The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Cover The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King.jpg
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
ESRB rating: T (Violence)
PEGI rating: 12+
Languages supported:
English: SLES-52017 & SLUS-20770
Japanese: SLPM-65503
German: SLES-52018
French: SLES-52019
Spanish: SLES-52020
Dutch: SLES-52017
Italian: SLES-52021
Swedish: SLES-52017
Polish: SLES-52017
Portuguese: SLES-52017
Chinese: SLAJ-25019
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20770
Release date: November 5, 2003
April 27, 2006 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 9771C478
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status:  ?
Mac Status:  ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-52017
Release date: November 14, 2003
July 9, 2004 (Platinum)
CRCs: F6755E76
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status:  ?
Mac Status:  ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65503
SLPM-65727 (EA Best Hits)
SLAJ-25019 (Chinese Version)
Release date: January 8, 2004
September 16, 2004 (EA Best Hits)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status:  ?
Mac Status:  ?

Game description: Return to Middle-earth in a game based on the epic final chapter of the The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Developed using the same digital assets as the films, The Return of the King recreates in stunning detail the final events of the War of the Ring. Become the heroes who determine the fate of Middle-earth as you traverse the haunted Paths of the Dead, defend Minas Tirith, and even play co-op multiplayer with a friend as you march against the impenetrable Black Gates of Mordor. The fate of Middle-earth is in your hands.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 (3.6GHz)
  • Geforce 9600GT
0.9.8 GSDX r4600
  • SPU2-X r4600
  • Lilypad r4510
BIOS: USA v2.00, HACKS: Hacks: INTC, Wait Idle Loop, mVU Flag Hack., 40-50FPS, around 10FPS when using software mode for the menu. Machina
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.3Ghz
  • Gigabyte Geforce GTX660 Windforce OC 2 GB
v1.1.0 r5483 GSdx v0.1.16 r5559
  • SPU2-X v2.0.0 r5427
  • ?
Europe v01.70(27/02/2003), Recommended,MTVU, Pretty short game All menus need software mode for the text to be visible, some shadow problems on HW mode only. Bumped to playable
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16Ghz
  • Nvidia GTS 250 512MB
1.1.0 r5628 GSdx 5632 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 5559
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 5403
Still playable., Hardware mode is missing the menus & texts.


  • Original names: ロード・オブ・ザ・リング/王の帰還 (SLPM-65503), EA BEST HITS ロード・オブ・ザ・リング/王の帰還 (SLPM-65727), Der Herr der Ringe: Die Rückkehr des Königs (SLES-52018), 魔戒 ~王者再臨~ (SLAJ-25019), Le Seigneur des Anneaux: Le Retour du Roi (SLES-52019), El Señor de los Anillos: El Retorno del Rey (SLES-52020), Il Signore degli Anelli: Il ritorno del Re (SLES-52021)
  • Also known as Lord of the Rings: Ou no Kikan (JP)

Known Issues

Menu Text Missing

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Menu text is missing
  • Workaround: Software mode (F9) in GSdx but it will be very slow when it's used.
Public compatibility forum links