The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age GameCube


Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. What makes this game a real standout, though, is its production value.
  2. 85
    Thankfully, this combat heavy RPG delivers the goods, although some die hard RPG fans may be put off by its overly streamlined approach. The action is fast, with no lulls in gameplay from beginning to end.
  3. Third Age is the definitive Lord Of The Rings experience. It remains faithful to the film trilogy in terms of graphics and sound, and uses the licence to full effect, while at the same time delivering a captivating and enjoyable adventure. Good work EA.
  4. Game Informer
    Filled with amazing battles and worthy strategy, and anchored by strong gameplay. [Dec 2004, p.166]
  5. Redwood created a magnificent detailed Middle Earth, and fans of LOTR will be pleased because of that. Yet for those who regularly play RPG's the game offers nothing you have seen before, it suffers from repetitiveness and a more than mild difficulty level.
  6. AceGamez
    A stylish RPG that authentically represents Middle Earth from the book and the film trilogy. Whilst the gameplay is both enjoyable and addictive, it is also very traditional in style and does nothing at all to further the genre.
  7. It's fun and will keep you playing for at least 30 hours if you go everywhere, find everything and kill everyone.
  8. It's involving, very, very slick, and you really do feel part of an ongoing quest. Oh yeah, and there's no hobbits either.
  9. 80
    Despite the problems faced in difficultly, story involvement and some other minor nit-picks, The Third Age is an amazing game that'll keep gamers occupied for an easy 20+ hours.
  10. 80
    The game lacks the complicated character advancement common in the genre, but it's fast-paced, looks and sounds great, and will keep casual RPG and Lord of the Rings fans happy.
  11. You have a fun combat system, great character customization, gorgeous graphics, and enthralling audio. But on the other hand, the pathetic story, unbalanced difficulty, repetitive second half of the game, short game length, and unforgivable bugs and glitches really drag down what is largely an enjoyable game to play.
  12. Molds Middle-earth into a traditional turn-based frame, and while the results aren't all that great, the game carries some pretty good features and should appeal to fans of the source material.
  13. Unfortunately, the switch to turn-based play also means a severe reduction in how much fun it is to play cooperatively with friends. Basically each person trades off controlling one of the characters you're fighting with, which sounds like more fun than it is.
  14. You will not find much of a challenge, or even a particularly long adventure as far as RPGs are concerned. What you will find is a game that will make you lose track of time, as you will be too engulfed in the experience.

Awards & Rankings

#43 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 23, 2016
    Great game, playing on dolphin. The cutscenes and movie clips make it pretty comfy. I'm only half way through, but I already know it's a greatGreat game, playing on dolphin. The cutscenes and movie clips make it pretty comfy. I'm only half way through, but I already know it's a great game and worth my time. About to fire it up right now Full Review »
  2. MikeyB.
    Jun 6, 2005
    Great game for experienced players so if you have had a gamecube for ages buy this.
  3. JeshuaH.
    Apr 4, 2005
    Love the game.