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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
80
4.0
PlayStation 2
82
3.6
Xbox
80
3.2
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Description

Electronic Arts' first game based on the Lord of the Rings movies is an action game with classic beat'em up-style gameplay. Despite the title, it covers events from both the first and the second film in the trilogy.

Players, choosing to control Aragorn, Legolas or Gimli, must battle the evil forces of the Dark Lord Sauron in order to protect the Ring of Power and restore peace to Middle-earth.

The player character moves through the levels, fighting hordes of Orcs, Goblins and other creatures with various attack and parrying moves. The more varied the attacks are and the less the player is hit, the more points are awarded for each kill. At the end of each level, kill points are accumulated and can be used to gain new abilities. Most of these are new attack moves, unleashed through various button combinations. Others increase health or upgrade the strength or speed of existing attacks. Each of the three characters has unique upgrades and moves.

Several levels feature boss battles with the likes of the Watcher of Moria or Lurtz, leader of the Uruk-hai. Each boss requires a unique strategy to defeat.

Most combat scenes from the movies have been turned into levels for the game: from the confrontation with the Ringwraiths at the Weathertop and the battle in the Mines of Moria from the first film to fights with Warg-riders and other enemies on the plains of Rohan from the second film. The game culminates in the defense of Helm's Deep, even though the depiction of the battle in the game differs considerably from that in the film.

Between the levels, cutscenes tell the story. These scenes combine actual film footage with footage rendered with the game engine.

The game offers lots of bonus content, some of which must be unlocked by completing missions or reaching certain levels with the characters. Featured are interviews with the filmmakers and actors (who also provide voices for the game) as well as various making-of features.

Screenshots

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers PlayStation 2 Score screen at the end of the level is a warm reminder that this still is a game and not an interactive movie.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers PlayStation 2 Options
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers PlayStation 2 You start the game as Isildur.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers PlayStation 2 Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Sagan om de Två Tornen: Härskarringen" -- Swedish title
  • "O Senhor dos Anéis: As Duas Torres" -- Brazilian title
  • "LOTR2" -- Informal title
  • "Le Seigneur des anneaux: Les deux tours" -- French title
  • "Il signore degli anelli: Le due torri" -- Italian title
  • "El Señor de los anillos: Las dos torres" -- Spanish title
  • "Der Herr der Ringe: Die zwei Türme" -- German title

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User Reviews

Great for film fans, with a slightly rushed production feel PlayStation 2 Daniel Yu (109)
A graphical tour de force, and an amusing diversion. For a while. PlayStation 2 Gerauchertes (9)
A mediocre beat'em up with interesting goodies for the film fans. PlayStation 2 Depth Lord (941)
Nothing out does LOTR PlayStation 2 Exodia85 (2158)

The Press Says

Game industry News (GiN) PlayStation 2 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamersMark PlayStation 2 Nov 26, 2002 9.2 out of 10 92
PGNx Media PlayStation 2 Jan 08, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Nov 08, 2002 17 out of 20 85
IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 21, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
Super Play PlayStation 2 Nov, 2002 8 out of 10 80
IGN Xbox Jan 03, 2003 7.6 out of 10 76
The Video Game Critic Xbox Feb 27, 2003 B 75
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 29, 2002 75 out of 100 75
Adventure Lantern PlayStation 2 Jul, 2006 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

Cancelled PC version

A PC version of Two Towers was in development. However, for some unknown reasons it was canceled.

Awards

  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2003 - MTV Film Adaptation of the Year
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