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  • Summary: Return to Middle-earth in the only video game based on the epic final chapter of the highly-acclaimed The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Developed using the same digital assets as the films, The Return of the King re-creates in stunning detail the final events of the War of the Ring.Return to Middle-earth in the only video game based on the epic final chapter of the highly-acclaimed The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Developed using the same digital assets as the films, The Return of the King re-creates in stunning detail the final events of the War of the Ring. Become the heroes who determine the fate of Middle-earth as you traverse the haunted Paths of the Dead, defend Minas Tirith from the onslaught of thousands of Sauron's minions, and even play co-op multiplayer with a friend as you march against the impenetrable Black Gates of Mordor. Eight playable characters, including Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Sam, and Frodo with exclusive voice-over provided by the films’ actors. The fate of Middle-earth is in your hands. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. GameNow
    100
    The graphics are first rate, and the action is intensely frenetic. Most important, ROTK turns up the LOTR authenticity full blast. [Jan 2004, p.55]
  2. There is so much to do, and players will be drawn into the game, and it won't let them go until they unlock everything. This is the best movie to game conversion that has come out in a long time.
  3. 90
    It's one of the finest crossover titles I've ever played; mainstream gamers will enjoy it for its excellent use of the movie license, sharp visuals, and easy-to-pickup gameplay, but it also has enough challenge and variety for hardcore players to soak up.
  4. EA has done an exceptional job creating a game around the movie, and their efforts are certainly deserving of your attention.
  5. It’s bigger, longer and smarter than The Two Towers.
  6. PSM Magazine
    80
    A beautiful hack-and-slasher that lives up to the considerable scope and grandeur of the filmic source material. [Holiday 2003, p.32]
  7. The combat system is extremely shallow, and Gamestyle can find little in depth to favourably commend it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  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. Expand
  2. EdwinR.
    Feb 3, 2004
    10
    This is an INCREDIBLE game! I am nuts about it! the only game I've ever found that was better, was 007 nightfire, and that's only This is an INCREDIBLE game! I am nuts about it! the only game I've ever found that was better, was 007 nightfire, and that's only because its graphics are better. EA, keep 'em coming! Expand
  3. ManiacAlchomin
    Dec 25, 2004
    10
    This is truly a very fun game. the best lotr rings game, and one of my favorites.
  4. Joe
    May 28, 2004
    9
    This is just as good as the movie, with some bumpy roads.
  5. Jul 2, 2015
    9
    This game is one of the best movie-licenced games of all time!!!
    It delivered great gameplay through the story of the Lotr-films, including
    This game is one of the best movie-licenced games of all time!!!
    It delivered great gameplay through the story of the Lotr-films, including several game plus elements, unlockable characters skills and moves, everything in the setting of middleearth.
    But its real strenght lies in the local coop gameplay, I have never experienced such a funny hack and slash orgy with swords and axes with my bros beside me.
    Moreover the multiplayer isnĀ“t a limited part, it offers the same experience as the single player!
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  6. Jan 6, 2016
    8
    The second instalment of the LOTR video game series once again captures the essence of the films. With improved graphics, gameplay andThe second instalment of the LOTR video game series once again captures the essence of the films. With improved graphics, gameplay and settings that portray that of the films expertly, it is in fact an improvement. Expand
  7. JOSEPHS.
    May 25, 2004
    0
    Hard= unbeatable normal=unbeatable easy=unbeatable this game is a shame to EA games.

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#43 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#30 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003