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
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.
Summary: It's not fair. Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, and the rest of the fellowship get all the glory, but without the brave struggles of so many others, they never could have succeeded on their vital errand. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North tells the tale of three new heroes who helped make the fellowship's success possible, and it gives you much of what you'd want from a hack-and-slash role-playing game set in Middle-earth.
Pros: A good assortment of Middle-earth environments and characters, Leveling up and acquiring new abilities is rewarding, Fun to collect powerful new weapons and gear
Cons: Automated save system leads to infuriating setbacks, Problematic revival mechanic, Frequently odd enemy behavior, Technical issues with multiplayer
Conclusion: It's hard to imagine that it has been ten years since the Lord of the Rings trilogy went up in cinemas. But there are still games being made based upon J.R.R. Tolkien's work. Licensed games such as this and various fantasy titles that lend more or less from Tolkien's creation. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is released in what Gandalf would describe as "the deep breath before the plunge", given that the two highly anticipated films based on The Hobbit are...
Pros: Entertaining in co-operative mode, smart guest appearances by more famous characters, nice concept.
Cons: Flat story, stupid enemies, repetitive combat, poorly thought out revivals.
Summary: Förutom brödraskapets strapatsfyllda resa mot Mordor för att göra sig av med härskarringen, pågick mycket annat samtidigt i Tolkiens oerhörda värld. Snowblind Studios vill med denna titel förtälja historien om striderna vid den norra gränsen. Utbygdsjägaren Eradan, dvärgkrigaren Farin och alvmagikern Andriel är de tre modiga hjältarna vars uppdrag är att stoppa den ondskefulle Agandaur, en bundsförvant till Sauron.
Pros: Världen, Blinkningar till filmerna, Samarbetsläget, Samlandet
Excerpt: ”One ring to rule them all” – Sådan lyder den velkendte sætning fra J.R.R. Tolkiens fortælling om Ringenes Herre. En fortælling om en magtfuld ring, der bringer hobitter, elvere, dværge og mænd sammen i en tid, hvor mørk magi truer med at overtage Middle-earth. Ja, de fleste af os kender historien, men i det nye spil; Lord of the Rings: War in the North ser man historiens gang fra andre øjne. Er det et eventyr, du bør opleve? Få svaret indenfor. J.R.R.
Pros: At det var blevet gjort en større indsats for at give personerne liv og at indfange atmosfæren fra filmene og tilført det til spillet.
Cons: Over en flad historie og flade personligheder, der ikke emmer af den LOTR-atmosfære, som man kunne have håbet på.