Crispin Boyer from Electronic Gaming Monthly writes: I wanted to give you a heads up on our December cover story (in case you wanted to help us out with a little news story about it on the site). We have the exclusive first review of EA’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King game, which is due for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance on Nov. 4. Like last year’s prequel, this slickly produced game is an action-y romp that pits your favorite Middle-eartlings against massive hordes of orcs, trolls, and Southron warriors. In addition to Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, you can now control Gandalf, Sam, and Frodo, as well as three secret characters. EA worked closely with Peter Jackson and the movie’s special-effects guys (they even kept a team at the film’s New Zealand set) to capture the look and feel of the film. And, of course, they recorded lots of exclusive new dialog from the movie’s principal actors.
Anyway, our issue comes in five different covers (attached). We’re also running a “Win a trip to Middle-earth!” contest. Readers just need to read the cover story and answer an easy online quiz to enter to win a trip for two to New Zealand (we have a lot of game-related second-place prizes, too). Oh, and our cover story also features a photo by TheOneRing.net’s own MrCere 🙂