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More Lord of the Rings: Conquest DLC coming. This time at a price.

Submitted by on Thursday, 26 February 2009One Comment

Uh oh - here comes the arrows ... Proving that mediocre review scores does not necessarily equate to mediocre sales figures, The Lord of the Rings: Conquest has entrenched itself on a number global game charts, seemingly oblivious to the naysayers out there proclaiming that it’s just not that great.

One positive thing about a game that sells stupendously well however (and irrespective of dubious review scores) is that those who chose to shun the sage-like advice of reviewers will at least be rewarded with copious amounts of DLC.

The first batch of content featuring a couple of new Hero maps came out with the dazzling price tag of “free!” Will the second such “gift from Mordor” prove so magnanimous? Fool of a Took! This is a games business, not a games charity!

Read on for some information regarding the over-priced wares the guys from EA have seemingly extracted straight from the Mines of Moria.

Fans of the book/films and purchasers of the game might have noticed a couple of blatant omissions from the hero roster the first time around considering for example Boromir, son of Denethor and orc pin-cushion extraordinaire, was nowhere to be seen. Good news for fans of the misguided Gondorian as he’s now available as a new hero character. From an attack perspective Boromir features a Horn of Gondor blast assault that sends orcs and other fell denizens scrambling. His sword can also sprout flames; which is handy.

The Captain of the White Tower is joined by elf maiden Arwen who can apparently strike out with her icy claws (handy at parties) and Gothmog, the Elephant-Man/Orc lieutenant whose throwing axe also poisons if it hits home. Nasty.

The two new maps included are Amon Hen, the area you might remember as where Frodo breaks away from the Fellowship and Aragorn goes head-to-head with Lurtz, and the Battle of the Last Alliance, the location of elf and man’s final stand against Sauron as the Second Age came to an end.

For your hero arena delectation, two areas from the single-player campaign feature. A fenced off Weathertop and a burning Minas Tirith are proffered with limited access; no point letting you run around the city for example when there are heroes about that need killing.

A meaty update you will agree but how much is the Deceiver requesting for the privilege? So far we’ve only got the US price ($10) and, hand on heart, we believe that, despite its considerable size, the maps and new characters hardly justify the cost. Will LOTR:C fans lap it up? We’ll have to wait and see.

It also begs the question: how many more updates are EA planning before the hero cabinet is completely dry? Will we eventually be seeing the likes of Theoden appear? Haldir? One of the Proudfoots?! What about locations? The Path of the Dead? Shelob’s Lair? The White Mountains?

What hero from The Lord of the Rings would you like to see feature? Let us know in the comments below.  Our vote is for Glorfindel. He didn’t make the movies but this elf hard-ass once killed a Balrog all by himself. OK, so he died doing so, but elves live forever so – it was no big deal.