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, and coordinate to win matches by destroying the opposing team's base. Unlike most other MOBA titles, Guardians of Middle-earth emphasizes home console, rather than desktop, gameplay, in order to gain a "cinematic" experience.
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.