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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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  opened by paleface at 16:47:11 08/24/03  
  paleface [sys=GBA; cat=Beat_em_up; loc=NA]
           
Rather impressive Western-developed Gauntlet-style isometric dealibob. Pick one of the characters from the movie and run around slicing up hordes of nasty orcses and things.
 
The combat could be better--you just kind of smash away on the button and it misses or hits based on random chance and the attack/defense values involved--there's no particular timing or anything like that to it. Stage graphics are a bit chintzy-looking in areas and some of the character graphics are just badly-digitized blobs--the main characters animate well, at least. Sound is particularly impressive, the battle cries are very sharp and the orchestrated music is haunting--I've been known to leave the game on pause on my Game Boy Player just to have some nice mood music in my apartment.
 
I hear that it's long and while some of the stage designs get a bit dull, particularly as they don't so much lead you as just start you off at one side of the big map square and challenge you to wander around until you find the arbitrarily-placed exit, smashing hordes of orcses is fun, my precious. Ah and there's a Diablo-style skill-tree thingy where you'll hate yourself if you spent your precious skill points on the wrong skills hours earlier. ;)
 
In fact they aren't trying to hide their Diablo roots at all what with the red health bulb and the blue magic bulb in the lower corners. And you could have a worse game for inspiration--this has come out in particularly impressive fashion for a handheld (being able to save at any time is a very welcome feature, too!).
    

 
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