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Essays 22 September 2022, 17:35

author: Hubert Sledziewski

Best Lord of the Rings Video Games - Editors' Choice

"One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them." In other words, we're looking at the best games set in the Lord of the Rings universe!

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  1. Genre: TPP action game
  2. Year of release: 2003
  3. Platforms: PC, PS2, Xbox, GBA, GCN
  4. Developer: Visceral Games / EA Redwood Shores

The second place went to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. I remember it with no less fondness than, for example, The Battle of Middle-earth, thou it's not a better game in my book. Perhaps because at the time of its release, The Return of the King was simply dazzling visually. Fragments of the film smoothly turned into cutscenes on game engine, which, in turn, were made into actual gameplay. It was good to watch, and even better to play, because the combat system was masterful – regardless of whether we played as Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas or any of the hobbits.

Still, the game was relatively difficult – at least for the 12-year-old me who tested it about a year after release. I repeated my last mission, Rifts of Doom, several dozen times before I finally managed to push the unfortunate Gollum into the fires of Mount Doom. In face of a considerable challenge, the perfect mode was fun as hell – its activation resulted in our character becoming immune to enemy attacks, and each kill was awarded with the highest possible score. It was quite powerful!

I have always found playing Gandalf the most fun, although the mission "Minas Tirith – Top of the Wall" gave me a hard time. Image Source: YouTube / Atharendil. - The best games in the world of The Lord of the Rings – Editor's Choice – Document – 2022-09-18
I have always found playing Gandalf the most fun, although the mission "Minas Tirith – Top of the Wall" gave me a hard time. Image Source: YouTube / Atharendil.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING – HOW TO PLAY COMFORTABLY ON MODERN PC WITH MODES

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is almost two decades old, so it's no surprise that the game is not suited to modern PCs. As usual, fans came to the rescue, developing some useful modifications.

  1. Resolution Tweak – Adds support for modern high-resolution widescreens.
  2. Windows 10 Fix – If you have problems running the game on the latest versions of Windows, this project will solve them in most cases.
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