Fans of the Lord of the Rings series might be interested to know that Lord of the Rings: Conquest is currently going for just £9.49 on Coolshop. This is more than £3.50 cheaper than the next best deal according to price comparison - which will set you back £13.00 from Shopto.
When you think Lord of the Rings, one thing immediately springs to mind: massive epic battles. Most people, apart from diehard fans, who have watched The Two Towers or Return of the King once, usually find that subsequent viewings simply consist of tapping next on your DVD remote. Past all that homoerotic Sam and Frodo nonsense and onto the really good stuff like the battle of Helms Deep and the siege of Gondor etc - after that it’s curtains because the long drawn out ending was bad enough first time round.
However my only gripe with LOTR:C is that the battles just feel hopelessly understated and the disparate groups of enemies are never sufficient to satisfy your thirst for oily-orc-bloodshed. Even during the Battle of Helms deep, enemies come at you a handful at a time and the battlefield feels annoyingly empty. The game just fails to capture that epic LOTR atmosphere which is unfortunate given everything it does well.
Visually it’s superb, and although a few reviewers gripe about the frame rate on the PS3 and Xbox 360, on PC the gameplay is very smooth and graphics surprisingly well rendered. The fact that you are given an opportunity to embark on the orc campaign and take a different narrative path from Return of King’s horribly cheesy ending is also great. In fact, it’s so splendidly evil you’ll literally be cackling sadistically behind your computer screen. The reviews might have been harsh towards LOTR: C but it’s a game which is very enjoyable to play through once, even if you’re not the biggest LOTR fan.