Will the Real Lord of the Rings: Conquest Please Stand Up?

I am so confused right now. These two new gameplay videos from Lord of the Rings: Conquest recently surfaced, and each clip seems like it’s showing a completely different game. The Lord of the Rings: Conquest depicted in this first clip is absolutely hideous, a game looking like a PS2-era production with stiff, glitchy animations, boxy characters, flat textures, piss-poor particle effects and controls that you can just tell from watching aren’t very refined.

But then the Lord of the Rings: Conquest in this second clip magically morphs into a game that while certainly still not jaw-dropping by any stretch of the imagination at least shows that it was made for this current generation of hardware and may actually be mildly entertaining.

The thing is, I don’t know which video to believe. Is the game really as hideous as the first clip shows or was that footage shot from an early build and the second clip shows what the game truly is? Only time will tell, but I must say all my Lord of the Rings fanboy enthusiasm for this game has now been completely sapped.

Lord of the Rings: Conquest Gates of Mordor Gameplay HD [GameTrailers.com]
Lord of the Rings: Conquest Battle Gameplay HD [GameTrailers.com]

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