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

Four new ways to crush your opponents, Tolkien-style

Hobbits and wizards may soon be as commonplace on the servers of Xbox Live as soldiers, athletes and racecars. The multiplayer aspect of the upcoming real-time strategy sequel The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II could be the best reason to pick up the game and there%26rsquo;s a lot more to it than just throwing a few armies at each other and seeing who bites it first (though that%26rsquo;s fun too %26ndash; read our impressions of the game%26rsquo;s basic Versus modehere ). Players will also be treated to four additional online modes that transform the match%26rsquo;s rules and force you to mix up your strategy.

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