The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - GameCube

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Also for: PS2, Xbox
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Stormfront Soft. Co.: Electronic Arts
Publishers: Electronic Arts (GB)
Released: 14 Mar 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 15+
Accessories: Memory Card


Following some months after The Two Towers hit UK cinemas in late 2002, EA's GameCube port of the PlayStation 2 equivalent is finally ready.

The 'one ring to rule them all' is now in your friends' hands and you have many choices to make. Which character will you choose? Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn are all playable here, along with a secret unlockable character. What tactics will help you survive the overwhelming forces of the Dark Lord Sauron and Saruman? These decisions are yours to make and yours to live with.

Amidst the story-telling and compelling narrative, The Two Towers is at heart a simple 3D slash-em-up with a splash of puzzle-solving thrown in for good measure. Middle Earth is no place for young adventurers and with evil forces at work you'll quickly find yourself surrounded by the Dark Lord's armies. Slaying oncoming orcs and other minions of doom will reward you with those infamous Experience points and will help you upgrade your skills and abilities. But the way in which your character evolves depends on your fighting methods. Fight well and your skill meter will fill more quickly, increasing the amount of points gained with each enemy defeated.

Set across nine different environments, each of the 13 levels featured will be instantly familiar to those who have seen the three hour epic on the big screen. The way the game opens is something of a surprise, no matter how many times you've read or been told about it. The cinematic borders soon disappear and you're quickly plunged into the bloody action. From here on in, it's a procession of battles, cut-scenes and film footage, played out to the majestic Howard Shore score.

It's good fun, particularly for fans of Tolkien's masterpiece. Expect to see more Lord of the Rings gaming when The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, the third and final part of the trilogy, hits cinemas at the end of 2003.


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - GameCube Artwork