Lord of the Rings: War in the North

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Platform: PC | Edition: Standard

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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. Drawing inspiration from both the literary and film rights to world of The Lord of the Rings players will 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.Key Features:Action Meets RPGIntense visceral and satisfying bat. Rich layered and impactful character progression. In War in the North you get both. Fight through the brutal realities of the War of the Ring as you customize a new character in the universe Tolkien created. Immerse yourself and make your own mark on Middle-earth.Co-op at its CoreMiddle-earth is too brutal for any one man to survive. Draw upon the strengths of each characters unique racial abilities and build your own fellowship of three heroes to confront the growing army in the North. You must fight together or you will die alone.An Untold StoryWhile 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 toward an integral part of the storyline that is grounded in details from the books and various appendices.System Requirements:Operating System Required: Windows XP Windows Vista or Windows 7 CPU Required: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD 64 X2 4400 Remended: Intel Core2 Duo 3 GHz or AMD X2 5000 or AMD Phenom X4 9600 Memory Required: 2 GB RAM Remended: 4 GB RAM Graphics Card Required: 2006 or later GeForce 8600 or Radeon HD 2600 Remended: GeForce 2xx Series or Radeon HD 6xxx series or greater. Sound Card Required: 100% DirectX 9 patible Audio Device Hard disk space Installation requires 10 GB of free hard disk space DVD-ROM Required: DVD-ROM drive Remend

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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 battling a troll 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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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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Product Information

Platform:PC  |  Edition:Standard
ASIN B003DNLDR0
Release date November 1, 2011
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3.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Standard
After seeing videos of this game on Youtube I decided to buy it. After playing it for 2 days, I can offer the following information which may or may not influence your purchasing decision.

Let's start with the Bad & The Ugly
1) It's a console port. No attempt at all to hide this fact from the UI to autosaves to graphics (which aren't bad but aren't the pinnacle of PC gaming either). If you are looking for a showcase for your shiny new state of the art computer ... look somewhere else.
2) As said before it uses autosaves and checkpoint saves. So if you have to go somewhere you can exit and lose progress or go to a menu screen and basically leave your computer running until you come back.
3) It's an action game - calling it an RPG is a stretch. You run around killing monsters, then you talk to an NPC then you run around killing monsters, then you talk to an NPC, ad infinitum.
4) Gimped UI - you can't switch characters on the fly and you can't equip new gear on your other 2 NPC buddies right away (you can give gear to them but that's it). You have to either wait until the next chapter - when the game allows for a character swap or you have to exit the game and restart (I think) to buy and equip new gear to them - since I bought it as a download it didn't come with a manual or anything so ... take this with a grain of salt.

The Good
1) It's fun. I've only played single player but just running around killing things is mindless fun in its own way. If you are looking for a time-sink and not some cerebral exercise this might be the game for you.

Bottom Line: Quirky fun time sink, especially worthwhile to fans of Tolkien but may be too quirky and annoying for those that aren't. If you are a member of the latter, wait until it goes on sale to pick it up.
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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Standard
I actually bought 2 copies of the XBOX 360 version originally for this game and after looking at the graphics, returned both and got 2 copies of the PC version. The graphics on the PC version are much better (and I was actually surprised by the amount of graphical options the game has). The game also fully supports multi-core processors.

As far as gameplay goes, this game is a lot of fun, but you have to be careful to keep your friends at the same point of the game as the host, or else it will disable their save game and achievements. You will also likely get crashes in this case. If you are off a bit, just make sure to have the person that is furthest behind host the game, and you will be fine.

One unique aspect of this game is that each character has a special ability that allows them to open up hidden areas for the entire team i.e. the dwarf can see cracks in walls and break them down. If you aren't playing co-op, you will only have access to the areas that your character can access as the computer controlled characters will not do this for you.
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By Fork on December 5, 2012
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Bought this game to pass time between Diablo3 and Metro 2033. Was on the fence at $20, Then got $5 direct download from Amazon. Price was good. Game is OK; too linear way too linear. You can only go so far left and right and you can't go backwards. Definitely not an open searchable environment. Go forward (only way to go) and swing axe - repeat. It is kind of hard to die too. Minimal character development, single plot, etc.... Did I mention it was linear? If I could turn back time I would not buy this game. The $5 was the only decent part of the game. The game seems like the neglected child of a side scroller like Moon Patrol or Zaxxon (remember those?) mates with a budget Oblivion. the game is linear.
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I found this game to be excellent in almost every way. Although calling it an RPG might be a bit of a stretch (its more of an action game) it is very fun to play. Thousands of pieces of armor and new gear to equip, and you can really see the difference the more powerful weapons make. Although there is a sad lack of variety in the villains you face, and the camera view is mildly annoying, (which is why I rated it four stars) this game was worth it's full $50 price. When you beat the game, you can play it again, keeping your gear from the previous playthrough. Although some people say that because their are only three playable characters that it can get old, but I find that upgrading them enough that you are comfortable with playing with them on online multiplayer (which by the way rocks, you get brand new armor and weapons just by working together) requires some time and effort. The amount of great gear you get after beating a boss or semi-boss it amazing, and I find myself getting excited (and a bit nervous)when a character yells "troll!" but I relish the challenge. So far, I have not run into any technical difficulties at all, and I would like to commend Snowblind on their amazing game. If you are a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, you don't want to miss this!
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Got a copy of this for the XBox 360 for the couch co-op features, so that my husband and I could play together after he endured some very serious medical treatments that required a long convalescence. The XBox 360 version was so "glitchy" that the game was virtually impossible to play until we started 'working' the problems to figure out where there were 'work arounds.'

After he received a new laptop I ordered the a few copies of the PC version of this game to play over the Steam server - WOW! Really amazing to play full screen with other players, free roaming for the most part. Great fun and even though there are still a few programming bugs - we've worked past them and have had a blast playing.

Too bad that WB Games was so greedy that they insisted on releasing a game before it was properly tested and the bugs written out of the program. No way would War In The North have passed beta testing.

But, that said, the graphics are stunning and the artwork is truly beautiful - the storyline is faithful to Tolkien's work and if you can deal with the dreaded "Saving Disabled" issue it is a lot of fun. Too bad also that the staff of Snowblind were fired by WB just before the release of the game. Talented bunch of people.

For PC: At the end of a play session, on returning to the startup screen, if the Red Script "Saving Disabled" appears for either player, the one who is "Saving Disabled" should start the next game. Some dummy programmer intentionally wrote that feature into the game to prevent players from being too far ahead of one another.

So there it is, XBox version - seriously crazy buggy. PC Version not so much as Steam maintains downloaded updates. Definitely recommend the PC version over the XBox release.
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