The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is extremely violent with a primary goal of hunting and killing Orcs and other monsters. The intense graphics contribute a sense of realism to the violence. The game does not have strong language or sexual overtones, and the violence is all couched in the fantasy "good versus evil" concept.
What's it about?
THE TWO TOWERS is a fantasy action-adventure game based on the extremely popular Lord of the Rings movies. The goal is to let the player become part of the movie, and it succeeds with a combination of intense graphics and strong attention to details. The game allows the player to reenact scenes from the movie or play new ones using hero characters from the movie (Aragorn, Legolas, or Gimli).
As players gain experience, they can upgrade characters with new and complex combat moves. Also, as players advance in the game, they unlock numerous extras about the movies and game, including interviews with the actors and filmmakers, movie photos, and secret missions.
Is it any good?
This game will be very enjoyable for most teenage players, but what should be noted is the great amount of realistic violence in this game. The game often begins scenarios with movie excerpts, and it attempts to match the violence of the movie both in the size of battles and in the complex sword and arrow attacks. While this game is visually intriguing and lets players join a favorite movie, parents should consider whether they want to expose their kids to this much violence.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how the violence of the game and movie compares with the book. Do you respond differently to the visual violence than to the description in the book? Why do you think that is? How is it different when you're the one fighting vs. watching or reading about someone else doing it?