I bought this game thinking it would be the same as the first. However, it was completely different with some things worse and others better. This is all down to the film licensing being given to the second game and onwards rather then from the beginning of the series.
Plot: You choose either Aragorn, Legolas or Gimli and guide them through 16 missions closely related to the film. The game constantly switches from game graphics to the film integrating it all very well.
Graphics: Although better reproductions have now been made on consoles, for their time they looked exactly like the actors. Some great set pieces to be seen too.
Sound: As you progress through the game, you can unlock little clips of behind the scenes footage of the game being made. This includes showing you that the speech within the game was all purposefully recorded to match the timing and surroundings better then to of just taken it from the film and tried to match it up. Great to see they didn't opt for the easy way out.
Controls: It's a hack n slash game so the combos are what it's all about. You learn more complex ones as the game progresses and then it's up to you know when to pull them out and when not. You can get through the game simply button bashing but it's a lot more fun when you play the game how it's meant to be played.
The combos you produce are all shown on a rating system at the end of each mission. The better you fight, the more points you get and the more points you get, the more you can upgrade your spells, weapons and armour.
Lifespan: Here's where my only real problem with the game lies. It took me just over a day to complete the game with all the extras unlocked. When I take into account that the first game took me just under a week, I feel a little hard done by. What's been done is good but just wish there was more of it.
It would of taken me an even shorter amount of time if the checkpoints hadn't of been in such annoying places. Now I don't mind learning my errors and giving it another shot but when your at the end of a level that's just taken you 20 minutes, I don't expect to be put right at the very start to have to go through it all over again (cut scenes included). So for me, the parts that I struggled with became more of a drag then they could have been.
Overall: As far as movie license games go, this is one of the better ones with a great story to play too. Although I've had my complaints, it's still one well worth playing. Even if that's only to hear the actors comment on the game and the role they played within it.