The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
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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.
A Fun, Flawed, Action-Packed Piece of Fan FictionTripleforce | Feb. 4, 2014 | See all Tripleforce's reviews »
War in the North has a few issues here and there, User Interface, a few bugs with graphics and AI, and a couple design decisions gone awry, but for the most part it's a solid game. Fun action combat, good art direction, animation, sound, loot and character progression and unlockable difficulty modes similar to an ARPG like Diablo make War in the North a satisfying experience overall, even with the issues it has. If you enjoyed Peter Jackson's movies based on Tolkien's books, you'll appreciate the look and feel, which is heavily inspired by Jackson's films. It's a darker, grittier take on the Lord of the Rings with decent story telling, light questing, and RPG influenced dialogue choices. Even if the story is no where near being canon, and die-hard fans of Tolkien's works would probably dismiss War in the North's tale as a silly what-if yarn about a few unknown heroes with too much magic and violence, it's still a pretty enjoyable game worth playing.
Boring and uncompellingTraldera | Jan. 29, 2014 | See all Traldera's reviews »
The LOTR universe is full of lore and story potential, yet this game has managed to be nothing more than mediocre. Characters are generic and do not stir any emotions when playing. RPG elements whilst present are limited, so don't hope for an in depth system. The level design is painfully linear, with few choices and lots of 'corridor fighting' as some describe it. Whilst this game is playable with mouse/keyboard I found a controller helps a lot. To summarise, this game is nothing special, and it has aged badly since release. My advice is to spend your money on something more deserving of it.
Only worth playing Co-opSganotak | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »
This is yet another average and generic Lord of The Rings game.
The story is bad and the voice acting is horrible, despite Nolan North and Laura Bailey playing two of the lead characters. You will also interact with most of the main characters from the movies and the books but you will soon realize that they're just there for fan service and add nothing to the game.
The game is plagued by several anachronistic game design choices, like invincible walls, linear levels and character progression system, dialogue trees that serve no purpose and many more.
The combat system is solid and the violence is pretty close to that of the movies. However it becomes repetitive and tiring after you clear wave after wave of the same enemies in each level. The boss fights are disappointing and the challenge is minimal because you can get revived by your teammates as soon as you fall in battle
The game is pretty long (12+ hours) so I strongly advise you to play this co-op with friends or with people online, otherwise you will most likely get worn out from the repetitive nature of the game. The 3 protagonist system works pretty well and you can freely switch between them throughout the story even if you're playing alone.
Even if you like LOTR, you will find War in The North boring and uninspired. However if you find it for a low price and have some friends to join you it can be an enjoyable game
A Grindy, Uninspired Journey.Volzmir | Dec. 22, 2013 | See all Volzmir's reviews »
Copied from my Steam Review:
[STORY] ✮✮✮✰✰ [GAMEPLAY] ✮✮✮✰✰ [REPLAYABILITY] ✮✮✰✰✰ [GAMEPLAY HOURS] 6+ (Potentially 10+ to complete the entire story)
"Lord of the Rings: War in the North is an action RPG that takes place alongside the story of the LOTR Trilogy. You can choose from three distinct characters to play as: Farin, the dwarf champion, Eradan, the human ranger, or Andriel, the elf mage. Each of these characters has their own unique fighting style and can attack both in melee and ranged. The game features a stat and skill system not unlike the Mass Effect series where you can upgrade certain abilities to your own preferred style of combat. The story puts you in pursuit of Agandaur, dark lord servant of Sauron, whose efforts may hinder the quest of the Fellowship of the Ring. In the game, you travel from notable locales from the books such as Bree, Sam Ford, and even the troll infested Etternmoors.
The combat in this game feels very clunky and tiresome as combat abilities are restricted by both power cost and a cooldown timer. You certainly look heroic and cinematic as the animations of each sword swing and spell resemble that of the films, but the praise stops there. Alternating between 2-3 buttons, the combat feels repetitive and dull after the first few hours. Gameplay primarily consists of traveling from one zone to the next, defeating waves of enemies within a mostly linear path from objective to objective.
War in the North features multiplayer, which may make the overall experience more enjoyable to some players. However, from a solo player standpoint, this game feels very grindy and ultimately not worth the frustration/boredom to continue playing simply to progress the plot."
Fighting Orcs: Fun with FriendsBokoblin23 | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all Bokoblin23's reviews »
The first Mature rated LOTR game, not for children, but for mature adults: gory orc killing fun.
This game is a side story to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, following a trio of heroes fighting against the dark lord's minions in the North of Middle Earth.
The gameplay is simple, but effective and feels like a hybrid between the original LOTR console action games and a loot based RPG.
Chose between three difference classes (Champion, Ranger and Loremaster) and jump online with 1 or 2 other friends for rhythmic action experience as you fight orcs and other foul creatures to stop Agandaur, one of Sauron's generals.
The game doesn't feature any original voice cast from the movies, but the new characters and the stand-ins are perfectly fine. Laura Bailey and Nolan North provide the VO for two of the main playable characters, a highlight for myself as a fan of both their work.
The tone of the films is kept pretty faithful in this game and the new locations are fun to imagine within the broader context of the setting.
You might not be playing the fellowship in this game, but you definitely feel like a hero in middle earth.
There is also a simple, yet effective set of cooperative tactics players can use to help eachother in battle to defeat more difficult foes, and this keeps the game engaging.
You can upgrade your characters, and if you chose the right trees, the combat becomes more and more fun as you play.
I initially played through singleplayer, and I enjoyed myself, but the game really deserves such a high score for the very easy coop play.
If your looking to have a fun time with other LOTR fans, you should definitely pick this up.