there are far too many to mention, but which ones are the best of all time?. The best LOTR games of all time Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth 2 Lego: Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings Online The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an original story in Middle-earth, which made it special in and of itself.. The game allowed players to alter how the world was experienced based on what they did, making it an interesting experience for every single playthrough.. In this era, it was still interesting to see quality RTS games on consoles.. The ability to claim the One Ring from Gollum was another amazing feature of the game, giving players the power to summon a Ring Hero (Galadriel or Sauron), offering powerful, unique units in addition to Hero Units.. Sure, it can be said that Lord of the Rings Online’s visuals do not hold up in 2022.
Infamous flops in Middle-earth include games like The Lord of the Rings: Conquest , The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest , and an especially ill-advised GBA adaptation of Tolkien’s beloved Fellowship of the Ring .. For the sake of brevity, we’re going to focus purely on the very best Lord of the Rings games and rank them to find the one game to rule them all.. “Boo!” you shout, purely based on the fact that Shadow of War is a relatively flashy looking game compared to some of the older Lord of the Rings titles.. Yes, my dear Frodo, Lego The Lord of the Rings is a superior game to Shadow of War .. Perhaps the best thing about Lego The Lord of the Rings is also the best thing about most Lego games: it’s approachable for everyone without being patronising to anyone.. Here it is, the game that way too many people out there would name as top dog in the world of Tolkienian video games.. While games like Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft boast astronomically larger playerbases, The Lord of the Rings Online is an outstanding MMO in its own right.. If you’re looking for a Tolkien game that will hold your interest in a similar way to the books and films, The Lord of the Rings Online is the one for you.. Before we get into why Return of the King is the GOAT when it comes to Lord of the Rings games, it’s important to note that Battle for Middle-earth , Battle for Middle-earth II , and The Third Age are all great games that would have been on this list if we’d done a top ten instead of matching our entry count to the number of books in The Lord of the Rings .. It’s difficult to say what number ten would have been – probably War in the North or that Hobbit game for the Game Boy Advance that people are always unnecessarily mean about.. All of these games, including the honorable mentions above, are excellent Lord of the Rings games.
But which are the best Lord of the Rings games available now?. Battle for Middle-earth 2 Developer: EA Publisher: EA Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360. The Lord Of The Rings: The Battle For Middle-Earth II was EA’s best Lord of the Rings game after The Return of the King.. The huge world of Middle-earth allowed the developers to create environments that players were free to roam around, such as areas like Rivendell and the Shire.. EA had already experienced a lot of success with Lord of the Rings games, releasing an adaptation of The Two Towers in 2002.
In 2009 E.A and Pandemic Studios released their attempt at a Middle-Earth based game and made Lord of the Rings: Conquest.. Their 2011 game, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, was an action role playing hack and slash game which was a lot different from what the past games have been like.. Middle-Earth being so big the developers added in an open world mode to the game where you play as two characters and can explore the lands on your own.. The heroes of Lego Middle-Earth. The story still follows Talion and Celebrimbor from the first game still trying to weaken Sauron’s army and take back control over Mordor.
No need to choose between good and evil in this Lord of the Rings thriller—players get to play eight levels fighting for the good of Middle Earth and eight levels fighting in the armies of Sauron.. Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth 2. Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2 Gameplay. Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game. Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game Gameplay. Read all the books, seen all the movies, played all the games and still can’t get enough of Lord of the Rings?. Then perhaps Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game might be what you’ve been searching for.
It's time to take a look at the many video game adaptions of The Lord of the Rings .. The developers fleshed out every single mechanic that worked in Shadow of Mordor .. For that reason, Shadow of War is hands down the best Lord of the Rings video game of all time.. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol.. Middle-earth: Shadow of War might be the best Lord of the Rings game ever, but its predecessor was no slouch.. Also, as noted in GamesRadar 's original review, a few of the side quests feel slightly repetitive, not unexpected for a new open-world franchise finding its way.. By expanding on what the previous Lego games did so right (and respecting the source material without taking itself too seriously) Lego The Lord of the Rings is an absolute joy to play.. The Hobbit has developed a slightly better reputation since it first released.. Aragorn's Quest truly feels like it was made for no one.
There’s a game for that.. There’s a game for that, too.. Many Lord of the Rings board games retell the adventures of Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring.. A Lord of the Rings board game that’s as epic as Tolkien’s books. War of the Ring takes hours to play, but it's among the most faithful Lord of the Rings board games fans can pick up.. Journeys in Middle-earth makes those people the players, as they venture across familiar parts of Tolkien’s world in a number of individual scenarios that make up an RPG-style campaign.. Journeys in Middle-earth’s app makes it easy for beginners to pick up, offering a light roleplaying experience focused more on story and exploration than some of the other Lord of the Rings board games listed here.. Make your way to Mordor to destroy the Ring in Knizia’s co-op classic. Taking its miniature designs directly from the Lord of the Rings - and later, The Hobbit - films, the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game also draws heavily from the older Warhammer Fantasy Battle rules.. Each player has a different aim, with the player controlling the Fellowship attempting to reach Mordor with Frodo in order to destroy the One Ring, while the Sauron player must eliminate the Ring-bearer or take over the Shire with three evil characters.. The Confrontation is the second The Lord of the Rings board game on this list from prolific designer Reiner Knizia, following his co-op adventure game.
The game also featured the War of the Ring mode from the first game, which cleverly combined turn-based tactics with real-time strategy gameplay.. Battle for Middle-Earth II was met with positive criticism upon its release, and we look back on it fondly as one of the best Lord of the Rings games there was.. The LEGO games have always been decent games for kids that recreate major franchises in humorous ways.. The game covers the events of the original three films, and players can take control of over 80 characters, each with their own unique abilities that help them solve puzzles.. The boss battles are a little underwhelming, but the Nemesis System is so unique and well-crafted that it makes the game stand out as one of the best Lord of the Rings games around.
With The Lord of the Rings: Gollum set for release in 2021, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the hits…and misses of the franchise’s ventures into the world of video games so far.. Beautifully blending the humour and classic puzzle solving/platforming gameplay of the LEGO games and the huge scale and wonder of Middle-earth, developers Traveller’s Tales really did a brilliant job of creating an experience for young and old gamers alike.. The world design was mostly in keeping with the world’s style, and the story was well written and made good use of the game’s unique mechanics.. Endlessly replayable and ludicrously good fun, if you haven’t played this game – play it.. This game really immersed the player in the vast world of Middle-earth, giving you the ability to roam the world freely, exploring all of the regions to your heart’s desire.. Even now 13 years on from its initial release, it is the 26 th most played MMORPG with over 50,000 daily players, testament to the amount of effort developers Standing Stone Games put into developing content for the world.. Not to mention the fact that this game was outperformed in almost every single way by The Two Towers game that came out the following month.. The soundtrack, dialogue and overall world design just felt wrong, and its cartoony style did not suit the tone of the game.. Upon release, however, it seemed that Pandemic (the studio behind the game) didn’t really create a new game, they had just reskinned Battlefront .. As a result, we were left with combat that really didn’t work and a graphical style that didn’t suit the game at all.. Although the game is aimed at children, the constant hand-holding throughout is completely unnecessary and leaves the whole game feeling like a tutorial.
We come to it at last, the great board game battle of our time.” Okay, maybe not the board games part, but the point still stands.. Whether you’re after a complex strategy game that faithfully recreates some of Tolkien’s greatest battles, or a roleplay-heavy gaming experience that lets you make your own way through Middle-earth, there’s bound to be a Lord of the Rings board game for you.. With a fantasy franchise this beloved, it’s no wonder you’ll have armies of tabletop classics to choose from.. These are the best Lord of the Rings board games:. The War of the Ring Second Edition is a tabletop war game designed for two to four players who want to recreate the events of the titular War of the Ring – otherwise known as the primary plot of The Lord of the Rings.. One to two players take on the role of the Free People of Middle-earth, while the others play as Sauron’s Shadow Armies.. Just as in the books and films, the Free People must battle the Shadow Armies to prevent Sauron from securing a military victory – all while ensuring the Ringbearer makes it to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.. However, this does mean you’ll need an extended edition’s worth of time to get through a game – so be prepared to sink some serious game time in.. If you had to list the most well-known board games of all time, Risk would probably be on the list (right after Monopoly).. However, many who have personal experience with this board game will cry that they’ve had games of Risk last days – so this is another Lord of the Rings board game to schedule a weekend for if you’re after another strategy-heavy wargame.. This is one of the most recent Lord of the Rings board games. Much like the fantasy board game Gloomhaven , Journeys in Middle-earth is a cooperative game that takes place over several single adventures that are part of a larger campaign.. While many entries in this list have focused on recreating the magic of Tolkien’s original works, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game chooses to take players beyond these well-known stories.
Despite being released almost a year after the first Lord of the Rings film, and just months before The Two Towers released in cinemas, The Fellowship of the Ring has no affiliations with the Peter Jackson movies.. It was great to see Tom Bombadil appear in the game, help make this one of the best games based on Lord of the Rings for die-hard fans.. Despite this, being able to play a Lord of the Rings game with four players locally makes this an unforgettable Lord of the Rings game, and the levelling up mechanic kept fans coming back for hours on end.. Released well before the Hobbit movies, and taking little influence from the Lord of the Rings films, it’s a game that was made for true fans of the novels.. It offers some great gameplay that stands out from other adaptations, making it one of the best games based on Lord of the Rings.. Released in 2004 for PC, The Battle for Middle-Earth might just be the most immersive Lord of the Rings game released.. The Lord of the Rings Online remains a hugely successful game to this day, and is one that allows the player to create their own story within the world that Tolkien created.
Tolkien’s novels and the video games set within the same universe: moments of greatness, interspersed with disheartening setbacks.. Before we cover the very low lows of LotR's video game history, let's go over a few games that got it right:. Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online grants players that opportunity.. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King EA’s first attempt at recreating the skirmishes from Peter Jackson’s trilogy wasn’t a failure by any means –– The Two Towers combined a combo-based combat system (a la Devil May Cry) with the environments and characters of the Lord of the Rings films with flying colors.. Progressive skill trees emphasize teamwork and strategic use of skills, and although the combat can become repetitive, War in the North succeeds because it tells a story that was heretofore unseen in the medium of video games.. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Unlike the second and third novels in Tolkien’s renowned trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring never received a respectable video game adaptation.. Lord of the Rings games have come a long way since this, and (hopefully) don’t show signs of returning.. Lord of the Rings: Conquest The interstellar battles of Star Wars: Battlefront unfolded gracefully on the Xbox and PS2, and with its own trilogy and wealth of conflicts to draw from, Lord of the Rings Conquest seemed braced for similar success in 2009.. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Vol.. 1 didn’t have a lot of precedents to follow in 1994.. Aragorn’s Quest Aragorn’s Quest is, essentially, a 2010 recap of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy.. The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age borrows almost as much from Final Fantasy as it does from Jackson’s movies.. Like any franchise, the Lord of the Rings has had its peaks and valleys in video game adaptations.
But based on the first book in the Lord of the Rings series, it features Gandalf, the Hobbits, and the other characters who make up the Fellowship.. >SAY TO SAM “KILL PIPPIN”. What makes Lord of the Rings: Game One such a revelation, certainly by today’s standards, is that the freedom that spawned Hobbit Fight Club extends to the whole of the game.. If, for example, Hobbit Fight Club ends with Pippin Took’s head being punched into orbit, it’s not game over.. and it had been cemented in my mind that the Fellowship went through the Mines of Moria.. Yet to my astonishment, I discovered I could make it across the mountains.. Lord of the Rings: Game One stands out as an example of what can be accomplished when you’re not constrained by the limits of licensing, and I’m not just talking about Hobbit Fight Club.