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NetEase recreated Middle-earth on mobile devices with The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

The Lord of the Rings is the only fantasy epic to rule them all, and it deserves the greatest respect.

That’s what Peter Jackson did with his acclaimed film trilogy, and that’s what NetEase did with The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, a geostrategic seasonal war game that adds a new storyline while staying true to JRR Tolkien’s original vision.

The new story strand is sleek, but sets the stage for epic action.

It appears that the One Ring has emerged in a remote castle called Dol Guldur and started a war between the races of Middle-earth over who can claim it and rule the seven kingdoms and beyond.

To play your role in this epic conflict, you will need to strengthen your settlement by upgrading buildings, training armies and recruiting commanders.

Then you have to expand tile by tile into the surrounding landscape and use the resources you earn to make your settlement and your armies even more powerful. You have to outmaneuver your opponents and form cunning alliances.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is amazingly true to its source material, and the developers at NetEase went out of their way to make sure it looks and feels exactly like the films, right down to the geographically accurate parchment map of Middle-Earth.

Characters and locations have received the same treatment. You will encounter Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, Saruman, Gandalf and countless other familiar faces, all presented in console quality 3D. There are also lesser-known characters to discover, along with some new characters specially designed for the game.

You’ll also spend time in iconic locations like Minas Tirith, where Aragorn received his crown, and Barad-dur, the somber tower that keeps Sauron’s glaring eye among other major Middle-earth attractions.

First, download The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War for free from the App Store, Google Play or Galaxy Store.

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