Guardians of Middle-earth

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Guardians of Middle-earth
Guardians of MIddle-Earth cover art.jpg
Developer(s) Monolith Productions
Zombie Studios (PC)
Publisher(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
  • WW December 4, 2012
Microsoft Windows
  • WW August 29, 2013
Genre(s) Multiplayer online battle arena
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Distribution Digital distribution

Guardians of Middle-earth is a fantasy video game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The setting of the game is Middle-earth, derived from The Lord of the Rings series, with various tie-ins to the film series of the same name.[1] Guardians of Middle-earth was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on December 4, 2012, via the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade respectively. A retail package is also released, which includes a download voucher for the game as well as a "Season Pass" for future downloadable content.[2]

The game was later released for Microsoft Windows on August 29, 2013.


The game uses elements from the MOBA genre; pictured is a creep wave attacking an enemy tower.

Guardians of Middle-earth incorporates the standard elements of a typical multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, with a strong emphasis upon team coordination. Up to ten players may split into two teams of five and from a pool of thirty-six guardians from The Lord of the Rings franchise, including Gandalf, Sauron and Radagast,[3] and coordinate to win matches by destroying the opposing team's base.[4] Unlike most other MOBA titles, Guardians of Middle-earth emphasizes home console, rather than desktop, gameplay, in order to gain a "cinematic" experience.[5]


Guardians of Middle-earth received generally positive reviews. It scored a 7.5/10 from IGN. Many users have problems with the games interfacing on PC, as well as numerous glitches in connectivity.[citation needed]

Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PC) 56.00%[6]
(X360) 71.53%[7]
(PS3) 75.19%[8]
Metacritic (PC) 56/100[9]
(X360) 71/100[10]
(PS3) 75/100[11]


  1. ^ Cork, Jeff (2012-05-30). "Warner Announces Guardians Of Middle-Earth". Game Informer. 
  2. ^ Scalzo, John (2012-10-09). "Guardians of Middle-Earth coming to PSN, XBLA on December 4". Warp Zoned. 
  3. ^ "Guardians of Middle-Earth – Here comes Radagast the Brown!". EIR Games. 2013-01-30. 
  4. ^ Onyett, Charles (2012-05-30). "Lord of the Rings Meets DotA". IGN. 
  5. ^ Funk, John (2012-05-30). "Lord of the Rings DOTA Clone Coming to XBLA and PSN". Escapist Magazine. 
  6. ^ "Guardians of Middle-earth for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Guardians of Middle-earth for X360". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  8. ^ "Guardians of Middle-earth for PS3". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  9. ^ "Guardians of Middle-earth for PC". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  10. ^ "Guardians of Middle-earth for X360". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  11. ^ "Guardians of Middle-earth for PS3". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 

External links[edit]

Official website