2. The Basics
Tutorial – Recommended to all new comers. Here you can learn how to control and play BFME2. You can then move on to the advanced tutorial to learn about special abilities
Single Player – Single player is broken down into 3 modes: Good campaign, Evil Campaign, and Skirmish
Good Campaign – Fight as the heroes of Middle Earth and rid the world of evil in 8 action packed levels
Evil Campaign – Fight as the villains of Middle Earth and scorch the land with your evil heroes in 8 levels of destruction.
Skirmish – Set up a standard versus game with or against a computer player in any of the many multiplayer maps.
Xbox Live – Play online and check the leaderboards to see where you place with other BFME2 players.
Quick Match – Finds a game and begins the game immediately. Ranked and Unranked.
Custom – Find a game that meets your criteria such as players and gametype. Ranked and Unranked
Create – Create a game session and change the settings to your liking. Other players will be able to join your game. Ranked and Unranked.
Create Private – Create a game that only your friends can join. You can further tweak settings such as game mode and player number even when the session is already made. Unranked only.
Versus – Standard game mode where you play to destroy your enemies bases
King of the Hill – There is a fortress or building in the centre of the map and you must have control of it the longest.
Resource Race – Race to become the player that reaches the specified amount of money first.
Hero Vs Hero – Race to get the highest leveled hero or kill your enemy.
Number of Players: Choose to allow 2, 3, or 4 players in your game session. Note: When playing in a 3 player room, all 2 player maps will be unavailable, as will all 3 player maps when playing in a 4 player room.
Map Selection – Choose the map you would like to play on.
Match Type: Choose ranked if you want the game to count towards the leaderboards, or unranked if you just want to play for fun.
Initial Resources – The amount of money you begin the game with. Can be set to from 500 to 4000.
Command Point Factor – Controls the number of units on the field. In a 2 player game, 1x – 1000 command points max, 1/2x – 500 command points max, 1/3x – 330 command points max.
One Ring Mode – If on, the game places Gollum hidden somewhere on the map. If a player finds Gollum and kills him, Gollum will drop the ring. If the player picks it up and takes it back to their fortress, they can summon and exclusive hero only available in this mode. The hero they get depends on the army they picked, and costs 9000 resources to summon.
Men, Elves, Dwarves – Galadriel
Goblins, Isengard, Mordor – Sauron
Heroes – Choose to allow players to use heroes they have unlocked via achievements. You may not want to use this with new players, as they are at a disadvantage.
There are 6 factions/armies available to use in BFME2. Although a full in depth view of each faction is coming, this is merely an overview to give you an idea of what they’re like.
Name – Multiplayer Logo – Strengths & Weaknesses
Men of the West – Blue logo with white tree – Good all around units
Elves – Green logo with diamond like shape – Strong archers, weak warriors
Dwarves – Yellow logo with triangle and star – Strong units and siege weapons, slow movements
Isengard – Grey background with white hand – Strong units, expensive to make and weak archers
Mordor – Red logo with eye – Good all around units, except weak main warriors (but cheap!)
Goblins – Beige logo with dragon head – Cheap to build and fast to make, really weak warriors
There are 39 maps in the game, as well as 3 downloadable maps available in the Marketplace.
Note: * are siege/defense maps that should be played with a player at a disadvantage.
2 Player Maps (17)
Gap of Rohan
3 Player Maps (4)
4 Player Maps (18)
Downloadable Content (3)
Argonath (2 Players)
Umbar (2 Players)
Weathertop (4 Players)