Reviews and Problems with Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: The Lord of the Rings was written by a well known and prominent Christian - J.R.R. Tolkien. The recent movie trilogy based on the Lord of the Rings did amazingly well at the movie theaters, and on DVD. The video games from Electronic Arts have not been as well received. A buddy came over wanting to hang out and play a Gauntlet style game, and this is what came out of my pile. We should have found something else to play, but then you know what they say about hindsight.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Review
11 March 2010
Conclusion: Return of the King improves upon last year’s hack-and-slash fest in every single aspect. The multiplayer action is incredibly fun, but it does take time to get adjusted to the camera angles. The camera isn’t too much of a problem in the single-player game, but still provides a few quirks that will cause some frustration. The game does have its share of problems, including some uneven difficulty across the levels and its short length.
Excerpt: 2D was not forever (though it survives on the little screen); violent games are fantastic tools to develop motor skills (but are not for the emotionally disturbed/challenged); and movie games are now representative of the movies they are actually based on, while at the same time taking enough creative license with the material to be fun and, God help us, playable .
Excerpt: EA's highly successful The Two Towers drew high praise from gamers for its cinematic drama and hack and slash action. It wasn't the most innovative treatment of the Tolkien classic, but it sure was fun to be a part of. The latest installment, Return of the King, looks to improve on that success, offering more characters, more cinematic feel, and best of all, multiplayer co-op. But can more hack and slash satisfy a Lord of the Rings enthusiast?
Excerpt: There are only a few companies in the world these days that seem to be able to do justice to movie licenses. The good folks at Activision have done good things with the X-Men and Spiderman licenses, and Atari did an alright job with the Matrix, but a majority of the other companies out there can’t seem to get it right. I suppose it’s actually a difficult task to take something that people enjoyed watching and turn it into something that people enjoy playing.
Conclusion: With the movie coming out in only a few days' time, and Santa only a few days behind that, this is certainly a game that many may want in their stocking. It's far from unique or original but it's a fine game and one which the producers of Buffy and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon should pick up to see how it should be done. That said, those on a budget may want to seek out last year's The Two Towers which gives you almost the same enjoyment for half the cash.
Pros: Graphics, Sound, Excellent use of a great licence.
Cons: Bit samey, Almost same game can be had on budget.