The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 cross-platform third-person hack and slash video game based on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The game was published by EA Games and developed by EA Redwood Shores and released for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and PC. A hack and slash role-playing game version was developed for the Game Boy Advance which when combined with the Gamecube edition via the Nintendo GameCube–Game Boy Advance link cable unlocks unique content.
The game is similar to its predecessor The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, but differs by adding multiple storylines, more playable characters and increased interaction with environments. The game follows three separate story arcs loosely based on events in the film. A two-player co-op mode is available for some missions.
The Return of the King was developed in close collaboration with New Line Cinema, using many of the actual reference photos, drawings, models, props and other assets from the film. The game was met with positive critical reception for its graphics, audio, and gameplay, though its camera control was criticized.