Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. A pure celebration of the movies that inspired it. It is a terrific action game with a degree of depth and a great collection of surprises to collect. The game is also peerless in the presentation department and you can play it with a friend.
  2. Rarely does a game boast this sort of cinematic appeal while actually being fun to play, but Return of the King delivers.
  3. Few games are as excitingly presented, as gorgeously constructed, as intensely visceral as the extraordinary The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. [Dec 2003, p.52]
  4. Basically an all-you-can-kill, hack-and-slash buffet from start to finish. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.82]
  5. Takes everything The Two Towers did well and improves upon it in every way.
  6. With its gorgeous visuals and amazing sound, the game brilliantly brings the film and Tolkien's vision to life.
  7. The graphics virtually rival the movie and a two-player co-op mode gives the game good replay value making this game a worthwhile pursuit. Although relatively short, The Return of the King is short on story and long on action.
  8. 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.
  9. 90
    The core of the game is based on this frenetic, nonstop action that propels you from one area to the next, and it is this same sense of mayhem-driven progress that can allow a non-fan like myself to have such a good time.
  10. 90
    While it lacks a lot of actual scenes from the new film (it uses more footage from the Two Towers and the Fellowship of the Ring with Gandalf doing voiceovers), it still tells the final part of the story and will spoil many facets of the film.
  11. How do you make a succesful movie to video game transformation? There have been many and many have failed to truly capture the movie that they're based on. I really don't know how you do this but I can tell you that Electronic Arts sure does.
  12. 90
    A nicely executed adventure worth fighting for, just be prepared to suffer inglorious defeats until you get used to the game cam.
  13. From the large selection of unlockable extras to the wealth of documentaries and bonus characters, every conceivable base has been covered. In reaching these lofty heights so easily, Return of the King has shamed virtually every other half baked movie adaption ever released.
  14. 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.
  15. 87
    The hack-and-slash action game is still very much just that, a twitchy combo-fest derived from arcade sensibilities, but now it's surrounded by a superior level of production quality that cannot be mistaken, it's got co-op, and it's filled with interactive backgrounds and newly playable characters.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 22, 2013
    Lord of the rings return of the king is with no doubt probably the best movie based game out there and heres why
    pros: gameplay, graphics are
    actually pretty good for an xbox game, audio, voice acting (gandalf is voiced by Ian Mckellen so you know its good once you hear) cooperative gameplay, recreations of awesome scenes from the movie, playing as characters from the movies like frodo sam faramir and all the other guys but face it we all want to play as legolas gimli gandalf and aragorn
    cons: camera control, saving only after a mission is done, short length, why cant i play co op in the path of the hobbits theres Frodo AND Sam why isn't there co op there?!?
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