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. 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.
  2. It's a surprisingly deep, involving and intense hackandslash experience that belies its apparent simplicity.

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 120 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 120
  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. 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 »
  3. Dec 30, 2016
    3
    What is this monstrosity? Controls are everywhere, gameplay is laggy and it feels clunky and like a cash grab to exploit the movie.What is this monstrosity? Controls are everywhere, gameplay is laggy and it feels clunky and like a cash grab to exploit the movie. Unstoppable cutscenes were just the end for me. Full Review »