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The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War Review
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Set concurrently with the events of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a rising darkness grows in the east, one which you can either choose to ally with or fight against. You are given a ring of power, and choose one of several factions to align with, such as Isengard, Mordor, Rohan, Gondor, and Lothlórien. You start a small settlement somewhere in that faction's land and must grow and expand your power and control to prevent other factions from taking control.
You conscript soldiers to join your cause, and grow your army, sending it out to capture more land and gather resources. You can recruit commanders to your army as well, including the likes of famous characters such as Gandalf, Elrond and Boromir. Your work in your faction of hundreds of players to capture regional capitals and gain control of areas of land.
There are also smaller daily quests, campaigns, and special missions that unlock extra rewards. You can use the resources and rewards you get to upgrade your settlement; building forts that can expand your movement range, upgrading barracks and resource production, and unlocking extra forces you can draft into your army.
Within your large faction, you can join a smaller fellowship of players. In this fellowship, you exchange resources, unlock more rewards and complete missions that can help you claim victory. You can join with other players to take down particularly large challenges, such as capitals or dragons, and you can befriend individual players to mutual benefit.
It's a complex game that features a surprisingly deep combat system, along with a huge map brimming with life, and puts you in total command of your play style. It's a good game for fans of games such as Clash of Clans, or the world of Tolkien, be it in the form of video games such as the Middle-Earth series, books or films, and offers a new way to engage with players around the world in a strategic and tactical setting.
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Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 1000 players online. Each server is populated by hundreds or even thousands of players all vying for control of land, resources and capitals. In your fellowship of players, the number of member slots available increases as you play to well in excess of 50.
The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent. These in-game purchases also offer a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.
You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online. You can buy mystery boxes that will give you random rewards, as well as unlocking a season pass that allows you to unlock extra rewards.
You can also buy gems, which you can use to speed building up, buy more troops, resources and more. However, you earn these at a relatively quick rate while playing without paying any money.
The items purchasable range from £1 to £100 in price.
Rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References and Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.
Skill RatingThis game is enjoyed by 11+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.
You can zoom in on the in-game map to make it larger, and you can do the same for gameplay Each different faction's land is represented by a different colour and it is crucial that you are able to distinguish between them, which is very important for colourblind players to note.
The in-game chat is split into four sections: Global, Faction, Fellowship and Allys. The global chat displays messages from all factions, the Faction one from only your Faction, the fellowship one from only your fellowship, and you have a separate chat for each of your Allies. Because it is a global game, some of the messages will be in other languages. You can translate each message individually, but it isn't always an accurate translation.
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