One does not simply walk into the high-def era with Battle for Middle-earth

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If you’re one of the lucky owners of 2004’s The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth, you may know that there’s a fan-run outfit that stepped in to supply multiplayer capability to the game after publisher Electronic Arts shut down the servers in 2010. That’s all well and good, but the pre-HD textures and models haven’t aged well. Blowing up what looked good in 2004 onto a 2017 monitor is a quick way to reassess the rose-colored glasses you were wearing. Thanks to a couple of dedicated modders, there is now a way to get the game to look as good as Peter Jackson’s green-screen adventures. The HD Edition mod from “RiderOfRohan” and “Mathijs” gives every blocky low-poly model a sharp upgrade. No longer will Aragorn look like he missed second breakfast.