Lord of the Rings: War in the North [Download]

3.7 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
Rated: Mature
Metascore: 66 / 100
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Release date November 1, 2011
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3.7 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
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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.

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OS: Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or AMD 64 X2 4400
Hard Drive: 10 GB
Video Card: 2006 or later GeForce 8600 or Radeon HD 2600
Additional Info: DirectX: 9.0c

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WAR IN THE NORTH software © 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Developed by Snowblind Studios, Inc. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. © 2011 New Line Productions, Inc. All The Lord of the Rings content other than content from the New Line films © 2011 The Saul Zaentz Company, d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises (“SZC”). The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, The Lord of the Rings, and the names of the characters, events, items, and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SZC under license to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. All rights reserved. SNOWBLIND STUDIOS LOGO, WB GAMES LOGO, WB SHIELD: ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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Not exactly the prime example of innovation in gameplay and stellar level design, but if you are a fan of hack n' slash fantasy games and the Lord of the Rings universe, this is a great buy (especially on sale). I've been playing with a 360 controller and it works great, though default controls are a little odd at first. The game is very addictive and simple, similar to games from the past like Enclave or Dungeon Siege, very linear and all about killing, looting and leveling. I have a mid-range gaming computer and it handles the game swimmingly on full graphical settings, only dropping frames occasionally. Load times between battle zones happen pretty frequently, but thankfully they were all very quick loads. As long as you don't go in expecting a high level of refinement and deep storytelling like the movies, there is a lot of fun to be had slaying orcs and goblins, alone and co-op.
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They sing songs about Frodo and Gandalf and that lot, but guess who was protecting their flank and fighting the battles of the north during that time? A man, an elf, and a dwarf - with help from the Great Eagles. Surely that's a story that deserves telling. There's your premise for Lord of the Rings: War in the North, a rather visually appealing cinematic experience with plenty of bloodshed and limited gore, somewhat uneven difficulty, and lots and lots of talking. There's a lot of dialogue between each chapter, but you do have a couple of options. The first time through, I wanted to explore all of the dialogue I could with as many characters as possible, but you can choose to stick solely to the choices driving the story. As for the look of the game, I found it rather visually stunning at times and completely fluid throughout. Combat isn't bad either, especially the slow motion killing blows that oftentimes send heads or various limbs flying.

You take on the role of dwarf, elf, or man, and you can switch characters as you go along. I found it easiest to play the Dúnedain ranger the first time through, then I switched to the dwarf for Heroic mode. Of course, having a friend or two alongside you to team up together is probably a lot of fun, but I only played single player mode - where my comrades sometimes served as pretty weak links. You can be tearing through a whole party of goblins and trolls, but you're usually screwed if your comrades both fall in battle - having to go heal one or both of them during a fight can get annoying (and usually leads to your own death). Along with their unique fighting skills, though, different characters also introduce a few different secondary story elements, thus making the game less monotonous on replay.
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This game is gorgeous. I like the straight forward hack and slash. Due to a health limitation I never could play open world games such as these that required you to do many side quest or complex main quest so I don't buy them. This game however is very simple to follow and the quest and side quest were not hard at all.
The Graphics, audio and game play were all well done. I ran the game maxed out and it ran at exactly 60 fps on my XFX 7950 @ default.
I like the game 'Dishonored' but not the graphics; this game's graphics was just simply better. I wish that Dishonored had this graphics. I never got a game play glitch, the game ran smoothly.

There are however two things I don't like about this game.
1. The game save management is next to none-existent. You can only save once in the game and your new save overwrites the previous one, that is simply unacceptable in today's way of gaming. Computers pc or consoles now have very large disk space and very capable hardware's, there is now reason why a player shouldn't be given the option to have multiple saves as they desire. I won't knock off a star because of that but this way of doing things should change for future releases.
I did get around this by finding the save game folder (pc) and manually copy to the file to another folder whenever I wanted to save a particular point, which worked.
2. You can't customized/upgrade all three characters at the same time, only the one you start the level with, that's just awful. Your supporting characters dies easily because you can't upgrade them with better gear even though your main character gets upgraded. That should really be changed likewise for future releases.
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I gave it three stars because of the fun you can potentially have with this game. Now I played the game with a friend of mine, which obviously made it more fun than playing with a bunch of AI partners.

The game has loot, you find rare chests or at times items just laying around. You can equip the different loot and at times you are presented with a store like feature that allows you to buy new weapons and so on. You level your character just like any RPG game. The customization is limited to allowing you to choose from a beard type, or hair type. 3 different playable characters all with their distinct abilities and different ways to be upgraded. You can switch to any character and you are not limited to playing only as one.

The gameplay does get a bit repetitive. You fight similar enemies through the game and your magic abilities do add a bit of variety. I feel like the game can get stale after a bit, and if playing alone, it may get stale faster than it would if you had a partner to play with.

3/5 for me
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