The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Developer:Electronic Arts Genre:Action Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

EA's second attempt at re-creating Tolkien goodness. Enhances the formula it cobbled together using a little Devil May Cry, a little Streets of Rage, and a far more impressive amount of movie footage from all three of the Peter Jackson films, Return of the King expands in every single way to make this year's effort undeniable. Players get the chance to play as five characters (Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Sam and Frodo), plus three secret ones; the environments are interactive with useable weapons, ropes to swing down, catapults to fire, and more. Plus, gamers can finally get together with their buddies to play the game in co-op mode.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Review

By Chad Montague |

It's like a hammer. When I first played this game, it was like a sledgehammer came down and smashed everything on screen to bits. Everything from the whiz of smoking arrows to the seemingly infinite particles bursting in air to the furious roar of Tree-ents tearing Saruman's damn down, to the omnipresent score ratcheting the tension of the moment to a higher level. When you finish the first level of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, your ears will ring, your eyes will flash and you'll want more.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, EA's second console venture using the license based on the movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings, ramps up every aspect -- the gameplay, visuals, and sound -- and drives it home with an impressive punch. The hack-and-slash action game is still very much just that, a twitchy combo-fest derived from arcade sensibilities, but now it's surrounded by a superior level of production quality that cannot be mistaken, it's got co-op, and it's filled with interactive backgrounds and newly playable characters.

Gameplay
EA listened to its critics and delivered what they asked for with Return of the King. If last year's romp gave players the genuinely first respectable Tolkien experience in game form, this year's game cranks the volume, dare we say, to 11? Good God. But that IS what's happening here. The newly added features -- from the co-op play to the interactive backgrounds to the addition of more playable characters -- make it happen.

Following the formula set forth in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the first two levels of Return of the King are set in the previous movie. To set matters straight (for the fans, of course), players start off playing as the newly whitened wizard Gandalf in last stage of the Battle of Helm's Deep. The invisible tutorial reminds players of the simple move set (Quick and Fierce Attacks, Parry, fire an arrow or flaming pigeon of Umothali (just kidding)), as well as new possibilities, such as climbing ropes, interacting with catapults or hurling spears.

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From there, the game changes from last year's linear effort into a three-tined pitch fork of doom. Following the three-part narrative of the book, the game offers players the chance to play through the Path of the Wizard (the newly playable Gandalf), The Path of the King (the old trio, Aragorn, Legolas or Gimli), or The Paths of the Hobbits (as Sam, and later as Frodo). Each set of levels is designed differently, with nooks and crannies designed to take advantage of those particular characters -- and, of course, to tell the story as it's portrayed by the movie. Liberties ARE taken with regards to the storyline and, I can now point out, by the movie. I won't spoil anything for you, but to be fair there, there isn't too much revealed in the way of shocking film footage in this game. It's GOOD footage -- and very well edited this year, mind you -- but I'll get back to that later. The point is, the pitch fork does split and each of the 13 levels must be completed to play the final connecting level, from which each of the branches lead.

ROTK is designed so players can take any path and start or stop with any of the characters after each level and, if they so choose, switch to another path. For instance: Start as Gandalf and play through two levels, then switch to Sam and play as three levels. Then maybe play as Aragorn for a level, and switch back to Gandalf. But it appears to me that the game is subtly designed to play from left to right -- i.e. from Gandalf to Aragorn/Legolas/Gimli to the Hobbits. Reason being is that Gandalf is more powerful from the get-go than Sam (who's a surprisingly burly and deep character as later revealed). It's not a bad thing for the designers to want you to secretly play from left to right, but it sure helps to know this beforehand.

Fellowship points add another fold to the Devil My Cry-style character-building process. In The Two Towers, players could only build up their own individual character, but here, players can select to delegate those points to themselves or to the Fellowship. Fellowship points are global, so by buying them, each of the five playable characters gets the newly bought move. It's like paying things forward, and it works.

The menu system and the Skill and Experience meters are more eloquently designed and better explained than before. To gain points and the best grade possible (Fair, Good, Excellent, Perfect), players increase their rate of and quality of attacks, without taking hits from enemies. This is basically done by hacking and slashing, let's be honest, but honed, learned hacking and slashing. For example, you can Quick Attack oncoming enemies without taking a hit to increase your circular meter to full, or you can parry a flurry of arrows to achieve the same status. When full, the reward is Perfect mode, the highest rank, which only lasts for a few seconds, but provides instant kills on enemies and helps score major points.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Game Walkthrough

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 
Walkthrough
  1. Introduction
  2. Story
  3. Characters
  4. General Information
  5. Upgrades
  1. Walkthrough
  1. Secrets
  2. Conclusion

Section - I =============================================================================== Introduction =============================================================================== Welcome to my ROTK FAQ. In here you will find many things about the game. I hope it helps you out. All pictures in this FAQ are from IGN, no where else. If you do click one of the links, hit the back button after you are done looking at the picture. You can tell if something is a link by if it is around this color.
Section - II =============================================================================== Story =============================================================================== The Legend of The Ring It began with the forging of the great rings. Three were given to the elves- immortal, wisest, and fairest of all beings. Seven to the dwarf lords- great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of men, who, above all else, desire power. For within these rings was bound the strength and will to govern each race. But they were all of them deceived. For another ring was made. In the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom, and the Dark Lord Sauron forged, in secret, a master ring to control all others. And into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice, and his will to dominate all life.
The One Ring The One Ring an innocent-looking golden band, is by far the powerful object in all of Middle-Earth. Put it on, and the wearer becomes completely invisible. Using its powers of invisibility draws the attention of the Dark Lord Sauron, who may disperse sinister creatures to retrieve The One Ring. The One Ring has a strange corruptive influence, causing greed and powerlust in many who are exposed to it. Possessing The One Ring can prolong the life of its keeper, but corruption from The One Ring will eventually transform a normal hobbit into a selfish, hideous monster. The One Ring was forged thousands of years ago by Sauron in the fires of Mount Doom. He was close to using The One Ring's full powers to dominate Middle- Earth when it was cut from his hand in battle. Sauron has been trying to reclaim The One Ring ever since losing it, and if he does, Middle Earth will be plunged into darkness and sorrow. To prevent Sauron from possessing The One Ring, it must be destroyed forever, and this can be accomplished only by throwing it back into the fiery chasm of Mount Doom. Frodo shows a remarkable resistance to The One Ring's evil influence so he volunteers to carry it on the perilous journey to Mount Doom.
Middle-Earth Middle-earth is, by and large, a pleasant place. Hobbits, Men, Elves, and Dwarves live in peace with one another despite their obvious cultural differences. Lately, however, there has been signs of darkness rising throughout the land. Hobbits inhabit an idyllic agricultural valley called the Shire, where they live in underground houses and have little to worry about besides nosy family members. Hobbits are small, with big hairy feet, and they have never been known for their courage or adventurous natures. Frodo's improbable journey shows that hobbits can be the bravest and the boldest of all creatures. Men of Middle-earth are heroic but not entirely trustworthy. They are known to be selfish and have difficulty controlling their desires. Even the beloved wizard Gandalf is afraid to handle The One Ring for fear of its corruptive powers. Still, Aragorn shows himself to be the best men in terms of bravery, dedication, and valor in battle. Elves are gentle, graceful creatures that live in harmony with nature. They are immortal unless killed in battle, and they conduct themselves with the wisdom and calm on the millennia they have lived. Legolas is a prince of the elves, possessing keen eyesight, and remarkable bravery and skill with a bow. Dwarves are short, strong, and often grumpy creatures that excel in underground endeavors like tunneling and mining for jewels and precious metals. Their prickly dispositions can often mask the deep bonds that they develop with relatives and friends. Gimli is a proud dwarf, and he wields his axe with skill and might that strike fear in the heart of much larger enemies.
The Fellowship Gandalf discovers the true nature of the magical ring Frodo possesses and urges him to leave the Shire. Learning of Sauron's efforts to recover The One Ring, Frodo quickly escaped the Shire, dodged numerous Ringwraiths, and made his way towards the Elven stronghold of Rivendell. Here, the great leaders of Middle-earth discussed the problem of The One Ring and Sauron's recent activities. It was agreed the The One Ring must be taken to Mount Doom to be destroyed. After some debate (and an energetic but fruitless attempt by Gimli to destroy The One Ring with his axe) it was decided that Frodo would bear the burden of The One Ring. Several agreed to accompany and protect him including Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Sam, Merry, and Pippin. Together they formed the Fellowship of the Ring, and set off toward Mount Doom on their epic adventure. *Note* - That was all taken from TTT's instructions manual.
The Fellowship of the Ring formed to save Middle-earth from the treacherous power of The One Ring. From the Council of Elrond in Rivendell they set fourth on their journey towards Mordor to destroy The One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom. Many challenges assailed the Fellowship, from Ringwraiths to legions of Orcs to fearsome Balrog that took the great wizard Gandalf the Grey from their ranks. However, hope ultimately prevailed and the Fellowship kept true to its path. That is, until the Fellowship split apart as they neared the dangers of Mordor. In the forests of Fangorn, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli met up once again with a reborn Gandalf the White and traveled to the lands of Rohan. There, a great battle occurred at Helm's Deep between men and the wizard Saruman's forces of evil. To the East, the hobbits Frodo and Sam searched for a way into Mordor with the destruction of The One Ring in the forefront of their minds. As the hobbits draw closer to Mount Doom, Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and Gandalf travel by various roads to Gondor to aid the men of Middle-earth in preparing a desperate last stand against the unspeakable forces of evil. Against the gates of Minas Tirith, they expect Sauron to unleash thousands of troops to quickly snuff out the hopes if all free people. To withstand the unrelenting forces of Sauron, the members of the Fellowship know the destruction of The One Ring is the only thing that can save them. Will Gondor prevail? Will Frodo and Sam make it to the fires of Mount Doom? In the final chapter of The Lord of the Rings, the fate of Middle-earth is in your hands. *Note* - That was taken from the ROTK instructions manual.
Section - III =============================================================================== Characters =============================================================================== There are six playable characters, and three secret characters (see the secrets section to know who and how to get them). Gandalf (The White) Gandalf knows that desperate plans are required as the specter of darkness grows over Middle-earth and Sauron's armies issue forth from Mordor to destroy the world of Men. The White Wizard liberates Rohan and the war is turned toward Minas Tirith, the last great stronghold of free people, where he intends to distract Sauron's gaze with a final, bold defense. As an advisor of Men, Gandalf musters the defenses of Gondor to stand firm in the face of darkness. As a warrior on the battlefield, Gandalf conjures shockwaves with his staff to knock enemies aside and then with his sword, he slays them with ease. But victory cannot be won by force of arms alone, and Gandalf's plans are meant to buy time, knowing all hope rests in the success of Frodo's quest.
Aragorn As the last descendant of the Kings of Men, Aragorn is fated to claim the long- empty throne of Gondor, should he prove worthy of this task. But to fulfill his destiny, Aragorn must first pass through the Paths of the Dead and attempt to command horrible foes who once betrayed Gondor. Then he must return to Minas Tirith and fight Sauron's hoard in defense of this besieged city. And, should he survive this path, Aragorn must at last face The Dark Lord's servants before the very gates of Mordor. As a Ranger and Elf friend, Aragorn's ability with the bow enables him to defeat opponents at long range. His true prowess, however, lies in close combat. Wielding a reforged Narsil, the legendary sword that defeated Sauron, Aragorn is a deadly combatant on the battlefield, easily defeating multiple foes.
Legolas Although the Fellowship that set forth from Rivendell has been divided, still the friendship that binds these comrades together holds true. In support of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli fight beside each other through hardship and peril, despite their differences. Yet their greatest challenges are yet to come, as they enter this war alone and vastly outnumbered. As a fighter, Legolas' skill with matched blades has won him the respect of his friends. But it is the bow of Legolas that will often turn the tide of battle, his deadly accuracy stopping foes in their tracks. Legolas risks his immortality in the cause of all free Men, and he will not permit Aragorn or Gimli to go on without him - to whatever end.
Gimli As sturdy in spirit as he is in stature, Gimli the Dwarf is a formidable warrior. His skill with his weapons and his unflappable spirit earn for him a strong and unlikely bond with Aragorn and Legolas. Despite the distrust between Elf and Dwarf, all three of these warriors share a deep admiration for each other, forged in the fires of combat. Armed with axes and the sheer force of his will, Gimli can quickly defeat enemies nearly twice his size. His ferocity in combat is a perfect compliment to the swordplay of Aragorn and the bow skill of Legolas. Together these companions intend to become an unstoppable force, helping Gandalf turn the tide in their war against Sauron.
Frodo In the final days of the War of the Ring, the fate of all Middle-earth rests in the hands of Frodo Baggins. Now upon the most difficult part of his long journey, Frodo and his trusted companion Sam at last approach the devastated land of Mordor, home of The Dark Lord Sauron. With every step taken toward that fell place, the burden upon Frodo grows heavier. Relentlessly pursued by Ringwraiths mounted upon huge flying beasts, Frodo and Sam must trust Gollum, if they hope to find safe passage through the encircling Orc forces. While huge armies rage around them, these two small hobbits must never falter, for failure will bring about the ruin of the world.
Sam Often the unlikely may become the great heroes, and Sam Gamgee is destined to become the greatest hero of all. Every step taken by a weary and worn Frodo brings these two hobbits closer to Mount Doom and the fulfillment of their quest. Sam is always at Frodo's side, his unswerving loyalty and conviction of heart giving them hope, despite the seeming impossibility of their task and the odds against their success. Sam is a warrior created by necessity, he's determined, ferocious and deadly despite his small size. His quick thinking and ability to use stealth to his advantage must get him - and Frodo - out of some very tight spots. Yet Sam's greatest strength is his love for his friend and his commitment to see things through.
Section - IV =============================================================================== General Information =============================================================================== Gameplay Controls Move - Left analog stick Speed Attack - X button or right analog stick (left or right) Fierce Attack - Triangle button or right analog stick (up or down) Physical Attack - O button Parry - Square button Action Button - R1 button Killing Move - R2 button Ranged Attack - Hold the L1 button to activate the ranged attack, then press the X button to fire Jump Back - L2 button Special Ability - R1 button + R2 button + L1 button + L2 button Pause Game - START button
Killing Moves When you see an enemy on the ground (still alive), press R2. Your character will perform there killing move. It will kill the enemy on the ground (unless it is a boss). Sam's killing move. Gandalf's killing move.
Interaction (action button) In the game, you will use this a lot. When you see a blue circle, hit R1 to do whatever that one does. Here are two examples: Sam going to pushing a barrel. Gandalf standing near War Pikes. Now here is a picture of Gandalf actually doing something: Gandalf throwing a War Pike.
Menu Controls Highlight menu items - D-button (up or down) Cycle choieces/Move sliders - D-button (left or right) Select/Go to next screen - X button Return to previous screen - Triangle button View level info. - O button (Level Select screen only) Help - Square button
Leveling Up Your character will level up when they gain enough expierence points. The maximum you can level up to in ROTK is level 20. When you level up, you gain access to buying new abilities. Picture of Legolas leveling up.
Gameplay Screen Health Meter - As you take damage, your Health Meter depletes. When the bar is completely empty, you are defeated. It is located at the button left of the screen, the bottom bar that starts off as green. Experience Meter - Experience points are awarded each time you defeat an enemy. This allows you to gain levels and access more powerful skills. It is located above the Health Meter. Special Ability Meter - You can use your character's Special Ability by pressing the L1, L2, R1, and R2 buttons simultaneously. The special ability will be active for a short period of time (the character icon will begin to white out). You will need to wait for the ability to recharge when the character icon is in full color, before using it again. The character icon is where the Special Ability Meter is located. Ranged Weapon - As you use your ranged weapon, this number will decrease until more ammunition is picked up. It is located above the icon meter, and a little to the left. Skill Meter - Earn higher ratings and experience points by stringing together successful hits. These experience points can be redeemed for upgrades. There are four ratings: Fair, Good, Excellent, and Perfect. If the Perfect raring is achieved, all your attacks cause additional damage for a brief period of time and the experience received for each kill is doubled. This is located to the right of the Health Meter and the Experience Meter, the circle that fills up with colors when you hit an enemy. Crucial Information - One or more gauges can appear in the upper right corner of the screen. These gauges can represent things like paths you must take, tasks you must accomplish, or enemies you must slay. Located in the upper right corner of the screen.
Scoring Results Screen After each level, this screen comes up. It will tell you the character you used, the number of enemies killed for each rating, your level, your experience points, your mission rating, and the number of experience points you gained on the level.
Cooperative Multiplayer You can play ROTK with a friend. It is fun, and you should try it. Select it on the Main Menu, and go to new game. Select a level, pick your characters, then play the game. Here is a picture of the cooperative mode: Two friends playing.
Section - V =============================================================================== Upgrades =============================================================================== When you gain experience points, you can buy upgrades after you finish a level. You can only buy ones that are with your current level, or below it. Example: At level two you can only buy level two upgrades. It will not let you buy level three or any others. You can buy character upgrades, or Fellowship upgrades. Character upgrades are for your character alone. They cost less then the Fellowship upgrades. The Fellowship Upgrades go to everyone. Once a character gets to that level, they will learn those Fellowship Upgrades bought. Not all upgrades are Fellowship Upgrades, those are the skills that your character alone has. Example: Arrows or extra health upgrades (there are others). The Fellowship Upgrades cost more then the character upgrades.
Gandalf
Level Name Character Fellowship
2 Orc Bane 5,000 8,000
2 Fog of War 4,000 N/A
2 Strength of Stone 5,000 15,000
2 Orc Hewer 1,000 3,000
2 Final Judgment 5,000 8,000
3 Wizard's Power 3,500 N/A
3 Rising Revenge 10,000 20,000
3 Light of the Pilgrim 5,000 N/A
4 Wrath of Anar 5,000 N/A
4 Balrog's Gambit 5,000 8,000
5 Warrior Bane 7,000 10,000
5 Strength of Iron 5,000 15,000
5 Light of the Forges 5,500 N/A
5 Dark Deliverance 7,000 11,000
6 Flame of Udun 7,000 N/A
6 Shield Cleaver 7,000 11,000
7 Bane of Sauron 9,000 12,000
7 Power of the Palantir 7,000 N/A
8 Lightning Strike 7,000 11,000
8 Killing Zone 10,000 20,000
8 Strength of the Fellowship 5,000 15,000
9 Helm's Hammer 12,000 20,000
10 Swift Justice 12,000 20,000
10 Enchantment of the Havens 10,500 N/A
10 Power of the Istari 25,000 N/A
10 Light of the Valor 7,000 N/A

Aragorn
Level Name Character Fellowship
2 Orc Bane 5,000 8,000
2 Ranger Fury 4,000 N/A
2 Orc Hewer 1,000 3,000
2 Final Judgment 5,000 8,000
3 Dunedain Arrows 5,000 N/A
3 Gondorian Sword Master 3,500 N/A
3 Strength of Stone 5,000 15,000
3 Rising Revenge 10,000 20,000
4 Wilderness Rage 5,000 N/A
4 Balrog's Gambit 5,000 8,000
5 Warrior Bane 7,000 10,000
5 Strength of Iron 5,000 15,000
5 Dark Deliverance 7,000 11,000
6 Wrath of Numernor 7,000 N/A
6 Rivendell Arrows 5,500 N/A
6 Strength of the Fellowship 5,000 15,000
6 Shield Cleaver 7,000 11,000
7 Bane of Sauron 9,000 12,000
7 Kingmaker 7,000 N/A
8 Mithril Arrows 7,000 N/A
8 Lightning Strike 7,000 11,000
8 Killing Zone 10,000 20,000
9 Helm's Hammer 12,000 20,000
10 Swift Justice 12,000 20,000
10 Strength of the Evenstar 5,000 N/A
10 Sword Mastery of Kings 25,000 N/A

Legolas
Level Name Character Fellowship
2 Orc Bane 5,000 8,000
2 Mirkwood Arrows 5,000 N/A
2 Orc Hewer 1,000 3,000
2 Final Judgment 5,000 8,000
3 Light of Lothlorien 3,500 N/A
3 Strength of Stone 5,000 15,000
3 Rising Revenge 10,000 20,000
4 Elven Fury 4,000 N/A
4 Balrog's Gambit 5,000 8,000
5 Warrior Bane 7,000 10,000
5 Lothlorien Arrows 5,500 N/A
5 Dark Deliverance 7,000 11,000
6 Strength of Iron 5,000 15,000
6 Shield Cleaver 7,000 11,000
7 Bane of Sauron 9,000 12,000
7 Arrows of the Valar 7,000 N/A
7 Galadriel's Gift 7,000 N/A
8 Elrond's Rage 5,000 N/A
8 Lightning Strike 7,000 11,000
8 Strength of the Fellowship 5,000 15,000
8 Killing Zone 10,000 20,000
9 Helm's Hammer 12,000 20,000
9 Mithril Arrows 10,500 N/A
10 Swift Justice 12,000 20,000
10 Elven Bow Mastery 25,000 N/A

Gimli
Level Name Character Fellowship
2 Orc Bane 5,000 8,000
2 Dwarven Fury 4,000 N/A
2 Orc Hewer 1,000 3,000
2 Final Judgment 5,000 8,000
3 Lonely Mountain Lore 3,500 N/A
3 Strength of Stone 5,000 15,000
3 Rising Revenge 10,000 20,000
4 Mountain Rage 5,000 N/A
4 Balrog's Gambit 5,000 8,000
5 Warrior Bane 7,000 10,000
5 Erebor Axes 5,000 N/A
5 Strength of Iron 5,000 15,000
5 Dark Deliverance 7,000 11,000
6 Wrath of Moria 7,000 N/A
6 Shield Cleaver 7,000 11,000
7 Bane of Sauron 9,000 12,000
7 Moria Axes 5,500 N/A
7 Axe Mastery of Kings 7,000 N/A
7 Strength of the Fellowship 5,000 15,000
8 Lightning Strike 7,000 11,000
8 Strength of Gloin 5,000 N/A
8 Killing Zone 10,000 20,000
9 Helm's Hammer 12,000 20,000
10 Swift Justice 12,000 20,000
10 Strength of Khazad-dum 5,000 N/A
10 Dwarven Axe Mastery 25,000 N/A

Frodo
Level Name Character Fellowship
2 Orc Bane 5,000 8,000
2 Orc Hewer 1,000 3,000
2 Final Judgment 5,000 8,000
3 Poison Blade 4,000 N/A
3 Cloak of Haldir 3,500 N/A
3 Rising Revenge 10,000 20,000
3 Strength of Stone 5,000 15,000
4 Balrog's Gambit 5,000 8,000
4 Warrior Bane 7,000 10,000
5 Cloak of Shadow 5,000 N/A
5 Poison Daggers 5,500 N/A
5 Strength of Iron 5,000 15,000
5 Dark Deliverance 7,000 11,000
6 Cloak of Celebron 7,000 N/A
6 Shield Cleaver 7,000 11,000
6 Bane of Sauron 9,000 12,000
7 Strength of the Fellowship 5,000 15,000
7 Morgul Daggers 7,000 N/A
8 Lightning Strike 7,000 11,000
8 Killing Zone 10,000 20,000
8 Halfling Strength 5,000 N/A
9 Cloud of Rage 7,000 N/A
9 Helm's Hammer 12,000 20,000
10 Swift Justice 12,000 20,000
10 Cloak of Galadriel 10,500 N/A
10 Strength of the Gaffer 25,000 N/A
10 Baggins Strength 5,000 N/A

Sam
Level Name Character Fellowship
2 Orc Bane 5,000 8,000
2 Orc Hewer 1,000 3,000
2 Final Judgment 5,000 8,000
3 Poison Blade 4,000 N/A
3 Cloak of Haldir 3,500 N/A
3 Rising Revenge 10,000 20,000
3 Strength of Stone 5,000 15,000
4 Balrog's Gambit 5,000 8,000
4 Warrior Bane 7,000 10,000
5 Cloak of Shadow 5,000 N/A
5 Poison Daggers 5,500 N/A
5 Strength of Iron 5,000 15,000
5 Dark Deliverance 7,000 11,000
6 Cloak of Celebron 7,000 N/A
6 Shield Cleaver 7,000 11,000
6 Bane of Sauron 9,000 12,000
7 Strength of the Fellowship 5,000 15,000
7 Morgul Daggers 7,000 N/A
8 Lightning Strike 7,000 11,000
8 Killing Zone 10,000 20,000
8 Halfling Strength 5,000 N/A
9 Cloud of Rage 7,000 N/A
9 Helm's Hammer 12,000 20,000
10 Swift Justice 12,000 20,000
10 Cloak of Galadriel 10,500 N/A
10 Strength of the Gaffer 25,000 N/A
10 Baggins Strength 5,000 N/A

Section - VI =============================================================================== Walkthrough =============================================================================== *Note* - The words Mumakil, Theoden, Eowyn, Eomer, and Nazgul are actually spelt like this: Mûmakil Théoden Éowyn Éomer Nazgûl But I have not made them like that in this FAQ. There may actually be more, but those are all I could think of. The Path of the Wizard Helm's Deep Backround information - Saruman attacks Helm's Deep with 10,000 Uruk-Hai to destroy the world of men. Gandalf tells Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli to join in and help Rohan defend its self. Gandalf goes off in search of Eomer, and the 2,000 men with him. Meanwhile a battle rages on at Helm's Deep. Elves from Lothlorien come to the aid of the Rohan men, and fight to the death. The battle does not look to well. But just them, Gandalf comes in with Eomer. A battle cry "to the king!!" is screamed by the men of Rohan. They charge into battle on horse back to defend there king. Character: Gandalf Check points: None You jump right into this level. Gandalf gets off his horse, and you are surrounded by Uruk-Hai. Press the square button to parry the attacks so you do not get hit. In this level, and this level alone, you cannot die. Your health will not deplete all the way, it will stop no matter what. You range attack (magic) will never drop below ten (again, for this level alone). You will learn all the buttons in this level. Gimli will tell you to use speed attacks on unshielded enemies, and fierce attacks on shielded ones to break there shields. After fighting for a while, shielded Uruk-Hai will come. Use fierce attacks to break the shields, then kill them with another fierce attack or a speed attack. Use your killing move (R2) whenever you see a Uruk-Hai on the ground (still alive) to kill him. Legolas will then call for help. You will see him, and two other men of Rohan fighting off the attacking Uruk-Hai with their bows and arrows. But wait, do not yet go to their aid. Stay down below, and clear out that area. Since you can't die, you should take advantage of this and rack up some experience points. Try not to always get "fairs," but "goods," "excellence" and "perfects" if you are good enough yet. For the good ones to happen, you must string together attacks, without being hit. Parrying will help you achieve this, as it does make your skill meter go up, as well as stop attacks. Once the bottom area is cleared out (no more Uruk-Hai attacking; you can tell when this happens because there will be three men of Rohan just standing there doing nothing) go to the latter. Press the directional button towards the latter, and you will go up it. The latter will be destroyed, stopping you from going back down. Once up top, a few Uruk-Hai charge towards you. But a ball of fire will stop them dead in there tracks. Legolas, and the two Rohan archers will then begin a battle with some Uruk-Hai archers. Use your magic to kill them (press in L1, and press X; holding X in longer will make the attack stronger). Do not charge up your magic, just keep firing it. Once they are dead, Aragorn will tell you to help him clear out the Uruk-Hai. Legolas will slide down on a rope to help Aragorn. You will do the same in a second, but a group of Uruk-Hai will begin to come at you. If you walk down a little, there will be a Rohan archer there to help you. Not much help, but it's something. Use speed or fierce attacks on the Uruk-Hai to kill them. Once they are dead, you have to go down to the lower level. Walk up, and press R1 at the blue circle. This will make you slide down the rope (just like Legolas did). Once down, you will be told to use the cross bow type weapons to blow up the explosives. The third one is the one to end the level. But do not do that. Since you cannot die, you should keep on fighting. The cross bow weapon will go off by itself, ending the level if you take long enough. Down there to help you kill off the Uruk-Hai, will be three pills of War Pikes. Three piles of War Pikes In the lower left hand corner of the picture are the War Pikes. At the top of the picture, are one of the cross bow type weapons. Keep on fighting and killing the Uruk-Hai until the cross bow goes off by its self. This will then end this level. After the battle, you will gain your experience points, and will be able to buy Upgrades. Buy the "Orc Hewer" combo, the "Orc Bane," and the "Fog of War" skill. Then anything else you would like to buy, if you still have experience points to buy things.
The Road to Isengard Character: Gandalf Checkpoints: Two Backround Information - "The battle for Helm's Deep is over, the battle for Middle-earth is about to begin" - Gandalf. The battle at Helm's Deep has been won, the rest of Saruman's army is retreating. Meanwhile, the Ents of Fangorn Forest have begun their assault on Isengard. To long has Saruman cut down and burned the tress of Fangorn, the Ents will take it no longer. "The Ents are going to war! It is likely we will be going to our doom." - Treebeard. Saruman's army is retreating into Fangorn Forest. A bunch of them will be running from you. Run forward, two Uruk-Hai will come at you. Use your newly bought "Orc Hewer" combo to kill them quickly. Walk a little more, and two more Uruk-Hai will run towards you. Kill them as well. Walk a little more, and a short cut-scene will take place. You will see the Ents fighting some Orcs. Walk forward a bit, and two Uruk-Hai will run at you. One has a shield, the other does not. Above them on a tree is an Orc archer. Smash the shield with fierce attacks, then kill the two Uruk-Hai. Use your range attack on the Orc archer. Run forward, and use your range attack on the explosives. This will kill the enemies near it; right near there is an archer, kill him. Now run forward again, and use your magic on the explosive once more. This will kill most of the enemies, but a few shielded Uruk-Hai. Kill them, and the two Orc archers above them. Run forward again, and two more Uruk-Hai will run toward you. Kill them; once they are dead two Orc archers will appear, kill them with range attacks. Now walk the path, two Orcs and two Uruk-Hai will come at you. Use the "Orc Bane" combo on one of the Orcs, to get a perfect. Then kill the rest of the enemies fast, to try and get perfect ratings. Walk up a little more. CHECK POINT (1) You will see three Ents fighting with the Orcs, walk down the path. Four Orcs will run at you. Try and use the "Orc Bane" combo on one of them, and try to kill the rest of the Orcs while the perfect still lasts. Run down, and a counter at the top will appear. 75 enemies must be killed. The Ents will be there to help you, so it is easy. Run to the top left hand corner, and fight there. Do not stay in the middle, the Ents will walk on you hurting you as well as the Orcs. Once 75 enemies have been slain, the Ents smash open a path. Take it, two Uruk-Hai will charge at you. Behind them are two Orc archers. Kill the Uruk-Hai, and the two archers. But, four more archers will come. Kill them all. Walk the path, and three Orcs and two Uruk-Hai will come. Slay them all, with any combos (you should always try the "Orc Bane" on Orcs, to try and get perfects). Wait there a little longer, and three more Orcs and two Uruk- Hai will come again. Kill them all, then walk. A lone Uruk-Hai will come out, make sure to kill him. Now walk the path again. CHECK POINT (2) Almost done with the level, but walk on again. At the top, there will be a few Uruk-Hai and an Orc archer. You can avoid a fight by using your magic on the explosives and kill them all like that. Now keep on that path, five Orcs will come at you (three, then two up ahead). Slay them, and destroy the five towers by using your magic on the explosives near them. If you do not, you will have many arrows flying at you. Walk across the small bridge at the top, and kill the two shielded Uruk-Hai. Then go to the left after you get off the bridge. Kill the two Orcs, and take the experience points tablet. Two more Orcs will run at you, as well as two Uruk-Hai, one being shielded. After they are dead, move on. Two Orcs will run up the path towards you, and two Orc archers will be there as well. Destroy them all, then take the path down. At the end, there will be two Orc archers shooting at you. Two Orcs and a Uruk-Hai will come at you as well. Kill them all, then take the path to the bottom. Here is where the last part of the level will take place. The Ent (Treebeard) is trying to break the Dam to get the water to flow into Isengard cleaning it out. However, five Orc archers will be shooting fire arrows at him. Along with them, is an armored Uruk-Hai. To kill them, you must first break their armor. Charge magic up at them and fire it at them, or use fierce attacks until it shatters. It then can be killed, use combos or whatever to kill it. Slay the two Orc archers near you, then the three away from you with your range attack. After they are dead, the Ent will try again to break the dam. The dam will have a life bar. When the Ent is not being shot by Orc arrows it will be trying to break the dam. The dam's health will go down when the Ent is pulling on it. You job is to protect the Ent. Stop the Orc archers from firing on it. Also there will be other enemies coming at you. Once the dam has been broken down, the level will end.
Minas Tirith - Top of the Wall Character: Gandalf Check Points: None Backround Information - Sauron, the master of The Ring is always looking for his Ring. He knows The Ring is in the hands of a Hobbit, but he does not know for sure which one. But by chance, he thinks Pippin has The Ring. The Fellowship members are split up again. Pippin rides with Gandalf to Gondor. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli go to the Paths of the Dead. Merry starts in Rohan, with its army. Meanwhile Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy The Ring. Sauron, thinking Pippin has The Ring, sends a massive army to attack Gondor, to take his Ring back... The basics of this level, are to slay any enemies you see, and knock down the ladders. In the top right of the screen, with have a circle (this represents the enemies on the wall, the more it fills up, the more on the wall). There is also one with red dots on it (that represents the ladders on the wall that need to be knocked down). Gandalf slaying two Uruk-Hai There will be men of Gondor on the wall to help you kill any enemies. Gondor men helping Use anything you want to kill the enemies; combos, regular attacks, range attacks (magic). Gandalf using some magic. At the start of the level, kill off the three Uruk-Hai to the right of you. Knock down the latter, then keep going up and down the wall killing any enemies and knocking down any ladders. After a while, a siege tower will start to come up (cut-sceen, Troll pushing it). Go to the blue dot (go up the stairs). There will be a catapult, go to the interaction sign, and press R1. You will fire the catapult, not wait for it to reload, then do it again. The catapult will then be destroyed. Now go back down, and continue to fight and knock down ladders. Not to long later, another siege tower will come up on the right side (no cut-scene this time, just a big red blinking dot). Run over to it, and use your range attack on it. Keep doing this until it is destroyed. Now keep on fighting, and knocking down ladders. Now once again not to long after another siege tower will appear (this time on the left side). Now, there are two ways you can do this. Take the path you want (path "a" is the better one). Path A Run up the stairs again to the catapult. Use the catapult again, but this time a Fell Beast will appear. If you use your range attack on it, and hit it, it will fall down smashing a piece of the wall down. Destroy the siege tower with another blast from the catapult. Another siege tower will appear on the right. Go down the stairs, and the siege tower will land; enemies will start coming on the wall. No matter how fast you are, this will happen, it's a part of the level. With a piece of the wall destroyed, you cannot get over to it. You must climb down by using the hook (press R1 near it). Now walk over, and climb up using the other hook (press R1 again). Now you can walk over to the siege tower. There will be a huge mass of Uruk-Hai waiting for you. You will want to kill off all the Uruk-Hai, using anything you want. If you have the Bane of Sauron that will make things very easy. Once they are all dead, use your magic to try and destroy it. But wait, more Uruk-Hai will appear every once and awhile. But once it finally is destroyed, you will see a cut-scene. Trolls and trying to ram the wall down. Once back in control of Gandalf, slay the Uruk- Hai around you. Now follow the men of Gondor, but stop when they go down the stairs. Go up the tower that you have not gone up before, and up there will be seven experience tablets. After collecting them all, head down the stairs and follow the men of Gondor. The mission will end once the cut-scene takes place. Path B Run over to the siege tower, and destroy it with your range attacks. Another one will appear on the right side once that one is destroyed. Run to it, but it will land on the wall (it always will). Run over to it, slay all the Uruk- Hai, and use your range attacks on the tower to destroy it. But wait, more Uruk-Hai will appear every once and awhile. But once it finally is destroyed, you will see a cut-scene. Trolls and trying to ram the wall down. Once back in control of Gandalf, slay the Uruk-Hai around you. Now follow the men of Gondor down the stairs. Then follow them to the gate. The level will end once the cut- scene takes place.
Minas Tirith - Courtyard Character: Gandalf Check Points: None Backround Information - None The battle has raged on, and the Orcs have began to break through. The enemies slay the people of Gondor, you must save 200 people in this level. People will come out of three places, and run to the inner wall to escape. The level will end once 200 people have been saved. You must Parry often in this level, because there will be an insane amount of enemies at times, whose blades want your blood. You are not alone, there are a few men of Gondor there to help you. Men of Gondor helping you. There are also two sets of War Pikes. But do not use them until later in the level. You can also break open the barrels to get health. If you get surrounded by enemies, hold in triangle. Gandalf will perform his devastating attack (if you have bought one, which you should have). If there are a bunch of enemies around, you can easily get Perfect ratings like this. Gandalf surrounded. Use your combos (Orc Bane will help you can Perfects, use any other combos you have as well to kill the enemies). After a while of fighting, a line of Orc archers will appear at the gate. Use your range attack to kill them all. Another line will appear once they are dead. Use your range attacks to kill them as well. After a while, the armored enemies will start to come out. First one, and then another once it is dead. Use a charge up range attack to crack its armor, or use fierce attacks. Then use anything to kill them. Once you get around 150-160 people saved, a cut-scene will take place. Three Cave Trolls will appear. Run to the War Pikes, and throw them at the Cave Trolls. War Pikes on Trolls. Kill all three like this. From now on, Cave Trolls as well as the armored enemies will start to appear. Things will get tough now, use everything you have to stay alive. Use the War Pikes on the Cave Trolls for a one-hit kill. You can also use the War Pikes on regular enemies, do anything to stay alive. Gandalf using the War Pikes. Once 200 people have been saved, a cut-scene will take place and the level will end.
The Path of the King Paths of the Dead Character (s): Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli Check Points: One Backround Information - Isildur asked the people to help Gondor when in need. The people however did not help. Isildur then cursed the people. Aragorn needs the help of these people now, to defend Gondor. So he seeks there help, in exchange for lifting the curse. Pick which ever character you want, it does not matter. Walk up, and you will be in some mist. The mist slows you down. After you get out of the mist, and walk a little more up, soldiers of the dead will attack you. Four will attack you, destroy them in any way you want (since you can't kill what is already dead, I will have to use destroy ^_^). After they are defeated, continue up the path. The door way will be blocked off, and a total of seven soldiers will attack you. There are three War Pikes near by to help you, use them if you wish. Now continue on, you will be in the mist again. However, this time two soldiers will attack you. After they are delt with, move on. There will be two archers up top, use your range attacks on them. Now you can do this in one of two ways, you can either go left (you will be attacked by a total of four enemies) or go straight (no enemies). However, they both lead to the same place. one is just a few seconds quicker. All the way to the right, two soldiers will appear. A little above them, with be an experience tablet. Once you get it however, six enemies will appear. Once they are done, continue on up, there will be a rock and four shielded soldiers below. You will have to deal with them soon, so drop the rock on them to destroy them. Two others will appear, but forget them for now. Now walk down the path, and make your way to the left side of the room. Two shielded enemies will attack you. Above them will be the other two shielded soldiers from before. Continue on up the path, and three soldiers will appear, one of which is shielded. Continue on going right, and go near the switch. Three archers will appear, use your range attacks on them. Destroy them before trying the switch. Lower the bridge with the switch once the archers are gone. CHECK POINT Walk across the mist, and the bridge will go up (guess you won't be going back

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