Using the Lord Of The Rings movie license, The Battle for Middle-earth is a Real-Time Strategy game based upon both the renown literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. Players are given control of enormous armies in the many of the epic battles depicted in the film. From waging all-out combat among the vast forces of good and evil to controlling your favorite heroes and characters to managing the troops.

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About Shadow and Flame with 4 comments by MathijsRevora on Aug 29th, 2015

Hello everyone,

For this Shadow and Flame update, we're going to touch upon what is probably the most drastic change in terms of Spellbook Powers that we've implemented.
As you might already know if you've been reading our faction plans in the Discussion forum (which, by the way, are sneakily updated quite often),
we've gotten rid of both the Evil faction Balrog summon, and the Good faction Army of the Dead. In their place, each faction in SaF gets a unique final power
that unlocks a powerful hero for that faction to be recruited from the Citadel.

These heroes won't be all-powerful army killers, instead providing powerful abilities and leadership to aid the player's army.

Well, except for one...

Sauron model made by Kwen

Once Mordor unlocks their final Spellbook Power, they'll be able to recruit the Lord of the Rings himself.

In Shadow and Flame, Sauron is a one-man-army type of hero. While he's the strongest character in the game, he is not easy to gain access to,
requiring a sizeable sum of power points, resources, and recruitment time. When playing versus Mordor, it might be in your best interest to ensure Sauron never enters the field.

He does not have access to a grand arsenal of abilities like Gondor's Gandalf the White or Rohan's Radagast the Brown.
With his Gorthaur passive ability he inspires fear in all but the bravest of troops, including his own.
Using his Conflagration power, Sauron can destroy most enemy heroes by making them burst into flames,
the same way he killed Gil-galad during the War of the Last Alliance.
Finally, his Annatar, Lord of Gifts power allows Sauron to temporarily sway the hearts of an enemy force.

Whether to send them forth to do his bidding or safely crush them beneath his heel, we leave to you.


Thanks for reading,

The Shadow and Flame Team

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Uglob Jul 24 2009 says:

I need a lot of help. Recently my computer recommended I reinstall Battle For Middle Earth I with the right settings. Ever since I reinstalled it five minutes into the game I just die! Yes my castle makes an exploding sound and I hear a death quote (depending on what faction) such as,"We've lost the citadel!" This happens with every faction and it makes me angry. Any help or suggestions on what I can do?

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drdrix Jul 31 2009 replied:

Happened to me too... I bought a used game and heard it was some kind of anti piracy thing from EA... Instant kills your base. Just install the patch and everything should go fine.

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Morsey Jan 9 2010 replied:

Which patch is it?

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Morsey Jan 9 2010 replied:

I have the 1.03 patch and it still happens...

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TheUnknownM Mar 11 2009 says:

i like this game to bad i dont have a super fast computer to have high quality :(

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qazila Aug 4 2007 says:

yes i like this game. it's make are real story l.o.t.r. good job. :)

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vespo4 Apr 12 2008 replied:

u guys need to get new mods

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tonyboy Mar 15 2007 says:

can i play that game??i'm new here!

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origamiairplane Dec 6 2006 says:

Hey there,

Are you still looking for voice actors? I've got plenty of experience of acting on video games having worked in the industry for years, and I'd be happy to lend a hand. Any accent.

Drop me an email.

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JO5HBR0WN Sep 28 2006 says:

This game is sooo much better then the second one, all they need is 2 more factions and BFME 2 is beat!

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best game ever gondor rulez

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