Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
Buy On
  1. It's a surprisingly deep, involving and intense hackandslash experience that belies its apparent simplicity.
  2. Switch between the game’s three passages—the Paths of the King, Wizard, and Hobbit—to hack levels tailored to each character’s quirks. Or better yet, stick with one and build up his abilities—cutting through the Orc-etc.

Awards & Rankings

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#39 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#22 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 123
  1. Nov 22, 2013
    10
    I give very few games a ten but going back and playing this game again ten years later, I am reminded how a truly brilliant co-op game canI give very few games a ten but going back and playing this game again ten years later, I am reminded how a truly brilliant co-op game can give my friends and I a more fulfilling experience than many available today. Full Review »
  2. May 18, 2018
    7
    Better than the first so I wish I can give this a 7.5 but still as an actual video game this game is ok at best.
  3. Jun 7, 2017
    9
    You very rarely will come across a movie-centric videogame that really captures not just the movie itself, but also the core mechanics thatYou very rarely will come across a movie-centric videogame that really captures not just the movie itself, but also the core mechanics that make a game good on its own foundations. The Return of The King is sequel to The Two Towers game and improves on it in every way possible. Three branching paths that allowed people to try different levels with different characters, a combat system that feels very gratifying to play with, the soundtrack of the film trilogy's excellent score, and a co-op system that let couch play be an absolute blast. It truly struck gold and to this day I consider it the best movie video game license ever made. Full Review »