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Lord of the Rings: War in the North - Playstation 3

by Warner Bros
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews) 63 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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Edition: Standard
  • A brutal new The Lord of the Ring adventure set during, but separate from the main events of the War of the Ring
  • Gameplay that includes an exciting story campaign coupled with dozens of side quests
  • Cross paths with your favorite Lord of the Ring heroes, as well as more obscure characters
  • Classic Action-RPG action that centers on co-op gameplay, multiple races/classes and character leveling and more
  • A special Challenge Mode consisting of missions and maps built especially for co-op gameplay and not tied to the main campaign
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Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003DNLDUC
  • Item Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,922 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard

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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a co-op Action RPG, from the developers of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, that immerses you and your friends in a brutal new chapter in the War of the Ring. Set in Middle-earth during the time of the War of the Ring, but separate from its events, War in the North is inspired by both the Lord of the Rings books and movies allowing players to draw their swords, notch their axes, bend their bows and raise their staffs against 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.

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Become One of the Unknown Heroes on Middle-earth

"With his far reaching rich hand Sauron might have done great evil in the North. Yet all that has been averted because a handful of heroes stood in his path." - Gandalf the White

The Dúnedain ranger Eradan, Andriel the Elf and Farin the Dwarf engaged in co-op combat in Lord of the Rings: War in the North
Action RPG Lord of the Rings adventure firmly based in Tolkien lore and co-op gameplay.
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The Black Númenórean lord, Agandaûr and his mount in Lord of the Rings: War in the North
Face off against Sauron's deadly Black Númenórean lord, Agandaûr.
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In The lord of the Rings: War in the North you are one of these heroes. Inspired by events from the famous book trilogy and their retelling in Peter Jackson's films, the game features stunning visuals, brutally realistic combat, a unique and compelling new story, and innovative cooperative gameplay that pits you and your friends against the dark forces of Middle-earth. In this game you will form your own fellowship and fight against Sauron's forces at the North.

Playable Characters and Co-op Gameplay

The gameplay in The lord of the Rings: War in the North is all about cooperation. Players will take on the role of either Eradan, a Dúnedain ranger, Andriel, an Elf or Farin, a Dwarf. Each will have special abilities tied to their race - for example, a Dúnedain can combine different objects to create unique items for use or sale in-game; Elves possess superior sight, which will lead you to shortcuts and recognition of trouble ahead; and Dwarves have the ability to notice weaknesses at the walls and break them in order to find secret caves with different loots. Each race with have character class possibilities as well as legendary weapons. Once characters are established, they must band together in multiplayer action, working together to combat hordes enemies. These enemies include goblins pouring from their strongholds in the Misty Mountains, Uruk-hai from Isengard, savage wargs in the wilderness, giant spiders infesting Mirkwood, massive trolls and most dramatic and dangerous of all, bosses like Agandaûr, a deadly Black Númenórean lord who long ago was tempted and turned by the lies of Sauron.

Along your journey you will also cross paths with Lord of the Rings characters familiar and not so familiar, fulfilling little known but important events of the wider War of the Ring. These include: Aragorn's scouting party of the North, while Frodo recovers in Rivendell from the wound he suffered at Weathertop; missions with the Elven sons of Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir; the responsibilities of the wizard, Radagast the Brown; encounters with the great eagles of the Misty Mountains and more.

Key Game Features

  • A brutal new The Lord of the Ring adventure set during, but separate from the main events of the War of the Ring
  • An exciting main story campaign coupled with dozens of side quests
  • Cross paths with your favorite Lord of the Ring heroes, as well as more obscure characters
  • Classic Action-RPG action that centers on co-op gameplay and character development
  • Three playable races - Dúnedain (man), Elf, Dwarf, each with its own storyline and unique quests
  • Multiple character classes including Mage, Scout and Warrior
  • Magic abilities including active (fire, lightning and ice spells) as well passive (morale bonuses, protective shields/wards) spells
  • The ability to craft items and potions
  • A special Challenge Mode consisting of missions and maps built especially for co-op gameplay and not tied to the main campaign

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Unseen lands from the world of Middle-earth are awaiting in this visceral action-adventure RPG. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is set against the backdrop of the famous trilogy, yet forges its own distinct path with a new story and an exciting take on the popular genre. It gives players the unique opportunity to explore previously untold stories in the realm of Middle-earth during the journey of the ring. Innovative cooperative gameplay pits you and your friends against the dark forces of Middle-earth.

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War in the North November 1, 2011
By Grimes
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North takes place concurrently with The Fellowship of the Ring. It follows an elf, a dwarf and a ranger as they attempt to impede Sauron's forces in the northern areas of Middle-Earth. The game features hack-n'-slash style combat with RPG features such as leveling up, skill trees and collecting of items. Each class (elf, dwarf, ranger) has it's own abilities. Eradan has stealth skills, Farin is adept at melee and mining for gems while Andriel specializes in magic.

Graphics

Graphically, the game is great. The level design is top notch and I felt immersed in the world of Middle-Earth. Voice acting and lip movement was spot on (although not as natural as other games). The gore is realistic and the animations are great to look at. There are occasional environmental glitches but nothing to harp on about.

Combat/Gameplay

You are able to cycle between the main characters at checkpoints which is really great if you want to spend your play through among each character. You are able to "give" the other characters items from your inventory and they'll equip them even if you aren't playing as them. A good thing is that the others level up alongside you even if you're not playing as them. You can play single player (the others will be AI), you can play local co-op or your can play online co-op. There are also challenge maps which are akin to "horde" modes. These can be played in the aforementioned formats.

Playing through the game you still keep your stats and looted items which is a boost to the replay-ability of the game. Items can be upgraded and customized for each character. The skill tree will allow you to improve your abilities and specializations.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Coop Experience - Overall Good Game November 7, 2011
By TJDyl
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game for coop play with my wife and I was not disappointed. We thoroughly enjoyed Borderlands and have been searching for something to replace that void. Finally, we found a great coop experience in Lord of the Rings: War in the North. First of all, I will say there are many similarities to Borderlands. You level up and then assign attribute points (strength, dexterity, etc) and then assign a skill point to a skill tree (a la Borderlands). Throughout the game you collect a lot of weapons/items and similar to the vending machines in Borderlands, there are portals where you can sell/buy items. This is great as your inventory can fill quickly. You can find incredible weapons and make them unique (like Borderlands) with certain magical stones, which is really cool.

Moving on, the attention to detail is fantastic. Whenever you put on something new (weapon/armor) your appearance changes and is reflected in the cut scenes. The story is very detailed and involved, but not boring. It seems the game is very lengthy and there are many side quests, though I can't say for sure because we haven't finished the game. Battling indeed is "hack and slash" but you do have to do more than just smash the Square/Triangle buttons. I will say in terms of sword/melee combat, it is similar to God of War. You definitely need a team, as you will quickly become overwhelmed with enemies. There are combos and finishing moves which are AWESOME. You can use range attacks as well as magical attacks and even special moves. The fighting is so much fun and what I look forward to most. We are playing it on Normal settings and it is very challenging.

I will say there are some down falls.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of many game-breaking bugs November 27, 2011
By Laif
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game about a week ago, and my wife and I have been playing split screen co-op. The game itself is pretty fun and plays well. As we have been playing there have been minor glitches here and there, but it wasn't until today that we hit a complete show-stopper. After putting in decent amount of time, we can no longer progress. The game bugged and will not update a key progression related quest. We are not the only ones, and apparently the only response is "start over". There is a list of other major bugs that will supposedly be fixed in a patch on the official War in the North "Bug Reporting and Technical Issues" forums.

Unfortunately, they won't give any ETA for the patch and there is no guarantee that it will fix all these problems. Seems that there was a major failure in their QA department, and this same group of people are the ones who will be validating the patch. Note that the list on their forum only covers confirmed bugs, this means that with the current quality there are probably plenty more. This game was obviously rushed out in an attempt to make money with no regard to the end user.

I would strongly recommend against buying this game until it is confirmed that all these bugs are fixed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review for Baldur's Gate/Champions of Norrath Fans November 20, 2011
By Sherrie
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
My husband and I bought this game because we were eager for something new along the lines of Baldur's Gate and Champions of Norrath, which we still LOVE, even after many years of gameplay. We figured this new offering would be our best bet of continuing this trend because of the Snowblind Studio connection. To help others, especially fellow couch co-op fans, this review offers some comparisons. (If you're not a huge Baldur's Gate/Champions fan, this review might not be your best source of information. Otherwise, this review should help provide some context.)

PROS:
Graphics-wise, LOTR/War in the North is far superior. It's much less flat, visually speaking, and you can really appreciate the beauty of the scenery, etc.

It's a lot of fun, once you get used to the controls.

It's nice that there's armor and weapons that you can buy, find and upgrade with magical gems. If you're playing the elf, you can even gather herbs etc. that will enable you to make interesting cakes and bonus potions (for extra strength, shielding, etc.) Playing the elf, I really loved this. And I could give my creations to my partner too. That was a nice bonus.

Once you get used to it, the game is pretty darn addicting and entertaining, even if frustrating at times.

POTENTIAL CONS:
In co-op, this is a split screen view. If you're accustomed to running along together on the same screen, you might find the split-screen a real let-down. Playing couch co-op, the whole split-screen aspect minimizes your field of vision, which can lead you to be attacked from outside your field of view when you're least expecting it. Plus, the whole split-screen thing doesn't have the same "together feel" as when you're both on the same screen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game.
This one of the best games I've played. Honestly this is how all lord of the rings should have been. Very very good game
Published 12 days ago by Chip
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a lot of bugs in the game did not work right
Published 1 month ago by James M. Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Best LOTR Gameplay Experience
Best LOTR game I've ever played, however, there's a glitch in the game where you can't get past a certain level. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexander James Oas
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable- unlockabe content is pretty good. Story is interesting
Very enjoyable- unlockabe content is pretty good. Story is interesting, but I beat it too quickly- it left me wanting more, so I had to go back and play through it again with a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cupcakefaerie
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good LOTR RPG
This game is pure awesome! I played the Third Age on XBOX and found it lacking in any real depth in story. Why was your Gondor soldier trying to find Boromir? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adam Harmon
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken, bugged game - do not buy!
Do not buy this game. There is a massive, game breaking bug near the end and no one should buy this game unless a patch is released. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mac Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Make another LOTR game please!!!! for PS3!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Just4Fun
2.0 out of 5 stars War in the North
This is a great game until you encounter a game breaking bug. Mine was losing a battle in which I had to run away from, and then when I reloaded there were no enemies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. J. Gutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Was looking for a Couch Co-op game that would keep everyone interested
I was having a rough time finding coop games that would be really fun that i could play with my brother. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Manny Huerta
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the split-screen, no internet required Co-op
Graphics weren't as good as, say, Borderlands and story wasn't even close to that of Skyrim (for example), but we had a fun time playing it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TexasGirl
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