Chances are you’ve seen Peter Jackson the Lord of the Rings movies, released in 2001, 2002 and 2003 – even if you’re not a fan of fantastic stories involving elves and wizards.

It is because the the Lord of the Rings movies have universal appeal, and so does NetEase Games’ The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, a “geostrategic seasonal wargame” worth playing by mobile gamers, console gamers, PC gamers and non-gamers.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War unfolds faithfully before the events of the books. The One Ring appeared at Dol Guldur Castle, so every faction in Middle-earth is ready to claim it for themselves and therefore take control of the whole world.

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You play as one of these factions, and it’s your job to create a fortified colony, construct buildings, and raise an army before you set out to conquer as much territory as possible and outsmart your human opponents.

Interesting way, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War do not confine you on the safe side. You can choose to form a fellowship and do noble things with Gandalf and Legolas, or you can form a gang and hang out with ghoulish orcs and other assorted monsters.

Whichever route you take, you will visually feast. NetEase Games has really gone the extra mile with The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, recreating a number of iconic locations and characters in breathtaking detail.

The interviews above contain a few glimpses of these locations, from Minas Tirith to Barad-Dür, as well as a wealth of information on how gameplay works and the care and effort that goes into the finished product.

You can download this finished product for free now from the Google Play Store, App Store, and Galaxy Store.

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