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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (PlayStation 2)

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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.


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers PlayStation 2 More cinematics.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers PlayStation 2 Options
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers PlayStation 2 Title screen
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers PlayStation 2 Main menu

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 Daniel Yu (109) unrated
A graphical tour de force, and an amusing diversion. For a while. Gerauchertes (9) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A mediocre beat'em up with interesting goodies for the film fans. Depth Lord (941) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
Nothing out does LOTR Exodia85 (2160) unrated

The Press Says

GamersMark Nov 26, 2002 9.2 out of 10 92
PGNx Media Jan 08, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Oct 30, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90
PSX Extreme Jan 08, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Over Online Dec 02, 2002 87 out of 100 87
IGN Oct 21, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpot Oct 21, 2002 8.1 out of 10 81
Gamesmania Nov 18, 2002 80 out of 100 80
Level Mar, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PlayFrance May 23, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75


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

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