Lord of the Rings: The Two
Lord of the
Rings: The Two Towers
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Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 03 April 2003
Not based on an average
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers swings it's bloodied way onto the power of
the XBox with some exceptional results! Don't be mislead however, this is
strictly a nice to play beat em up as opposed to Role Playing Strategy game
that most folks expected.
Lord of the
Rings: The Two Towers
- Players 1
- Rating: M15+
Almost Seamless Integration of Movie to Game Footage
Being a fully licensed title, LOTRTT
incorporates a whole mess of actual footage from the movie that will have
you watching on in awe. The brilliant thing about this is that the movie
footage leads to gameplay with an almost seamless quality. In fact, the
first time this occurred, I must confess that I didn't even notice the
transition until I figured that some of the people on the screen were
standing just a bit too still.
The game allows you to play the parts of
three of the characters from the film, being our heroes Gimli the Dwarf,
Legolas the Elf and Aragorn the Human. Each of this playable entities has
their own unique fighting styles that will force players to alter the way
they approach the game slightly for each one.
The focus is on these three characters,
however it must be said that for a short time you do get to play the role
of Isildor who fought against Sauron shortly after the creation of the
rings of power. This is really to just give you a taste of what the game
has to offer
The nice thing about the game is that
despite the different fighting styles, they are all very easy to learn with
only basic button presses needed to vanquish the enemy. You can buy combos
later as you progress through the game, however from the outset it's all
very easy. One of the coolest things that I have seen in some time, is when
being attacked by archers, is the ability to parry their arrows that are
shot at you. It looks great and is a wonderful thing to have incorporated
into the game.
Whilst these controls are pretty easy to
pick up, they are not configurable, nor is there a controllable camera
available to you, so be prepared to get hit by foes off the screen on
occasion. In addition to that, there is only a narrow window through
which you can progress in the game.
By that, I mean that you cannot travel
anywhere you like on the screen that you can see. There might be an open
expanse but you are limited to the immediate area you are in at the time.
It's a bit of a shame that you cannot go further as the landscapes look
great and would be fun to explore.
The title looks a treat, however having
seen the game on the PS2 I would have to say that XBox came out of it
second or third best depending on how GameCube shaped up (We've heard good
things). It appears to be a fair bit darker and also some of the textures
don't seem to gel together was well as they did on PS2 which is a shame
considering what the XBox is capable of.
The enemies on the title are well
detailed and animated, doing justice to the film which should please many
fans of the series who were hoping for as realistic a depiction of the
movies as possible, the game certainly does not let you down. In fact, the
only real disappointment there is the fact that the faces of the heroes is
lacking somewhat. Of course you know who they are but it would have been
lovely to have some spot on representation for the game.
The audio on this title is the true
shining point with it being in Dolby 5.1 and utilising a surround sound
setup to decent effect. It is pretty cool to be fighting your way through
your latest enemy and to hear the sounds of battle all around you. Very
clever stuff. I did notice however when things intensified, that the music
chopped a little bit at times. Not enough to ruin it, but enough to be
All things said and done, Lord of the
Rings: The Two Towers is a cool game that does justice to the great movie
it is licensed to. It's fun to play and despite several limitations, will
be sure to be a title that any Tolkien fan would be more than happy to own.
A lot of fun and recommended for fans of the books/movies, and those who
like a hack n slash game with a swords and sorcery lean.
- Tory Favro
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