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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Xbox)

by Electronic Arts
Xbox
 Ages 12 and Over
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Third-person action/adventure gameplay
  • Eight playable characters, including Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Sam, and Frodo
  • Jump and swing from ropes, fire catapults, kick boulders, and more
  • Live out the final installment in the trilogy with seamless movie-to-game transitions
  • For 1 player
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  • Platform:   Xbox
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00009QI4M
  • Release Date: 14 Nov 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,102 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Bringing familiar faces and locations from the hit film, EA's tie-in game The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King could be easily written off at first glance as a simple cash-in. It's therefore a very pleasant surprise to find such an addictive and high quality game nestling at the heart of it all.

The developers have, as with the enjoyable Two Towers tie-in, opted for a beat-'em-up in the style of old classics such as Golden Axe. It proves to be a wise choice. Seamlessly incorporating some of the finest cinematic moments from the film, the game is a frenetic, rip-roaring and hugely entertaining affair. And surprisingly, it's a well-thought-through and highly challenging one too. The gameplay rewards the player willing to try things other than the same old moves, and through a series of combos and upgrades, it constantly pushes you onward. It's no one-weekend wonder either, with a healthy long-term challenge packed in.

Downers? A couple of levels don't quite reach the standards set by the game's best, and the toughness of the challenge may also deter more casual gamers. They'd be really missing out though, for not only is Return of the King one of the best movie tie-ins of recent times--certainly eclipsing the aforementioned Two Towers title--it's a tremendously enjoyable game in its own right. It's just a shame now that EA have run out of films and books, as we'd happily thirst for another instalment 12 months down the line. Best make the most of this one, then... --Simon Brew

Product Description

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them... The Return of the King video game once again puts the fate of Middle-earth in the hands of the gamer. Mirroring the final instalment of the blockbuster movie trilogy, the game charges players with destroying the One Ring by casting it into Mount Doom and thus freeing Middle-earth from the clutches of the Dark Lord Sauron.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King allows players to journey through multiple gameplay paths, taking control of the motion picture trilogy's heroes. Defend the walls of Minas Tirith as Gandalf, raise the Army of the Dead as Aragorn, Legolas or Gimli and, with Frodo and Sam, deliver the ring to the fiery depths of Mount Doom.

Based on environments from the upcoming movie, The Return of the King has third-person gameplay that includes immersive action and adventure elements set in rich, interactive levels. An all-new multiplayer co-op mode will let players form their own Fellowship before embarking on their journey through Middle-earth.


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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger and better!! 17 Nov 2003
By John S
Take the original game, which is a great game in its own right and make it better in just about every way imaginable!
You get the opportunity to choose your path, be it the path of the wizard, king or hobbits, and progression unlocks addtional features, as in the first game.
Once again footage from the films has been used which seemlessly puts you right in the heat of battle. From the epic opening scenes, this game grabs you by the throat and doesnt let go. The opportunity to play as Gandalf, Frodo & Sam as well the staple characters (Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli) is a welcome one....particularly when it comes to Gandalf, who's a lot harder than he looks.
As in the first game you earn experience points for well executed moves and combos, and you then get chance to 'spend' the experience points on upgrades and levelling up your character in the true tradition of rpg's.
The graphics, some of which use actual models from the movies, sound, once again using actors voices, gameplay and maps have all been improved and a special mention has to go to the co-operative gameplay option which is pure genius. You also have the opportunity to interact a lot more with the environment which could mean anything from launching flaming catapults to throwing spears or climbing up and down battlements to access different levels of an area.
Electronic Arts have had full support and collaboration from the movie makers and it shows. Ok, so its a hack 'n' slash at heart, but one with balls and so much style its hard to beat.
My only complaint, if you can call it that is that there are major spoilers from the new movie, but if you can see beyond that, what you have is easily one of the best action games of the year.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By DebbyC
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I'll use my 1000 words wisely, and divide the review into headings. Possible spoilers about the game.. :D!
Graphics:
Stunning. Ash and sparks float gracefully down to a body-strewn battlefield. Spray from a trolls mouth as it pushes a siege tower over rubble and corpses...the smoke and flames flicker perfectly against a mountainous backdrop. Up to sixty characters on screen at once, arrows and spells being hurled through the air. Richly detailed characters with realistic movement. Superbly detailed flora and fauna. Amazing.
Gameplay:
Great! Massive interactive environments. See a spear in the ground? Pick it up and hurl it through an unsuspecting U'ruk Hai's chest. Watch him flounder around before collapsing in a heap. Need to access the top of that wall? Cut the rope of a trebuchet and watch the building collapse as a two tonne rock crushes it. Many enemies approaching the gate of a wall, where you are currently defending? Kick a vat of burning oil over and watch the effect.
Ladders, ballistae, spears, ropes and many more objects can be interacted with. Sure the game is all killing and maiming, but it is great, and addicting!
Music:
It's Lord of the Rings! What more could you want? Excellent tunes to go with an excellent game.
Lifespan:
If you have a friend and two gamepads...many hours, days inf fact. I've had it for a nearly a week and I show no signs of giving up yet. With a friend...oh, months. There are fifteen main levels that follow the different characters paths throughout the adventure, but when you complete it, you unlock a load of stuff and can replay any level with any character.
Unlock new abilities - turn Legolas's puny elvish arrows into mythril killing-machines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the King (Xbox). 10 Jan 2004
By Gryph
Visually this is a stunning game with excellent graphics and movie sequences, and after a few attempts I did find myself getting addicted. However, like The Two Towers game before it, this comes with a few annoying glitches, such as having to sit through the movie sequences every time you start a mission, and not being able to save when the going is getting tough.
I enjoyed this the most when I finished it and then went back playing with the unlocked characters, building up their special abilities. This is a good game, and an improvement on The Two Towers, but could have been a lot better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good game but... 8 Dec 2004
this game is very good. i got it from a bet with my friend and when i got it i didn't regreat. I was completely adicted and couldn''y stop. but when i finished it completely and barely touched it since. i finished it very quickly: it's too short
The gameplay and graphics are good but the view isn't that good, especially in co-op. there is one screen so when the two players are far apart you can barely see anything. the graphics lose a bit of their valu because of this, there are a few glinthes where you can barely see anything.
you can play as nine important caracters from the film including three secret ones. the missions folow the end of the two towers and the story line of the third film the return of the king. there are a few boses like the witch king and sheba. but the game is too short
What is annoying is the absence of four players and xbox live. i know playing with four players on one screen on this game looks kind of booring but they could have put something with xbox live . LAZY. something where the missions are very hard and you play about 5 together against the computer and there are lots of enemies .
in conclusion this is a good game but too short and the graphics leave to desire. RENT THIS GAME DON'T BUY IT
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Dull within 20 minutes.
Published 7 days ago by Jack Pass
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
Got the game because i played it when it first came out, worth every penny. Played it for hours and hours
Published 3 months ago by Andre
4.0 out of 5 stars Present
This game was bought as a present for my 16 year old son who seemed to enjoy it. Game as described
Published 5 months ago by Mola
5.0 out of 5 stars Good item
Good item would recommend to anyone. Works perfectly, excellent condition and had no problems installing and running it etc. A*
Published 5 months ago by Ben Platt
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game ever
I bought an xbox to play this game. Best game ever made. Even though the graphics are a little poor now
Published 7 months ago by Freshie
4.0 out of 5 stars x box game
bought this as a present for a friend he likes it and plays it quite a bit would recommend for children
Published 10 months ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
This is one for lord of the rings fans everywhere. Although the game is not of the highest level of graphics compared to modern standards, there is a wide range of characters that... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Quavers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It's The Return of the King. A review is hardly needed to say why I rated this five stars. And the game works.
Published 17 months ago by Richard McCaffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
Not perfect as I play it on xbox 360 and some things do not quite match up, but really good fun, challenging in parts, very true to the film.
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by Miss R Orme
3.0 out of 5 stars return of the king
this is a fun enough little game that will keep fans of the genre very happy, the graphics are great and the sound is absolutly brilliant the controls are quite good too but if... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2006 by jon davis
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