Posted on December 8, 2012 AT 06:45am
Release Date: December 2012
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Monolith Productions
ESRB Rating: T for Teen (Fantasy Violence)
Genre: Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, available for purchase digitally and at select retail stores (with season pass)
Players: Up to 10 live players for 5 versus 5 competitive matches (even vs AI)
Guardians Of Middle-Earth Opening Game Cinematic
Guardians of Middle-ear comes to console bringing more of the pure elements of MOBA that has not really been done by anyone on console. Earlier this year we did see the appearance of Awesomenauts a unique MOBA from Ronimo games and while that game is unique and great in its own right; Guardians of Middle Earth is bringing the aspect of MOBAs PC Gamers have seen in the likes of games such as League Of Legends and Dota. The big question is does it work and is it worth your hard earned money?
Guardians Of Middle-Earth Training
- Epic MOBA Gameplay On Consoles – Enter the fray in competitive five versus five battle arenas for up to 10 players, with detailed tutorial systems and controls optimized to leverage the strengths of console play styles.
- Iconic Middle-earth Heroes and Villains – Fight as more than 20 guardians, each with deep, lore-based skills and abilities for players to develop and master; purchase additional champions, items and buffs between matches using in-game currency earned through combat.
- Strategic Depth – Hone individual and team strengths by strategically upgrading guardian skills and abilities; adjust guardian loadouts between matches to shift the balance of power with spells, postions and relics; upgrade soldiers and towers for best combat advantage; understand five character classes for multiple gameplay styles: Warrior, Striker, Mage, Tactician, and Defender
- Online Challenges, Leaderboards and Live Voice Chat – Show off skills and status any time, or track friends’ victories and defeats through stats and leaderboard system on the main game websie; strategize with allies using in-game voice communication to give your team the competive edge.
- Tie-ins with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Film – Leading up to and beyond the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey motion picture fans can look forward to several new playable guardians releasing in conjunction with the film, allowing gamers to actively participate in Peter Jackson’s vision of Middle-earth
G.O.M.E. 30 Plus Minute Skirmish
Guardians of Middle-earth like most MOBA games is online only. There is no campaign or story to venture upon cause the game’s main focus is to deliver a deep strategic multi-player game with role-play elements. The game foundation is very well in place just like the product features state above. All your favorite iconic heroes and villains are in the game each voiced and characterized like their movie counter parts. Every hero or villain seems to be unique in their own right offering more ways to play and more ways to keep playing. The menus, the sounds, and everything is what you would expect from a Guardians of Middle-earth project. I’m very impressed even pass my expectations in that department.
When A Game Of G.O.M.E. Goes Wrong – Live Stream Footage (*Advisory Explicit Language*)
The downside of this release at the moment of this review is the issues that online is getting at this time. Now, I don’t won’t to scare you guys so hear me out before jumping the gun. The game seems to be peer to peer. I reached out to Warner Bros. on a confirmation to this and I only got a response that some people are experiencing issues and I could check the forums. While visiting the forums, a lot claim to know the game is peer to peer and maybe it is so but don’t quote me is merely a guess. The reason this came to my concern was because the lag issues you get in some games. In Elite Battlegrounds where there is no AI controlled opponents or allies, I experienced a tense game that ended badly cause someone apparently quit which leads me to also believe once again this game is peer to peer which could be the main downside to this title. There is also a long wait at times in matchmaking and you seem to have to reset the game to fix the issue. Monolith recently posted several fixes to help against online issues on their forums here: GOME Forums . Hopefully the ending to this part of Guardians Of Middle-earth’s online story ends well. Monolith is on the job and they have and Game With The Devs event planned on X-Box Live so I’m sure they are passionate about fixing the issues.
The problem now is that I have to give a score to a great foundation of an online game which all game-play factors are effected by the online experience. I want to say that the game can be enjoyable and it is the best MOBA ever done one console but the online issues right now are a pain.
Fun Factor: 7
Sound Quality: 9
Online: 7 *Based on how my completed games ran*
Replay Value: 10
Overall Score : 8/10
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