Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
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  1. Probably the most intense PC game I've played this year after "Call of Duty."
  2. 80
    Rife with action and bursting at the seams with bonus content, the title will also go down in history as one of the most intense products ever created for hobbyists' consumption.
  3. A fairly decent third-person action game, only mildly bungled by some not-so-great camera perspectives, long-winded cutscenes, and a tendency to go overboard with the shear number of enemy forces directed at you at once.
  4. The gameplay, cool moves, music and smokin’ graphics are all top notch. Even though the game was fairly short and the camera angles annoying, any fan of the franchise would / should probably buy it and those interested wouldn’t be disappointed.
  5. Takes everything The Two Towers did well and improves upon it in every way.
  6. 90
    Minor camera issues aside, Return of the King is a refreshing example of competent licensing melded with the hack'n'slashery we all know and love. It's even got me psyched for a movie I couldn't have cared less about a week ago, and I think that's saying something.
  7. 89
    They have concentrated on distilling the best action they can out of Tolkein's, (or should that now be Jackson's) masterpiece and presenting it in a well executed package. Lord of the Ring fans could surely want for nothing more this Christmas.
  8. 87
    More than just a good hack and slash. It's one of the best. The feature set is excellent and well worth your money.
  9. You often feel like you are taking part in some vast battle, man and beast fighting all around you. It’s the kind of fighting game that sometimes almost drives me to get a console, and I wished showed up on the PC more often.
  10. 85
    A highly polished and very enjoyable action title that, while not the equal of its console counterparts, is still a terrific action game on the PC.
  11. It's still a relatively simple and short action game at heart, but a solid combat system, some extremely intense and cinematic levels, cool extras that fans of the movies will enjoy, and the option to play cooperatively with a friend all add up to make The Return of the King deserving of its name.
  12. There’s too much replaying of banal levels over and over again until you learn enough button combinations to survive long enough to reach a checkpoint. Sure, there are a few good moments – the sheer scale of the halls of the dead, and the backdrop of hundreds of charging orcs during some of the battle scenes – but the braindead playing of them renders the whole experience futile.
  13. Has terrific graphics but suffers from clumsy gameplay.
  14. The game doesn’t live up to the qualities resplendent in either the book or the movies, but it’s still a technically competent game and fun to play.
  15. PC Gamer
    58
    The game's enormous potential is squandered by bad playbalancing. [Jan 2004, p.82]
  16. Computer Gaming World
    80
    With all the action and unlockable DVD-like special features, this is not only a good game that drags you right into the movie, it's also a fantastic supplement for die-hard Rings fans. [Feb 2004, p.70]
  17. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    There are few games with such radical swings from "amazing" to "sadistic." [Jan 2004, p.64]
  18. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Fans will find much to enjoy, but don't blame us if you're as haggard as Gollum by the time you actually finish the game. [19 Dec 2003, p.L2T 20]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Dec 10, 2016
    8
    Hú, ez a játék volt gyerekkorom egyik legnagyobb géme! Annyira bírtam, hogy játszhatok a Gyűrűk Ura film szereplőivel és végigélhetem újra aHú, ez a játék volt gyerekkorom egyik legnagyobb géme! Annyira bírtam, hogy játszhatok a Gyűrűk Ura film szereplőivel és végigélhetem újra a film helyszíneit! Full Review »
  2. Aug 7, 2012
    7
    This isn't a great game, but it definitely has its moments. It's pretty fun to slaughter hordes or orcs and other enemies--especiallyThis isn't a great game, but it definitely has its moments. It's pretty fun to slaughter hordes or orcs and other enemies--especially considering the scale of some of the battles you find yourself in--and a reasonable challenge to keep your cool and remember the various combos in the middle of battle. However the game does suffer from a terrible checkpoint system and sometimes-abrupt swings in difficulty. All in all, it's a worthwhile game for any LOTR fan who doesn't mind some button-mashing. Full Review »
  3. tiredplayer
    Mar 21, 2004
    3
    If you like frustration, this game is for you. There's no way to save the game in between. So, you must play the entire level before a If you like frustration, this game is for you. There's no way to save the game in between. So, you must play the entire level before a save is done. And, if you did manage to finish the level and got a save, when you tried to "reload" to continue, guess what, you have to start the level all over again. I don't know how some of these guys are rating the game so high. Perhaps they're playing the "Easy" level. I'm playing the "Normal" level that I normally do for all games I play. This game just doesnt cut it for me. It lacks user control. Don't waste your money and time on this game unless you think I'm full of it...in that case, go buy and find out for yourself...you'll be sorry. Full Review »