To call Lord of the Rings Conquest a failure to the franchise would be overstatement. Despite its many flaws, there is some fun to be had. Poor design choices, sloppy controls and a lack of any soul or polish keep it from being anything but a brief distraction, but hacking your way through the armies of Sauron to the tune of Howard Shore's epic soundtrack is enjoyable up to a point. Eventually, though, the game's many problems catch up with it, dragging it down into the realm of the sub-par. A disappointing effort for a concept that should have been a sure thing.