By the time Conquest has struck its final blow, you will likely have spent almost ten hours with the single player portion of the game. In that time, you will have fought in some of Tolkien's most steeped battles. The war for Middle Earth is epic to staggering proportions, and this entry by Pandemic does not fail in letting you experience the fullness of the conflict. But within that experience there are many bumps. Cheap deaths, button mashing, and repetitiveness hurt the overall experience. Indeed, rather then adding to the genre, Conquest simply gives you more of the same, albeit with a new coat of paint. If you are a fan of the series or this style of hack and slash gameplay, there is enough here to warrant your time. Otherwise, you may want to keep your distance or stick to a rental.