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

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The Battle for Middle-earth II
The Battle for Middle-earth II cover
Developers
EA Los Angeles
Expansion BreakAway Games
Publishers
Electronic Arts
New Line Cinema
Engines
SAGE
Release dates
Windows March 2, 2006
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

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).
The Battle for Middle-earth
Subseries of Middle-earth
The Battle for Middle-earth 2004
The Battle for Middle-earth II 2006

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[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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 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.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Rise of the Witch-king
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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 (at wagnerma.de/yinger/showdownload.php?detail=1).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files\options.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files\save

Video[edit]

Input[edit]

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
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

Localizations

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Game not starting on Windows 7 and later[edit]

When first starting the game after the installation the game instantly crashes with an error.
Manually creating options.ini[citation needed]
  1. Locate the default folder for the options.ini at %APPDATA%\My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files
  2. Right click, create a new Text Document and name it options.ini
  3. Open your new .ini 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

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
Official servers have been shut down.[6]

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

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB (Online: 512 MB)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce3
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

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