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Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Return to Middle-earth in the only video game based on the epic Read more

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The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Playstation Illustrated
21 June 2005
  • Excerpt: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Those are the only two words that can describe the audio/video experience present in EA's The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King . Not only does everything about the game look amazing, but you'll be blown away by the combination of special effects and the sheer amount of action happening on screen as you play.
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High-intensity play enjoyable for teen LOTR fans.

Common Sense Media
22 May 2005
  • Summary: Parents need to know that this is a violent game, an epic fantasy of good versus evil. The game attempts to let the player join the story, but it lacks the softer aspects of the movie and book. This game has an online option; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under 12.
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Overall 9
Gameplay 8
Graphics 9
Sound 10
Control 8
Addiction 8

Expert Review

PSX Extreme
1 March 2004
  • Excerpt: With few exceptions, games based on movies flat out stink. Starting with the famed Atari 2600 stinker E.T, and continuing to the buggy Enter The Matrix, it seems that developers just can't turn a good movie into a good game. EA has worked hard to distance themselves from this problem and while the previous Lord of the Rings game was good, it didn't quite live up to both of the movies it represented.
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Overall 7

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Sofa Cinema
3 September 2004
Overall 9
Value for money 8
Gameplay 9
Graphics 9
Sound 9

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King -

22 December 2003
  • Summary: Fans of the movies (and that should be almost everyone reading this) could do a lot worse then pick up this title. Electronic Arts are putting a lot of effort into making this brand pay off, and the results are terrific.
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Overall 8

Expert Review

6 September 2013
  • Excerpt: Wie in 2003 nog niet van ‘The Lord of the Rings’ heeft gehoord heeft de laatste jaren onder een steen gelegen. En om de hype te versterken hebben we nu ook deze hack ’n slash game gekregen. De LOTR-beminnende pc speler is hier blij om want ‘The Two Towers’ kwam enkel op console uit.
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Overall 8

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Level 7
29 August 2004
  • Conclusion: Riktigt tjusigt. Animationer, miljöer och karaktärer är väldigt detaljerade och mycket snygga. Ett minus för den aningen ostadiga bilduppdateringen. Man får en otrolig närvarokänsla när bild och musik smälter samman i en härlig kompott. Dock dras betyget ner av ett förvirrande samarbetsläge och en hemsk kamera. På en kväll har du spelat igenom hela äventyret och återspelsvärdet finner jag inte speciellt attraktivt. Hållbarheten ligger i att spela med en kompis.
  • Pros: Mästerlig musik, Stämningsfylld känsla, Underhållande samarbetsläge, Enkel kontrolluppställning
  • Cons: Enformigt, Förvirrande i samarbetsläget, Kameran, Inget online-läge, För kort
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