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Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

version: usa - year: 2002 - developer: stormfron studios, hypnos entertainment - publisher: electronic arts - format: pplaystation 2, dvdrom - condition: good - rarity: common

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review - Who said that license-based videogames must always suck?

Well traditionally, it has been almost always the case…For example, Universal Interactive own interpretation of "the Fellowship of the ring" was a mediocre outing. Luckily for gamers and fans of the trilogy alike, EA's take is on an entire different level!

Where to start? When I first loaded the game, I was getting a bit bored because the intro featured expected movie footages. So I really felt like skipping it since I watched the movie already half a dozen times. When I was about to press the x button, suddenly the movie turned into CG animations! What a cool effect!

Lord of The Rings (LOTR) The Two Towers is basically a third person hack'n'slash in which you can initially control Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli. Fortunately, fighting doesn't get repetitive because you will be facing different situations depending on the level you are in: save villagers here, take down archers there or defend the gates of the city kind of missions.

Graphically, this game is simply amazing. The characters animations are smooth, and a ton of moves are unlockable through a level up system.

Curiously, I found all of the characters to look like their movie counterpart, except Frodo. I guess that since Frodo doesn't really have an active role in the game, the programmers didn't put as much effort in his digital rendition.

Most of the areas look gorgeous, and trace exactly all of the locales seen in the movie.

As expected, the music is quality stuff since it's directly lifted from the movie's soundtrack. Sound effects are very appropriate and voices from the original actors has been recorded specifically for the game!

Gameplay is surprisingly good. Two Towers features scenes both from the 1st and the 2nd episode of Tolkien's trilogy. The memorable battle scene in Balin's tomb where you face the cave troll is of course included for the happiness of us all! What really impresses in this game is the amount of moves at your disposal. Almost all of the PS2 buttons on the pad have some kind of use (without being excessively disorienting), be it to use your bow, to guard or to perform lethal combos. Also, in some battles, you will literally face hordes of trolls, goblins and the like, and amazingly, the pS2 hardware handles all the action without slowdown.

Finally, there are some really interesting extras such as interviews, secret levels etc that are really entertaining.

Bottom line: an excellent game that any fan of the trilogy should consider playing at least once.8,5/10


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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