I was surfing the Playstation Network when I discovered a little treat, there is a demo up for a game I am particularly looking forward to next year. Lord of the Rings: Conquest is an action game made by Pandemic Studios (the guys behind the Star Wars Battlefront games). If you haven’t ever played one of those games, they take a different approach to licensed games by having you play the everyday foot soldiers in the big epic battles instead of the heroes we all know and love.
In LOTR:Conquest you can be a soldier (melee), archer (long-range), mage (magic), scout (stealth), and every now and then one of the heroes if you do good enough. The demo contains the tutorial level and two multiplayer maps. The tutorial teaches you how to play the four classes and the heroes. After the tutorial, which is pretty cool, the multiplayer is waiting with EA hosted servers for your lag-free enjoyment. Minas Tirith and The Shire are available for battle and the games support up to sixteen players rampaging through the streets at once.
After actually playing the demo I have to say that I like it…a lot. It feels just like the old Battlefront games but now with swords and arrows instead of lightsabers and blasters. The Lord of the Rings property really couldn’t be a more perfect fit for this type of game. All the grand battles you’ve seen in the films, From Helm’s Deep to the Battle of Pelennor Fields, will be playable from both armies points of view. Seeing all those grandiose encounters from the perspective of the everyday foot soldier is a very cool idea and the promise of grand multplayer battles is just the icing on the cake for me.
Lord of the Rings: Conquest comes out January 13 on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.