Guardians of Middle Earth (PSN, XBLA) Box Art(http://www.guardiansofmiddleearth.com/)  Rated T for Teen by ESRB.  Guardians of Middle Earth is a chance for home console owners to experience what it’s like to play a game similar to League of Legends or DOTA. However, while most of these games are based on universes made specifically for each one, Guardians of Middle Earth lets you play as characters from the popular Lord of the Rings franchise. You’ll see well known characters such as Gandalf, and even some lesser known characters such as the Goblin commanders. Similar to other Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) styled games, Guardians offers multiple game modes, with the maximum competitive mode allowing for 5 v 5 matches.

Guardians of Middle Earth (PSN, XBLA) Box ArtGuardians of Middle Earth (PSN, XBLA) Logo(http://www.guardiansofmiddleearth.com/) Rated T for Teen by ESRB.  Guardians of Middle Earth is a chance for home console owners to experience what it’s like to play a game similar to League of Legends or DOTA. However, while most of these games are based on universes made specifically for each one, Guardians of Middle Earth lets you play as characters from the popular Lord of the Rings franchise. You’ll see well known characters such as Gandalf, and even some lesser known characters such as the Goblin commanders. Similar to other Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) styled games, Guardians offers multiple game modes, with the maximum competitive mode allowing for 5 v 5 matches. What separates Guardians from the other MOBA styled games is that you must customize your character before the game starts, but are not permitted to make any changes mid-game. This allows you to have multiple layouts for each character, depending on your preferred play style. I thought this was a thoughtful touch, and it certainly makes the game fairer, since item customization isn’t involved mid-game. Similar to League of Legends, Guardians will cycle featured characters for players to use periodically, just to keep things fresh. You can also use in-game currency, or real money, to purchase characters permanently, as well. Surprisingly, the game feels very complete, and is actually quite fun. Since it’s a downloadable title, don’t expect any mind blowing graphics, however. The details, colors, and maps are all very nicely detailed, but spectacular visuals are just not what this game is about. For the money, it’s really not a bad game if you’re looking for a DOTA-like experience on a console. It’s great to play with friends or on your own, and, again, it has a high replay value with the cycle of new characters every so often to use. Guardians of Middle Earth has successfully impressed me, and proved that MOBA styled games can play well on consoles.



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