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.
I love Middle Earth!DanielZo0 | June 11, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »
This game deserves imo a higher rating. It is a beautiful game, with a great story (it differs from the Lord of the rings movies, in story and characters), so you don't feel like you're just playing out the movies.
It is somewhat lineair: you can't leave the paths set for you, so okay it isn't as free as Skyrim, but it just doesn't feel restrictive. The path feels natural, not forced.
One negative I've read about, are the zombie like facial movements (or lack thereof) of some of the characters you meet in Rivendell, I have to agree with this, and it bothered me a little. Strangly I only felt like the facial animations lacked in Rivendell, in the rest of the world they were fine.
I loved the amount of gear you could find, and that you really had a choice in equiping it: it differed enough to make it an interesting trade off, between for example damage and magical effects (of the item).
I loved it, and will probably do another play through as a mage.
Great game for co-opmturner0708 | June 8, 2013 | See all mturner0708's reviews »
My girlfriend and I loved this game. I did have a few issues though; the voice chat is horrendous and I wanted it to be longer. The game forced you to use steams voice chat and it echoed and lagged a lot. In caves the voice chat got especially echo-y, I'm not sure if that's a feature or a coincidence. It was a major bummer to not be able to chat over a better client. As always, I wish there was more length to the game but I feel like it was good value for the $5 I paid for it.
Nice LOTR GameMavromatis | June 6, 2013 | See all Mavromatis's reviews »
This is a really nice LOTR game. It has a good storyline, properly connected to the Lord of the Rings lore. And it is really fun to play as coop, I can even say that it is better in coop.
Role playing for the LoTR fanmegfosnot | June 4, 2013 | See all megfosnot's reviews »
With so many role playing type games, how does this one set itself aside from others - one big answer - Lord of the Rings Lore. The game stays consistent with the LoTR Lore and world. If you like the movies, then this game delivers - it is like playing a movie. You select a character (you don't get to create your own like some other RP games) - which keeps that consistent feel. Controls take a little getting used to - compared to playing games like World or Warcraft. And sometimes the camera can be an issue when trying to kill things - but the cinematic quality of the cut-scenes is great. Also different about this game compared to many RP games is the co-op. It was designed with co-op from the beginning and you can feel the difference that makes. So.. go grad a friend and let the adventure begin!
A Sold Middle-Earth AdventureHardtarget | June 3, 2013 | See all Hardtarget's reviews »
This is a fun, but not amazing, game. It takes place concurrently with the movies and shows a different side of the adventures. All the high points of the series that you expect are represented just from a different group of character's perspective.
It's a action adventure style game that sort of seems like a single player MMO in many ways although the best way to play it is with a couple friends in co-op mode. It reminds me a lot of the old Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance games but a bit more modern.
It's a fun lark!