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Revision as of 19:39, 6 August 2022

The Battle for Middle-earth II
The Battle for Middle-earth II cover
Developers
EA Los Angeles
Expansion BreakAway Games
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
SAGE
Release dates
Windows March 2, 2006
Reception
Metacritic 84
IGDB 81
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Fantasy
Series The Battle for Middle-earth
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II on HowLongToBeat
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II on IGDB
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II guide on StrategyWiki
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II on MobyGames
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II on Wikipedia
The Battle for Middle-earth
Subseries of Middle-earth
The Battle for Middle-earth 2004
The Battle for Middle-earth II 2006

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.
GameSpy online server browser deactivated on December 31, 2010 due to Electronic Arts losing the Lord of the Rings license.[1]

General information

T3A:Online - fan-hosted multiplayer server replacement
BfME II section on GameReplays.org - home to the unofficial 1.09 patch
BfME II: HD Edition
BfME II RotWK section on GameReplays.org - home to the unofficial 2.02 patch
BfME II RotWK HD Edition

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
Origin (unavailable)
Origin
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo version can be downloaded from GameFront or GamePressure.
This game is no longer available digitally. It was taken down from digital stores, as Electronic Arts lost the Lord of the Rings license at the end of 2010.
Physical copies used to activate on Origin, they no longer do.[4]

Monetization

Type Notes
Expansion pack The expansion pack includes a new faction, a new campaign, maps, units, and War of the Ring mode scenarios.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Rise of the Witch-king
Windows

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Skip intro videos
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\movies\
  2. Delete or rename CS01.vp6, EALogo.vp6, TE_LOGO.vp6, NLC_LOGO.vp6 and NewLineLogo.vp6.
For languages other than English the EA logo file played is a localised version extracted from the archive file <path-to-game>\lang\LanguageName.big. To remove the video you would need to edit this file, for instance with a custom tool such as FinalBIG or OS BIG Editor.

Official patches

  • Patch 1.06 is the latest official patch for the base game.
  • Patch 2.01 is the latest official patch for The Rise of the Witch-king.

Widescreen mods for BFME2 without 1.09

Maintains developer-intended gameplay.
Not used by users online.
For no DVD requirement, use the modified game.dat from the 1.09 patch.

Unofficial 1.09 patch (BFME2)

Does not require the disc.
Adapts the main game interface for widescreen resolutions and fixes a lot of the bugs and imbalances left after the official 1.06 patch.
Includes a patch switcher for switching between the official 1.00 and 1.06 versions, as well as 1.09.
Breaks compatibility with the Rise of the Witch-king expansion.
Changes visuals extensively.

Unofficial 2.02 patch (RotWK)

Does not require the disc.
Adapts the main game interface for widescreen resolutions and fixes a lot of the bugs and imbalances left after the official 2.01 patch.
Active multiplayer community.
Requires the BFME2 1.09 unofficial patch to be deactivated to run.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\<Localized My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files>\options.ini
%APPDATA%\<Localized My The Lord of the Rings, The Rise of the Witch-king Files>\options.ini

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\<Localized My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files>\save
%APPDATA%\<Localized My The Lord of the Rings, The Rise of the Witch-king Files>\save

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Origin

Video

General settings menu (the expansion has an identical menu, with a different theme)
General settings menu (the expansion has an identical menu, with a different theme)
Custom graphics settings menu
Custom graphics settings menu

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen mods for BFME2 without 1.09 or use an unofficial patch. Exact resolutions need to be changed in the configuration file(s) or in the unofficial patch launcher(s).
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
No FOV sliders exist; the maps themselves need to be manually edited. For FOV adapted to 16:9 resolutions, see Widescreen mods for BFME2 without 1.09 or use an unofficial patch.
Windowed
Use -win parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS; removing cap increases game speed.[5]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Norwegian
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai

Issues fixed

Game not starting on Windows Vista and later

When first starting the game after the installation, the game instantly crashes with an error.
Manually creating options.ini[6]
  1. Locate the default folder for the options.ini at %APPDATA%\My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files and %APPDATA%\My The Lord of the Rings, The Rise of the Witch-king Files
  2. Right click, create a new Text Document and name it options.ini
  3. Open your the file and insert the following lines:
AudioLOD = High
FlashTutorial = 0
HasSeenLogoMovies = yes
IdealStaticGameLOD = High
Resolution = 1024 768
StaticGameLOD = High
TimesInGame = 6
Make sure to change the Resolution value to your preferred resolution.
4. Save your changes
5. You should now be able to start the game normally

Auto-defeat after 3 minutes and 30 seconds

DRM trigger.
May occur on legitimate installations, in which case the user needs to check the game's registry files (particularly the serial key value), or do a clean reinstall as administrator to ensure all registry entries are placed correctly.
Disabled by unofficial patches.

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
8 Versus
Official servers have been shut down in 2011.[7]

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 16000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes On2 VP6
Multiplayer GameSpy Shut down in 2011.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Online mode requires 512 MB of system RAM.

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]

References