previews\ May 22, 2002 at 8:00 pm

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - PS2 - Preview

First Look - E3 2002


Aragorn roughly kicks one orc from the parapet, then draws his bow and targets enemies on the other side of the wall.


Electronic Arts demonstrated a new and exciting blend of film and video game at E3 2002 in Los Angeles Thursday. The game, Lord of the Rings The Two Towers, is a compilation of both The Fellowship of the Rings and The Two Towers books by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game is slated for release in November.


The first half of the story concerns elements common to the Fellowship of the Rings, while the second half of the story takes on elements of the second book. Each mission starts with scenes from the movies, then flawlessly integrates and finally melds them with the game. This transition is important and, simply put, incredible.


The game does feature some arcade elements. Aragorn can accrue ranger points to use in furthering his abilities. But, of course, that was necessary to sustain interest in the game and carry players along, according to folks at EA Games.


Graphically the game is excellent. The environments faithfully follow scenes from the books and are rich in detail, with lighting effects that are candy for the eyes. The animation outshines the environments. Characters move flawlessly, and emphasis is placed not only on attacking, but in learning to defend and block.


This is a game that EA has big hopes for and with good reason. Fans of Tolkien and his mythology will want this game, and won’t be disappointed.


The game will initially be released on the PS2, with an Xbox version following 3-6 months later.

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