Top 10 Lord of the Rings Games – These Are the Best of Middle-earth!

TOP 10 – The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will arrive on May 25, in which we can take on the role of the creature searching for the treasure. The game tells a unique story about Gollum, who travels through Middle-earth before the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But will this be the best game that brings Tolkien’s world to life, or just a pathetic, failed attempt?


Fortunately, whatever the end result is, we don’t have to be discouraged, because in addition to Daedalic Entertainment’s work, there have been many other video games based on The Lord of the Rings, some of which are considered true classics. In this article, we have collected the ten best Lord of the Rings games that you should try if you like the fantasy genre and the atmosphere of Middle-earth.

The best Lord of the Rings games cover a wide area. In this ranking you will find some of the best action and strategy games of our time. Whether you’re a fan of J.R.R. Whether it’s Tolkien’s incredible series of books or the vast setting of Peter Jackson’s adaptation, there’s an experience here that will be perfect for you in our list of the best Lord of the Rings games.

From following the path of the Alliance to uncharted parts of Middle-earth’s history, the best Lord of the Rings games cover a lot. Whether tomorrow’s Gollum makes it or not, read on to find out what the other 10 best Lord of the Rings games are.



  1. The Lord of the Rings: Conquest


Developer: Pandemic Studios

Publisher: EA

Publication: 2009

Lord of the Rings: Conquest is a mixed experience. A class-based action game from the minds behind Star Wars: Battlefront, Conquest has rightfully received criticism for its lack of spectacular animations and weak narrative. But it was easy to overlook his mistakes when another player was involved in the combat bouts. Whether you were playing in a group online or with a friend in local co-op, it was always fun to take on the support role of a wizard, deflect arrows from the main attacking force, or get in on the action as Aragorn or Legolas. Although Conquest suffered from the same simplistic combat rhythm as Star Wars: Battlefront before it, it was a joy to jump into the biggest scenes of the film trilogy.



  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age


Developer: EA Redwood Shores

Publisher: EA

Publication: 2004


It was a turn-based Lord of the Rings RPG similar to the Final Fantasy and Tales series. Although The Third Age runs parallel to Amazon’s film series, your team only appears at certain key moments. Gandalf controls you, with collectible movie clips narrated by the original voice actor. Following the Alliance and fighting alongside them in the battles of the films is a nostalgia trip worth taking for any Tolkien fan. The Third Age offers a different perspective on the Lord of the Rings universe and succeeds with interesting combat design and world exploration.



  1. The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring


Developer: Liquid Entertainment

Publisher: Sierra Entertainment

Publication: 2003

Middle Earth is the perfect location for a strategy title. There’s no better way to tap into Tolkien’s vast mythos than by letting you choose between Good and Evil, with your own campaigns and unique game mechanics. While War of the Ring may seem like a glorified WarCraft 3 mod at times, its unique units and stunning locations elevate it to a level above the usual real-time strategy game. Whether you’re chasing Gollum through the forgotten trees of Mirkwood as Legolas, or facing the Balrog in fiery glory with the Alliance, War of the Ring is well worth the price of admission.



  1. LEGO The Lord of the Rings


Developer: Traveller’s Tales

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Publication: 2012

Playing through locations redesigned with LEGO bricks is one thing. But the display of dialogue from the movies elevates this simple LEGO title into a nostalgia-driven rush through Middle-earth. Meet all the characters you’ve come to love and see them from LEGO’s unique, cartoonish perspective. Featuring scenes and scenarios from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy – each with the sharp humor and time of Traveller’s Tales fun, which is a core feature of LEGO games – LEGO The Lord of the Rings has a lot of content that is easy to get lost in, and is a must-play for Lord of the Rings fans of all ages.



  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Developer: Stormfront Studios

Publisher: EA

Publication: 2002

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers brought us closer to Middle-earth than any game before it. Blurring the lines between FMV scenes from the Peter Jackson movies and fun slasher action, and recreating some of Lord of the Rings’ most iconic battles, The Two Towers was a satisfying licensed game, if it fell a bit short. Still, there was nothing quite like it at the time, and roaming around Middle-earth while destroying hordes of orcs and uruk hai with God of War-like special attacks was a great experience. There was room for improvement, but it was a solid first attempt.



  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Developer: EA Redwood Shores

Publisher: EA

Publication: 2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King continued to build on the foundation laid by Stormfront Studios in The Two Towers. With a longer campaign, updated graphics, and new fan-favorite playable characters like Gandalf, The Return of the King went hand-in-hand with its predecessor’s action-packed gameplay. Released in advance of the film’s release, The Return of the King also included previously unreleased footage from the film of the same name, a welcome bonus for fans of the franchise eager for more. Add co-op gameplay to the mix, and you can see why The Return of the King remains a lovable journey through Tolkien’s world that still resonates today.



  1. The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth 2

Developer: EA Los Angeles

Publisher: EA

Publication: 2006

Arguably one of the best RTS games of the 2000s, The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth 2 took the spectacle and grandeur of The Lord of the Rings and put us at the center of the action. Whether it’s playing through the Good or Evil story campaigns, or jumping online to recreate the franchise’s greatest battles with friends, The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth 2 (and its The Rise of the Witch-King addition) was a compelling, finely crafted strategy game that was not lacking in detail and depth. Despite its great legacy, The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth 2’s online servers were shut down in 2011, and unfortunately it is no longer available digitally.



  1. The Lord of the Rings Online

Developer: Standing Stone Games

Publisher: Standing Stone Games

Publication: 2007

With a variety of races and breathtaking locations, Middle-earth is the perfect place for an MMORPG. Plenty of games feature dwarves and elves, so it’s only fair that Lord of the Rings gets the same MMO treatment. Lord of the Rings Online launched in 2007 and has gone through several revisions and updates. Explore iconic locations such as Sacktown, Gondor, Gundabad and Mordor in the MMORPG’s many expansions. LoTRO even lets you side with Sauron and control powerful monsters to terrorize the Free Peoples. A thriving community coupled with a breathing, living world provides endless possibilities. Lord of the Rings Online is free to play and the latest expansion was released in 2021 – and is still one of the best MMORPGs today.



  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Developer: Monolith Productions

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Publication: 2014

Monolith’s first attempt at recreating Middle-earth was an outstanding success and one of the best adventure games around. With an original story that takes place before the events of the films, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor does a lot of things well. Although its open world wasn’t the most diverse, Shadow of Mordor fills this gap with progressive, interactive storytelling. he compensated for it by getting rid of it. In addition to its action-adventure combat mechanics and tightly woven narrative, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is memorable for its Nemesis system – allowing you to participate and shape the orc power dynamic. Forming personal revenge missions with procedurally generated Uruk warriors was a real joy and truly unique.



  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Developer: Monolith Productions

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Publication: 2017

If Shadow of Mordor was an ambitious step forward, then Middle-earth: Shadow of War was a giant leap forward. Monolith stripped away the gloomy aesthetic of its predecessor and gave us one of the best open-world games in this sequel – expanded on everything, including the detailed mythology of the world and protagonist Talion. In Shadow of War, the Nemesis System unfolds into a genre-defining interlocking network of Orks. Orcs even remember how you fought them, adapting to your playstyle as they evolve with you. It’s an impressive feat that comes to life during the game’s massive castle sieges, culminating in intense boss fights that you can approach any way you want. Sure, the drama created by the Nemesis system isn’t officially accepted, but Shadow of War is an excellent standard-bearer for the Lord of the Rings franchise on its own terms.

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