LOTR: Battle for Middle-earth II - multiplayer hands-on, part 2

Four new ways to crush your opponents, Tolkien-style

Hero vs. Hero, the final multiplayer mode, is also the most unusual. Each side gets a fortress (minus the ability to customize or expand it) and four heroes… and that’s it. All you really have to do is wander around, fight random monsters, discover treasure, level up and ultimately duel your enemy’s heroes in order to obliterate his or her fortress. Sure, it isn’t deep and it isn’t complicated, but when the heroes in question are characters like Gandalf, Aragorn and Shelob (yeah, the spider) – each with unique and pretty spectacular skills and powers – you can end up with quite the cinematic Middle-earth deathmatch on your hands.


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