The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (NA)
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"The game looks pretty good, with some well-rendered character models and some great looking kills [...] The game has plenty to do, from taking on side missions to a meaty main quest." - IGN.com
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a co-op Action RPG that immerses you and your friends in a brutal new chapter in the War of the Ring. Snowblind Studios is in the unique position of drawing inspiration from both the literary and film rights to world of Middle-earth, allowing players to bloody their axes on a wide range of deadly enemies and traverse both established and never-before-seen locations. The result is a journey that is both epic and intimate, familiar yet unexpected.
ACTION MEETS RPG: Intense, visceral, and satisfying combat. Rich, layered, and impactful character progression. In War in the North, you get both. Find and equip the best loot, upgrade your hero using a wide range of skills and items, and feel the intense satisfaction of rushing into real-time battles with friends by your side. Fight through the brutal realities of the war on all fronts that were brought to life in the lore. Immerse yourself and make your own mark on Middle-earth.
*CO-OP AT ITS CORE: *Build your own fellowship of three heroes to confront the growing army in the North. The survival of your group and all of Middle-earth depends upon your uniquely skilled heroes working together. You must fight together or you will die alone, and these high stakes make the experience of playing together both socially engaging and incredibly satisfying. The first time you rescue a friend who has been grabbed by a troll and is desperately yelling for help, you will understand what we mean.
AN UNTOLD STORY: While much attention and focus has been placed on the journey of the One Ring, the assault on Middle-earth hits all corners of the map. War in the North turns our attention towards an integral part of the storyline that is grounded in details within the books and various appendices. This is not someone else’s fight. This is your own effort to forage a way through the dark, dangerous, and unknown landscape, defending all that is yours. This is your war.
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Meh-dle EarthMadDemon64 | Feb. 8, 2016 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
Lord of the Rings: War in the North is an average action RPG with a Lord of the Rings paint job. If it was not for this particular paint job, this game would have been forgotten a long time ago. This paint job does allow long-time fans to play through an aspect of Middle Earth that most have not seen yet, but unless you are a big Lord of the Rings fan it will not do anything for you. In Lord of the Rings: War in the North, you play as one of three different characters, a human, a dwarf, and an elf. Each have their own special skills, armors, and weapons, but for the most part they play the same: swing your melee weapon at enemies that use melee attack, use ranged attacks against enemies that use ranged attacks, and use your skills for a bit of crowd control whenever things get difficult. Oh, and you can have a giant talking eagle dive bomb enemies like a Super Mario Thwomp. All of this constitutes the vast majority of the game. There will be quests, side-missions, loot, and talking to famous Lord of the Rings Characters, but the vast majority of the game is just fighting wave after wave of goblins, spiders, and various other Middle Earth creatures in various Middle Earth locations. It can be enjoyable, but again, Lord of the Rings fans will find it more enjoyable. Lord of the Rings: War in the North does stand out against other various action RPG games when you look at it from a mechanics standpoint and is actually fairly paint-by-numbers when it comes to mechanics. The only thing that keeps it afloat in an otherwise sea of forgettable action RPG games is the Lord of the Rings license it proudly displays. Try this game if you enjoy Lord of the Rings, but if you don’t you would probably be better off playing something else.
should be called a mouse button tester app. not a gameon2wheels | Nov. 26, 2015 | See all on2wheels's reviews »
But seriously, besides all the left button clicking, you feel so underpowered almost all the time. Forget about doing it solo, co-op is pretty much required for some boss fights. Thankfully I have a good friend who loves doing coop games with me and always wants to be a good partner. Aside from that there are some decent settings that really do complement the movies, however it does show it's age now that it's a few years old, the visuals are looking a bit dated. Bottom line I was eagerly awaiting the end and promptly uninstalled when we did beat it.
Poor Man's Witcher 2sycomantis1991 | May 25, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »
This game looks and plays very much like The Witcher 2. The problem with that is that there's no charm, no interesting characters, an a very bland world. It feels like the developers saw a style growing in popularity and threw a similar game together for quick cash. It's not terrible, the combat is decent, but everything else is very bland and uninspired.