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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.
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
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
Middle-earth races & classes.
Multiple weapons & magic types.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wanted a game I could play solo, and it shows you can play solo, but won't play that way. I think they need to quit making these games for internet play and go back to making... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John F. Eakins
OK, I got this at the same time I got another Lord Of The Ring type game and this one runs fairly good. First, I must say something here. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. Weaver
It's very entertainning.Beautiful ,dark< yet beautiful.Only reason for a 3 star was the sudden puzzle type quests you get with zero hints on how to do it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by weldon rhoades
This was a good game, but a lot shorter than my husband was expecting. Also, very little exploration possible.Published 18 months ago by Megan
I purchased the video game through Steam, so my opinions have nothing to do with Amazon or any third party seller. The game is a beautiful mess. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Galt