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Now, if you have read my review of Kelly Slater: Pro Surfer
, you know that I hate button combo memorization games. However, this game worked for two reasons. First, you only had to worry about pressing the attack buttons in order instead of also having to face a certain direction at particular moments in the combo. Also, I could sometimes just button mash and make great combos. Thank God for button mashing.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has been available for console and PC gamers for a while now, so there's a good chance that avid gamers will have already played it. But if you don't have a game console in the house, The Return of the King is worth picking up -- especially if you're a fan of the movie.
LOTR immediately plunges you into extremely cinematic game play. This is no exaggeration. The camera moves just like in the movies so not one splendid sight is missed. Hordes of orcs and other nefarious creatures will introduce you to massive amounts of melee combat. A.I. characters move realistically and look great as they battle one another. You can jump in wherever your talents are most needed. Before it's over, you'll feel like a sweat-soaked participant in this epic struggle against the evils of Mordor. At its best, LOTR is a challenging and fun experience.
Originally released as a console game and soon ported to the PC, ROTK has been brought to the Mac by the good people of EA Games and Aspyr Media. The game, like its predecessors, Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, is an action-packed hackfest that pits you against wave after wave of orcs, ghost armies, and other strange and nasty beasts. The gameplay is fast and furious (at times infuriating), the graphics and sound are superb, and the inherent geek factor is high. Yet, for all it brings to the table, does Return of the King really deliver?
The only downside to the Return of the King is that the film license has such amazing characters and fantastic battle scenes that it ideally lends itself to either a sprawling RPG adventure or a huge military strategy game instead of an action-packed beat-’em-up. Having said that, this remains a visually stunning, fast-paced journey through the story of the movie, and is perfect for fans of the film.