Poor Pandemic made their name with a slew of Star Wars: Battlefront and Mercenaries games before EA pulled the plug a couple of months ago. Battlefront was a classic slice of class-based combat that proved incredibly popular and so, when the opportunity arose to use the Lord of the Rings for a similar title, it was a no-brainer really: Large scale battles, the ability to step into Gandalf's boots, and best of all, the chance to bump off dozens of irritating hobbits as Sauron himself.
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Conquest is a pretty solid game. It's not as good as Battlefront II but it's a fairly enjoyable way to pass the time between better releases. I feel I should qualify that a little: There's nothing wrong with the game as such, the combat is pretty good if a little simplistic, the graphics are nice to look at and the sound isn't bad either.
But it's nowhere near as epic as it should be. The enemies are pretty sparse to be honest, and even if you do encounter a large group of them on the battlefield, the AI seems to think that manners matter more than winning and your foes will take it in turns to attack. There's a morbid delight to be had from slaying obnoxious hobbits that get in the way of your evil masterplan to be sure, and the option to play as the bad guys is a very welcome addition, but there's something lacking here.
In short, worth a punt if you're a fan, or if you're bored. Just approach with caution.