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Game Name : Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
System : Playstation 2
Date Added : 2003-11-01 08:55:28

Written By : Probed Out

Three rings for the Elven-king sunder the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord in his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie

Well we all know that games based on movies sometimes donít turn out the way we want. Thatís just as commonly known as the fact the wheels on the bus go round and round. But what about games based on the movie based on the book? Good question. Play Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers to see what I mean.

Lord of the Rings is one of the most amazing stories in literature. Although often to be a trilogy, LOTR was actually considered to be one big story divided up into 6 books, sometimes written in three volumes. The story is about Middle-Earth. Not exactly a turmoil free place. A Dark Lord, named Sauron has created rings said to help keep the balance. But Sauron outsmarted them and made The One Ring, which controls all the others, bring them all together so the Dark Lord can achieve total control. However, man & elf fought against this. A soldierís father was killed in battle by Sauron. Enraged, the son picked up his fatherís sword and slashed off Sauronís hand (which had the One Ring on it), thus defeating him. I guess Sauronís Achilles heel, was in fact his Achilles wrist. This left Sauron to vanish forever, or so everyone though. The son had his chance to destroy The One Ring, but greed overcame him. He kept the ring, but was killed and the ring was lost. That was until the ring was found by two brothers. However the ring, which has the power to use greed as means of control, took over one of these brothers. This brother then killed his brother to get the ring in his possession. The One Ring still wanted to go back to Sauron however, and so it gave this brother extra long life. He lived for centuries, until something caught the ring by surprise. A Hobbit (small hairy people) named Bilbo Baggins gets his hands on The One Ring. He steals it and uses it to give him invisibility when he puts it on. This helps him a lot in his quest to defeat the dragon, Smaug.

Now, centuries after Sauron was defeated on the battle field, The One Ring is a family possession of the Bagginsí. Now Sauron has discovered where the ring is. The Grey Wizard, Gandalf instucts Bilboís nephew, Frodo to take the ring to the only place it can be destroyed. The Fires of Mt Doom. At Mordor, the place where the ring was created and that battle was fought many centuries ago. I guess it makes sense because itís a ring and itís kinda clever to have the story go the ring needs to be destroyed in the same place it was created. Anyway Frodoís on a mission to destroy the ring, thus Lord of the Rings begins, but this game takes place in the second volume of Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers. Basically Frodo has some bodyguards, together the Frodo, the bodyguards & some other little Hobbit friends that tagged along are known as The Fellowship of the Ring (hence the title of the first book). Here are short biographies of the bodyguards:

Aragorn: The descendant of the son that could have destroyed The One Ring all that time ago. He feels that he owes Middle-Earth the destruction of the ring. He is a skilled Ranger (sort of like a adventurous soldier that goes around on his own). He is the rightful heir to the throne of his land, but he feels like he doesnít deserve it. He is skilled with all kinds of weapons, most noticeably the sword.

Legolas: An elf. Elves are immortal, unless they are killed in combat. He is chosen by the elves to represent his kind, by protecting the ring bearer on his mission to destroy The One Ring. Legolas has great hunting skills, is in touch with nature and knows how to use a bow & arrow better than anyone else in Middle-Earth. He is also good at using Elvish knives to slash up his opponents.

Gimli: A dwarf. He is headstrong and is quite aware of his height. He makes it up with his stocky build, and might have more strength than any other member of The Fellowship of the Ring. He is trained in axe fighting. Gimli is brave and wonít back down from a fight.

Basically you control those three bodyguards and fight through the missions provided. Each basically follows an event in the story/movie.

The gameplay is pretty complicated. Basically you have each characters weapons. There are several ways to attack. He character has projectiles. Projectiles can be upgraded through the special point system, where at the end of a level, you can use points you earn through the game to buy new attacks. You may get an enchanted arrow or a fire arrow instead of a normal one. There are also new combos to unlock.. One might take down faster enemies, some might take down the more powerful ones. The bad guys are usually orcs (little slimy men that have had more face reconstructions than Michael Jackosn, watch out they look hideous!), Urak-Hai (What do you get if you cross an orc & a man? An Urak-Hai!) or a Troll (Blugh! There big though and have long clubs for whacking you my dear.). Choose wisely, as these moves can seriously change each characterís ability at the level. This adds to the realism of the game. The good thing is that you can go back and play earlier missions over and over again. How do you get points? Whenever you kill an opponent you get a rating. Itís either Bad, Poor, OK, Good, Excellent or Perfect. Perfect you can only achieve when your weapons glow blue. This is like super-mode. You achieve this by killing a lot of enemies, I think. You also get a rating for how you complete the level. Excellent, Good, Poor, ect. Iím proud to say Iím hacking up orcs at a 10th grade level.

The graphics are quite good. You get into the mood. It doesnít look realistic, but it gets you in a rhythm. You can tell what rating you get for defeated an enemy just by looking at the colour. You seriously get used to the graphics really well, but when you come back after playing a different game, it takes time to get used to them again. The detail is good on everything. They have clips from the movie as well. They go from movie scenes to the same scenes, just acted out by the polygon-people, which is pretty cool. The only thing I would have done better is Gimli. I seriously though the just got that lovable, shaggy dog, Beethoven from the kid moviesí head and put it on Dopey from Snow White & The Seven Dwarvesí, body. Itís probably what Tolkein pictured Gimli to look like anyway, so meh.

The sound is pretty good. Themes and tunes from the movie are in, the sounds made by the weapons, orcs, Urak-Hai, Trolls & explosives, etc are all realistic. The sound is actually almost as good as the moviesí.

The replay value of the game isnít really that good. Once youíve finished the game, you end up not getting into it again. It has no multiplayer. But it does have some hidden features which are only unlockable by playing the levels again.

So in conclusion, Lord of the Rings is a great story/movie/game that I think everybody should experience. The movieís are a little scary for the kiddos, but the stories and games arenít too bad. I really think Stormfront Studios have delivered here, in bringing us the most action-packed scenes of the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers volume and packed it into one game. Bravo! My special challenge to you is to play this before the sequel The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is out. LOTR:TTT is arguably the best movie-to-game game out now.

-Great graphics
-Excellent gameplay
-Fantastic storyline
-Probably the best movie-to-game game out now
-Great ideas
-Fun to play

-Maybe a multiplayer or co-op mode
-Maybe a few bigger levels or more levels (the game was a bit short)
-Gimli looks a bit weird
-Maybe a bit of a wandering around between levels. Maybe you could actually walk around the levels like in Zelda, instead of just clicking the level and going into it

Title: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Players: 1
Genre: Slash ĎEm Up
Content: T for Teen
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Stormfront Studios

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