This mod is an epic mod, which serves to transport you to middle earth, were you can take part in the great war of the ring. I absolutely loved being able to besiege Gondor with Isengard or besiege Isengard with the High Elves, or have the two elven factions fighting each other, it is absolutely legendary. To any fans of middle earth, and even those of that aren't, this mod is a must have for you. :)
Nice time-waster. Nice graphics, meh shooter, not 100% sure what exactly is synced with the music. Big problem is the fact that it needs .ogg files, which means you need to convert your music if, like me, you have it all in .mp3 format.
Overall, worth the $3, but I wouldnt pay much more for it.
EDIT: Apparently you need mpg123 to use mp3s with it (sudo apt-get install mpg123).
Still, while I'm editing, further impressions: the gameplay is slightly deeper than I thought, with runs on those "waves" that speed you up, combined with accurately reading the radar being key. This is kind of counter-acted by the lack of visual feedback for where in the waves you need to be, leading to frustrating situations where you're sure you should be getting a speed boost, when in fact you're outside the wave but can't tell.
Also, I might be alone in this, but I think the game would feel a lot better if you were shooting at spaceship-like enemies instead of 3D pacmen.
The mod has some things going for it, the custom weapons, custom grunts with desert camo, and one that had a sugegasa (bamboo hat), custom snow grunts and some unique locals.
But unfortunately its not enough to save it from the invisible wall syndrome. Many places that seem like you can go, you can't... alot of the time for no real reason. Like when you go down a stair way thats broken on the end, you can't even jump to your death.
A place where there was a a fairly large broken hole in the wall, you couldn't get through. Yet another obscure part of the wall that had a smaller hole, somehow the game had expected you to know that you had to hit it with your knife to make it a bigger hole... WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER NOTICEABLY LARGER HOLE?
Even regular snow terrain is difficult to move over because there seems to be invisible walls all around it.
But if that isn't annoying enough the game also has divergent paths that go to dead ends, meaning that you also have to backtrack regularly. This is a big no-no. Valve didn't put any backtracking in their game because backtracking is padding, artificial difficulty and makes the game tedious faster than anything else. Anyone who did not learn that lesson from valve shouldn't be making mods.
Another part that's close to the beginning of the game is where you had to randomly find a invisible ladder to climb up that made the game just a tad more frustrating then it already is.
There where some good ideas though, the voice acting was a nice touch that I actually liked (even though it didn't fit the mood that the name of the mod seemed to suggest), a more serious tone would have been fitting. Silent protagonists are the lamest things in games IMO.
I would not recommend this mod. Only because a patch never came.
i've always loved these much better than the new ones. where an easy AI can kick u if you mess up. and the graphics were smooth i really wish they released the engine.