LOTR: Battle for Middle-Earth II 360 hands-on

Even better, you can combine each button for almost any situation - enabling you to select everything on screen, remove a couple of unwanted units, then give a movement order, before zooming in and selecting one flank of your army and giving them additional instructions.

Above: Organising large groups should be much easier with the new joypad-led control system

With a crowd of multiplayer options for Xbox Live - including Hero vs Hero, King of the Hill, Capture and Hold and Resource Race matches - the new, far more accessible and nimble control system will make organising large groups as simple as commanding small skirmishes. We'll be putting Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth II to the review sword soon.

Ben Richardson is a former Staff Writer for Official PlayStation 2 magazine and a former Content Editor of GamesRadar+. In the years since Ben left GR, he has worked as a columnist, communications officer, charity coach, and podcast host – but we still look back to his news stories from time to time, they are a window into a different era of video games.