Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Complete FAQ by HobbitKing) 

16/1/04 Version 1.30- Added guide to secret levels, added more fighting 
tactics, updated secret and normal characters, added new section
'environment weapons'.

12/1/04 Version 1.20- Added cheats for Gamecube and added Balrog's Gambit to
fighting tactics section! (Email me for any other console codes)

4/1/04 Version 1.10- Improved the layout of the guide a lot. 

3/1/04 Version 1.00- Full game FAQ

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Hi my name is HobbitKing or James Shortland, thanks for choosing this FAQ for
'Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King', although this is for the Nintendo 
Gamecube version all the levels are the same so you can use this for any 
console. This guide covers all aspects of the game from the start to finish.
Many more updates will be coming soon too, if you have any questions, 
suggestions or comments just email me at: disco_32@hotmail.com

My guide is also available on the official site at: www.hobbitking.vze.com

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In Version 1.40 I will be updating the combos section. I would also like to
hear from YOU so that I can add anything else you want! Give me YOUR ideas, 
comments and any things you would like to go in the next version. Please
just email me in the next week so I can update the guide. I will also be
updating the King of the Dead level.
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Also a BRAND NEW section will be up in Version 1.50... the new section is
'Getting to Level 20'. This new section will take you through the best ways to
get all of your characters to level 20! Also in 1.50 is the new co-op section
which will cover the levels briefly giving you tips and hints on completing
co-op mode!

Enjoy!

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Contents

1.Introduction
2.Begin Your Quest
3.Characters (Who should you use?)
  -Aragorn
  -Legolas
  -Gimli
  -Gandalf
  -Sam
  -Frodo
4.Fighting Tactics and Upgrades
  -Easy Combos
  -Advanced Combos
  -Good Upgrades
  -Fighting Tactics
4.1 Enemies
4.2 Environment Weapons
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5.Level Guide
  -Tutorial:Helm's Deep
6.Path of the King
  -Paths of the Dead
  -King of the Dead
  -The Southern Gate
  -The Pelennor Fields
  -The Black Gate
7.Path of the Wizard
  -The Road to Isengard
  -Minas Tirith, Top of the Wall
  -Minas Tirith, Courtyard
8.Path of the Hobbits
  -Escape From Osgiliath
  -Shelob's Lair
  -Cirith Ungol
  -The Crack of Doom
9.Bonus Levels
  -Palantir of Saruman
  -Palantir of Sauron
10.Codes and Secrets
11.Secret Characters
   -Faramir
   -Pippin
   -Merry
12.Getting to Level 20 (Coming Soon)
13.Copyright Protection & Thanks
14.Upcoming Guides 

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1. INTRODUCTION
   ============

In the third and final part of the Lord of the Rings saga the two hobbits, 
Frodo and Sam draw nearer to Mount Doom and Aragorn must realise his true 
destiny to protect the free people of Middle Earth. 

This guide is intended to provide a full guide to Lord of the Rings:The Return 
of the King. If you have trouble with killing some of the enemies you should 
refer to the Enemies section (4.1).

2. BEGIN YOUR QUEST
   ================
It's time to begin your quest to save Middle Earth, there are three paths to
choose from. Path of the King is Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli's path to raise the
army of the dead and destroy Sauron's army. Path of the Wizard takes Gandalf on
his journey to break Saruman's tower at Isengard and meet up with Aragorn to
defend Minas Tirith. Path of the Hobbits follows Frodo and Sam in the quest to
destroy the ring and free Middle Earth from Sauron's evil minions. No matter
which path you take you will be faced with hordes of enemy troops and puzzles 
to challenge even the most experienced gamer.

3. CHARACTERS (WHO SHOULD YOU USE?)
   ================================
Aragorn 
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Strong, fast and accurate; Aragorn is a good character to play as. The future 
king is great with a sword and bow, a great person to use for beginners.
Aragorn lacks in speed and when surrounded he can be stopped from attacking
for some time.

Legolas 
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The quick minded elven prince is great with a bow and excels at fast
fighting. Legolas can easily despatch enemies over great distances with his 
bow, also good with his white knives he can hold his own in battle. Legolas is
great at pulling off combos as his attack speed is fast.

Gimli 
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Gimli is the hot headed dwarven fighter accompanying Aragorn on his quest. 
Using his five axes he manages to wipe out swarms of Orcs, he is the best 
character to use in melee battle, however whilst powerful he sacrifices his 
speed and is quite slow in battle.

Gandalf 
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Now the head of his kind the great wizard can vanquish many enemies with
one spell. He uses his staff for powerful long range attacks and his sword for 
melee and close combat. Gandalf is another good person for beginners to use.
Gandalf is quite agile in the game, unlike his film counterpart!

Sam
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Frodo's only true friend on the road to Mordor, Sam is a ferocious warrior.
Awarded with Sting, Sam has power enough to kill several Orcs in one swing, 
Sam is a good character to use for stealth missions and once trained he can 
become a powerful character. Sam is also the fastest Hobbit (considering his
fattness!)

Frodo
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The ringbearer is only available at the crack of doom but is a fast, deadly
character. Frodo is easily overwhelmed once attacked from all sides. Although 
Frodo doesn't do much in the story he is the only hope for all of Middle Earth.

4. FIGHTING TACTICS AND UPGRADES
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Easy Combos
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The most useful combo earlier on in the game is definately 'Orc Hewer'. Orc 
Hewer can be used on any enemy, when using a hobbit it's great to use Orc 
Hewer on the larger Orcs or Uruk-Hai.

Final Judgement is another easy to use combo, use this on tougher enemies or
bosses.

Balrog's Gambit is very effective for taking out large groups of enemies,
quite hard to pull off but effective!

Advanced Combos
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The 'Banes' are linked moves, they are quite hard to pull off but are very
powerful. You must first parry an attack and then press R to kill the enemy.

Shield Cleaver is a must have, it may be a little hard to administer but it can 
take down any shielded foe.

Lightning Strike is in some people's opinions a bad move to use, I think it can
be a lethal move to use in large crowds.

Good Upgrades
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Arrow and magic upgrades are always good to have especially if you're playing 
as Legolas or Gandalf. These upgrades improve your long range attack in range 
and power.

Strength of '.....' moves are another good ugrade to purchase. The first 
upgrade is called Strength of Stone and increases your health bar.

All the special ability upgrades can change the flow of battle, you can use the
special ability moves by pressing L and R together.

Fighting Tactics
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When fighting a large crowd of enemies try to stick to the edges, take out the
people on the edges first with quick attacks and then use special moves or
charged attacks to kill the troops in the middle.

Ranged attacks are good to use for taking out enemy archers but with Legolas
you could use your bow at point blanc range to instantly kill the attacker.

If using Gandalf you should first activate your special shield ability and then
charge your Y attack unharmed to wipe out large crowds.

If using a hobbit use L+R ability to sneak up behind a captain and kill it
instantly.

Legolas's bow should be used to great effect on 'The Black Gate' to wipe out
the oncoming hordes of enemies and kill the ringwraiths.

4.1 ENEMIES
    =======
This section is to tell you the best ways of killing enemy troops from every 
level with speed and ease. Each enemy will have all the information needed to 
make sure you can defeat them. Bosses are in the level guide so I will not 
put them in here.

Dead Soldier
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Found: Paths of the Dead, King of the Dead
How to kill: Use speed attacks on them.

Dead Spearman
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Found: Paths of the Dead, King of the Dead
How to kill: Use fierce attacks to break the shield and then speed attack.

Dead Captain
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Found: Paths of the Dead, King of the Dead
How to kill: Use fierce attacks to break their armour and then use combos to 
kill them.

Dead Archer
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Found: Paths of the Dead, King of the Dead
How to kill: Shoot them with ranged attacks to easily kill them.

Orc
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Found: All Paths
How to kill: Use speed attacks to kill them.

Orc Archer
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Found: All Paths
How to kill: Shoot them with ranged attacks to easily kill them.

Shielded Orc
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Found: All Paths
How to kill: Break their shields with fierce attacks and kill with speed 
attacks.

Uruk-Hai
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Found: All Paths
How to kill: Use speed attacks to kill them.

Shielded Uruk-Hai
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Found: All Paths
How to kill: Break their shields with fierce attacks and kill with speed 
attacks. 

Cave Troll
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Found: Path of the King, Path of the Wizard
How to kill: Stay back and shoot it with charged arrows, rush in sometimes and 
use fast combos to kill.

Mumakil (Olephant)
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Found: Path of the King
How to kill: Shoot the armour off with ranged attacks and then shoot the main 
platform to blow it up.

Easterling
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Found: Path of the King
How to kill: Use speed attacks to kill them with combos too.

Shielded Easterling
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Found: Path of the King
How to kill: Break their shields with fierce attacks and kill with speed 
attacks and combos.

Orc Captain
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Found: All Paths
How to kill: Use fierce attacks to break their armour and then use combos 
such as Orc Hewer to kill them. (If using a hobbit go to stealth mode L+R and 
press the R button behind the captain's back to kill him instantly)

Easterling Captain
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Found: Path of the King
How to kill: Use fierce attacks to break their armour and then use combos 
such as Orc Hewer to kill them.

Uruk-Hai Beserker
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Found: Path of the King, Path of the Wizard
How to kill: Stay back and shoot him with charged arrows, rush in sometimes 
and use fast combos to kill the beserker.

4.2 ENVIRONMENT WEAPONS
    ===================
This brand new section will tell you about all the weapons you can find around
Middle-earth. Using these weapons to your advantage could change the flow of
battle seriously.

War Pike
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To use this long spear you must stand near it and hold down the action button.
You aim it like an arrow whilst holding the Z button, then let go to shoot
the enemy.

Ballista
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This is a giant wooden crossbow used in battle to assualt the enemies'
fortress. Stand inside the blue circle and press Z to fire away!

Minas Tirith Catapult
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Much like the ballista this gigantic catapult is only found on one level but
is very effective at taking out siege towers. Fire it like the ballista but
allow it to reload.

Flaming Pike
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Use this exactly like the war pike, this flaming pike is only found in the
path of the hobbits and path of the wizard.

Flaming Brazier
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Found in all paths, these big metal pots can be kicked over using Z to burn all
the enemies in its path.

Cranks
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Not really a weapon, the crank is used to open gates in all paths. The gates
can be used as weapons in the Hobbit's path to crush the enemy under it.

Boiling Oil
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Push these over with Z, you can reuse this weapon many times until all the
enemies below you are killed.  

Torch
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These burning torches usually kill the enemy in one hit, only available in
Path of the Hobbits. 

5. LEVEL GUIDE
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Many people have trouble with this game as it is much more challenging then 
the first EA game 'Two Towers'. I have completed the game with all characters 
now and have written this level guide to give you a detailed step by step 
path through the game. The guide will start with Aragorn's path as it is the 
main one and then Gandalf's and the Hobbit's paths will follow. 
NOTE: Checkpoints will only occur on single player mode, co-op mode will have 
no checkpoints!

Tutorial Level:Helm's Deep
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You get to play as Gandalf here at the turn of the tide at Helm's Deep. 
Prepare yourself for battle as soon as the cinematic is over as it can take 
you by suprise. All the buttons you'll need to press will be at the top of the 
screen so this isn't really that hard. You'll start out in a battle with lots 
of Uruk-Hai, Gimli will help you but you should just use quick attacks on all 
the Orcs. Any Uruks that dont die once on the floor should be killed with the 
R finisher. After a while you will hear Legolas call you for help on the wall,
 make your way towards the ladder on the wall and kill any shielded Uruk-Hai 
with strong attacks on the way. Climb up the ladder and you'll find Legolas 
and some men. Kill the archers on the wall with your L ranged attack (charge 
the attack for more power). Some Uruk-Hai will attack you now so kill them 
with strong and quick attacks, Aragorn will now call for your help on the 
ground. Follow Legolas down the rope by pressing Z and you will find Aragorn, 
make your way to the large catapult (ballista) and press Z by it. Run to the 
right and fire the second ballista, Uruk-Hai will keep trying to stop you so 
just kill them, the third ballista will blow up some explosives on the bridge 
and will win the mission, set the third one off. Well done! This was just a 
tutorial mission so the other missions will get more difficult. You can now 
choose to either carry on with Gandalf, start off with Aragorn, Legolas or 
Gimli or play as Sam. You will need to complete all the paths later on anyway 
so pick a path now. I would recommend Gandalf's path.     


6. PATH OF THE KING
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Paths of the Dead
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Here it is, you have chosen the king's path. You may choose either Aragorn, 
Legolas or Gimli. No matter who you choose the other two friends will be with 
you controlled by the computer. Start running forward through the blue mist, 
this will only slow you down so you have to walk, you will soon see some 
misty spirits above you, dont worry these wont harm you. You will soon fight 
some dead army soldiers, use quick attacks to vanquish them, fighting these 
dead soldiers can be quite confusing because it can be hard to see when they 
are beaten; a blue flame will come from the enemy soldiers when they are 
killed. Keep going and you will come across a large stone slab blocking your 
way, enemies will come from this slab so spread out and kill them all. You 
can also use the war pikes to instantly kill the enemy. Once they are dead a 
potion will appear for you, carry on down the path and you'll go through more 
mist, kill the two troops that appear and carry on. 

You will now see a large bridge, shoot the archers on top, do not go under the 
bridge! Instead travel left up the path, kill the soldiers that attack and 
press on. Now you are on a long rock walkway, ignore the path to the left and 
carry on to the end of the path ahead of you. There is a large rock jutting 
out over the path below now so walk onto the rock and collect that elven 
runestone (this gives you experience points). Dead soldiers will now attack 
before you can go on...kill them! Run to the left and at the end of the path 
there will be a boulder, press Z by it and the spearmen below will be crushed 
(this is not necessary but it will make the level easier). Go back to where 
the walkway had the path on the left and go down it, some shielded spearmen 
will attack so wipe them out with fierce attacks (Y button). Continue on, 
there is some health on the way.

Now you have reached a large drawbridge which is raised, you must cross it. 
Three archers will start to attack you, parry their arrows and shoot them all 
with your own bow. Turn the crank on the right to lower the bridge, before 
going over there is a potion on the far left if you need it. Cross the bridge.

*CHECKPOINT*

You will now be walking through that blue mist again, this next battle can be 
tricky if you dont use those combat tactics I taught you in chapter 4 of this 
guide. Stick to the edges of the crowd and let your companions take out some 
troops while you shoot those archers on the slope to the left. Then pick off 
some troops from the edges of the battle and then use combos to take out any 
tougher soldiers. Once the battle is over go up the slope and go to the ledge 
where the archers were before, take the potion and go back down.

Carry on down the path slowly and you'll come to a room, pillars will fall 
down so you can take out the enemy one by one. Weave your way through the 
pillars and keep killing the troops however you want, kill the guards by the 
ladder and climb up it. Wait for your friends to climb up and then run 
forwards; battle time! Another one of those stone slabs will appear and troops 
will come at you. Kill them with speed and fierce attacks and eventually a 
captain will appear (the soldier with a life bar above his head). Use fierce 
attacks to take out his armour and then use the Orc Hewer combo to kill him. 

Carry on down the now clear path, there is a health potion on your left. You 
have reached a room with a gate and a giant statue. Kill the enemies that 
attack you and go to the statue, notice that blue circle...that means we can 
use it with Z; push the statue over and go over it (it's now like a bridge). 
Go to the left where there is a small pathway, go along it to the right hand 
side. There is a crank here to open the gate but a few captains will attack 
you, kill them with fierce attacks and then combos. Turn the crank to open 
the gate and go back down the path, troops will attack you now so kill them 
and continue on to the gate. Go through the gate and you will reach the main 
chamber of the level.

Try not to die after all that or you will go back to the checkpoint. Go over 
the bridge and two slabs will block your way forward and back. Swarms of dead 
soldiers will attack you now, (check out the Enemies section at the start to 
see how to kill the troops). Some captains will attack aswell, fierce attacks, 
Orc Hewer. Once you have killed the amount needed on the counter at the top 
you can proceed onward to the next level.

King of the Dead
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BOSS: King of the Dead
The King of the Dead will attack you as soon as you begin this level. Parry his
first attacks and then smash him with some fierce attacks and Orc Hewers, he 
will sink into the ground sometimes so just keep alert and when he reappears 
shoot him if he is far away and then attack him again the same as before. 
After a bit more sinking he will appear on the far side of the arena, DO NOT 
GO AFTER HIM. He will summon four dead troops, kill these with charged range 
attacks and let them come to you for close combat.

The King will now emerge by your feet, jump back and shoot him once, then rush
 in and show him you mean business. He now summons some archers on the far side
, take them out with your ranged attacks. He will emerge by you again, fierce 
attack, combos, he will then go back under reappearing to the left by his 
statue. He will now attack you with storms of wind so hide behind those big 
rocks near him. Shoot him with a charged arrow after the first wind attack. 
Run back behind the rock (if that one is broken find another one), once the 
second storm is over shoot him again quickly. After three of these wind 
attacks he will attack with his sword again so do the same thing as before 
but parry more this time as he will be more vicious. He'll summon more of his 
soldiers now and then so kill them, then he'll go back to his statue...run 
behind a rock and shoot him until he gives up the ghost! After he's dead he 
will be very angry and will try to collapse the whole level on you.

Now you will have to escape from the temple, going through every single room 
from the level before! It's easier than it seems, run back over the bridge 
and through the gate again. You will have to avoid falling rocks if you want 
to keep your health, just run around the rocks and if you see one falling 
pause just before it falls. Run over the statue-bridge and you will be in a 
fight, charge up an arrow to kill one soldier and then charge in with your 
combos and other attacks, kill the archers quickly with ranged attacks and 
proceed onwards. Run round this corridor avoiding rocks and run up the slope 
in the next room, go right and another slab will block the way.

Kill all the enemies in this battle and pick up any potions dropped. Run 
through the path where the slab was and keep running until you find a blue 
mist, you must now walk slowly through it until you reach the other side 
avoiding rocks also. You now reach a third slab and your companions are here 
too! Let your friends take out some troops and you can attack the edges as 
this is a large crowd of troops. Try to keep to the left of the screen near 
the slab otherwise after the battle you may run the wrong way and die! Kill 
all the troops here and take out the captains. Run through the doorway fast 
and you have completed the level!

The Southern Gate
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This level may prove difficult as it took me six tries to complete. Run 
forwards at the start and a cave troll will jump down from the wall and 
attack, run back to the start of the bridge, there is a war pike there so 
throw it at the troll and it will die.

You will now be faced with a major battle situation, hordes of Orcs and 
Uruk-Hai will attack now. Let your companions guard you and you can make your 
way to the left of the field. You will see two catapults, fire the first one 
and then the other, the tower you shot has actually fallen down to create a 
bridge over the moat into the gate. Run to the far right of the level until 
you reach another catapult, fire it and a troll will lose some health. 
Remember to check out the Enemies section for tips on how to kill these 
troops here. Run over to the tower you destroyed and climb over the bridge, 
dont wait for your friends, just climb up the ladder in the tower.

Once at the top wait for your companions and go to the left. Kill the enemy 
Uruks with charged arrows and kill the troll the same way, stay behind that 
low wall though so that the troll cannot get you. Now run up the steps onto 
the main gate and take out any enemies there. This part can be hard! A mumakil 
(or Olephant) a giant elephant type creature will appear. You will need to 
shoot arrows at the armour on the mumakil in order to weaken it, once the 
armour is destroyed shoot the mumak again until it explodes. Parry all the 
arrows fired from the mumuk and deal with any Uruks that attack you.

Once the mumuk is dead run over to the crank you must use, DONT USE IT YET! 
Kill ALL the troops that attack you on the wall and then crank the gate open. 
You will see a cutscene now with the gate opening, go to those cauldrons of 
boiling tar and use both of them twice, all the troops below will be dead now. 
Run back to the ladder in the tower and climb down. Ignore all the troops and 
run straight over the bridge to complete the level.

The Pelennor Fields
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This is one hard level to complete usually. There is a counter in the top 
right corner, you must kill 60 enemies before moving on. Easterlings (the men 
in gold armour) and Uruk-Hai will attack you here so be alert. Stick to the 
edges of the fight and only kill enemies close up that attack you. Most enemies
should be killed with charged ranged attacks or hit and run combos. Banes 
could even be used here to take out the Easterlings. If you get surrounded 
keep parrying or use your X move to clear a way out. Stick close to your 
companions and soon you'll defeat the enemy.

A cutscene takes place with Merry and Eowyn running into battle. You now 
start on a cliff overlooking the battlefield.

*CHECKPOINT*

You must now stop the mumakil from reaching Merry and Eowyn. Dont waste the 
ballistae unless you absolutely have no arrows left, use the same tactics as 
before to kill the mumakil. Now you must run to the cliff on the opposite 
side of the battlefield to kill the second mumak. Look for the flag in 
between the ballistae, there will be a hidden slope behind the flag, run down 
this slope and across the field. Do not even try to attack the enemy, just run
across to the other slope to reach the second cliff. Now take out the second 
mumakil with arrows, again, dont waste the ballistae. Some troops will attack 
you up here so kill them.

You will now see a cutscene of the Witch King attacking Merry and Eowyn. Stay 
on your clifftop and run to the far left hand side, you should be able to see 
the Witch King on his Nazgul, shoot the Nazgul with arrows (charged if 
possible) and it will fly away. Kill any attacking troops and you will see 
another mumakil, see which cliff it is nearest and run to that clifftop. Kill 
the mumak and run back to the Witch King, shoot him again until he flies off. 
Keep going back and forth between mumaks and the Witch King and eventually 
you will kill him and complete this level. Remember to keep track of Merry 
and Eowyn's health bar and dont let it drain out.

The Black Gate
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Here you are, the biggest battle in the game, this is probably the hardest 
level in this path. The general idea here is to keep your teammates alive by 
looking at their health bars and if one bar goes into yellow run over to them 
and stand by them to heal your friend. You can play as Gandalf in this level 
aswell as any player from Path of the King.

But first you must defeat a boss.

BOSS: The Mouth of Sauron
This is Sauron's messanger, a cloaked figure rather like the ringwraiths. He 
is really easy to kill, you cant block his attacks but you can jump backwards. 
Just keep using Orc Hewer or any fast combo on him to quickly and easily 
despatch him. Quick attacks can also stop him from attacking you for the 
whole fight.

*CHECKPOINT*

After the next cutscene you will see a counter in the top corner, you must 
defeat six captains (health bar people) to proceed onwards. All enemies will 
come from the top part of the level.

The level is set out like a cross, this is where the characters will be found 
when playing with certain people.

Gi=Gimli
L=Legolas
A=Aragorn
Ga=Gandalf

Playing as Gimli

            _____
           |     |
         __|     |__
        | Ga      A |
        |__       __|
           |  L  |
           |_____|

Playing as Legolas

            _____
           |     |
         __|     |__
        | Ga      A |
        |__       __|
           |  Gi |
           |_____|

Playing as Aragorn

            _____
           |     |
         __|     |__
        | L      Ga |
        |__       __|
           |  Gi |
           |_____|

Playing as Gandalf

            _____
           |     |
         __|     |__
        | L       A |
        |__       __|
           |  Gi |
           |_____|

Keep killing any enemies and healing your friends until a captain arrives on 
the battlefield. Kill the captain by looking at the Enemies section. Keep 
doing this until you have killed all six captains, the captains will usually 
attack one of your friends so use this as a distraction with which you can 
charge up a Y attack to break the captain's armour. Heal your friends 
contantly, if any of them die you will lose the level.

After three of the captains die you will be attacked from all side of the 
level so keep your eyes open and remember to heal friends especially on the 
left side as some archers appear there. Once all six captains are dead you 
will have to fight a boss.

*CHECKPOINT*

BOSS: Sauron's Ringwraiths (Three)
DO NOT EVEN TRY TO USE CLOSE COMBAT! If you attack up close you will be 
slaughtered, I guarantee it. Use the war pikes on the wraiths to hurt them 
and also with Gandalf, Legolas or Aragorn you should get a good arrow upgrade 
as firing these powerful arrows at the wraiths can kill them in five or six 
shots.

Heal your companions if they are harmed by wraiths and keep shooting the 
wraiths with everything you have! Once all three are dead you will complete 
the mission and the Path of the King. Well Done! The hobbits are the only 
ones who can save Middle Earth however.

7. PATH OF THE WIZARD
   ==================

The Road to Isengard
--------------------
This path is a good choice, it's rather easy to complete and you get to use 
Gandalf! You will be on your own however apart from Gondor soldiers, your 
power will make up for the lack of help though. You can only choose Gandalf 
for this path.

In this level you must reach Isengard to vanquish Saruman's armies forever. 
You start off in Fangorn Forest near Isengard, ignore those Uruks that are 
running away and run forwards. You will be attacked by two Uruk-Hai, parry 
their attacks and then kill them with speed attacks. Carry on and you'll see 
a short cutscene, kill the two Uruks and then take out the archer in the tree 
above, go forwards. You'll see an explosive cart now, blow it up with arrows 
and shoot the archer on the hill. Now there is a fork in the path, and a 
bridge to the left. Shoot all the explosives you can see and kill the archers 
on the bridge. Now you have a choice, go along the bridge or go right for more 
experience points, I usually take the extra experience. Fight off any enemies 
and you will arrive on the scene of three massive Ents stomping over loads of 
Orcs and Uruk-Hai. 

*CHECKPOINT*

Run down the path to the left and kill the Orcs coming at you, continue down 
to the ground. There is now a counter at the top of the screen, kill 75 
enemies, (any Orcs killed by the Ents count as killed). The best way to kill 
the Orcs is to run into the middle of the area and shoot or attack any 
soldiers that come to you. After a while a cutscene will happen, go through 
the hole that the Ent made. Continue along until you see the tower of Orthanc.

*CHECKPOINT*

Shoot the nearby explosives cart and then you will see several towers in the 
distance, they will shoot arrows at you so parry them, there are explosives 
carts by each tower, shoot these carts out to destroy the towers. When all 
the towers are destoyed go across the bridge, take out the two shielded Uruks 
(look at section 4.1) and continue across. Go left for an elven runestone 
(experience) and kill any troops that attack. Travel to the right of the 
screen killing enemy troops on the way, kill the archers on the small hill 
and continue down the pathway on the right.

Keep going along the path and go down the slope, you will now see an Ent 
being shot at by archers. There is an Uruk-Hai Beserker down the bottom, stay 
back and shoot it with charged arrows and rush in with some combos. Now kill 
the archers on your side and the very far side, the Ent will now begin to 
break down the dam. The Ent cannot die so dont worry, just keep defending it 
from the archers and kill any enemies that attack you. Eventually the dam 
will be broken down and the level is completed.

Minas Tirith, Top of the Wall
-----------------------------
This level can be very tricky, it took me 8 tries to complete. I have a great 
way to navigate this stage.

X=Catapult
H=Health
S=Start Point
\=Ladder Points
#=Siege Towers

 _____\_#_#__\__        ____\___\_#_#__
|               |      |               |
|__________     |\    \|     __________|
      _____|    |___\__|    |_____
     |  X  |        S       |  H  |
     |____________________________|

Gandalf starts off on the 'S' symbol on this map, the places where ladders 
come up are marked with a '\'. Siege towers are marked by '#'.

All you have to do for this level is look at the minimap on your screen (much 
like the map here) and when a small red dot appears on a wall go straight 
there and use the X move to kick the ladder down. You can also slide down the 
grappling hook ropes (like on Helm's Deep) to avoid enemies and travel around 
faster. Remember to kill lots of Orcs to bring down the number of attackers. 
If the bar on the top right gets to red you have basically lost the stage 
because too many Orcs or ladders got on your walls. Dont get too caught up in 
fighting Orcs, get the ladders down!

Soon a cutscene will show some siege towers coming towards you. Run straight 
to the tower on my map with the X symbol, this is a catapult and you can use 
it by pressing Z in the blue circle. Fire it twice at the siege tower and 
then run straight back down to the walls and to the right hand wall on my 
map, the # symbol is where the next tower is coming, kick down ladders on the 
way. When you get to the other siege tower point charge up your ranged attack 
and keep firing at the tower, eventually it will collapse. If you need health 
go up to the tower marked with H, but go quickly because there is another 
tower coming in the same place as the first one. Go back up to the catapult 
and fire it once at the siege tower. Shoot the Nazgul that flies above you, 
then fire the catapult again. Run down the stairs again.

Now a tower will dock on your right wall, you cant stop it. Use the walkway 
under the walls (by swinging down the ropes) to get to the far right, climb 
back up and run to the siege tower. Dont attack the center of the Orc horde, 
use the tactics to pick off the ones on the edge. At the same time you must 
try to fire at the docked tower to crush it.

A cutscene shows the main gate being broken down, when you have control again 
you must run towards the tower marked H but you will see some steps going down 
(two guards were blocking this way before) go down these steps following all 
the soldiers. Keep going and you will win this stage.

Minas Tirith, Courtyard
-----------------------
This level is great! You can get lots of experience points here, you must keep 
killing Orcs, Trolls, Archers, Captains untill 200 citizens have escaped, you 
have a counter at the top.

Dont bother defending the entry point for citizens by the main gate just 
defend the one directly to the right of where you start, also make sure no 
Orcs stay by the small door where you begin.

The war pikes should be saved for later on, we'll come back to that. If some 
archers appear at the far end by the gate shoot them all with your magic staff.
Health packs can be found in various barrels around the stage so explore.

When a captain arrives use the tactic, fierce attack, Orc Hewer or combo. 
You'll see a cutscene now with three trolls entering the courtyard, its time 
for those war pikes! Aim the pikes at each troll and fire, when they are all 
dead some more may enter, kill them too. Keep killing enemies untill you get 
200 citizens rescued. Well Done!

8. PATH OF THE HOBBITS
   ===================

Escape From Osgiliath
---------------------
You will start with Frodo and Gollum, go through the archway and kill the Orc 
that attacks you. Go through the next arch and you will be at the bottom of 
some steps, shoot the archer at the top and go up the stairs. Kill the Orcs 
with charged ranged attacks and continue forward until the wall explodes, get 
back! Go through the wall and kill the two Orcs that attack. Run up the ramp 
and a Nazgul appears. A meter will now appear on your screen, if the meter is 
filled and goes red you will die, you can make the meter go down by hiding 
under any form of shelter (Sam must get under cover, not Frodo). Run over to 
the shelter by the stairs, kill the two Orcs. Run up the steps and kill the 
two archers, now you must ignore all the orcs up here and run to the door at 
the other side. Once you have made it to the shelter on the other side climb 
down the ladder and you will see two Orcs. Either kick the two Orcs off the 
edge or kill them, climb down the next ladder. There will now be a battle, 
shoot some Orcs and then rush in with quick attacks. Run up the stairs and 
kill the archers on the ramp with ranged attacks. Climb up the ramp where the 
archers were and kill any enemies on the balcony. There is a green health 
potion here, get it if you need to and go out the opening in the wall.

*CHECKPOINT*

Climb up the ladder and beware of the Nazgul at the top. Run across the roof 
and get to the bridge, whilst ignoring any enemies you can. Run along the 
bridge and run past the Orcs here (if your Nazgul meter is low you can just 
kill these Orcs but do not hang about for too long!). Get under the cover 
(towards the screen) and take out any archers you can see with charged ranged 
attacks. Make sure the Nazgul bar has gone down completely and then make a 
run across the rooftop and kill any Orcs along the way, go to the opening in 
the floor, get the potion and go down the ladder.

Kill the enemies at the bottom and run up the stairs, make sure to kill the 
Orcs along the way. There is a giant bell up here...push the bell with the Z 
(action) button and watch it kill all those Orcs! Run down the way which the 
bell went and go out into the open (the Nazgul cant get you in this lowered 
platform so just take your time to kill any Orcs with charged ranged attacks. 
Go up the steps and quickly run across this rooftop, there will be a very 
small bit of cover up here, get under it until your meter drains. Get the 
health here and go to the next area, kill most of the enemies here, making 
sure to go back for cover when your meter goes up. Run across this roof and 
get under the archway, shoot some archers and run out again. Get to the large 
tower on the other side by any means possible (or run past all the Orcs). Once 
under the tower kill any Orcs near you and go down the ladder (it is near the 
left side of the gaping hole).

You will see some Orcs here, ignore them and climb down the next ladder, you 
will now find yourself in a sewer! 

Run down the pathway and kill the Orcs that attack you, keep running and you 
will see four archers and an Orc Champion (check the enemies section for the 
way to kill him). Kill his archers at the same time and then turn the crank 
for the gate until it opens. Go through the gate. Well Done! Level over!

Shelob's Lair
-------------
This level is the most confusing level in the whole game! It may take you a 
few tries to complete it but it will be worth it. The level is basically a 
giant maze with spiders at every turn. You will sometimes find some dead ends 
with elven runestones in them. Avoid these dead ends unless you are really 
desperate for experience because you will be attacked by five or six spiders, 
these will be really hard to kill as each spider will stop you from even 
getting a hit in on any of them. If you see any black swarms (baby spiders) 
avoid them or throw a torch at them.

Since there are about four possible ways out of this maze I cant give you an 
accurate guide to this level, I would begin by going right, keep going and 
you should see a dead end, ignore it and keep going forwards and turn right at 
every turn. You should soon see a green potion, get it and turn around, go 
forwards and then go right at the corner and then left, this should now be the 
exit of the maze, go through it. Some tiny baby spiders block your way here, 
throw a torch at them and proceed.

When you see three spiders guarding a giant web kill the spiders carefully, 
knock them over with fierce attacks and then use R to finish them off. Throw 
a torch at the web and go through, now you will see some Orcs around a 
campfire. You now have two choices, you can either throw torches at the 
webbed bodies above the Orcs to kill them all or you can sneak around the 
side of them with your L+R stealth ability.

Exit the camp area and follow the corridor through, soon you should see lots 
of baby spiders (I cannot be sure of this section of the guide as this is the 
part which Robert Dimmock helped with, I think this is in the right order. If 
not just email me). Throw torches at the right hand spiders to reach a cliff. 
Throw the torch here at the webbed door and go back the way you came. Throw 
torches at the spiders ahead of you and go to the door, kill the spiders here 
and go through. You should now be at a clifftop area, go up to the cliff and 
push the boulder off the edge at the Orcs below. Kill the spiders on the way 
back down and go to where the Orcs were. Go through the door and you should 
reach a checkpoint before Shelob.

*CHECKPOINT*

BOSS: Shelob
You will find yourself in a large rock area, this is Shelob's Lair! You will 
see her webbing up Frodo. She wont notice you until you attack her. Charge up 
one of your ranged knives and let it loose at Shelob. The battle begins! Parry 
her attacks and then smack her face in with some Orc Hewers. This will carry 
on for a while, keep blocking and Orc Hewering her. Eventually you will see a 
cutscene of Sam stabbing Sting into Shelob's head (this is a bit ironic for 
anyone who's read 'The Hobbit' as Bilbo used Sting to kill loads of spiders 
before, he named Sting the spider's bane).

Shelob will climb onto the wall now, don't chase her stay where you are. 
She'll send out loads of spiders at you, you can either kill them the usual 
way or you can kill Shelob the crazy way I used. To use the crazy way go near 
where Shelob is and throw some knives at her, she'll jump off the wall at you, 
try to jump back but you will probably get hurt. Get up and stab the hell out 
of her! Use Orc Hewer aswell. Repeat this or you can kill the spiders, when 
her health is down to half you'll see another cutscene. You will slash off one 
of Shelob's legs this time.

She'll now charge around the arena going crazy, do not get in her way! Wait 
'till she gets back on the wall and repeat the strategy before about twice 
more, now you can finish her off with a charged Y attack or a nice Orc Hewer. 
Well Done!

Cirith Ungol
------------
You've made it to Cirith Ungol! One of Sauron's main strongholds, and you have 
to get inside to rescue Frodo! The main objective here is to kill 80 Orcs in 
total (including captains).

In the first room get the Orcs to come over near the brazier (flaming pot) and 
push it over. Then go near the crank and press L+R to avoid the captain,
turn the crank. Now, kill the captain using the enemies section. Go up the 
ramp, killing the two Orcs that come down. Keep going along the path and kill 
any Orcs you see here. There are two more Orcs in the hall above, kill the next
captain here too.

Go to the next room, throw the pikes at the 2 Orcs below you and kill the 
other Orc on the balcony. Go down the stairs and push the brazier over, then 
the next brazier further along. Go to the right and use this other brazier.
Make sure you kill all the Orcs if the braziers dont work. 

In this room just kill as many Orcs as you can and keep using Orc Hewer.Don't 
go into the other big room full of orcs, you shouldn't have to. Just clear out 
this main room of Orcs.

Go up the ramp and climb up the ladder. Push the barrels with Z down on the 
Orcs, you should now have 80 killed. 

Go across the small bridge and the Orcs will run away. You will now see 
loads of Orcs on the drawbridge. Go up the
stairs to the right to and kill the Orc captain. Fire the ballista with Z 
and all the Orcs on the drawbridge will die.

Run across the drawbridge fast as it will collapse behind you. Go through the 
gate.

Boss: Orc Champion
You will now have a battle with the Orc guarding Frodo. You must first use the
pikes around the room to break the Orc's armour and then throw another pike to
stun him, when he is stunned run up to him and use Orc Hewer a couple of times.
Repeat this untill he is defeated, make sure to parry his spear attacks.

Frodo is now rescued and you will see an Orc run off with Frodo's mithril 
armour. You completed this level.

The Crack of Doom
-----------------
This is the last level of the whole game, you have finally reached Mount Doom
and you must cast the ring into the crack of doom to destroy Sauron forever.
But there is one problem...Gollum wants the precious back!

In this level you play as Frodo, you have sting back and you have to kill 
Gollum. First, dont try to just attack him because he will lash out and hurt
you. Stand near the edges of the cliff (you wont fall off) and lure Gollum over 
to you, when he is about to jump at you move aside and smack him with your
sword. He will begin to lose his balance now, use your fierce attack a couple
of times to knock him off, he will grab on to the edge, use R to stab his hands
and knock him off.

He's not dead yet though, he will climb back up to the platform, you must
repeat this process 4 or 5 times more to kill him. On the third time some lava
will fall onto the rock so avoid it, also rocks will fall down so avoid them 
too. On the fourth time a large slab of rock will fall off to reduce the 
playing area. On the fifth time Gollum will fall off and you will be shown a
cinematic of the end of the story 'Lord of the Rings'.

Well Done for completing the game! You have now unlocked the cheats and also
three new characters! I have made sections on these to help you with them. If
you need any more help with any level just email me on: disco_32@hotmail.com.   
 
9. BONUS LEVELS
   ============

Palantir of Saruman
-------------------
Congratulations for winning the secret levels! As these levels are quite
long I will not provide a full guide but merely some good tactics to use.

The first palantir level is quite hard and you should be ready for a fight!
It is best to be Legolas or Gandalf for this level as they can easily kill
lots of enemies with their ranged and Y attacks. This level is basically
20 different levels with loads of enemies on each one.

Lets begin, you should be confronted by basic orcs and dead soldiers on the 
first few levels, just use simple combos and ranged attacks to kill these guys.
If you find yourself surrounded you can try two things: charge up your Y 
attack and let 'em have it! or you could use the A,X move to charge at an
enemy and get out of the circle.

After some levels, about level 4, you should start to be confronted by more
powerful enemies like shielded orcs and dead spearmen. Just keep using either
Helm's Hammer or Shield Cleaver to swiftly take these enemies out. Keep
fighting on until you get to a new area and loads of spiders will attack you.
To kill these dont bother using close attacks, just use your ranged attack to
shoot these spiders down, just keep shooting!

Its basically plain sailing from now on, you'll just fight progressively
powerful enemies until you get to the end. Also look on the enemies section to
get through the stage.    

Palantir of Sauron
------------------
This level is the same as the one before, you basically just keep killing
troops until you reach the end. Both palantir levels are great for getting
more experience.

If you need any more help with these levels just email me, or fill out the
gaming session form on www.hobbitking.vze.com.

10. CODES AND SECRETS
    =================

You must complete the game once (not palantirs) to use the following codes:
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Get All Upgrades
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Up, Down, Y, B

Be Invincible
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press B, X, B, Up

Devastating
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Y, Up, Y, Down

Unlimited Missiles
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press B, B, Down, X

Max Health
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press B, B, X, X

Get Target Indicator
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Down, X, Up, B

Get Aragon's 4 Hit Combo
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Up, B, Y, Down

Get Frodo's 4 Hit Combo
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Down, B, Down, X

Get Gandalf's 4 Hit Combo
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Down, Y, Up, X

Get Gimli's 4 Hit Combo
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Y, B, Up, A

Get Faramir's 4 Hit Combo
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press A, B, Up, A

Get Lagalos' 4 Hit Combo
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press B, Up, Up, Down

Get Merry's 4 Hit Combo
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Y, A, B, B

Get Pippin's 4 Hit Combo
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press A, A, Down, X

Get Sam's 4 Hit Combo
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Up, Down, Y, Y

Get Aragon's Level 8 Skills
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Up, B, Y, Up

Get Frodo's Level 8 Skills
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press X, X, Down, Down

Get Gandalf's Level 8 Skills
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press X, B, Down, Down

Get Gimli's Level 8 Skills
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press X, B, Down, Down

Get Faramir's Level 8 Skills
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press X, Down, Down, Down

Get Lagalos' Level 8 Skills
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press B, Up, Up, Down

Get Merry's Level 8 Skills
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press Down, Y, A, B

Get Pippin's Level 8 Skills
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press B, Up, Up, X

Get Sam's Level 8 Skills
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press X, X, Y, Y

Get Perfect Mode
After Pausing the game HOLD L + R and press X, Down, Y, A

These codes can be used without completing the game:
----------------------------------------------------
After pausing the game Hold L + R and press the following

Up, B, Y, A. 1000 Experience for Aragorn 
Down, Y, Up, Down. 1000 Experience for Frodo 
B, Y, Up, Down 1000 Experience for Gandalf 
X, X, Y, A 1000 Experience for Gimli 
A, Y, Up, A 1000 Experience for Legolas 
Y, A, Down, A 1000 Experience for Sam 

11. SECRET CHARACTERS
    =================

Faramir
-------
Faramir is Denethor's second son, he has never won his father's approval 
though and fights only for the freedom of his people. He is a great warrior 
good with the sword and bow. Although much like Aragorn, Faramir is slightly 
faster than Aragorn and has great combo moves, he can easily wipe out hordes 
of foes at once. Faramir is a great character for all the technical players
out there! 

Pippin
------
Pippin is a great warrior of Gondor, he is more powerful than Frodo and Sam, 
he is skilled with the sword and with his hobbit knives. Pippin also has the 
ability to turn invisible with his cloak. Still a hobbit though Pippin can 
easily be overwhelmed by large groups of Orcs. Pippin is a great character
for people looking for that great Hobbit spirit!

Merry
-----
Merry is nearly the same as Pippin, except he is less powerful, Merry is now 
a warrior of Rohan, he is also skilled with his weapons. Merry can be seen 
carrying the wooden shield of Rohan on his back, he dresses in Rohan armour 
with his hobbit cloak. Accompanying the Lady Eowyn he always protects her 
from danger.

14. GETTING TO LEVEL 20
    ===================

This section is coming in Version 1.50! It will guide you step by step and tell
you how to get each of your characters to level 20. Each character will have
their own section. 

13. COPYRIGHT PROTECTION & THANKS
    =============================

This guide was written and designed by James Shortland (HobbitKing). All 
tactics, maps, diagrams and ideas are owned by the author, if you wish to use 
any material from this guide you must first contact me on: disco_32@hotmail.com 

All game content, story and names are solely owned by EA Games and any other 
affiliated companies. The Lord of the Rings Return of the King story is owned 
and written by J.R.R Tolkien and all movie content belongs to New Line Cinema.

Thanks go out to EA Games for providing a great forum which has inspired many 
of my ideas, also thanks to Nintendo for creating the Gamecube version of this 
game. Thanks also to Robert Dimmock for helping and advising me to complete 
the game. All cheat codes are taken from the game and all other cheats and 
codes are taken from www.cheatplanet.com. Thanks to www.gamefaqs.com for 
putting this guide on their site and allowing me to provide a good faq to 
gamers. Thanks also to www.neoseeker.com for providing yet another great
faqs site and for putting my guide on it.

Any questions, comments and suggestions once again may be sent to me at: 
disco_32@hotmail.com

Copyright 2004 James Shortland

14. UPCOMING GUIDES
    ===============

Thank You for using this guide, I hope you've enjoyed it and found it helpful. 
Here are some other guides currently being written by me:

*Need For Speed Underground-The Ultimate Underground Guide!

*Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Coming Mid 2004)

*Upcoming Big Hits (The Best of 2004's Upcoming Games)

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