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Lunabean's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Buy The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Strategy Guide: LB Strategy Guide
Lunabean Rating: 7.3
Platforms: PS2*, GCN, Xbox
Release Date: 10.21.02
ESRB Rating: T - Teen
Official Site: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Purchase Game from Amazon.com: PS2, GCN, XBox
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Online Play: No


*Designates which platform we played in creating the guide

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Battle, battle, battle, fight, fight, fight. Battle, battle, battle, fight, fight, fight. If this is what you like to do in a game, then you'll love EA's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers", as it's every controller masher's dream come true.

There is very little substance to this real-time RPG, which is based on the movies. Although it's titled "The Two Towers", the game actually starts in "The Fellowship of the Ring", at the formation of the Fellowship, itself, highlighting every battle scene you know from "Fellowship", and, I presume, every battle in "The Two Towers". Have I said battle, battle, battle, fight, fight, fight yet?

Thoughout the game, you get to choose your character. You have three choices in just about every level: Aragorn (Strider), Legolas, or Gimli. You'll soon discover that Aragorn is really the only good option, but it's fun to go back once you've played through and leveled-up Aragorn and give the others a try.

The graphics are good, but not spectacular (of course, it did pass our "water test"). However, the game still functions as eye candy as half of the cut-scenes are actually scenes from the two movies. The game does do a spectacular job of transitioning from movie scenes to game scenes. You really do feel as though you are in the movie, and that's a truly fun experience. Sound, of course, is awesome, as it uses the soundtrack from the movies, adding to that "in movie" feel.

The game is fairly easy, although the last couple of levels are rather tough. Still, it shouldn't take anyone more than a few days to beat, which puts the game in the "rent" category...and you should rent it, as it is a good time, but buying it would be silly.

Think of this game as an interactive preview to "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers", due out next month. This game may be the best marketing ploy a movie ever had, but, it's a darn good time, so there's no need to feel used.

-Allison


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