The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King box cover (PS2)
DeveloperEA Games
PublisherEA Games
PlatformsPlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, PC
Release datesOctober 31, 2003 (NA)

November 14, 2003 (PAL)

January 8, 2004 (JP)
GenreAction

The Return of the King (for the Nintendo Gamecube, Playstation 2, Xbox, Gameboy Advanced and PC) was released in conjunction with the film. This game is essentially a playable imitation of the movie (also includes levels from The Two Towers), and it lets you play as Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli on The Path of the King; Frodo and Sam on The Path of the Hobbits; and Gandalf on The Path of the Wizard. When you complete all paths and beat the game, Pippin, Merry, and Faramir are unlocked as playable characters. This game also has a variety of Special Features about the making of the game that are unlocked as you progress.

Contents

The Path of the King

  • Paths of the Dead
    • This level is based on Aragorn, Legolas', and Gimli's venture through Dunharrow, the caves in the White Mountains, where there is an army of dead men, bound to Middle-earth by their broken oath to serve the King of Gondor. Although they never fight the Dead in the book or the movie, this level requires you to fight through the legions of spirits, to reach the center of the caves and plead with their King. Some of the cutscenes of this level feature bits only in the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings.
  • The King of the Dead
    • On this level, you have reached the center of the halls and caves of the Dead. Once again differing from the book and the film, you have to fight The King of the Dead single-handedly, and he is essentially a boss, fought at the beginning of the level, rather than the end. After you defeat him, you have to escape from the caves, as they begin to collapse in. If you move too slowly, the boulders will crush you. Occasionally, you'll be stopped at certain points and unable to continue, until you defeat a group of Dead enemies. The cave will stop collapsing for a moment, giving you time to clear them out, but if you are not fast enough, it will resume and kill you. You will meet up with the rest of your party in the last chamber on the game, where you fight one last group of enemies.
  • The Southern Gate
    • In the film, this scene is not stressed too heavily. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli simply arrive with the Army of the Dead and charged the forces of Sauron. It is a little more complicated here. When you first approach the gate, a troll jumps in front of it from the top of the fort and the gate doors shut. Kill the troll, fight of the Orcs, and set off the two catapults on the left side of the main road to clear a way on the right side of 4the fort to climb it. You need to access the gate winch to open it for yourself to pass through. First, you need to defeat the second troll up there. After that, an oliphaunt comes up, and its archers fire at you. Fire arrows to blow it up, while fending off the Uruk-hai. After that, defeat the last wave of Uruks so you can safely use the gate winch. Once its opened, one last line of Uruk-hai rush to the open gates to cut you off. While you are still on the fort, pour the molten metal on them to kill most of them. Then go back to ground level and run through the gate.
  • Pelennor Fields
  • The Black Gate

==The Path of the Hobbits==\

  • Escape from Osgiliath
  • Shelob's Lair
  • Cirith Ungol
  • The Crack of Doom

The Path of the Wizard

  • Helm's Deep
  • The Road to Isengard
  • Minas Tirith - The Wall
  • Minas Tirith - Courtyard

Bonuses and Special Features

  • Interviews
    • Hobbits on Gaming
    • Christopher Lee
    • Sean Astin
    • Ian McKellen
    • Elijah Wood
    • Billy Boyd
    • Dominic Managhan
    • Andy Serkis
    • David Wenham


Combat and Tactics

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