Probably the most popular mod for the original Mount & Blade v1.011 - now also for Warband!
This mod is utterly incredible! Everywhere I look I see the four years it took to make this world. From the orcs to the elven armor. The detail is staggering, every scene lovingly crafted, almost every armor textured to perfection. +5
The mod is well balanced and the immersion is total and complete. It immediately reminded me of an Elder-Scrolls Lord of the Rings game. +5
Now sadly there are the bugs. Several quests are broken and some of the enviromental textures (elven bridges and Gondorian stone work) need slightly newer textures or shaders and the solid green in some of the elven scenes need to be fixed. -1
But the experience itself brought me into the heart of Middle-Earth as no Lord of the Rings GAME ever did. 9/10
One of the greatest masterpieces I've ever seen.
All of the areas, armors, weapons, characters, enemies, everything, is perfectly crafted, making the world feel alive. Furthermore, the sheer perfection of fighting against hordes of orcs, trolls, uruks, etc. is one of the greatest ever made.
Although the textures and models are perfect, there are still some bugs and crashes. However, I put my faith in the developers to fix all of those.
All of Middle-Earth, except Eriador, is depicted in this mod and made so in perfection!
The fantastic screenshots were enough to make me redownload and reinstall Mount&Blade after, what, 3 years? It's truly fantastic, though because it uses the old M+B engine, the combat isn't very good (a great sub-mod exists for Warband combat animations, though it has some animation bugs and doesn't fix the terrible sword combat while mounted).
I'd give this mod a 10, but twice now i've reached a point in my campaign where the game will just crash at a certain point. The game is kind enough to make backup saves, but using those would still result in a crash once reaching a certain point in time in the game.
The new weapons and armour look fantastic, the new enemies look great and have a nice selection of sounds to go with them (grunts and...stuff), and the great new system of earning rank (and therefore rewards) with different factions is great fun, if a little grind-like and monotonous.
It's definitely worth downloading.
Great mod! The detail on the armor is astonishing,the mod itself is awesome,altough some minor bugs and other things like the "main" characters looking exactly like any other soldier. (Glorfindel should have his silver armor!!) other than that the mod is perfect.highly recommend it
The mod is amazing, exactly what a lord of the rings fan would want but the mod has various bugs-
-battles over about 50 units can only be played on dx7.
-the dunland camp glitches out after becoming lvl 8.
-sometimes supply/prisoner trains wont spawn(mordor).
the mod has also a lack of maintenance from my point of view