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- Enter the pastoral world of Middle Earth where strangeness and magic abound, and danger lurks in every twilight shadow
- As Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas, you'll be encouraged to balance and utilize each character's unique moves, skills, and weaponry in order to complete your quest
- Use strategy and magic to fight your way past Orcs and monsters as you make your way to the Cracks Of Doom
- Fully interactive 3D environments that will immerse you in the magic of the Silmarillion as you journey to fight the ultimate battle against evil!
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Battle the evil forces of Mordor and experience all the action of The Lord of the Rings. Take a journey with the Fellowship as you journey south toward Gondor. Play as the 3 action heroes from the movies, Aragorn the ranger, LEGOlas the elf and Gimli the dwarf; each has a unique fighting style and upgradeable combat moves. Fend off the evil forces of Sauron in Helm's Deep, the plains of Rohan and the Mines of Moria.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers action-adventure game will allow players to take control of the trilogys action heroes--Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli--with other members of the Fellowship taking an active role during gameplay. Players will battle a variety of Orcs and square off against vicious boss monsters including the Cave Troll and Saruman. A tactical gameplay system will encourage players to react quickly and be strategic with their selection of characters, weaponry, and combat moves.
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· First of all, the gameplay is fast, intense, and relentless, and it generally mimics key moments from the films. Yes, there are a handful of moments from "The Fellowship of the Ring" as well as the upcoming "Two Towers."
· The production values go above and beyond. Several of the film's key players are on hand to vocalize their gaming counterparts, which goes a long way toward injecting you with that "Wow, I'm in the movie!" sensation. On top of this, Howard Shore's rousing soundtrack throbs during the action, giving you that much incentive to "hunt some orc." The sound effects and the graphics are splendid as well, and further give you the sensation of being there.
· The game's transitions between film footage (some good "Two Towers" preview moments here!) and in-game graphics are worthy of honorable mention.
· "The Two Towers" allows you to play as Aragorn, Gimli, or Legolas, and each of them have their own particular abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. They can also acquire experience points which can be used to purchase new orc-dispatching attacks. The addition of these three playable characters is vastly important, because it gives a short, linear game some replay value it might have lacked.
· For fans of the films, there are interviews, documentaries, and other goodies that can be unlocked during the course of the game.
· "The Two Towers" is challenging, but rarely frustrating (with the possible exception of the Plains of Rohan stage, which played havoc with my temper).
· The game's most fascinating missions involve epic battles, like those that take place at the fortress of Helm's Deep. These moments are extremely memorable, and you'll want to play them again and again.
Alas! All is not perfect in this valiant effort. Here are some of the game's failings.
· The gameplay isn't story-driven, and for the uninitiated, it won't make much sense (but, then, why are you even playing this game if you're not a fan already?).
· Missions leap from one story sequence to another without warning. For instance, you go from playing as Aragorn defending Frodo on Weathertop immediately to the mines of Moria, and there aren't any cut-sequences that actually smooth the transition. The clips that do pop up between levels are essentially promotional campaigns for the upcoming film, and not story-driving elements. It's jarring.
· The game tries for camera angles reminiscent of those seen in the films, but which are usually functional as well. However, in every game that has a fixed camera, problems do occur, and they can be very annoying. Fortunately, it's the exception rather than the rule.
· The action is very arcade-like, and feels like a cutting edge Double Dragon clone. The play mechanics are essentially the same. You slug it out with opponents while traveling a very linear path from which you cannot veer for any reason. Times have changed since Double Dragon, naturally, so this is the best variation of the formula I've ever seen, but it remains an aging gameplay mechanic. It's not for everybody.
· Timed missions involve too much trial and error (especially the aforementioned Plains of Rohan level, which is particularly frustrating).
· You can't skip all of the video sequences, even if you've seen them a hundred times.
· The game isn't as true to the source material as it should be - and when I refer to the source material, I mean the books, as it's early November and the next film won't hit theaters until mid-December. Fortunately, most of these deviations are acceptable in the spirit of the gameplay, provided you're not a less open-minded Tolkien fan than I am. I just hope the movie doesn't take so many liberties with this beloved tale. I tend to trust Mr. Jackson after such a successful adaptation of book 1, however, and I digress...
· The single most disappointing thing about this game is its length. This game is excruciatingly short, and experienced and dedicated players should have it conquered within a few hours. It may have incentive to replay it from the beginning, but that's still not as cool as a longer campaign would have been.
· No chance to duke it out with the Balrog. Argh!
So, in the end, I recommend this game to fans of non-stop action gaming, but it is important that you also know at least a little about the storyline that is moving things along behind the scenes. On top of this, you must be willing to deal with the game's shortcomings (and I do mean SHORTcomings, because the game is over so bloody quickly!). As far as Tolkien zealots go, be warned that the game strays from the storyline at times in favor of visceral gaming. However, if I can handle that, I'm sure you can as well. When it's all said and done, this is a fine product worthy of your time.
Final Grade: B- (or 4 stars, to grade on a curve)
you should get the game it is the best ever! i know people like vice city but this is better - it's kinda hard though - my friend who is a video game wiz couldnt even beat the Watcher while i beat it in 20 minutes. but thats just me - it starts off hard then gets easier and then harder. great way to make it b/c they obviously did it on purpose. not one dull moment
Always been a lord of the rings fan