A shadow grows over Middle-earth as the greatest armies of the Third Age prepare for the coming battle. Take up arms in the clash over Middle-earth as the most powerful heroes and villains from the greatest fantasy epic of all time.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (969 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 29, 2013
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Includes 7 items: Guardians of Middle-earth, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Company of Dwarves Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Defender Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Enchanter Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Striker Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Tactician Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Warrior Bundle

 

About This Game

A shadow grows over Middle-earth as the greatest armies of the Third Age prepare for the coming battle. Take up arms in the clash over Middle-earth as the most powerful heroes and villains from the greatest fantasy epic of all time.

Guardians of Middle-earth delivers an authentic multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game set in Middle-earth! Play with friends to bring up to 10 players together in strategic five versus five competitive multiplayer battle arenas in this epic setting. Call upon legendary heroes and villains from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit as you form memorable alliances in this truly groundbreaking MOBA experience!

Key Features:

  • Enter the fray in epic 5v5 engagements with live players or AI combatants
  • Fight as over 36 iconic guardians from Middle-earth — each with different strengths and abilities to develop and master. Now available with 36 all new alternate skins!
  • Purchase items and buffs between matches using in-game currency earned through combat
  • Track victories and defeats at any time through stat and leaderboard systems
  • Coordinate with allies using in-game voice communication for a uniquely social Multiplayer Online Battle Arena experience

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 32-bit: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz | AMD Athlon X2, 2.8 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS | AMD Radeon 3850 or better
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows XP and DirectX® 9.0c and below not supported
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 | AMD Radeon HD 6950 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows XP and DirectX® 9.0c and below not supported
Helpful customer reviews
133 of 181 people (73%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
I got this for free and I feel like I payed too much.
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57 of 67 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
At this point the game is dead. Official forums are full of unrelated bot spam, no official postings since Jan of 2014.
Shame really, it held such potential if they had taken it seriously and not just jumped on the "just another moba" bandwagon.
Avoid at all costs, even single player gets monotonous.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
I would really like to give Guardians of MIddle-earth a decent review, but I am just unable to. I played the tutorial and two practice games against bots to get the hang of this moba type game, I felt ready to jump into a proper 5 on 5 pvp match after getting to grips with Gandalf and ripping the bots to shreds, so I queue up...estimated wait time, 1:20, that's not bad..... five minutes later, still waiting....

Check Steam Stats, 5 people are currently playing this game. Five. 5. Thats litterally half the amount of people needed to play an online game. The community here is dead. Stay away.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
There wasn't many players almost one year ago, even with Guardians of Middle-earth as part of some Humble Bundle, by today this game is truly empty. I don't think that playing a game made for multiplayer purpose with bots are fun, so it's just waste of time and money. There are great MOBA games that are Free to Play, without any problems with playerbase. Sadly, for a "Gandalf and company" MOBA game, this price is too much. I'm not sure what devs were thinking, but I know that they wasted a great idea.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
The biggest problem with this MOBA is that it doesn't have a clean feel to it, smooth movement, easily explained abilities, fluid auto attacks, and super OP/Nerfed to hell characters. I'll go through each of these, but first, I'd like to state one of the cool things about this MOBA:
The system for upgrading your minions/upgrading towers is A: Easy to understand, B: actually worth using, and C: works.

Now, onto the problems:
The game feels like it wasn't polished or cleaned, just thrown out to the public because of deadlines. It would be like if you took LoL from Season 1, and compared it as an equal MOBA to Season 4 LoL. Season 1 feels gritty and awkward compared to season 4, and it's becaused it's been cleaned and polished since then. This game needs that cleaning and polishing badly.
Movement in this game is unresponsive and delayed. You'll be trying to dodge a skill shot, or just move in random ways to fool your opponent. Well, unfortunately, even in offline mode, it takes about half a second for your character to respond.
The abilities are convoluted and stated in weird ways that don't just say "roots your enemy for 1.5 seconds" or so on. It takes up 3-4 sentences describing it, and not really telling you exactly what it does.
They had an interesting idea for the auto attacks, having melee auto attacks cleave an area in front of them, while ranged attacks will hit the first enemy in front of them. The problem is that auto attacks are delayed, like the movement. So by the time you auto attack, your enemy has probably killed you.
Some characters in this game are just extremely powerful and others just pointless to use. Gandalf the Grey, his E ability deals massive amounts of True damage, and it scales. It also roots the enemy till after the damage hits. It's insane. Whereas Gollum/Smeagol is supposed to be an assassin who leaps in, stuns and silences, getting resets on his ultimate, but he deals 0 damage with any of his abilities. Those are just 2 examples.

If the devs were to really focus on making this game work, I think it could be something great. However, it seems they've given up, and nothing is getting fixed.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Not quite sure what this was supposed to be, but it ended up as a disgrace to the whole middle-earth genre.

If you like your money & good games. Then please do not buy this
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Got this game in a humble bundle and decided to check it out; The LOTR feel is somewhat present, the music is nice and floating, the interface looks LOTRish but the gameplay is just weird. It feels plastic. I played DOTA 2 & LoL a little bit and I'm familiar with MOBA games, this one tried to achieve something, as it isn't quite a "clone" as some people here suggest, but the problem with this game is that it had failed in providing continuous and fluid gameplay throughout the match.

It just feels like the matches are boring, especially towards the end when you just can't wait for battle to end but you have to make that one final slash on the enemies main building.

I wouldn't recommend buying this game on Steam, but if you got it in a bundle or as a present from someone, I say give it a try. It's not a disaster, and it doesnt' deserve all the hate in the world (goat simulator got 90%+ score, I think this is at least worth SOME money while goat simulator should be banned but that's another story).
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
WORST GAME EVER MADE!!! NEVER REGRET ON SOMETHING AS BUING THIS GAME ON MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Do not spend any money on this.

I spend countless hours playing Guardians of Middle Earth on playstation 3 and xbox 360. It was a great game plagued by some technical difficulties. PC was supposed to be the fix but it wasnt. This is a moba with no multiplayer, since no one can play it.

The most crippling issue is the networking errors and disconnects. You can not rejoin a match either so if there is lag beyong a second the match it over. If they ever fixed this entirely it would have been a decent game, controls were smooth (better with a controller) gameplay balanced, graphics looked good.

Now I believe the PS3 and xbox 360 communities are on their last legs but if you really wanted to give it a shot, buy it for one of those consoles and you get the pc version for free. After playing by yourself for a few hours on pc if you wanted to give multiplayer a shot, go to your console. When you get the gold mode bug youtube how to get past it.

This isnt a serious review for me, but more of a warning. I take this review about as seriously as they took the port over to pc.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Zero players,DLC's and other things make this game terrible.
I mean,it could be so good,but those things made this game into dust.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Pre-purchased this game, unfortunately this game was dead even before it was released. It is a poor console port full of bugs, the dev support has been inexistant.

The AI is poor and it is nigh impossible to find anyone for a multiplayer game; then good luck playing with the huge lag peaks if by chance you happen to find another player and get into the game (the rest of the teams will be filled with comp).

The only good mode is players vs waves of ennemy in a cave, but here again no one is playing and you can't play with AI allies.

Do not waste your time and money with this game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
I'm a huge fan of the middle earth series and all but this is what a pitty. Definately not worth the amount paid. The game play is terrible and it is worth nothing more than $2. *NOT reccomended* :/
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
First step install, next step unistall. Waste of time.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
O jogo tinha potencial, é baseado em uma franquia popular, utiliza um gênero de jogo de fácil aprendizado, e ainda trouxeram novas mecânicas, como o upgrade de torres e tropas, no entanto, foi mal executado. MOBA pago não funciona, Demigod que o diga. O visual do jogo não é dos melhores, faltou identidade visual, tudo muito simples e porcamente feito.

Não sei se é só comigo, mas o jogo é muito bugado, nem pense em ALT + TAB, o jogo vai bugar e vocÊ vai ter que fechar pelo gerenciador de tarefas.
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385 of 410 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
10/10 It Exists -IGN

Tired of plain old fully functioning sensible MOBAs with strong controls and some form of accessibility?
Tired of boring old precise mouse movements without a hint of unnecessary acceleration?
Are you bored of tooltips with a solid explanation of the skill in question?
Would you rather have cameras that don't pan in a sensible fashion and move when you point your mouse at the minimap?
Do you despise interesting and well-thought-out character and skill design?
Do you really love it when you just paid money for a broken-down version of the Ferrari you could have tried out for free across the street?

If you answered yes to any of the aforementioned questions, then this game is for you!
Features Include:
-Broken Mouse Precision
-Generic, Messily-Constructed Tooltips
-Awkward Camera Movement That Basically Forces You To Lock To Your Character
-Characters Which Come From The Lord of the Rings Lore (well thank goodness)
-Like Most Excellent Established MOBAs, It's FREE! (with the payment of $20 + Additional Cost If You Want To Have The Full Content Without Hours of Playtime)

If you're anything like me, you love the Lord of the Rings Franchise and the mechanics of MOBA gameplay.

And you'll love this ga-

I can't.

I just.

I-

Please kill me.
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165 of 194 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
This game is alot like masturbating. Nobody is going to do it with you, and after you're done, you're left with an empty feeling inside.
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216 of 268 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
I´ve seen a lot of bad MOBAs, but this, this takes the cake. I see no reason to play this pay-to-win game when there are so many great MOBAs out there for free. I encountered heavy Lag issues when playing against other people, cant get heros without paying money (except a small starting pool) and even as a Lord of the Ring fan, i was dissapointed about the loveless implemetation of the chararcters. To sum it up: NOPE
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144 of 171 people (84%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Do not buy this game. It was terrible on the consoles, and it did not improve on the PC. Since it started, I still cannot join a match with a full complement of other human players. Most of my games are against bots only. More to the point, DOTA 2 is superior in every way to this game, and that game is for free. I see no reason to spend money on this travesty of a MOBA.
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203 of 265 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game is poo stain because it is.

I like the characters like the big fat ogre with sweaty nipples but that is irrelevant.

The queue times take longer than it takes to cook a small child on Mark 10 and I nearly fell asleep.

When I got ingame it put me into a 5 v 5 match with 4 bots on each team and some guy who spent a bajillion ungandan dollars on the game. He proceeded to wipe the floor with me like my mother did after I threw up in the kitchen.
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104 of 127 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Acquired this game through the Humble Bundle and being a LOTR fan, I was really excited to jump in game. Unfortunately for this game with immense amounts of potential, the developers seem to have neglected any sort of updates or fixes for the PC client. Can't speak for the console version of the game, but it can't be much better.

I would hold off several months and see if any changes are made later on, but until then, not worth playing.
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