[PS3 Review] Guardians of Middle-Earth


Fear and intimidation. These are the words that best describe the feelings I had when it comes to this genre; Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, MOBA for short. My first encounter with Guardians of Middle-Earth was at last summer’s E3 2012. At first, I thought it was a World Of Warcraft type of game. I never really bothered to even research or find out for myself what it is, until they sent us a review copy. This game changed how I feel dramatically. I play the game now more than ever and I’m not even the type to indulge these fantasy type of games. Once you get past the fear and intimidation and really take time to learn the basics, you will have a ton of fun.

Guardians of Middle-Earth encourages you to go through a simple tutorial at first, which I highly recommend. The moves, commands and abilities are self explanatory. I want to keep this review short as I really want you to understand without using many words how thrilling this game is. I also want you to experience it for yourself, the strategic, tactility and rewarding nature it presents. This game is pretty much like a game of Chess, everyone knows how a Chess Board looks like right? simple and fun. It takes a bit of Strategy to play or at least learn the basics, but the game truly shines when you have other people in your party, people who know what their duties are and how to play the characters they have chosen.

How to win a match?

You and your team push forward “lanes”, Destroy enemy Towers and A.I. controlled soldiers along the way. First team to destroy the Main Tower base located at the enemy spawn area wins. In the case of “timed” games, team with most points, win.

What are the controls?

You have your Abilities assigned to the O,X,triangle, and Square buttons. Each ability has its own unique trait. holding R2 dishes out your standard attack.

How do you Level up?

Each round takes 2 to 4 minutes, giving very basic details as well as visual examples/demonstrations. Beat up the A.I. soldiers, Capture Shrines, Farm points by killing Neutral enemies scattered through out the map, and kill the enemy’s Guardians.

Ranks and Leveling

There are two different leveling up sections in the game. Your Rank shows your overall achievements. You level up in game on every match. Sounds confusing? its not. Leveling up in game grants you access to your abilities and powers them up. You can not use your Triangle ability until Level 6. Max level in game is 14. The faster you level up, the stronger you become. Ranking up on the other hand, unlocks more custom load outs, and more potion slots.
So again, LEVELING UP and RANKING UP are two different things when it comes to MOBA games.

Patience is the key when playing this game, there is a lot of push and pull going on. You cannot just rush a lane and expect to win, know your characters’ abilities and reach. Work with others. It is recommended to have a microphone when playing. The menus are easy to navigate, each menu has more detailed information, broken down for a better explanation. Repetition, repetition, repetition is the key to learning something new. You won’t have trouble finding Player Vs. Player games, as the community has now grown from when I first started playing 8000 to 20000 players are currently now online.

Guardians of Middle-Earth delivers a very satisfying experience, like Ice Cream on a hot summer day.

Review

ProsCons
Simple and understandable presentation
Tutorial is very easy to follow
Menus have detailed explanations
Players disconnecting during a match will leave you feeling overwhelmed and outnumbered as they are not replaced with A.I.
Rating
97%

Disclaimer

This review is based on a PS3 version Of Guardians of Middle Earth provided by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment.


Written by: PAUL FIERCE - News Contributor


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  1. #1 by Oly on December 19th, 2012 [ 131925 Points ]

    Great review!

  2. #2 by wolfkin on December 19th, 2012 [ 6633 Points ]

    It is recommended to have a microphone when playing.

    yeah well lotta games recommend that. Doesn’t often happen on our network. Awesomenauts for instance which i’m told is a similar game. Works SOO much better with mics and maybe 4 times has it happened.

  3. #3 by Oly on December 19th, 2012 [ 131925 Points ]

    The newest PS3 headset.. the Pulse I think.. the more expensive one any way.. is actually really really good!

  4. #4 by EdEN on December 19th, 2012 [ 136063 Points ]

    Guess I’ll be giving this game a go. Will make the most of the PS3 headset I won!

  5. #5 by Cheeto on December 19th, 2012 [ 29099 Points ]

    I though Awesomenauts was cool. I personally prefer PVE games, we had tons of fun with Diablo III lol Great review mate, will check the trial, I think there is one.

  6. #6 by pedrolabate on December 19th, 2012 [ 39949 Points ]

    Well, Paul really liked this game lol

    I was so excited (as I always am about LotR) but after seeing videos and reading the reviews I was kind of bummed out… Your review points out exactly the features I don’t think I’ll be enjoying in a game like problems with online connectivity (which usually are worse when you live in a far off land) and repetitive gameplay…

  7. #7 by hobbes on December 19th, 2012 [ 30071 Points ]

    wow, guess i’ll be trying to find this game somewhere on sale sometime soon.

  8. #8 by PAUL FIERCE on December 19th, 2012 [ 11237 Points ]

    I’m telling you dude. Friend the people you play with. That way you always have a good party going. I’m not even the one to play such games.. I’m the most impatient person in the world.. Heck in Borderlands 2, I join higher level game so I can rank up fast. LOL and I abused the hell out of the Fleshstick glitch. My point is.. this game for some reason is super fun and not dull at all!

  9. #9 by Pai do mercado on December 19th, 2012 [ 2376 Points ]

    this game will be FREE for PSN+ in Euro next month.
    Toghter Mortal Kombat and Bioshok 2
    Today EU PLUS is 37 euros

  10. #10 by Oly on December 20th, 2012 [ 131925 Points ]

    Yes Paul loves this game, he won’t stop telling me about it lol

  11. #11 by Hestar on December 20th, 2012 [ 4595 Points ]

    This game sounds amazing and for 15,think I might get it :D

  12. #12 by wolfkin on December 30th, 2012 [ 6633 Points ]

    yeah well as a backlog gamer we have to work within our limits. I don’t get to play regularly. I’m subject to being called away at any time. Sides I friend a lot of people for different games, Res2, Fat Princess, YDKJ. Eventually you just learn to deal without. If this ever goes on sale I’ll grab it though. Saw some videos and looks kinda like it could work.

  13. #13 by cherryrasulka on January 21st, 2013 [ 50 Points ]

    This is a fun one

  14. #14 by premiersoupir on February 11th, 2013 [ 17020 Points ]

    Enjoying the heck out of this game. I should point out a few disadvantages, though. The biggest problem is connectivity. Rather than using dedicated servers, the game relies on connections between players. When other players have connection issues, everyone freezes for a time, which is super annoying. This sort of stuttering happens in about half of the games that I play. And when the host bombs out, everyone is booted, losing all of their experience and rewards for that game. I’d say this happens in about a third of the games! But on the whole, a very fun game.


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