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The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (PlayStation 2)

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Unlike the Game Boy Advance version of the game, the console version of The Lord of the Rings:The Third Age introduces entirely new characters which aren't mentioned in the books or movies. The game does relate to the movies by including scenes from all three movies, with new background speech by Ian McKellen (Gandalf).

There are seven playable characters in the game which have been created specifically for it, as well a small appearances by characters such as Gandalf, Aragorn, Eowyn, Faramir, and Gothmog.

The game covers events in all three movies/books, mostly with references to major events shown through cut scenes, or the scenes from the movies with Ian McKellan's narration.

A classic RPG game, The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age has gameplay elements similar to Final Fantasy, where you have a party of characters, each with a different set of skills and attributes, who gain levels, making them stronger as the game progresses. Battles are turn-based, and let the gamer make different decisions on what they want to do to change the outcome of the battle. The game travels through many areas throughout Tolkien's Middle Earth, including The Pelennor Fields and Moria.


The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age PlayStation 2 Much later in the game.  Note the different armour / weapons.
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age PlayStation 2 'Perfect Mode' skills are available at certain times.  They are devastating but cheap attacks.
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age PlayStation 2 Apparently she went to the same 'water horse summoning' school that Arwen attended.  What a coincidence *cough*
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age PlayStation 2 Berethor is perpetually puzzled.

Alternate Titles

  • "Wladca Pierscieni: Trzecia Era" -- Polish title
  • "The Lord of the Rings: Uchitsu Kuni Daisanki" -- Japanese title
  • "LOTR: 3rd Age" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Le Seigneur des Anneaux: Le Tiers Age" -- French title
  • "Il Signore degli Anelli: La Terza Era " -- Italian title
  • "El Señor de los Anillos: La Tercera Edad " -- Spanish title
  • "Der Herr der Ringe: Das dritte Zeitalter" -- German title
  • "A Gyűrűk Ura: A Harmadkor" -- Hungarian title

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User Reviews

A shamelessly derivative RPG with a tantalizingly cinematic feel. Fans of the films take note. The Cliffe (1625) 2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars
SchhwWWWingTchrrr!!! Yeah THX, that's what a bow sounds like... Kyle Levesque (932) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars
Love it!!! Lisa Buckle (2) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameZone Dec 01, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Legendra Mar 19, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Nov 04, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
Worth Playing Dec 11, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 05, 2004 13 out of 20 65
UOL Jogos Jan 06, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Boomtown Jan 07, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution Nov, 2004 C 50
Super Play (Sweden) Oct, 2004 3 out of 10 30
Snackbar-Games.com Jan 20, 2005 0 out of 5 0


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Inclusion of stories and themes from the books could not be put into the game, since EA owned the rights only for the movies, and not the books. Therefore the game could only include ideas not shown in either the books or the movies, or have them tied in some way to the movies. Both of these were done in creating the game.

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M P (24) added The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (PlayStation 2) on Nov 12, 2005
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