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  • Summary: Return to Middle-earth in a game based on the epic final chapter of the The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Developed using the same digital assets as the films, The Return of the King recreates in stunning detail the final events of the War of the Ring. Become the heroes who determineReturn to Middle-earth in a game based on the epic final chapter of the The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Developed using the same digital assets as the films, The Return of the King recreates 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, and even play co-op multiplayer with a friend as you march against the impenetrable Black Gates of Mordor. The fate of Middle-earth is in your hands. Expand
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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. Cheat Code Central
    90
    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.
  3. Xbox Nation Magazine
    90
    Basically an all-you-can-kill, hack-and-slash buffet from start to finish. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.82]
  4. By combining the same addictive button-mashing core of its predecessor with better visuals, better level design, more dynamic gameplay (thanks to the scripted events that drive the levels), and a multiplayer co-op mode, Return of the King is an exceptionally well-produced game.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    83
    Does a fantastic job of putting you into the world of the movie through its graphically stunning reproductions of the film's war-torn sets, smooth transitions from thriling cinema clips, into exciting gameplay, [and] top-notch voice work. [Dec 2003, p.181]
  6. It's bigger, longer and smarter than "The Two Towers."
  7. Insufferably bi-polar difficulty levels attacks that can't be repelled or escaped from no matter your skill and combat because your stuck on the ground in a death loops is something so lacking in grace that it numbs you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. AndrewH.
    Jan 27, 2004
    10
    Incredibly awesome single player adventure, and what's even better is you can play through it with a friend. Not to mention the awsome Incredibly awesome single player adventure, and what's even better is you can play through it with a friend. Not to mention the awsome unlockable reviews and secret playable characters. Expand
  2. JustinD.
    Nov 19, 2003
    10
    Totally amazing twice as good as the Two Towers. non-stop hack and slash action through amazingly detailed levels with a great soundtrack.
  3. NormW.
    Dec 2, 2003
    10
    Awesome! In every respect, but its the co-op game play is what really puts it over the top. Funny, challenging and exhilarating.
  4. SteveE.
    Nov 28, 2003
    9
    Just like the films this ooze`s class and is a significant improvement on the Two Towers game
  5. Mr.BT
    Jan 19, 2004
    9
    Absolutely fantastic move-tie-in game. Fun for single player or multi-player. As your characters progress, you're rewarded with greater Absolutely fantastic move-tie-in game. Fun for single player or multi-player. As your characters progress, you're rewarded with greater combos and skills that make the heroes truly shine on the battlefield. An excellent game. Expand
  6. JamesH.
    Dec 31, 2003
    8
    First things first, this is not a complicated game. No serious thought is required to complete it and its not a very long game either... First things first, this is not a complicated game. No serious thought is required to complete it and its not a very long game either... (most should complete this in a weekend) That all said, for some pure hack and slash fun this is a really enjoyable game - Once completed, the perfectionists (such as myself) will want to perfect every level (something that is possible once you master the initially tricky 'bane' combos. Even after doing just that I still enjoy going back to this game for small doses of co-op or just to go throught the game to take every unlocked character to level 20. In short this game is not a epic masterpiece like the book or the film but it is nonetheless great fun and well worth a purchase for some non-cerebral fun. Expand
  7. NathanH.
    May 27, 2005
    7
    Similar in many ways to the Two Towers Game, I found Return of the King to be rather repetitive and boring. The graphics are beautiful and Similar in many ways to the Two Towers Game, I found Return of the King to be rather repetitive and boring. The graphics are beautiful and controls are responsive, but I did not enjoy the game. Expand

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