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

by Electronic Arts
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
 Ages 12 and Over
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 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:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • 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
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  • ASIN: B00009QI6D
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.4 x 19 cm ; 254 g
  • Release Date: 14 Nov 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,488 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying 7 July 2004
I am overall very impressed with this game, the graphics are excellent, combat looks impressive and yet is not too hard to carry out, levels have been well designed and integrated with the plot. The story portrayed in the game does deviate slightly from the movie at more than one time however this is essential to ensure the game is fun. Each new level is introduced using footage from the films and the voices of the characters have been done by the actors from the film, even the film soundtrack has been used.
Characters you start with are Gandalf, Frodo, Sam, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas. There are also three unlockables available when you have completed all the missions. As you kill enemies you gain experience points for your character, which can then be exchanged for new abilities or upgrades, these are usually combo attacks that you can use to kill enemies quicker.
One thing that did strike me as strange was that the game despite having only fifteen levels came on three disks. This is explained by the fact that the game contains exclusive interviews with cast members which must take up a lot of space. It should also be mentioned that one or two of the levels are rather short. In particular the first level at Helm's deep.

This game contains 15 highly interactive levels, 12 of these I thought were excellent, 2 of them were good, and one level which was consequently the last level of the main missions was slightly boring. The level which I thought was boring is called the crack of doom and basically you have to push gollum off the edge of the platform, this in itself isn't so hard except that you have to do it six times.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fan-spanking-tastic game! 20 Nov 2003
I'd pre-ordered the game about a month ago (being a huge LOTR fan) and it was definitely worth the wait! The game-play is fantistic and it's great to get the opportunity to use so many different characters. The movie to game transition is extremely fluid, providing characters that really do look like the actors! It's a lot more story-driven than the Two Towers game, which is ideal for someone like me who loves the original book and not just the battle scenes (although they were great!) I must admit it's not easy, but it's not a game that you want to complete straight away.
I really can't recomend this game enough. If you love adventure - it's for you, if you love the book and the film - it's for you, and if you just like killing things - it's for you! Give it a go and believe me, you'll be hooked!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great combat game! 25 Aug 2004
I havnt played any of the other Lord of The Rings games, this is the only one I have played. I have found it very entertaining. The graphics are very well done and the gamplay, despite the lack of levels, is great.
You can choose between about 8 characters from the film including secret characters and the like. Each level promotes a challenging task (or tasks!) which has kept me at this game for hours on end. Some people, I have noticed from the reviews, find the lack of saving options and the difficulty of the level very annoying. I can see their point since most of the levels require playing countless times to get to the next but I find that this balances out the disapointing amount of levels.
Once you complete the game it can be done again but with an unlocked character. There is also a co-operation mode. This is also amazing although the screen should have been split on this since you have follow each other around instead of doing your own thing.
The Return of The King is a better game than, say, Prince of Persia which is rather tedious with the immensity of moves, showing that you can go over board on games such as this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, but needs a high spec video card 13 Feb 2004
By mas
I got this game for christmas and installed it immidiatly. I was suprised to see that a message popped up sayng that the game was not compatable with my video card. As it was a new pc, i was suprised and highly annoyed.
So, we reluctantly went and fixed a ATI Radeon 9200pro for 76.00, just so it would work. Beware, if you don't have an ATI above 7500, or a Geforce2 or above, DON'T buy this game unless you are prepared to upgrade.
Now, to the game itself. It is in a word: fantastic.
This has been criticised by many for being a simple arcade clicking frenzy. But the gameplay is smooth and crisp and is easy to get the hang of. Aiming with the ranged attack is easier than the two towers and the result on all the different enemies is excellent.
Well, this is where you have to pat EA on the back. The graphics are superb and look stunning. The only fault I have found on the game is on the Black Gate, where the Urik Hui and Orks are walking through the solid metal of the gate. If you have a high spec pc, then Return of the King will look like it is in your room. The fellowship look even better now as the faces sre much improved.
The voiceovers are great and it is the real actors speaking them. I found that it was easier to put subtitles on however because on occasions you can't tell what anyone is saying over the howls and yelps of the Orcs.
This game has surely exceeded my expectations except it may be a little to easy after the 'king of the dead' level. It is great how you can unlock interviews and stills fom the actors (I highly recommend watching the 'Hobbits on Gaming' interview!)
There are six characters in all, and three unlockable ones. They are Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Sam, Gandalf and Frodo.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For 2003 a top of the range game
This game is is an incredible combat game and has one of the most intuitive and fun combat systems of its time. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Horndawg
1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough save options
I enjoyed the graphics, but found intense battle scenes too difficult on a keyboard. But the really annoying part of this game is the fact that there are not enough options to save... Read more
Published on 18 July 2004 by Mich Bonten
3.0 out of 5 stars I love this game so much I hate it!!!
I am a huge LOTR fan and I love PC gaming. (I have never owned a console)I do, however, have an Air Flo controller (like a gamepad with a coolingfan) which works great with the... Read more
Published on 27 April 2004 by "rockmobile"
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, and not much else
What an unfortunate creation this game is. In terms of it's alignment and relevance to the story, it is barely recognisable in places. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2004 by G. Richards
1.0 out of 5 stars An insult to pc gaming
Sorry to have to say, but this thing is an awful insult to pc gaming. Its not worth a review. If your looking for a LOTR Game for PC "The fellowship of the ring" game is excellent.
Published on 25 Feb 2004 by Tommy Kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the King PC Game - A Fantastic Game!!!
Having seen the films and read the books, i can say that this game was fantastic and worth it!!! The graphics are excellent! Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2004 by Mark James Fisher
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
This game took over 45 minutes to load and the installation program crashed the first PC I tried to install it on (Win 2K, 1Gb memory, 2.5GHz processor). Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2004 by steve49714
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Buy
I got this game for a Christmas present and I am extremely impressed with it. This game has somewhat amazing graphics and allows you to play 9 different main characters which are... Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2004 by orccommander
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick To The Film
This game was given to me as a christmas present. At least it was not my hard earned cash that paid for it. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2004 by "mustangcliff"
5.0 out of 5 stars what can I say
This game is just AMAZING. The graphics are cool and when it switches to video to game it has a great effect. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2004
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