Reviewed by The Sacred Cow
March 18th 2003
Introduction:The fight to save Middle Earth continues in this epic movie turned mediocre game. The story in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers spans across the first film and finishes up at the end of the second. With many cut scenes from the movies many fans of the movies will be pleased. However if you are a fan of great gameplay and innovation…then I would advise you to stay away.
The Game:The game is hack and slash along the lines of Dynasty Warriors with some in-between level character development. You get to choose between Legolas, Aragon, and Gimli with a special character awaiting you when you finish the game. The games difficulty is rather easy and although you have a plethora of moves you will find that you only need one or two to complete most stages with no problem.
Graphics & Sound:The graphics for the game are a little disappointing, there are frame rate problems and the textures are often just plain ugly. I would go so far as to say this game has worse graphics than the PS2 version, which is odd considering it, is a port. The game does impress at times with the number of orcs and Uruk-Hai on screen, sometimes in the background this can be hundreds.
The music and sound effects are where the game shines. Hearing Gimli grunt as he cleaves an orc in two, or hearing the twang! Of Legolas’s bow is great. The Music is straight from the movie, so no surprises there that it is great as well.
Mojo:At first I was going to give this game a rather high Mojo rating because I am such a huge fan of the books and movies, but then I started thinking of all the little flaws that ruined this game for me. The game reeks of that; fast guy who doesn’t deal much damage, the strong slow guy, and the middle ground guy. Then there are the invisible walls, now I understand lots of games have this but they are just REALLY annoying in this game. Then there is the camera issues…
Lowdown:If you are fanatic about the LOTR universe then get this game you will like it despite all its shortcomings. If, like me, you are simply an average fan then rent it first, see if it is your “one game to rule them all.” Though I don’t think you’ll have to worry about Gollum trying to steal this one from you.
Gameplay: 7 , Graphics/Sound: 7, Innovation: 5, Mojo: 4. Final: 6