Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is one of the most influential stories of all time, spawning countless books, movies, games, and TV shows, along with an entire genre of fantasy imitators.
But none of The Lord of the Rings games we’ve played over the years looks quite like The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, NetEase Games’ new strategy epic.
Storywise, the game is set faithfully before the events of the books. Sauron has been defeated and the lost One Ring has reappeared in the Dol Guldur. You can employ strategies in fierce battles and create your own stories in Middle-earth.
Unlike almost every other The Lord of the Rings game in existence though, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War isn’t an RPG. Instead, it’s a fully fledged strategy game, in which the whole of Middle-earth is your battlefield.
Factions throughout the world are vying for control of the One Ring and the fate of Middle-earth, from Minas Tirith to Barad-dûr.
As Lords and Chiefs, it’s your job to build and fortify a settlement, create a functioning infrastructure, and assemble an unbeatable army of spearmen, archers, knights, and fantasy monsters in all shapes and sizes.
Naturally, you can also choose your orientation on the spectrum of good and evil, building either Fellowships or Warbands with other players depending on your disposition. Either way, you’ll need keen tactical instincts and nerves of steel.
The other thing that sets The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War apart is its sheer level of polish. Each of the game’s iconic Middle-earth locations has been brought to life in staggering, faithful detail. It’s the closest you’ll get to visiting the movie set and hanging out with the characters.