This mod is based on the literary works of JRR Tolkien, particularly the Lord of the Rings. It has been in the making for over five years, and still shows no sign of being finished, which is why it is submitted as an unfinished version.
All credits to the original creators- draugaer , Dionix , Modrocker , Jorgito_aqua27 and a few other contributors.
This mod is in custom installer format. No MPS is required to install.
Battles of Middle Earth is probably the best mod for Lord of the Rings in the Blacksmith. It is a total conversion mod, meaning that it changes almost every unit. This mod however is unfinished, as it has been in the making for nearly 5 years and over time the original authors lost interest in the mod, or didn't have time to continue it.
The graphics for the mod are excellent, befitting the LOTR theme. I especially liked the forests and the gaia eyecandy. The buildings are also decent, though there are many that are still unmodified and do stand out, mostly feudal age buildings ( though most of the castle/imperial buildings are changed ). The units all look really good. I especially loved the Ent, Balrog and Rohan knight
Although it is a total conversion, there are no unit stats changed, often leading to misfits in units. For example the ent still attacks like a conquistador, and the militia becomes a dark rider but still moves slowly. There are few icon changes and no language.dll changes, so units are not renamed.
However it is still very useful for making LOTR scenarios, a lot more than the original Aok.
Overall: Very good, but needs stats editing and is unfinished in many ways.
[Edited on 06/14/08 @ 09:11 AM]
Possidon Official Reviewer
Posted on 04/17/10 @ 07:42 AM
Battle for Middle Earth is a total conversion pack which converts everything in Age of Empires into characters and creatures from the Lord of the Rings. However the Mod is currently unfinished.
In terms of graphics this is by far the best Lord of the Rings mod in the blacksmith. The graphics blend together nicely and also look good with the rest of the AOK background and terrains. I especially like the Balrog and the Ent. The Mod Pack also has a few icon changes.
Unfortunately the Mod Pack has no language changes so nothing is renamed. Because of this you don’t know what is what and you can’t really make a good scenario with them, and there also are no stat changes. The game also has a few misfits like the Ent still attacks like a conquistador, which surely isn’t right.
The Battles for Middle Earth mod is by far the best LOTR Mod Pack in terms of graphics but doesn’t have any language changes or stat changes which makes it hard to use for a scenario.
This Mod Pack would be a magnificent Mod Pack if it was finished. I would give this a straight 5 if it had language changes and stat changes.
It is still an excellent Mod though in terms of graphics.