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.
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.
A non-open world RPG that is fun even for a LOTR non-fanBlockAgent | April 21, 2014 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
I'll start off by saying I don't like the Lord of the Rings, nor the Hobbit or any of that. But I found this game entertaining and fun. That says a lot.
It is a linear action game with RPG elements woven deep through-out it. The graphics are good and I didn't encounter any glitches of any kind. The game was well thought out and it shows. The game always seems to throw in new and interesting encounters with the enemy.
This game was surprisingly good to me.
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.