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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.
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 magic types.
Top Customer Reviews
But "Lord of the Rings: War in the North" is one of those PRECIOUS few titles (see what I did there?) that provides satisfying, Tolkien-lore combat in a linear-style RPG progression format.
Play as the roguish Dunedain Ranger, the mighty dwarf warrior, or the magic-casting she-elf. Take on the swarming troops and big brutes of Mordor directly as your quest shapes you and your companions into a small but powerful force capable of leading the bulk of Sauron's forces away from Frodo and the rest of The Fellowship of The Ring. Meet nearly every character depicted in the movies at some point.
Combat's pretty straightforward: the pointy end goes in the bad guys. Hack and slash with a few ranged abilities and special abilities for each character to upgrade when you level up. This does allow you to specialize your character a bit more, choosing to plunk more points into ranged attacks over higher health, or better damage output with swords instead of expertise with shields. This is crucial as you progress with a buddy and balance your combat styles. If you like to mostly stay put and cut your enemies down only when they get close enough, your friend can play the sniper with arrows or ranged magic attacks. Build "aggression" by successfully attacking your foes, which makes you more likely to draw attacks from enemies, but also fuels your power attacks.
You can customize the appearance of your character, both by choosing some presets for faces and hairstyles, and by equipping different armors/armor pieces (with different armor values and specific bonuses).
The CONS: nothing major, but the shouts from each character get quite repetitive. The dwarf in particular tends to get somewhat irritating because he yells all. the. time.
Also, the game suffers a bit just from trying to reproduce the voices of actors like Sir Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, and Viggo Mortensen. It's not altogether bad, but for hardcore movie fans, it's probably distracting ("That doesn't sound like Aragorn at all!"). If you require sophisticated plot twists and subtleties in character to immerse yourself in a video game's story line, you probably won't get much out of LOTR: WITN. At its heart, it's a good excuse to fight orcs and Uruk-hai, and it doesn't aim much higher. If you're cool with that, then LET'S HUNT SOME ORC!
There have been some negative comments regarding the linear game progression as well as not having a deep RPG experience. While true, I actually found this to be a refreshing departure from the RPG's that I usually play. War in the North is focused heavily on action, with less attention paid to side quests, party management, and character interaction (there are some of these elements, but not nearly as prominent as classic RPG's). The story develops at a fast pace and to accomplish your goal you have to hit often and hit hard.
The graphics and visuals are excellent. The developers did a fantastic job with the environment, it really has a Lord of the Rings feel to it (visiting Rivendell was awesome...the same overall look as the movie). The character graphics are top notch as well. Trolls abound in this game, and they look just as they should....I swear, I could almost smell their hot, fetid breath as they tried to pulverize me into the dirt!
In addition, this game delivers a fun and exciting combat system. As a Ranger (my first play-through), you have the ability to use a bow as well as a two handed weapon or dual wield. Switching between ranged and melee weapons is very easy. Fighting in melee is visceral and fast-paced. The combat is very fluid, with the ability to dive and roll, relentlessly attacking from all sides, from one enemy to the next. As you chain together attacks and perform critical hits, you enter hero mode which deals more damage and gains more experience the longer you can keep attacking (this leads to some very exciting fight sequences).
The fighting is graphic and intense, with the ability to sever your opponent's limbs or head with a final blow that is very realistic and satisfying. Believe me, diving from one enemy to the next, raining down blow after blow, and severing limbs left and right is not something I will soon tire of (hey, what can I say...it's me or them, and this is war after all). The graphics hold up throughout combat...for example, after severing an orc's leg, he falls lopsidedly to the ground clutching his stump in agony. I never found the fighting to be repetitive or boring. With weapon skills, standard attacks and heavy blows, you can become a powerful force of destruction.
The inventory and leveling system is well balanced and fit in with the scope of the rest of the game. Set items were implemented particularly well. Bonuses are gained based on how many pieces you are wearing, so you don't need to find the whole set to see a boost in stats. I was able to attain 5 items of a six item set and it substantially boosted my dexterity, damage, and armor.
All in all, I had a lot of fun playing this game. I do wish it was longer, but I will enjoy continuing with the Ranger on the Heroic difficulty, and look forward to checking out the other characters as well as co-op. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings and can appreciate a more action oriented RPG, I highly recommend it.