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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  opened by paleface at 00:09:51 01/11/04  
  last modified by paleface at 03:09:18 02/22/04  
  paleface [sys=PS2; cat=Beat_em_up; loc=NA]
Reference added: 158
  "EA made some nice Lord of the Rings beat-em-ups."
Well they went and made the inevitable sequel to The Two Towers (see entry 158) and added just the thing that was missing: co-op play! Yay! Now you can bash the orcy hordes alongside a buddy, and never was a finer time had by two kill-crazy gamers.
Perhaps to make the game more interesting for co-op, combat this time around consists mainly of mass battle scenes where the mad press of combatants forces you to forgo fancy combo moves in favor of mashing one or other of the combat buttons. Not that that's a bad thing, but it might have been nice to develop some slower two-player tactical situations against single powerful foes. Indeed there are no team-up moves to be found, which seems like something of a lost opportunity, but you'll only think of that after you've already played the living daylights out of the game.
Tons of unlockable characters, story branches, and malingering hordes of surly underpaid monsters, all wrapped up in smashing production values, will pretty much keep your pasty butt glued to the chair for the duration. When it's all over you may ask the cosmic questions, like "Why?" or "Is Frodo gay?", but as co-op beat-em-ups go you're not likely to find one more epic than this. As of the time of this writing, of course. :p
· The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (PS2)

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