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  • Summary: In The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, players can become the heroes in the great battle of the North as part of the epic War of the Ring. Exploring unseen lands, story elements and characters from Middle-earth as well as elements familiar from past feature films, gamers will experienceIn The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, players can become the heroes in the great battle of the North as part of the epic War of the Ring. Exploring unseen lands, story elements and characters from Middle-earth as well as elements familiar from past feature films, gamers will experience extensive character customization and development, expansive co-op gameplay options and upgradeable weapons, skills and special abilities. Expand
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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. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Jan 2, 2012
    76
    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]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Nov 24, 2011
    60
    Entertaining for fans of Tolkien's universe, but too repetitive and linear to appeal anyone else.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36
  1. Dec 3, 2011
    10
    You don't have to play Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance to fully enjoy this game, or watch the Fellowship of the Ring, or even read the Return ofYou don't have to play Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance to fully enjoy this game, or watch the Fellowship of the Ring, or even read the Return of the King. All you have to do is enjoy ripping people apart, why are people pissed? Because of repetitive gameplay in a RPG, well just look at Mario. The thing is, this game is solid, it takes the Dark Alliance Engine back tot he basics of that toolset and redefines everything. Finally giving us a game worthy of using the DA Engine, worthy enough to be on the same tier as Dark Alliance, and worthy enough for people to enjoy a sequel in a different animated world. Expand
  2. Nov 16, 2020
    10
    The gameplay is good, what else can be said save that it is a fun to play game, and I shall never not cherish the times I had playing it withThe gameplay is good, what else can be said save that it is a fun to play game, and I shall never not cherish the times I had playing it with friends and bisecting green people. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2012
    9
    LOTR:WITN is a great action rpg set in the LOTR universe. Think of it as Skyrim if you always fast travelled to the next story quest location,LOTR:WITN is a great action rpg set in the LOTR universe. Think of it as Skyrim if you always fast travelled to the next story quest location, but when you get there the combat is much better, and it's co-op. This game is one of my all time favourites, and would have been an easy 10 if not for some interface annoyances with the inventory and upgrade systems. A definite BUY and a good game to come back to again and again! Expand
  4. Jun 29, 2020
    7
    Let's start with the good:
    The music is good, graphics are a bit outdated but not distracting, the designs are great, the combat is very
    Let's start with the good:
    The music is good, graphics are a bit outdated but not distracting, the designs are great, the combat is very simple, but critical hits and severs are satisfying, and the game doesn't shy away from showing decapitations etc, without gratuitous gore. Gameplay is quite fun. Some locations that have been mentioned or seen on maps previously, but we haven't seen in the movies or books even, are visited during this game, and the locations, though very linear, are well designed.
    The not so good:
    The plot is rather weak. It shows a story that happens parallel to the events of the main story LOTR. A previously never mentioned powerful enemy appears, and a trio of previously never seen or mentioned heroes, despite being acquainted with some of the main characters of LOTR, several of which cameo in this game, have to stop this villain. It reeks of mediocre/uninspired fanfiction over long stretches. The characters are rather bland and uninteresting, customization is minimal, the writing has some weak moments, and the acting is not too great. I also encountered several instances during gameplay, where some dialogue lines show up seemingly out of place, and in one level there was an audio glitch, where a loud chain-noise drowned out most of the sound, even until the next cutscene, long after I passed that area.
    Overall, I must admit that I had a lot of fun playing this game, but those weaknesses do hurt the overall score. 7 it is.
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  5. Nov 21, 2011
    7
    Gameplay: 8 - Great. LoTR: War in the North's combat is simple, yet extremely enjoyable. 2 buttons (light and heavy attacks) allow for simpleGameplay: 8 - Great. LoTR: War in the North's combat is simple, yet extremely enjoyable. 2 buttons (light and heavy attacks) allow for simple combos, but mixing in rolls and powers adds a slight layer of strategy. Adding Co-op only makes things better. Sitting down with one buddy (local) or two (online) allows War in the North to really shine. All three characters (Elf Mage, Human Ranger, and Dwarf Champion) have close and ranged attacks. All have health and mana potions. Each is better suited to a particular strategy, however. Andriel is the healer of the group, Farin is the damage-dealer, and Eradan is best at Range.
    Story: 6 - Okay. War in the North's story is bare-bones. The characters are bland and their quest is forgettable.
    Graphics: 7 - Good. Certain areas of War in the North are pretty, but much of it is average. It doesn't break any new grounds visually.
    Sound: 10 - Perfect. Lord of the Rings music. 'Nuff said.
    Overall: 7 - Good.
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  6. Dec 19, 2012
    6
    Decent game, but they could have done so much more with it. It had potential, for them to expand the story. More impact in choices would haveDecent game, but they could have done so much more with it. It had potential, for them to expand the story. More impact in choices would have been more interesting (like Dragon Age style) or something like that and more character interaction. Still good if you are a LOTR fan but don't have high expectations. Hope next installment is more fulfilling. Expand
  7. Jul 25, 2013
    0
    A completely broken game, i was unable to finish it because of the mirkwood glitch. (Do a quick google search and you'll know what thatA completely broken game, i was unable to finish it because of the mirkwood glitch. (Do a quick google search and you'll know what that means.) It's quite common and will likely never get fixed as the developer moved on long ago, so do not buy this! Consider yourself warned. Expand

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