The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a beat-'em-up action title that follows events from the first two films in the movie trilogy, which is based on the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. The game is inspired by the battle scenes found therein. The story is told through footage from the movie that slowly melds to in-game cinematic screens, all explaining the origin of The Ring and those who covet it. Players choose from three warrior characters, patterned after their onscreen personas: Legolas the Elf, Aragorn the Ranger, or Gimli the Dwarf. Then, embark on a quest that spans a multitude of levels. Players will revisit such familiar locales as Fangorn Forest and the Mines of Moria.
In each of these areas, players are beset by hordes of enemy orcs and other such assailants, in addition to fearsome boss creatures. Far from helpless, players are able to parry blows and execute melee (quick and fierce) and ranged attacks, as well as a number of combination attacks. These combination attacks reward players with varying grades; the more frequent and lavish the combo, the better the grade and the more points earned. At the conclusion of each level, players can use these points to increase character attributes or purchase new combination maneuvers.
Twelve missions make up the bulk of the gameplay, with additional branching paths added to the main mission structure at various junctures. Throughout these worlds, players will encounter familiar NPCs and even occasionally fight alongside the likes of Gandalf. The disc also offers unlockable extras, such as interviews with some members of the film's cast, extra characters, and sneak peaks of the second movie in the trilogy.
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