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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: 20 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39
  1. Aug 7, 2014
    10
    I have never had so much multiplayer fun in a long time! I love the graphic style and gameplay, and it really has that Lord of the Rings feelI have never had so much multiplayer fun in a long time! I love the graphic style and gameplay, and it really has that Lord of the Rings feel to it. Plus a lot of different skills, equipment that changes with difficulty level, and you can even customize your appearance a bit! What else could you possibly want from a game? A Strong 10/10 from me. Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2022
    10
    As far as hack and slash RPG's go, this is up there with the best of them. Brilliant class mechanics, VERY addictive gameplay, Excellent setAs far as hack and slash RPG's go, this is up there with the best of them. Brilliant class mechanics, VERY addictive gameplay, Excellent set pieces and expertly executed RPGisms, this one is an absolute MUST for fans of the book, this game will have you visit many locations mentioned only in the RotK novel. Expand
  3. 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
  4. May 12, 2014
    8
    TLOTR: War in the North has been certainly a nice surprise of PS Plus. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it since I'm no fan of Tolkien's books butTLOTR: War in the North has been certainly a nice surprise of PS Plus. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it since I'm no fan of Tolkien's books but I have to say this game is really worth your attention.
    Its gameplay it's fantastic and it's best enjoyed when co-played with up-to 3 friends. Graphically, the game lacks more pollishment and detail and some more charismatic charachters would have helped the game reach higher scores.
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  5. Nov 9, 2011
    7
    It's hard to find a good local multiplayer game these days; other than music games it seems like we have Mario Kart and Castle Crashers.It's hard to find a good local multiplayer game these days; other than music games it seems like we have Mario Kart and Castle Crashers. Champions was one of my favorite games on the PS2, slaughtering things with sweet loot and learning new, devastating skills hardly gets old. War in the North builds on that foundation very nicely, but there are a few technical flaws (Even more than there were in Champions) and I feel that the talent trees are a bit shallow and uninspired. However, if you're a fan of hack-n-slash RPGs it's worth taking a look at. Expand
  6. Jul 15, 2013
    7
    Not half bad. Picked it up on sale for $5. It's a delightful romp as a silly grouping of almost Gimli, almost Aragorn, and some female ElfNot half bad. Picked it up on sale for $5. It's a delightful romp as a silly grouping of almost Gimli, almost Aragorn, and some female Elf caster. It does get bogged down by occasional snags and bad design choices, but overall, it's a pretty fun adventure RPG with a decent story, likeable enough heroes, and easy to learn beat em up mechanics with RPGish skill points, equipment, and action skills. 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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