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The Battle for Middle-earth 2: The Rise of the Witch-king review

Everything a great expansion should be, doing both the series and Tolkien's source material proud.


  • The look
  • the feel
  • the accuracy
  • The Angmar faction
  • Literally everything's been improved


  • Splayed
  • dynamic resource management
  • Witchy-boy being afraid of girls
  • Fighting against Angmars in multiplayer

A glut of real-time strategy. A surfeit. A plethora even. That’s what 2006 feels like: one crispy, creamy confectionary after another. Well brace yourselves, here comes another, shining the light of Elendil onto an original that hardly needed it. Rise of the Witch-king is such an all-around quality follow-up to this spring’s The Battle for Middle-earth II that if you missed the original release, the expansion is all the reason you’ll need to pick up both.

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DescriptionWant more and bigger real-time strategy battles in Middle-earth? Add this to your buy pile post-haste and thank us (but mostly EA LA) in the morning.
Franchise nameLord of the Rings
UK franchise nameLord Of The Rings
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating""
Alternative names"LotR: The Battle for Middle-earth II The Rise of the Witch-king"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)