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Black Label's Middle-earth Quest
Lord of the Rings series continues with new action and strategy games
 
There's more Orc-battling action in store for Tolkien fans in Lord of the Rings: The Treason of Isengard, to be released for PS2 and Xbox. The third-person action-adventure game expands on last year's Fellowship of the Ring by featuring an epic struggle between the races of men, Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs. In place of Fellowship's limited control over just a few characters, players can now control more characters and fight through massive battle scenes. There are also unique character upgrades and helpful NPCs to assist players in battle.
 
Black Label is also debuting War of the Ring for PC, the first real-time strategy game based on The Lord of the Rings saga. Developed by Liquid Entertainment (Battle Realms), War of the Ring features an all-new engine and a highly detailed interactive environment. Players can choose to align themselves with the forces of good and fight for the One Ring's destruction, or play as the forces of evil and strive to claim control over Middle-earth. The game will introduce locations and characters not featured in the films, single- and multiplayer campaigns, special abilities for heroes, magic, and more.
 
For action fans with no interest in the Elvish, Black Label will also show Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter, which will be available on all console systems. This fast-paced futuristic action game combines ground-based combat and space-based dogfighting. The player assumes the role of an ex-Special Ops officer turned bounty hunter looking for revenge.
 
Also on display at this year's E3 is The Hulk, which will be released on all three consoles and PC this spring. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, stop by the Vivendi booth for some smashing action.
 
-By Ken Brown
 
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