Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
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  1. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Nov 26, 2011
    While decapitating enemies never got old. other aspects of North fall short. [Holiday 2011, p.80]
  2. Nov 1, 2011
    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.
  3. Nov 1, 2011
    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.
  4. Nov 1, 2011
    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?
  5. Nov 22, 2011
    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.
  6. Nov 15, 2011
    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.
  7. Jan 27, 2012
    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.
  8. Dec 14, 2011
    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.
  9. Nov 24, 2011
    Entertaining for fans of Tolkien's universe, but too repetitive and linear to appeal anyone else.
  10. Nov 18, 2011
    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.
  11. Nov 10, 2011
    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.
  12. Nov 7, 2011
    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.
  13. Nov 2, 2011
    Too many frustrations interfere with the joys of killing orcs and collecting loot in The Lord of the Rings: War in the North.
  14. Nov 1, 2011
    I can only say one good thing about War in the North: It could have been awesome.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Nov 2, 2011
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 123
  2. Negative: 16 out of 123
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    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 (andFor 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. Nov 2, 2011
    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 orcSolid. 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 »
  3. Jan 20, 2016
    The Lord of The Rings is THE universe of medieval fantasy of reference and yet it still lacks a true RPG of reference to make it count as muchThe Lord of The Rings is THE universe of medieval fantasy of reference and yet it still lacks a true RPG of reference to make it count as much as in the books and movies universe. With War In The North we've got a new attempt to that goal.

    First let me say that contrary to what the marketing division said, this is not really a true RPG, but more an hack'n slash with some customization, but there's almost no side quests and the few that are there are simply not interesting. Every chapter are simple corridors and the battle system limits itself to smashing two buttons and roll away fighting hordes of enemies. This is not a true surprise when you know that the same studio made Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance but that's still deceiving as Warner as always talked about it as a true RPG.
    Now concerning the specifics the game is very easy and you really shouldn't die a lot considering that even if you lose your life your teammates can save you. Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to try the coop mode that could have add some fun, some sequence were clearly made for two players, but know than you can play it with a friend. The game offers some nice boss fight, unfortunately the rest of the game is very repetitive and at the end of chapter 1 you already have seen everything the game has to offer.

    Concerning the Lord of The Rings universe is well transcript and fans of the original material should find a lot to like here with a story that occurs in parallel with the movies, it's clearly my favorite part of the game, but once again don't expect a RPG length, it will take you about 12 hours to finish the game ("side quests" included) and yet there's already one filler (chapter 2) in the game.

    The graphics are average and the environments could use more details, the game, as I played it, had no bug and a steady framerate, you're clearly not amazed by the graphics but at least your eyes won't bleed.

    All in all War In the North is another failed attempt to make a game worthy of the movies/books but it is clearly not broken and you can enjoy the 12 hours in this fantastic universe if you're not looking for a challenging and thoughtful experience and still is one of the best Lord of The Rings game. If you're a fan you may buy it, if not it's worth a try for the hack'n slash lovers, but know there are better games in the market.
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