I love the Lord of the Rings book and movies. I also loved Lord of the Rings: Return of the King game. Third Age was a great RPG, and even the two Battle for Middle Earth games were great. Lord of the Rings Online was sloppy, but has potential. So how does Conquest stack up with the previous games? Not well to be honest. The game is fun, but it seems like the spent more time with the difficulty than the mechanics.
Characters abilities are limited and you will die a lot to get an objective done. The best advice I was given was to just run the objective and use a mage to keep yourself alive. Most of the bosses are easy, but the work to get their is ridiculous. You spend half your time running away trying to stay alive. The other half is spent trying to keep your composure while your targeting enemies. The archer is useless 99% of the time and the scout will make killing time consuming. The best bet is to play chicken and try to complete objectives in the fastest time. Also pay attention to your surroundings.
This game would have been 100 times better if they constructed it similar to The Return of the King gameplay. Hack and slash with strategy is better than dying 5 times trying to kill 3 trolls all fixed on you.
If your expecting excellence than your going to be disappointed. If you like LOTR than buy it and just appreciate the game for what story it represents. The game has nothing noteworthy to speak of. It is a fun game, but far from consistent fun. Many times I wished I was playing anything but the game. However it does offer some easy achievements.
I give this game a 5/10 for average game with nothing outstanding to make note of. I hope this helps those who consider this game. Recommend renting it instead of buying though.