Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
Buy On
  1. It’s fun while it lasts, but requires relatively little skill – just an iron will and determination to progress through 16 lavish, on rails, scripted levels.
  2. PSM Magazine
    70
    The game, as a whole, doesn't feel totally balanced. [Holiday 2002, p.32]
  3. Only its short length (a meager 7-8 hours) and lack of multiplayer support keeps The Two Towers from overtaking Koei’s “Dynasty Warriors 3” as the system’s best mindless hack-and-slash action/adventure.
  4. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the game's delivery is the sound, which is some of the best ever.
  5. With graphics prettier than Arwen and gameplay shorter than Bilbo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ends up a mixed bag.
  6. The graphics and sound (enhanced by the actual voices of the movie’s stars) were well-rendered and intricate indeed, but players soon grew bored with repetitive thrusting and parrying against evil Sauron’s monstrous hordes.
  7. 60
    It isn't so attractive after you sit down to play it. Still, the glitz and intense combat can make you forget that there is no substance here for at least a few hours.

Awards & Rankings

#15 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#88 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Jan 6, 2016
    8
    Gripping with emotion, fast paced action and dark settings, this game captures the feel of the films expertly. The game makes the smartGripping with emotion, fast paced action and dark settings, this game captures the feel of the films expertly. The game makes the smart decision to not compete with the films' character development and focuses on the gameplay, in which it succeeds. Full Review »
  2. Sam
    Aug 28, 2004
    10
    Fantastic graphics and an outstanding control scheme make this one to remember for all eternity.
  3. TheGamer
    Feb 8, 2003
    7
    I really enjoyed playing The Two Towers (but not as much as I enjoyed watching the film, of course) but certain parts annoyed me to the point I really enjoyed playing The Two Towers (but not as much as I enjoyed watching the film, of course) but certain parts annoyed me to the point of...well...a lot of annoyance. Although I really like the clips that transition from film to game I really just wanted to play and not watch the same clip over and over. Also, even though its nice that you can play as three different characters, its basically all the same enemies and short clips in-between, just with your charater put in. Overall I was satisfied with the game, though. I can't wait for the Return of the King... Full Review »