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
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth at 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).
Middle-earth
The Hobbit 1982
The Fellowship of the Ring 1985
The Shadows of Mordor 1987
J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth 1988
The Crack of Doom 1989
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's Riders of Rohan 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II 1992
The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) 2002
The Return of the King 2003
War of the Ring 2003
The Hobbit (2003) 2003
The Battle for Middle-earth 2004
The Battle for Middle-earth II 2006
The Lord of the Rings Online 2007
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest 2009
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North 2011
Lego Middle-earth (series)
Guardians of Middle-earth 2012
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 2014
Middle-earth: Shadow of War 2017
Journeys in Middle-earth 2019
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum 2021

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]

Patches[edit]

Latest version: 1.03.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\movies\
  2. Delete or rename EALogo.vp6, Intel.vp6, NewLineLogo.vp6 and THX.vp6.

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 settings[edit]

Display, Audio and Controls settings.
Display, Audio and Controls settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
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[citation needed]
  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[citation needed]
  • Use -xres #### -yres #### command line argument
  • Replace #### with the desired width and height respectively

Windowed[edit]

Use -win command line argument[citation needed]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native 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 settings[edit]

Audio options Native 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)[4]
Make missing options.ini[citation needed]
  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
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

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