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

Windows - 2006

Alt names 魔戒:中土戰爭Ⅱ, 指环王: 中土战争 II, Властелин колец: Битва за Средиземье II, Władca Pierścieni: Bitwa o Śródziemie II, Ringenes Herre: Kampen om Midgard II, Ringarnas Herre: Slaget om Midgård II, Pán Prstenů: Bitva o Středozem II, O Senhor dos Anéis: A Batalha pela Terra Média II, Le Seigneur des Anneaux: La Bataille pour la Terre du Milieu II, Il Signore degli Anelli: La Battaglia per la Terra di Mezzo II, เดอะลอร์ดออฟเดอะริงส์: แบทเทิลฟอร์มิดเดิลเอิร์ธ II, El Señor de los Anillos: la batalla por la Tierra Media II, Der Herr der Ringe: Die Schlacht um Mittelerde II, BFME2, A Gyűrűk Ura: Harc Középföldéért II
Year 2006
Platform Windows
Released in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (2006)
China (2007)
Finland, Germany (2008)
Genre Strategy
Theme Editor / Construction Set, Fantasy, Licensed Title, RPG Elements, Real-Time, War
Publisher CNEC Inc., Electronic Arts LLC, Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Electronic Arts Los Angeles
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Free-roaming camera
4.22 / 5 - 128 votes

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

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Description from the publisher:

In The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II, the sequel to the critically acclaimed RTS game The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth you now have the chance to experience all that Middle-earth was meant to be. With all new content from J.R.R. Tolkien's original fiction, delve deeper than ever before and engage in new battles that go beyond the award-winning movie trilogy. Wage war in the North and assume command of the most storied civilizations in all of Middle-earth history--the Elven and Dwarven armies--or fight on the side of evil with heroes and creatures that have never been seen in The Lord of the Rings films. Defend or overtake never-before-seen lands such as Dol Guldur, The Misty Mountains, and Mirkwood as you unleash powerful new weapons and abilities--summon dragons, cause volcanoes to erupt, or bring down a cataclysmic lightning strike. But beware, with greater power comes greater adversity. Your enemies, commanded by a powerful new A.I. system, possess a greater tactical edge and more powerful spells. Will your armies have the fortitude to persevere?

Features:

  • New races, places, heroes, and battles from books and films
  • Command all the races of Middle-earth with three all-new factions including Elves, Dwarves, and Goblins.
  • Win the war in the North single-player campaign with an all-new story that takes you to places and battles of Middle-earth previously unseen. Customization, command, and control
  • Build your own landmark castle with fully customizable and upgradeable fortresses and walls.
  • Create your own hero with all-new customized RTS units that are your avatars in-game.
  • Control battles with all-new enemy A.I., melee combat, and flanking, adding unprecedented tactical fidelity. Core RTS depth of strategy
  • Master next-gen unit control with smart formations, battle lines, and planning mode.
  • "Build anywhere" brings creativity and strategy to base building and battlefield dominance.
  • Control the entire war with a high-level "Risk" style meta-game on the Living World Map with all new strategic A.I.
  • Extend your battlefield with larger than life navy battles at sea.

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II has an addon available: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king, don't miss it!

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How to play The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II Windows

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The game with official patch version 1.06 and NoCD has been tested on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10, works with no problem. We also tested the game with unofficial patch version 1.09 on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10, works good too. Here's video guide by The Emulation Portal, if you prefer videos over text. You may experience some troubles during the installation and playing, so don't forget to check our Notes

Install & play guide (for CD version):

  • Mount the disc image of CD1. You will need the utility for mounting disc image files, like WinCDEmu, UltraISO, Alcohol 52%/Alcohol 102% or Daemon Tools Lite
  • Launch the installation (if it doesn't run - simply launch the installation from Setup.exe inside the disc, run it in compatibility mode with Windows XP). It is recommended to install the game in the path by default 'C:/Program Files/Electronic Arts/The Battle for Middle-earth II'
  • Skip the registration at the start, click on "Register later"
  • When the installation process will ask for CD2 - mount the disc image of CD2. Do the same when the installation process will ask for next discs. CD2, CD3 and CD4 must be mounted in same virtual drive as CD1, so first un-mount disc image of CD1 and then mount the disc image of CD2. In example, if CD1 was in virtual drive G:, CD2, CD3 and CD4 must be mounted in virtual drive G: as well
  • Finish the installation
  • Also it is recommended to install DirectX 9 from the disc (if you're using Windows 10 - enable DirectPlay, read this or this guide how to do it)
  • After that install the official patch version 1.06
  • Then mount the mini image in virtual drive, to bypass DRM, or use NoCD (simply copy game.dat from the archive and replace the original file inside the game folder)
  • Don't launch the game yet, first check C:/Users/"Username"/AppData/Roaming/My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files folder and look if the installer created Options.ini file inside. If there's no such folder or file - downloads Options.ini file (from Downloads section) and put it there manually
  • Open the directory with the game and find lotrbfme2.exe. Right click on lotrbfme2.exe - Properties - Compatibility - Set "Run this app in compatibility mode with Windows XP SP2" and "Run as administrator"
  • Launch the game and play. If the game doesn't work - try to launch the game, then open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del by default) and check for processes lotrbfme2.exe and rundll32.exe. Close lotrbfme2.exe but don't touch rundll32.exe (it's a Windows app for running old apps from 32-bit operational systems, most old games running through rundll32.exe). Now try to launch the game again, it must work. Don't forget to close rundll32.exe process in Task Manager after finishing playing

Install & play guide (for DVD version):

  • Mount the ISO disc image of DVD. You will need the utility for mounting disc image files, like WinCDEmu, UltraISO, Alcohol 52%/Alcohol 102% or Daemon Tools Lite
  • Install the game (if it doesn't run - simply launch the installation from Setup.exe inside the disc, run it in compatibility mode with Windows XP).
  • It is recommended to install the game in the path by default 'C:/Program Files/Electronic Arts/The Battle for Middle-earth II'. Skip the registration at the start, click on "Register later"
  • Also it is recommended to install DirectX 9 from the disc (if you're using Windows 10 - enable DirectPlay, read this or this guide how to do it)
  • After that install the official patch version 1.06
  • Then mount the mini image in virtual drive, to bypass DRM, or use NoCD (simply copy game.dat from the archive and replace the original file inside the game folder)
  • Don't launch the game yet, first check C:/Users/"Username"/AppData/Roaming/My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files folder and look if the installer created Options.ini file inside. If there's no such folder or file - downloads Options.ini file (from Downloads section) and put it there manually
  • Open the directory with the game and find lotrbfme2.exe. Right click on lotrbfme2.exe - Properties - Compatibility - Set "Run this app in compatibility mode with Windows XP SP2" and "Run as administrator"
  • Launch the game and play. If the game doesn't work - try to launch the game, then open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del by default) and check for processes lotrbfme2.exe and rundll32.exe. Close lotrbfme2.exe but don't touch rundll32.exe (it's a Windows app for running old apps from 32-bit operational systems, most old games running through rundll32.exe). Now try to launch the game again, it must work. Don't forget to close rundll32.exe process in Task Manager after finishing playing

How to play The Battle for Middle-Earth II in multiplayer today:

First you need to install the game version 1.06, then install unofficial patch 1.09 version 2.0 (the patch is still being updated, check here for most actual version). After that go to T3A: Online website or join their Discord server, to find multiplayer server. You can check step by step tutorial at Revora Forum, how to install the game for multiplayer, they also has download mirrors

For multiplayer games, download T3A: Online Launcher, with that Launcher you can play all three Battle for Middle-Earth games in multiplayer, on free custom online servers hosted by community

Notes:

  • If the installation doesn't start - try to launch Setup.exe in compatibility mode with old version of Windows (98, 2000 or XP)
  • If none of serial keys is working - use multikeygen for EA games. Don't worry, it is safe to use, even though it shows a lot of warnings on VirusTotal
  • During installation of European version you may see error "A problem occured when trying to transfer the file 'D:/Support/sv/lasmig.txt' from the media". It happens because lasmig.txt file is actually läsmig.txt, with ä symbol. The work around for this is to copy all installation files to the hard drive, rename läsmig.txt to lasmig.txt and install the game from the hard drive
  • If the game doesn't recognize mini image in virtual drive - it's probably because of SafeDisc DRM protection, which doesn't work correctly on modern systems. In that case use NoCD, that NoCD "breaks" DRM protection and allows the game to work on modern systems
  • The game probably won't work on integrated Intel graphics cards, unfortunately. You can try to work it around with 3D Analyzer utility but we haven't tested it. Visit this thread for more info
  • It is highly recommended to install DirectX 9 for the correct work of the game. If DirectX 9 installer on the disc doesn't work - use DirectX 9 for 64-bit systems installer (we added it to Downloads section). If you're using Windows 10 - enable DirectPlay, read this or this guide how to do it
  • If you have troubles with running the game on modern systems - you can try to run it through dgVoodoo (copy the dll-files from the MS/x86 folder, dgVoodooCpl.exe and dgVoodoo.conf to the game folder, then open dgVoodooCpl, find DirectX tab and set the desired settings). The game with dgVoodoo has been tested on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10 with AMD and Nvidia video cards, works with no problem (please note that dgVoodoo doesn't work on Intel graphics cards). If you have troubles with launch - disable all custom dgVoodoo settings (open dgVoodooCpl, go to DirectX tab and put all settings to default)
  • If the game does not start but shows "Exception" or "Game crash" errors - it is because the installer didn't create Options.ini file inside C:/Users/"Username"/AppData/Roaming/My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files folder. You can manually put Options.ini file there (available in Downloads)
  • Also, you can use Startup Fixer by Turin Turumbar, it is small utility that fixes that problem automatically, works both with BFME II and addon The Rise of the Witch-king
  • The game supports widescreen, to change the resolution go to C:/Users/"Username"/AppData/Roaming/My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files and open Options.ini. Find the following line and set it to the desired value: Resolution = YourWidth YourHeight (in example, for 1920x1080 screen it will look like Resolution = 1920 1080)
  • If you're playing in widescreen resolution - additionally install widescreen patch for version 1.06, it fixes stretched UI in widescreen resolution
  • If you have a problem when your units and buildings start to disappear after 3-5 minutes of the game or you automatically lose the game - it happens because of DRM protection, here's methods how to solve it:
    • use Auto-defeat fix by withmorten (simply copypaste files from the archive to main game directory) or CDKeyFixer utility (it's on Russian but we added an instruction on English, inside the archive)
    • install unofficial patches
  • Unofficial patch 1.09 disables DRM, fixes some bugs and imbalances, plus adds widescreen support; it must be installed over the game version 1.06. With that patch you can play on T3A: Online multiplayer servers. Please note that with installed unofficial patch 1.09 you can't play addon The Rise of the Witch-king, because it requires BFME II v1.06, so use PatchSwitcher (included with unofficial patch 1.09) to reverse the game to version 1.06
  • With patch 1.09 you can install BFME 2: HD Edition mod that updates all in-game graphics
  • Check PCGamingWiki for more information about unofficial patches

Comments and reviews

dude 2023-02-04 0 point

Thanks a lot! works on my win10! :)
Anyone idea to zoom out- on 3440x1440 eversthing is big!! xD

Navy 2023-01-23 0 point

Yeah so I've done the whole putting the My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files folder into the roaming folder. Starting up the game still asks for a disk, which disk should I use?

wastedtime 2023-01-08 0 point

wasted time, doesnt work.
did everything

pissed 2023-01-06 0 point

autorun and setup dont work waste of time keeps saying its corrupted

Soul 2023-01-02 0 point

thanks again guys. another childhood game on my desktop.

GreatBigFatty 2022-11-28 -2 points

I cannot launch the game. It says, "Please insert the correct DVD-ROM, select OK and restart application."

Mekamaniac 2022-11-20 2 points

I have been trying to download any of the big files for 3 days but every time I try I only can download them at a slow speed (between 50kbs and 200kbs) wich make them take up to 10-15h to dl, and every time the download "crashes" at some point and I need to retry from the begining, is there any way to either get this files from another source or to get them via torenting ? this way I can pause the DL and resume it when I want and I dont need to be on the computer for 10h at a time to see if the download crashed ?

admin 2022-11-17 0 point

Okay, for now - everyone, DOWNLOAD DISC VERSIONS (on 6 CDs or DVD), Setup has random "Please insert disk number 1" error (mostly occurring on Windows 10). That Setup doesn't have any unique files, all fixes are available for download on this page.
I wrote the guide how to install the game from discs, just read the description of the game

admin 2022-10-30 0 point

@ANON666 Check if the installer created folder in C:/Users/"Username"/AppData/Roaming/My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files . If there's no such file - put it there manually, you can download it from this page (in Downloads section, called "Options.ini file")

Anon666 2022-10-29 0 point

Tried running it after using the 6.4GB setup with everything included. After installing the game and the nodvd and the official patch I cannot launch it. The launch image appears and the game just doesn't open. I tried admin as well. This sucks and was a waste of time.

admin 2022-10-20 2 points

We have updated the game, uploaded more languages + patches for all languages, and version on 6 CDs for easier download. Plus we uploaded all fixes we could find, read our Notes for more details.
If you have troubles with installing - you can try to use our Full-Rip or Setup (it is archive with installation files, patches and fixes). We recommend to use download managers for downloading of big files

@SIRBRUCIE added some CD keys generated by keygen, it is available in Downloads section, called "Serial keys"

Warlord 2022-10-20 0 point

Just allow it to download the computer thinks it's a virus but it is not when you need the cdkey open the keygen and select BfME ll(well okay the long version of it) and say generate (well okay just hit (not literally) generate) and it puts the key in for you wich is a time saver but can come across as hack ware

SirBrucie 2022-10-09 0 point

Can anyone tell me what the cdkey is? i cant download the keygen

T 2022-10-04 0 point

I highly recommend installing Virtual Clone Drive, it acts like a Disk Drive. You then need to mount the ISO file and then the image file and boom you have the game booted without the disc.

Dovahgoat 2022-08-27 1 point

I could cry right now, been trying for awhile to get this game running and this man and his 34 views finally fixed it for me. If youre stuck on the loading screen, download this fixer and it'll fix it up for you. https://youtu.be/svkM3tw5Djc

Damo 2022-08-25 3 points

Hi did what the video said with the fixer but now get error parsing file 'numtosacrifice' in block objects any fixes

Master 001 2022-07-11 -5 points

Um what is the code.

Froggy 2022-06-11 1 point

Where is the windows download? it doesn't seem to be here. :(

Lepias 2022-05-13 -1 point

This game and it's expansion simply refuses to run, it just crashes at start up everytime. I've looked up everything I can to get it running but just nothing, I would buy it retail but now I'm afraid it might do that even with a legally bought copy. What an absolute mess of code this game must be to be so hard to get running, literally have downloaded countless other games on this site with no problem at all just this one. EA remain evil assholes to the very end.

Rex 2022-05-09 4 points

Does anyone know the code for the game?

Maideth 2022-04-26 3 points

I have downloaded all of the files and extracted them all to the same folder. There is a folder for the NoCD, a folder for the patch switcher, the 1.06 application, the key gen, and the iso file for the game which I can only open with Daemon. If I try and use the patchswitcher I can't switch to 1.09, only 1.06. The game successfully installed however despite having the NoCD file I still cannot get past the game saying that no cd is detected. I have all the files downloaded what am I doing wrong here?

SpyAffair 2022-04-25 2 points

I've followed all the steps ,the game gets to the loading screen, stays on it for a minute or so and then just quits no warning. Did I forget a step or forget a file?

austin 2022-02-20 3 points

i tryed playingbattle for middle earth 2 and it needs a disk code i tryed dowloading the file and my computer instantly stoped it ditecting a virus what is that a bug or a ligit virus?

James Gates 2022-02-16 1 point

when i get to the launch, hit install and accept the TOS it wants me to put in a CD key

michaelatlam 2022-02-07 0 point

To the angry one that still cannot delte the game. Try to use system Restore to before the game installed.

big_fat_wizard 2022-01-27 2 points

pls someone help, how can i completly delete it, for some reason my pc sees it as like an other cd harver, but i have no idea why, and now when i try to delete the folder that is extracted to my desk it says close every running program, but clearly nothing is running, not even in the background. pls someone help, i'm really fckng pissed right now because of this site and this game...

Istdet 2022-01-17 4 points

I installed the game and patches, put the no cd, I get the splash screen then the game doesn't run, any idea whats wrong? I'm on windows 10

disc 2022-01-16 0 point

You can download a file here, extract it, and place it into the installation folder of the game. Then it will stop asking for the disc.

https://mega.nz/file/nBkTmYga#3tMQZxp0ncMNTUylrumIBMroHenv_tAa8kaYn61_lCA

Mekk 2021-12-10 0 point

If anyone having trouble installing this just get a clean copy of the game in the t3aonline.net/download and download the game there, for installation instructions read the text above the download links.

Tigokanitingtom 2021-11-21 1 point

Hey, how do you get around the insert disk error message?

mattyice 2021-11-12 1 point

I downloaded the base game and an error message comes up saying that the file cannot be extracted, anyone know how to fix this?

Vala 2021-09-15 6 points

Hey guys, i managed to get this and the lich king expansion installed, i can play the lich king expansion but when i try and play the base game, it shows the splash screen, i see the ring icon in my task bar, and then after a few minutes with my cursor loading it just closes? Anyone got any ideas?

Lo Lo 2021-09-06 2 points

Hi there
Where do i find the code to install the game?
Thx

John the greek 2021-08-17 -3 points

nice guys!!!

GameTime 2020-11-07 -11 points

how do i put the DAT file in the installation file whne i have no more room to put it in?

Ambrotos 2020-08-25 -1 point

Good advise DRAGONKINGOFTHESTARS helps to know you know. Great game! Big Thanks myabandonware! peace love and now war ;-)

dragonkingofthestars 2020-08-02 1 point

Delete my last comment: the answer is you go to the tutorial up there and download that DAT file it mentions, get's around it. This is why i should not impulse post (grumble)

dragonkingofthestars 2020-08-02 2 points

I agree with Alex, how does one get past being asked to insert a disk?

Alec 2020-07-17 -2 points

How do I get past being asked to insert disc 1?

JackHicks236 2020-05-26 2 points

Maybe, one of the best videogames ever made.

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Windows Version

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Disc 1 English version 698 MB
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Disc 2 English version 772 MB
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Disc 3 English version 774 MB
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Disc 4 English version 771 MB
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Disc 5 English version 776 MB
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Disc 6 English version 584 MB
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DownloadFull-Rip English version 3.7 GB DownloadDVD version
EU release English version French version German version Spanish; Castilian version Italian version Dutch version Swedish version Norwegian version Polish version 5.6 GB
DownloadSetup (includes all patches, NoDVD and fixes) English version French version German version Spanish; Castilian version Italian version Dutch version Swedish version Norwegian version Polish version 6.8 GB DownloadDVD version
RU release Russian version 3.7 GB
ManualEnglish version 3 MB

Game Extras

Various files to help you run The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

NocdNoCD for version 1.06 (works with all languages) English version 5 MB NocdBFME 2 mini disc image English version 8 MB PatchUnofficial patch 1.09 version 2.0 by T3A Online community English version 775 MB PatchPatch 1.06 Chinese (simplified and traditional) Chinese version 51 MB PatchPatch 1.06 Dutch Dutch version 25 MB PatchPatch 1.06 English English version 25 MB PatchPatch 1.06 French French version 25 MB PatchPatch 1.06 German German version 25 MB PatchPatch 1.06 Italian Italian version 25 MB PatchPatch 1.06 Norwegian Norwegian version 25 MB PatchPatch 1.06 Polish Polish version 25 MB PatchPatch 1.06 Russian Russian version 26 MB PatchPatch 1.06 Spanish Spanish; Castilian version 25 MB PatchPatch 1.06 Swedish Swedish version 25 MB PatchPatch 1.06 Thai Thai version 25 MB FixCDKeyFixer Russian version 648 KB FixStartup fixer by Turin Turumbar English version 82 KB FixAuto-defeat fix by withmorten English version 531 KB FixOptions.ini file English version 2 KB FixWidescreen patch for version 1.06 (fixes stretched UI in widescreen resolution) English version 32 MB MapCollector’s Edition map pack English version 3 MB MiscKeygen (safe) English version 189 KB MiscDirectX 9 for 64-bit systems English version 96 MB MiscSerial keys (works with all versions) English version 370 B MiscBattle for Middle-earth II Mod SDK English version 41 MB DemoEnglish version 1.4 GB

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