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14/11/2003. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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New 'Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' computer game ships.

Electronic Arts has announced that their 'Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' game has begun to ship in the US and UK.

In a feat of coding, the adventure game will be available for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, PC, and Game Boy Advance.

'The Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King' video game aims to put the fate of Middle-earth in the hands of gamers as they become the hero in a cinematic action adventure.

As in the final installment of the current movie trilogy, players must destroy the One Ring by casting it into the Crack of Doom, freeing Middle-earth from the clutches of the Dark Lord Sauron.

EA's second 'Lord of the Rings' action adventure game, this'un allows players to journey through multiple gameplay paths, taking control of the motion picture's heroes. You can defend the walls of Minas Tirith as Gandalf, raise the Army of the Dead as Aragorn, Legolas, or Gimli, and with Frodo and Sam, deliver the ring to the fiery depths of Mount Doom.

Its gameplay includes adventure elements set in various interactive levels. Fans awaiting the third theatrical installment (hitting theaters in the US on December 17, 2003), get a "sneak peek" of footage from "The Return of the King" movie.

In addition to actual footage, over 200,000 production assets from the movie were used in the game's development, along with portrayals and voiceovers from the film cast members, motion capture data from the movie stunt team, and a musical score composed by Academy Award-winner Howard Shore.

Its multiplayer cooperative mode lets players form their own Fellowship before embarking on their journey through Middle-earth. The PlayStation 2 console version features two-player online cooperative play throughout the game's fifteen levels.

From game lobbies, players can find their friends through buddy lists and chat via EA Messenger instant messaging, or be paired automatically with a gamer of comparable level. Players will be able to choose any two of the six playable characters, and chat hands-free for better teamwork.

For more information on the game, see the platform-specific pages of the official website at


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