Uh, shouldn't that be Gandalf the White if this is The Two Towers?
The thing is, she's actually a decent warrior and wins a fairly important fight if I remember right. Just not in this movie.
Seriously, the game's just dumped me into the second half of the second part of a trilogy with pretty much zero explanation of anything.
Fellowship of the Ring. I thought I'd escaped that damn game, I thought I was safe!
Well what was the point of that first scene then? It didn't work as a hook, it doesn't set anything up, and it doesn't make any sense at all unless you've seen the movie (or perhaps read the book).
Diablo style interface there. Though the music and graphics actually remind me of Jurassic Park on the Amiga/PC. And the sound effects remind me of 80s arcade games.
This is actually a very different game to Fellowship, as it's all combat and cutscenes, and no wandering around bringing stuff to people. This time I'm fighting battles in real time, hacking orcs up with one button and healing myself with the other.
ONE LEVEL UP LATER.
Sword throwing sounds nice though, assuming I get my sword back afterwards.
I appreciate them showing me exactly how my stats are affected when I distribute the extra points, but it's still tricky to figure out what to go with. Is it better to have 1 extra damage or 4 extra accuracy? I feel like I should be getting out a calculator.
As far as I can tell there's no easy way to compare what I've got with what I could have, so I have to keep switching between them to see their stats.
Enemies often drop items like food (for health), herbs (for
SOME HACKING AND SLASHING LATER.
MORE HACKING AND SLASHING LATER.
Damn, I've grabbed so much gear from dead enemies that I've already filled my tiny eight slot inventory. Now I have to destroy something in my bag before I can pick up anything new. I was hanging on to the stuff so I could sell it, but it's just occurred to me that the Fellowship don't visit another town until way later in the movie, so there's no point in carrying any of this.
Diablo with a d-pad. And now it's gone from 'hack and slash', to 'hack and slash and clear out my inventory every few rooms'.
I've been trying out some of the skills I've spent points unlocking, but it's hard to cycle through to the exact thing I want to use. So I'm walking around with the spin attack already selected, trying to get surrounded so I can hit a group with it.
Damn, look at that doorway. The game's been as graphically solid as GBA titles with prerendered sprites tend to get so far, but it looks like they drew the lines for the door frame in quickly and forgot to finish it later.
I was hoping for a bit more variety, to break up the hacking and slashing and item discarding, but this is the opposite of interesting.
They're yellow because enemies seem to be colour coded to indicate their toughness. In the movie they stick some war paint on, in this they must be dipped in the stuff.
WAY TOO MUCH WANDERING AROUND LATER.
The thing points directly to where I need to go, rather than how to get there, so it's pretty damn pointless at times. In this case what I actually have to do, is go in the exact opposite direction.
I can't carry any healing potions in this, so if that blue spirit sphere runs empty I've got to run like hell and hack up some grunts for refill items, or wait for it to recharge.
Just don't run off without me this time when I'm done.
I remember this sequence being a little more dramatic in the movie, with the stone staircase crumbling into the abyss around them as they raced down the steps. But in this I just walk down a couple of stairs, hit a few enemies, and I'm done.
Just like the iconic scene in the movie, Gandalf heroically stays behind and sacrifices himself to stop the demon and save the group. Only this time the others didn't even bother to glance over their shoulder to check if he was still with them as they raced to the exit.
"Fly You Fools!" he yells to an empty room.
Well I've been playing for an hour and a half, killed 550 enemies, and I still haven't reached the beginning of The Two Towers yet. I was going to keep playing until Fellowship ended at least, but I just remember how long that story is, so I going to quit while I'm ahead.
Presumably his story branches off after the fight with the Balrog though.
This time as Frodo I decided to just put the ring on, turn invisible, and just walk past the enemies. But it seems that raised my corruption level (indicated by the Eye of Sauron in the corner probably) to the point where a Ringwraith teleported in and stabbed him to death.
Apparently this time I'm helping her brother to, uh... find Theodred I guess. You know, I have no idea what's going on here and I really don't care. I sacrifice my final character to the orcs and turn the game off.