Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. A tremendous game. [Feb 2003, p.105]
  2. The movie license is fully exploited and used brilliantly, the production values are outstanding, there are cool unlockable features, and the fighting action is intense.
  3. A very good game in its own right [and] the best movie-to-game conversion in recent memory.
  4. It may have its flaws, but at the same time LOTR:TTT is a hundred times better than the rest of the regurgitated flotsam that constitutes licensed gaming as a whole.
  5. It's hard to believe, but EA has finally done a great job in taking a movie license, converting it to a fun game, and then delivering it to all the major consoles roughly in time for the movie's actual release.
  6. The Orc-hacking gameplay has you tapping more than just one button 90 times a minute. [Feb 2003, p.154]
  7. Everything in Two Towers - from the rich, lush environments to the lovingly rendered boss monsters - comes impressively close to matching its cinematic counterpart. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.76]
  8. Fans of the films will definitely want to pick this one up, but those who enjoy action games in general will also find a lot to like about it, in spite of the game's short length.
  9. While the action is good, it's also incredibly short. There are only a dozen missions, plus an unlockable thirteenth, but you're looking at six to eight hours tops on this one. [Feb 2003, p.66]
  10. 80
    You can't beat the game's presentation-the glorious visuals, real cast voice-overs, and Howard Shore score are so faithful to the film it's frightening.
  11. There are big monsters, countless enemies to place the hurt on and an epic adventure to go along with it.
  12. 77
    There are absolutely no differences between this, the GameCube, and the PlayStation 2 versions, aside from some miniscule tidying of the jagged polygons from the PS2 original.
  13. 76
    I'm somewhat disappointed in this decent beat-em-up, which comes with far too many limitations and nagging annoyances to be worthy of quite such high praise that's been thrown around.
  14. The only other real problem I have with the game is its length and lack of replay value. One trip through the game takes only a few hours. It can be beaten with a little determination in less than a day.
  15. The only real knock against Two Towers is its limited replayability. [Feb 2003, p.68]
  16. The problem is that you have no control over where the camera is pointing so 50 percent of the time you'll be aiming at something off the screen.
  17. Essentially Gauntlet without the magic. You can't even play as Gandalf here.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Nov 11, 2013
    Given the bad reputation that movie games get, this game is actually pretty good. The most obvious drawback is fixed camera angles hindering sight. The combat system isn't shoddy, the boss battles aren't monotonous, and the graphics hold up decently well. Full Review »
  2. MikeH.
    Apr 23, 2005
    The game is alright. It isn't anything too spectacular. The graphics are fine. The music however was stellar. But the gameplay is where this title falls short. The combo and power attacks needed to be tweaked a bit. Because they have no real power when your player is surrounded by 10 goblins. Sure you can turtle up in these situations and block it out but there are some levels which you are timed so that strategy doesn't work. Also charged power attacks for the most part are useless since they can only be used when stationary and during this time you can't block either. The gameplay could have been executed a little better and with it alot of frusteration could have been saved. All in all, don't buy this game just burn it off your hard drive. Full Review »
  3. JimS.
    Oct 8, 2004
    Good battles. Too short. Rent it, don't buy it.