I have several lord of the rings games in my collection and they are some of the most enjoyable games to play. I do enjoy the books and movies, but I have played several other card driven games and my first play through of War of Ring has shown that there are several ways to get the card into play from your hand to your advantage. I really like this mechanic as I don't feel like I am always forced to throw a card away and you even have the option of not playing a card. The game does a great job in miming the story and the conflicts within the Lord of the Rings. The ring search, corruption, and battles make for epic game play with tension.
The rules are numerous, but make sense and not too bad to recall when playing. The rule book is well organized and doesn't reiterate what you just read too often. This with an index makes reviews much quicker and easy to do during the heat of battle.
I four star the price point because it approaches one hundred dollar bill mark. However, I have seen other games with fewer miniatures for more money, but the miniatures, board, and cards are nicely done with detail. Only a few of the minis where distorted, but almost all the flags where distorted and reasonable so. They may not have been vulcanized due to the storage system verses the quantity of minis, but the flags won't be breaking off. The dice are the nicest dice I have seen yet.