The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth

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The Battle for Middle-earth
The Battle for Middle-earth cover
Developers
EA Los Angeles
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
SAGE
Release dates
Windows December 6, 2004
Reception
Metacritic 82
IGDB 84
Taxonomy
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 on HowLongToBeat
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth on IGDB
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth guide on StrategyWiki
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth on MobyGames
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth 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

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
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

Availability[edit]

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
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Official patches[edit]

Unofficial patches[edit]

  • Patch 1.05 fixes a lot of bugs and removes the disc requirement. Requires patch 1.03.
  • Patch 1.06 fixes more bugs and adds some new maps. Requires patch 1.05. Widescreen interface available here.
  • Patch 1.09 fixes bugs and imbalances, adds new visuals and comes with a patch switcher. Designed for multiplayer.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\movies\
  2. Delete or rename EALogo.vp6, Intel.vp6, NewLineLogo.vp6 and THX.vp6.
  • Alternatively, install the unofficial 1.05 patch.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\My Battle for Middle-earth Files\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\My Battle for Middle-earth Files\

Video[edit]

Display, Audio and Controls settings.
Display, Audio and Controls settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use -win parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced using Nvidia Control Panel (Manage 3D Settings)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS; removing cap increases game speed.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Instructions[5]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\My Battle for Middle-earth Files\
  2. Open Options.ini.
  3. Find the following line and set it to the desired value.
Resolution = YourWidth YourHeight 
Alternatively[6]
  • Use -xres #### -yres #### command line argument
  • Replace #### with the desired width and height respectively

Input[edit]

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

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX3

Localizations

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

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy online server browser has been shut down.

Issues fixed[edit]

Out of Memory[edit]

This error has no proper workaround and is a symptom of the game engine's limitations (restricted RAM indexing)
Lower graphical settings, and avoid memory-heavy mods.}}
Any mod that uses high-resolution textures (such as the Edain mod) are highly susceptible to this crash.
Some users report reinstallation fixes the issue.

Exception Access Violation on startup[edit]

This is caused when the options.ini file has not been found (installation had no administration right to properly install your game and failed to create options.ini)[7]
Make missing options.ini[8]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\My Battle for Middle-earth Files
  2. If the folder is empty, make a new text file called Options.ini.
  3. In that file, place this data:
AudioLOD = Low
HasSeenLogoMovies = yes
IdealStaticGameLOD = VeryLow
Resolution = 800 600
StaticGameLOD = VeryLow
TimesInGame = 1

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy Shut down in 2011.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) 1.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce2 GTS
ATI Radeon 7500
32 MB of VRAM

Notes

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

References