Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Nov 7, 2011
    90
    This game hits the mark on all fronts. Through the beautiful visual presentation comes a bloody and engaging world filled with myriad battles and a relentless chase for skills and loot that sucks you in and makes you stay.
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    83
    I found it to be a pretty rewarding experience. It's definitely best if played with friends, but the single player side works well enough.
  3. Nov 22, 2011
    78
    Fans of the Lord of the Rings won't mind the slightly disappointing graphics, the confusing story and the many small flaws in gameplay. They'll be happy to fight their way through Middle-Earth once more, using more than decent combat mechanics alone or with up to two friends.
  4. Nov 7, 2011
    77
    A repetitive yet addictive hack'n'slash game which offers an engaging loot system and a good co-op mode. Fanservice is brilliant and fans of Tolkien's works will have a good time reading through tons of dialogues and meeting a few beloved characters. You will not keep playing it for long but it will be fun until it lasts.
  5. A heartwarming story is what we miss the most. You get the feeling you are doing the dirty work for the real Fellowship. While they are making history in the south of Middle-earth, you need to cause some diversion in the north. [December 2011, p.93]
  6. Nov 18, 2011
    75
    It's the best game using Middle-earth's franchise that has beed developed in the last 10 years, but you have to remember that other Tolkien based games are not a thing to be very proud of. It's a well made game that deserves a chance. It has some budget implied simplifications, but a Middleearth fan should experience one of more satisfying journeys.
  7. Nov 9, 2011
    75
    The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a good game. Unable to achieve excellence because of limits of the gameplay, it is still a title recommended to fans of the genre and of The Lord of the Rings.
  8. Nov 6, 2011
    75
    The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a fun but flawed experience.
  9. 75
    An enjoyable action-RPG with solid Middle Earth inspiration, Lord of the Rings: War in the North is best played with others and its flaws aren't enough to ruin the experience.
  10. Nov 2, 2011
    75
    The game stands for lots of action, a story besides the One Ring and cooperative gameplay at its best. With two friends by your side, this game shows what it's really worth.
  11. Nov 2, 2011
    75
    War in the North is a solid game that has some challenging battles despite of the bad AI. The game can't stand up towards other big releases during this time of the year, but the three player co-op will keep fans of the franchise and the genre busy for many hours.
  12. Nov 1, 2011
    75
    What keeps me coming back to War in the North is the fact that the game does a remarkable job of divvying out loot. Enemy drops, breakable items, and eager shopkeepers are all there to make sure that you always have a consistent IV drip of high-fantasy swag at your disposal.
  13. While decapitating enemies never got old. other aspects of North fall short. [Holiday 2011, p.80]
  14. Nov 1, 2011
    70
    A perfectly competent beat-'em-RPG, even if it doesn't do much to carve out its own niche in the Lord of the Rings universe. Its strength and weakness is that it's completely inoffensive -- the perfect middle-of-the-road game. Unfortunately, it's hard to see what helps differentiate War of the North from the pack, and the pack is where it's apt to stay.
  15. Nov 1, 2011
    70
    While it's admirable that the team had opted to create an original story set alongside the events in the books, you'll wish that they had attempted to take more risks with the project. The characters are bland and lifeless, and the combat, while fun at first, gets pretty repetitive before too long.
  16. Nov 1, 2011
    67
    It isn't amazing, but it's a competent effort and certainly one of the better LotR games to come along. Isn't it about time that the smaller characters, bland as they are, got their due?
  17. Nov 22, 2011
    65
    Although the story is original and its combat and roleplaying gameplay is a good idea, there are things that doesn't work well. Roleplaying elements are well-made, but they are not that important, and combat lacks depth, and the enemy AI is limited. An average game that won't make history.
  18. Nov 15, 2011
    62
    When it works (and when you have friends to play with), the game is a perfectly average hack-and-slash RPG. However, the laundry list of aforementioned issues not only hold the game back, but inhibit it to the point that it's not fun.
  19. Jan 27, 2012
    60
    In many ways, War in the North is a Gears of War version of Lord of the Rings. In fact, the game introduces an enemy type that looks and functions identically to the Ticker and there are wave-based Horde modes to play through. Like Gears of War, however, the game's saving grace is the three player co-op because it is much more fun to slay Orcs with friends.
  20. Dec 14, 2011
    60
    If you're a diehard fan of Lord of the Rings and just have to have everything then War in the North will tide you over nicely till The Hobbit finally hits theatres. For anyone else, it's a competent rendition of an action RPG and worth the look if you're done with Skyrim, but I wouldn't go out of my way to play this.
  21. Nov 24, 2011
    60
    Entertaining for fans of Tolkien's universe, but too repetitive and linear to appeal anyone else.
  22. Nov 18, 2011
    60
    Lord of the Rings: War in the North has a good story which is intertwined with the original saga, but it isn't a good game. Repetitive hack and slash action, a low difficulty level and a lot of small errors prevent it from being any better. Even though it doesn't pose much of a challenge it is still fun enough to play through the adventure with two other players.
  23. Nov 10, 2011
    60
    No, War of the North is not the blockbuster expected by the most enthusiastic of the fans. If it wasn't supported by such a strong license, it would even stay under the radar. But here we are : the fact that it remains so true to Tolkien's world and references it so well, with some true epic moments (the combat against a giant, the journey mounted on an eagle, the encounter with a dragon...) just saves it. Despite the numerous bugs and an energic but average combat system, it works : one always wants to make progress, and discover more. Lastly, the split-screen play has but one merit, to exist, since it's so chaotic to play. On the other hand, the online co-op is a real plus.
  24. Nov 7, 2011
    60
    An interesting attempt to tackle the Middle Earth franchise, but lacks new source material. Snowblind Studios has attempted to tell a side story to the story established by the books, casting it in their familiar style of hack and slash games, but it fails to spark any direct interest in either story or characters. Combat becomes slightly tedious shortly after being introduced, but can still be fun for frantic multiplayer sessions either locally or online. For Middle Earth fans, this could be enjoyable in well-paced out dosages.
  25. Nov 2, 2011
    60
    Too many frustrations interfere with the joys of killing orcs and collecting loot in The Lord of the Rings: War in the North.
  26. Nov 1, 2011
    55
    I can only say one good thing about War in the North: It could have been awesome.
  27. 52
    There's a fair amount of content here, but it's tedious and repetitive enough that you won't want to play it for very long.
  28. 50
    War in North is a rushed game. The Gameplay is simple and it doesn't take any risks, and the story had potential but fails to stand out.
  29. Nov 2, 2011
    50
    Considering its overall lack of polish and gameplay depth, War in the North proves to be a mediocre hack 'n' slash that will only appeal to real fans of the brand.
  30. Jan 9, 2012
    42
    A derivative hack-and-slasher which offers nothing new and does nothing old particularly well. [Issue#213, p.89]
  31. It's essentially a third-person hack 'n' slash with an RPG film laid over the top.
  32. Nov 21, 2011
    40
    In its present state though, I cannot recommend Lord of the Rings: War in the North. If patching is successful, I can only recommend this to starved genre fans, but don't expect much.
  33. 40
    It's a side story within the Lord of the Rings universe presented in the form of a mediocre hack-n-slash RPG. Only the die-hard Lord of the Rings fans need apply here.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    8
    For some reviewers, this game is worse than "Conquest". C'mon. By the end of the day, this is one of the best LOTR games I've ever played (and I've played many of them). The graphics are not the best in this generation - but by all means are they bad - the gameplay is fun, the side-story is interesting and the game becomes quickly quite addictive. I just could not put it down. Playing solo is nice, couch-co-op is great and there's also tons of fun to be had online. I think some people expect the same magic of every release. Not all games will be like Uncharted, God of War, Gears of War, Batman Arkham, Red Ded Redepemtion and so on. Those are examples of the finest pieces of gaming this industry is capable of. We should not give up on the smaller releases. This is a stupid mistake. We need to widen our minds and learn that games - like any type of art - must be appreciated in different ways and levels. Full Review »
  2. Mar 14, 2012
    4
    Was really look forward to this game, but it clearly is a huge let down, especially if your a lotr fan, what a shame this had massive potential. Main quest runs alongside that of the original, greyed out, boring level designs with no/little interaction, three lacklustre characters, with a broken doen levelling up system. One of the most frustrating elements is the lack of being able to level up you team members characters, leaving you with later with a one person army vs a bunch of AI goons, your moves are basic, the camera cannot be adjusted leaving a clunky feel to it. Theirs is slow down, and bugs. back to the drawingboard i think. Full Review »
  3. Nov 2, 2011
    8
    Solid. That's exactly what lotr: war in the north is. It does nothing extraordinary, but what it does is solid, and a blast. Smacking an orc in the face with a battleaxe should never get old, and while this may not be a masterpiece as far as story goes, its a dam good time. Full Review »