Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. 100
    A top-quality production on every level, and is arguably the best hack-and-slash game since the original "Golden Axe."
  2. From the spark of a parried attack, to the whirr of a blurred blade slashing through the air and a kick that knocks opponents back and off-balance so the killing blow can be struck, this game is a visual delight.
  3. Game Informer
    Sometimes the fighting gets so intense, you can feel the fate of Middle Earth weighing down on you more and more wtih each blow. [Dec 2002, p.111]
  4. It’s filled with action, and has enough RPG elements to keep it interesting (although the replay value would be subdued for a non-fan because the extras are for the fans).
  5. 90
    Two Towers isn’t perfect, and it’s pretty far from groundbreaking, but it’s undeniably awesome to delve into such an authentic representation of this universe and whup some orc backside.
  6. Cheat Code Central
    Hack'n slash fans and Tolkienites will go nuts over this.
  7. Play Magazine
    I've never experienced so much in the way of trimmings from the source material. [Dec 2002, p.61]
  8. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The last level at Helm's Deep is possibly one of the most incredible-looking levels I've ever seen in a game...It's simply breathtaking. [Dec 2002, p.163]
  9. A solid pick - especially for players who enjoy nonstop action - that lives up to the expectations set by the movie on which it's based.
  10. 88
    Should appeal to nerdy D&D chicks and foxy fantasy fans alike... Brainy babes who dig "Myst"-like games need not apply.
  11. The graphics are excellent in this game and I noticed no slowdown even with lots of Orcs on-screen at a time.
  12. Easily one of the most striking titles of the year.
  13. 83
    Good, twitchy action-fun. Based on the movie, this fast-action style beat-'em-up is well adorned with great supporting elements from quality sound, graphics and other movie-related resources.
  14. Entertainment Weekly
    A gaming experience that works with - rather than exploits - the source material. [Oct 25, 2002, p.82]
  15. GameNow
    May be the best directly movie-based title I've ever played. [Jan 20003, p.42]
  16. Though not the deepest action game we've played, it's well worth the time for 'Rings' fans and action game gurus alike. We're not completely satisfied; the game is much too short, and is in dire need of a second player.
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    A basic hack-'n'-slash game, albeit a really good one. [Jan 2003, p.174]
  18. Fans of the first film will definitely want to pick this one up, but those who enjoy action games in general will also find a lot to like here, in spite of the game's short length.
  19. GMR Magazine
    Anything bearing the valuable Lord of the Rings license will sell well. Happily, there's more to this beat 'em up than just the license. [Feb 2003, p.93]
  20. netjak
    A good game to rent for a rainy weekend; you’ll certainly get $5 of fun out of the game, and you should be done with it one way or the other by the time it needs to go back.
  21. With so much chasing and fighting in the movie, the scrolling slasher genre seems ideal. However, the result is a simplistic and repetitive game. [PSM2]
  22. The action is quality and the story is told, even if in small portions and with very little in the way of depth.
  23. The shortness of the game is partially forgiven by the richness of its production.
  24. 75
    It's somewhat short (maybe five hours per character) and isn't the best action game you'll ever play, but it is the best action game based on "The Lord of the Rings."
  25. Despite the logic issues, the lack of a two-player mode, and the utterly disappointing "secret" level and character, I still consider the game to be a success.

Awards & Rankings

#14 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 119 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 119
  2. Negative: 6 out of 119
  1. Jan 6, 2016
    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
    Fantastic graphics and an outstanding control scheme make this one to remember for all eternity.
  3. TheGamer
    Feb 8, 2003
    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 »