Reviews and Problems with The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
2 September 2013
Summary: In a month packed full of huge videogames releases, it's borderline suicidal for any new game to consider joining the pack. Warner Brothers, however, has the Lord of the Rings license under its belt with the desire to flaunt it. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North tells a tale that runs parallel to the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendary trilogy and subsequent Hollywood interpretation.
Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: Developer Snowblind Studios, best known for the PlayStation 2 action RPG Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance , has not released a major console game since 2006. This drought ends after five years with Lord of the Rings: War in the North . In another hack-and-slash RPG, Snowblind Studios aims to expand on The Lord of the Rings mythology and deliver an RPG as engaging as the PlayStation 2 classic. Five years may have been a little too much time to take off.
Pros: Co-op play is enjoyable, Different character abilities diversify play
Cons: Combat becomes tedious and can be mild, Narrative isn't strong, Characters are less so
Conclusion: Which is a shame, as it’s certainly my favourite action RPG this year, leaving previous best Dungeon Siege III in the dust thanks to a sensible camera angle and Agandaûr being a far cooler villain than the unimpressive JAYNE KASSYNDER. If only the single-player wasn’t so easy, the story was so uninvolved, the characters so frickin’ dull and the gameplay didn’t get predictable halfway through.
Excerpt: As the year comes to an end, I find myself playing yet another disappointing action RPG. Last year, it was Fable III , and this year, it’s Lord of the Rings: War in the North . I had the opportunity to take in War in the North at E3 2011 and left feeling very impressed, going as far to call it my favorite game of the show. I was pleased with the combat and presentation, and hopeful that the final product would live up to what was on offer at the show. Sadly, it didn’t.