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.
completely satisfiedShaide | Sept. 28, 2014 | See all Shaide's reviews »
As a fan of Lord of the Rings, I came into playing this game with high expectations. I was not disappointed! Not even a little. The game is a mix of RPG and third person slasher. It follows a new cast of adventurers as they quest on their own journey through middle earth.
The single player is fun, though the "Companions" AI leaves much to be desired. It's definitely more enjoyable while played with friends in co-op mode, though I would avoid playing with Pick Up Groups, as is usually the case, that's often times a bad idea.
Still, if you love tolkien, and hobbits and adventure, then you owe it to yourself to get this game.
It was fun until it glitched...rslancer | Aug. 16, 2014 | See all rslancer's reviews »
So at 3-2 in the game my friend and I both noticed that the screen kind of glitched. It went kinda white shaded and blinked constantly. Very uncomfortable to to the eye. We couldn't play past that level due to the whole blinking. Presumably if you manage to get past the blinking ends. I can't believe the developers somehow didn't notice the blinking. Given that both me and my friend were on different computers and he has a really nice gig I imagine a lot of people have this problem...
Either way it was a fun coop hack and slash with some RPG in LOTR theme until the graphics problem...
Doesn't help that you can't jump...DragosLoL | July 16, 2014 | See all DragosLoL's reviews »
Single player isn't that great. Co-op makes it a bit more fun but not enough to be satisfying as it's only max 3 players against hordes of enemies. There isn't much variety in the game either. Each character has its pros and cons but mostly its cons. Enemies are pretty straight forward and not hard to read but really hard to kill because each character is so over exaggerated for its utility and skills. It's obvious that this game was poorly developed but taken in consideration for only die hard Lord of the Rings fans. The lore makes up for most of the game's flaws but the gameplay just kills it. If you're a LotR fan, then go ahead, give the game a try. But other than that, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.
Sadly underrated gameMafuMafu | June 23, 2014 | See all MafuMafu's reviews »
I played this game from start to finish and I loved it. It's a Hack N' Slash, mixed with a classic RPG: killing bad guys allow you to level up and raise your skills, you can buy/find new and better equipment and so on. The story is pretty lineal, but very good and the co-op make the game even better. Although, it would be better if you have a graphic card supporting DirectX 11. Some features does not look so good on DirectX 9. Even if you're a LOTR fan or not, you will enjoy this game. With every purchase, you're helping the war against Sauron. So, keep that in mind.
Fun but has it's down fallsSandtrap | June 17, 2014 | See all Sandtrap's reviews »
If you like Lord of the rings then this game is definitely worth a play through.
Single player is definitely not as good as playing Co-Op.
Graphics are not bad could be better and I had this feeling while playing it that if the spent just a little longer in developing the game it would have been great!
It's got good RPG elements to the game with dialogue options to chose from however this is mainly to get more background story and more information your choices really don't have much impact to the game overall.
Some of the locations were very well thought out with a small amount of exploration allowed but overall it is a pretty linier game. I did like the overall game play and smashing in orc skulls and combo moves / animations were smooth. The loot system and gear upgrading during the game was good if not a bit clumsy had to swap back and forth from shop screen / Inventory / character screen to see if any items looted or being sold were better by comparison.
Another couple of things that irked was firstly your character could not jump and secondly having invisible walls everywhere.
Overall it was an enjoyable game, even though it had its flaws. Like said before far more fun in Co-Op.