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.
not badwarnold | May 2, 2013 | See all warnold's reviews »
I mistakenly thought the game was open world - it's not. It's very much level-based. The graphics, voice acting, etc are alright, and co-op makes it fun if played with a friend. However the game did not live up to my expectations. Still, likely worth it if you're a LOTR fan, and buy it with realistic expectations.
A Pleasant SurpriseDavarian | April 26, 2013 | See all Davarian's reviews »
I was very pleasantly surprised when playing this game.
If you're after a solid action rpg then look no further. Multiple characters, skill trees and plenty of re playability with a price you can't beat.
Great for Co-opwfosnot | March 4, 2013 | See all wfosnot's reviews »
Other than going to a full MMO - there are few adventure co-op type games. What makes this game even better than just adventure/fantasy - is that it is set in the Lord of the Rings universe. I enjoyed playing co-op with my children as they learned a little about LoTR - they became interested in the storyline - and then we watched the movies. The game is fairly usual adventure type game. You do quests and gain XP and find loot. What makes it different is the LoTR lore.
Good game, totally underrated.israel_hlc | March 1, 2013 | See all israel_hlc's reviews »
War in the North is the most underrated game I have ever played. It is far from perfect, it’s true, but, it is excellent.
The graphics are a bit below the average, especially the characters’ models and textures, but the environments are good.
The gameplay is good; you play each time as one character from a choice of three. As you cannot change your character every time you want and the AI is pretty dumb, the overall experience will be much better if played in coop.
The plot is interesting. It’s not very deep, but it is linked to the Lord of the Rings story and you will even find meet some of the members of the Fellowship during the game. For fans of the trilogy, this game will be even more interesting.
Mixed qualityOnBoard | Feb. 25, 2013 | See all OnBoard's reviews »
LOTR: WITN would need some polishing to make it a great game. You got absolutely horrid looking menus that are more 8-bit than year 2011. But you also got great looking charters, like the eagles that have great lip sync too, unlike main charters.
Some of the game is way too dark and some of it is washed out, but on most parts it looks ok. No AF or AA ingame, so enable those on drivers to make it look better.
Gameplay it self is very solid on co-op, you need others to survive and challenge seems constant. We've yet to feel over powered and you need the loot/shop for better ones, unless you like dying. Sometimes your hero just likes to hit air or miss and it can get a bit frustrating, but combat is solid most parts.
Downside for me, from which I took few points of is that NPCs like to talk.. ..a lot. The game seems very long and everyone is talking a lot and if you are going to listen all of it you won't finish it anytime soon. But you also got LOTR story and heroes from the films (some looking exactly as their movie role models, some not so much) to keep you in the loop/interested.
If you got a co-op partner, give it a go, SP might get a bit boring at some point.