Both are life long keepers for me. They play on exact opposite ends of the scale. Hard to say which one best. Based on what you stated I'd go with LOTR. And as others said, When my league friends are over LOTR is that deep one-two player game and MET is the fast 4 player game. Or you could look at it this way. MET is the scrolling shooter video game and LOTR is the roll playing video game. You decide.