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A good attempt at bringing the film to virtual reality
on 26 May 2003
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers video game consists of a set of scenarios that you have to fight through. The game is very closely linked to the film with each scenario representing a key moment of the film such as the battle with the cave troll at Balin's Tomb. Most of the scenarios can be played with Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas. As your character completes the scenarios he gains more experience and can learn new moves.
The conversion from film footage to graphics is a joy to watch and film actors supply the voices of the characters. Combine these two aspects and you get an experience very close to the film itself. Extra features include interviews with the actors and a featurette on the making of the game which are very interesting and a lovely touch. Periods of loading are very few leaving little time to twiddle your thumbs and the graphics are very smooth and detailed. The moves the characters learn as they progress are fancy but not are also believable, not ridiculous.
The style of the game is very close to a beat 'em up making it the ideal way to release the day's tension. Unfortunately the game does not stray very far from this aspect. There is the odd period where you have to defend another character or a location. Therefore, if you like a bit of varied gameplay and puzzle solving this game may not wholly satisfy your needs. Other minor negative points include the fact that Legolas does not look very alike to the film version while he is in your control. Also, when your character moves off screen and the camera angle changes the controls sometimes reverse leading to confusion.
Overall, the video game does not let the film down and I was happy I had got my moneys worth. The few negative points I have outlined is why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.