The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lotr the two towers boxart.png
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
ESRB rating: T (Blood, Violence)
PEGI rating: 12+
GRB rating: 15
Widescreen patch available
Supports up to eight local players
Languages supported:
English: SLPM-65212 & SLES-51252 & SLUS-20578 & SLUS-20578GH
Japanese: SLPS-29004 & SLPS-29003 & SLPM-67005
French: SLES-51253
Spanish: SLES-51256
Dutch: SLES-51252
Swedish: SLES-51252
Chinese: SLPM-65212
Korean: SLPM-67546
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20578
SLUS-20578GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: October 21, 2002
2006 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: C818BEC2
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-51252
SLES-51252/P (Platinum)
SLES-51254/P (Platinum)
SLES-51255-P (Platinum)
Release date: November 8, 2002
July 25, 2003 (Platinum)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SLPM-67546 (Korea)
SLPS-29003 (Collectors Box)
SLPM-67005 (EA Best Hits)
Release date: November 15, 2002 (Korea)
February 13, 2003
March 4, 2004 (EA Best Hits)
CRCs: C0E909E9
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Stormfront Studios
Publisher(s): EA Games (US, JP), Electronic Arts (EU)
Genre: Action, Fighting
Wikipedia: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Game review links: Metacritic82/100
Game description: The second chapter in the epic story of Middle-earth pits you against Sauron and the evil forces of Mordor. In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, you'll battle an army of 10,000 Uruk-Hai on the walls of Helm's Deep, hordes of Orcs on the plains of Rohan, and even the monstrous Cave Troll in Balin's Tomb. Guide Aragorn, Gimli, or Legolas through 13 interactive environments, using each character's unique moves, skills, and weaponry to complete your quest.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
? ?
  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 (3.6GHz)
  • Geforce 9600GT
0.9.8 GSDX r4600
  • SPU2-X r4600
  • Lilypad r4510
BIOS: USA v2.00, HACKS: Hacks: INTC, Wait Idle Loop, mVU Hack Flag., Considered playable even with the known issues below and needing GSdx Software Mode in some missions., 55-60FPS in Hardware mode, ~25FPS in the missions that need Software mode. Machina
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16Ghz
  • Nvidia GTS 250 512MB
1.1.0 r5628 GSdx 5632 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 5559
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 5403
Playable in software mode., Hardware mode show some very funky colors/textures...
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.8Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 570 1368MB
1.1.0 r5829 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Europe v01.70(27/02/2003), MTVU, INTC Spin Detection, Enable Wait Loop Detection, mVU Flag Hack, Still Playable. Game works fine at a good speed, videos are blank until you switch to software mode and back again. Stripes no longer present in hardware mode., Videos are blank until you cycle to software mode and back.


  • Original names: ロード・オブ・ザ・リング 二つの塔 (SLPS-29004) & (SLPS-29003) & (SLPM-67005), 魔戒二部曲:雙城奇謀 (SLPM-65212), Le Seigneur des Anneaux: Les Deux Tours (SLES-51253), El Señor de los Anillos: Las Dos Torres (SLES-51256), Der Herr der Ringe: Die zwei Turme (SLES-51254), Il Signore degli Anelli: Le Due Torri (SLES-51255), 반지의 제왕: 두개의 탑 (SLPM-67546)
  • Also known as Lord of the Rings: Futatsu no Tou (JP)

Known Issues

White Weapons

  • Type: Note (not an issue)
  • Description: Some shiny weapons show as a white texture
  • Workaround: Needs VU round mode Extra+preserve sign

Purple/Green graphics GSdx Hardware

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Purple/Green screen when 3d ingame graphics show.
  • Workaround: Software mode (F9) in GSdx.

Fixed in hardware mode in GSdx r4575 and newer.

Black missions

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Some missions start then the screen turning black.
  • Workaround: Only Software Mode (F9) in GSdx is known to work.

Wall of Fog

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Affected Game Versions: NTSC
  • Description: NTSC version only. Happens in some missions only, grey fog that can be seen after a line in front of the character.
  • Workaround: Skipdraw=1 under the GSdx hacks.

Missing Shadows since r4575

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Missing Shadows since r4575. Side effect from the purple/green screen fix. It's either one or the other if you want to use hardware mode as of now (r4600).
  • Workaround: Use PCSX2 revision before r4575

Missing Models

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Heroes on the Hero selection screen (at the start of levels 3 and above) are barely or not visible. Ring of power during loading screen barely visible.
  • Workaround: Only Software Mode (F9) in GSdx is known to work.

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