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 (847 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 29, 2013
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Includes 7 items: Guardians of Middle-earth: The Company of Dwarves Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Warrior Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Striker Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Defender Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Tactician Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth: The Enchanter Bundle, Guardians of Middle-earth

 

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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
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 19
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 17
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15 of 31 people (48%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
This game is one of the most well made mobas on this planet. it is like league of legends but you can play it with an xbox controller. It has like 8 champions you can play as, thats alot. you only get mirror matches like every game so not that bad. also the graphics are beast. and if you want to play it you have to wait 6 hours for some people in mexico to get on because only 4 people in the whole world play it. pretty badass to know you could be in the top 5 in the world if you start playing. anyway 10/10 would kill my self for buying again.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Plain horrible. Junky controls, feels more like alpha build.
Posted: October 16
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
This could have been a great game as the visuals and characters are amazing. But the controls are clunky, the interface is horrible and the game is dead. Avoid.
Posted: October 5
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
The controls are bad, the tutorials don't explain some really important things (or just plain contradict themselves), the camera is a pain, the skills seem to have very little to do with the characters who use them, and there is no way to find people to play with. There's some good stuff, like the character design and voice acting, but nowhere near enough to stop me from immediately uninstalling the game after banging my head on a wall for a few hours.
Posted: October 9
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
not bad :)
Posted: October 12
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Way to simple. It feels like a game made for consoles and it is. Played it once and I'm not going to do it again.
Posted: October 15
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
very weak game wtf is WB thinking
Posted: September 26
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
best lotr ambiented game ! BUT !
worst servers worst gameplay ever. this game sucks
Posted: October 17
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
This game...

Let me begin by saying that I have a strong affinity for both MOBA games and the Lord of the Rings. I've been around a while. Started playing DOTA in 2003 and continued playing it until DOTA 2 was released. I have over 2000 hours on DOTA 2. Tried Heroes of Newerth, LOL, Strife, etc... My point is I know a little something about the MOBA genre.

So now that I've provided my background, I beg you, do not buy this game. It is dead, there are no players. If by some miraculous occurrence a player base came into existence, STILL I beg you, do not buy this game. It is quite literally the worst game I have ever played. Nothing works correctly, bugs are everywhere, mechanics don't make sense, and frankly the devs don't care. I have played this game with both bots and people, and in both situations, it is a truly awful experience.

This game was so clunky, and just all around bad, that I swore off developers Zombie Studios and Monolith. If a studio can release this game, in the shape it is in, they have no integrity, and I refuse to contribute to their continued existence. I urge you to do the same. If you don't believe me, read pretty much any other review written about this game.

It has been six months since I bought this game and last played it. I randomly found myself back on this page and immediately a white hot rage was rekindled inside me. I suddenly wished nothing more than to throw down my enemy and smote it's ruin on the mountaintop . This game needs to be taken to the fires of Mount Doom and destroyed! IT SHALL NOT PASS!
Posted: September 28
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
The worst game ever
Posted: October 24
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Horrible!
Posted: September 27
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
worst game i've ever played
Posted: October 2
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2.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 25
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48 of 58 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 5
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45 of 55 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Terrible game. It feels like it was designed by someone that has never played a MOBA. The interface is horrible, the tutorial doesn't walk you through the basics of how to choose a champion. There are way too many active ability choices outside of hero selection. The heroes don't feel like they've ever seen a balance stick ever. The game is just bad, plain bad.
Posted: August 10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Slow gameplay, abandoned by community, akward controls, dull and monotonous skills. Not a great buy, which is the problem with this pile of burning rubber and steel that may have one day been a train wreck, you have to buy it. For £15 you are getting a freemium model similar to League of Legends, which is my isn't how games should work. You pay money upfront and then have to pay extra to be able to play more than 6 characters, out of which the only differences between them are voices and appearances, something else designed to drain your wallet.

Avoid at all costs; recommended alternatives?

Dota 2
Smite
League of Legends
SMNK
Strife
Anything except Dead Island Epidemic (A game which stole this game's business plan)
Posted: September 19
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
wow, so I pay for this game and every chracter I try to select takes me to the store to buy DLC WTF. This doesnt even touch on the abismal controles ♥♥♥♥y visuals and autrotious AI, I would rather drice rusty nails through hands then ever attempt at playing this pile of ♥♥♥♥ again.
Posted: June 21
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