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July 13, 2003
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
10/11/2003EA GamesEA Games1-2$99.95

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Gandalf lets rip.
One of the most enjoyable titles of 2002 was Electronic Arts' Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers which was easily one of the most impressive movie to video game tie-ins in history. While the first gamecombined story elements of the first two movies (Electronic Arts fortunately didn't want to rush a game out to coincide with the first movie) this second game focuses on the events in the third movie, and yes, if you buy the game early you'll be able to watch several exclusive clips from the third and final movie to be released in late December.

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One of the intense battles.
Return of the King sees you return to Middle-earth once again. Electronic Arts have included over twelve interactive environments authentically reproduced from the films. Explore the Paths of the Dead, defend Minas Tirith, and battle Sauronís forces at the Pelennor Fields before final confrontations at the Black Gate and the Crack of Doom. More than just a backdrop to the action, the game environments are interactive, letting players incorporate the various environments into their strategies for both melee and ranged combat. Characters will have the ability to jump and swing from ropes, fire catapults, kick boulders, etc.

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The troll looks awesome - again.
Instead of three playable characters in the original game the developers have upped the game to eight playable and secret characters including Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Sam & Frodo with exclusive voice-over provided by the actual actors from the films.

Also included in Return of the King is an all-new co-op multiplayer mode will allow players to team up with a companion. This should add some tremendously fun moments to the game as you battle through the levels to complete the quest.

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A very foreboding place!
Easily one of the most impressive aspects of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was the seamless transitions from movie clips to rendered cut scenes. As expected these transitions will be returning to this game to show clips from the upcoming movie. The music has once again been composed by Academy Award-winner Howard Shore.

This is certainly shaping up as another must-have title for not only fans of the movie but also fans of action games. Expect a release in early November.