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E3 2012 | Guardians Of Middle Earth Brings The MOBA To Mordor

E3 2012 | Guardians Of Middle Earth Brings The MOBA To Mordor

by Jake ValentineJune 6, 2012

The second I walked into Warner Bros.’ booth, I grabbed out my phone and immediately texted one of my friends “they’re making a LotR MOBA….”

Coming out this fall for XBLA and PSN, Guardians of Middle Earth is just that, a Lord of the Rings MOBA, but one that caters to more of a faster pace, something I’m quite thankful for. As we saw with Awesomenauts, the genre is easily doable on the consoles, and Guardians is no different. To simply put it, good will face off against evil, so you can have Gandalf battling Sauron, the Witch King against Legolas, and Frodo against Gollum, as you move forward and…destroy the enemy’s base; destroying the ring can wait just a minute, towers and bases are far more important.

The game plays out similar to an action RPG experience in terms of controls. You’ll have your auto attack and then you’re three special attacks available on the face buttons. In addition, levelling up your skills, using potions, or special abilities is also both easy and intuitive; a keyboard and mouse is never missed, something that’s pretty important when you bring a PC genre onto consoles. But more importantly, it plays as if it was meant to be on consoles.

There’s no denying the heart of the genre is intact, as the map is small, comfortable, and allows for plenty of sneak attacks and tactical maneuvering. My hands on time with the game had me in the role of Sauron himself, walking across the map and unleashing hell upon my oppoenants. Interestlingly, Sauron’s walk animation suits him well; he patiently approaches until the time is right and then is able to unleash a vicious stun, knock back, and then–oh wait, they soaked up all my attacks, time to stealth and leave. Moments like that show how well balanced the game is, despite a refusal to give a firm release date. Heroes may seem a bit broken on paper, but when everything is executed, it’ll come down to both teamwork and each player’s skill, as it should in the genre.

Being a downloadable title, for presumably a discount, Guardians of Middle Earth is shaping up to be worthy pick up to help get your Tolkein fix in before The Hobbit is released this December. Guardians of Middle Earth is due out for PSN and XBLA this fall. 

About The Author
Jake Valentine
Jake Valentine
Born in Boston, residing in Cincinnati, and playing far too much Magic: the Gathering.
  • Ash

    I will visit your blog regularly for some latest news.

  • Opal Morrill

    1. Rust In Peace (Megadeth) or Among The Living (Anthrax)
    2. Reign In Blood (Slayer) or Kill ‘Em All (Metallica)
    3. The Number Of The Beast (Iron Maiden) or Screaming For Vengeance (Judas Priest)
    4. Paranoid (Black Sabbath) or British Steel (Judas Priest)
    5. Bonded By Blood (Exodus) or The Years Of Decay (Overkill)
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  • Le Pwner

    Can someone please explain to me why Nintendo has kept their mouths shut regarding Animal Crossing 3DS at E3 2012 thus far? No US release date has been announced either! Are they planning on releasing this information later on at E3 2012 or what..?

  • NC Baller

    I know they are going to remake ffx for the ps3. I’m just wondering if there will be more news, idk like…the release date lol.

  • JackReynolds

    I know it goes from June 5 – 7, but when does it appear on TV? Me and my friend want to watch it before we go to Montreal for a school trip because there will be no time to watch it there.

  • Duke

    I missed E3. The one game/software i have really been looking forward to is FlipNote Memo for Nintendo 3DS (Sequel to FlipNote Studio on Nintendo DSi). I was just curious if Nintendo mentioned it at all during E3.

  • isk8at818

    Before the show (Microsoft E3 2012 press conference) starts,there are two songs,they’ re Somebody i used to know by Gotye and a song i don’t know the name,please,help me.That song begins at 0:02:53 in this
    Please help me,thanks.

  • Alina Elliott

    where can i watch all of e3 day 1-4 online. the g4tv one not ign or anything else?


  • diggn4richez

    I know its cities in dust by siouxsie & the banshees, but who did the one in the trailer?

  • rndmaktn

    If I can remember correctly E3 was usually on G4, (I may be wrong) but Direct TV doesn’t broadcast G4 anymore.

    Does anyone know if it will be broadcast on a different channel? Or will I just have to watch it a friend’s house?