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.
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.
Alright Game, GMG has it cheaper than anywhere I know ofDez | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all Dez's reviews »
I got this for around $2 or less a while ago, for that price its well worth it. Third person mostly linear RPG hack and slash but enjoyable, great world if you like the LOTR. The characters all play reasonably different and all the different armors and clothes actually change your character visually, and are unique to each character and they are all look great.
Quite entertaining and fun to playAldhelm | Oct. 19, 2013 | See all Aldhelm's reviews »
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is well made game but if you are looking for top shelf product it's not for you. All fans o LOtR should be enjoying it from start to the end for it's story, adding many details to this massive world. Other gamers will appreciate well made gameplay (but repetitive in long run), nice looking locations and possibility to play 3 different characters with unique skills. In terms of RPG don't look for huge skills tree with hours of studying best ways of development and choosing the best equipment. It's more of a addition to the whole game than something you should focus on. But action never ends and don't worry there will be a lot to do. Plus the adventure is enjoyable even though you don't have many things to discover. To sum up every fan of Tolkien saga will be satisfied but other gamers won't be disappointed. You should definitely give it a chance.
Fun experiencearimajeen | Sept. 18, 2013 | See all arimajeen's reviews »
The story is well written, co-op doesn't affect gameplay at all, actually it improves the overall experience. The combat system is very solid, satisfying to play and fun. The world is beautiful along with the animations, although not much exploration options. Could probably prove a good challenge on harder difficult level with friends. All-in-all, it's a pretty decent and enjoyable hack-and-slash.
Entertaining in short bursts.JURGMANDR | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all JURGMANDR's reviews »
I first heard about this game 3 years ago and was excited by the prospect of a good action-rpg in the LOTR universe. It's basically a brawler with light RPG elements (skill trees, randomized loot, stats that affect your build). It tries to use a conversation wheel but it really doesn't affect the story or gameplay in anyway (most conversations just give you some extra backstory or ambiance). The keyboard and mouse controls are very solid and work surprisingly well for a brawler wit the ability to chain attacks quite easily. The AI isn't completely retarded, since they actively use their special abilities/healing and even picking you up if you're downed (which is something Gears of War 1+ 2 should've had but never did ;_; ) The biggest problem with combat is the same 3-5 kill animations repeating for your weapons ad nauseam (although it is quite hilarious to chop an orc's legs off with a club) The story is ok, the voice acting is pretty solid overall, though the textures and graphics are kind of muddy. TLDR : It's an enjoyable game for LOTR fans (mostly because of the lore/backstories you can find out) though the combat is satisfying but repetitive