Reviews and Problems with The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
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Lord of the Rings: War in the North review
24 June 2012
Excerpt: Eradan, the human ranger, drew back his bowstring and unleashed a flurry of arrows at the charging orcs. His shots hit their target, though the foes continued to rush. Some stopped to fire off ranged attacks of their own, but their missiles bounced harmlessly off the elven Loremaster Andriel’s protective magical shield. Finally, once they were close enough, the dwarven champion Farin met them on the field of battle, hacking apart the orcs.
Pros: The bloody combat, Being immersed in Lord of the Rings lore, Loot drops, loot drops, loot drops!
Cons: Repetitive battles, Poor ally managment, Playing alone
Excerpt: Middle-earth has seen many incarnations in films and video games. Unsurprisingly, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North takes almost all its cues from the Peter Jackson trilogy, and also unsurprisingly, it's all the better for it. It can be gritty and violent at times, but it has its own understanding of the fiction's extended universe. War in the North isn't a technical marvel, but neither is it an eyesore.
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.
The Lord of the Rings War in the North Review (Playstation 3)
Gamers Daily News
8 November 2011
Summary: Overall the game is decent, its value outweighs its flaws and it should be an enjoyable game for RPG and LOTR fans. It just could have been much more had the gameplay been attended to like the visuals and sound.
PS3/X360/PC Review - 'The Lord of the Rings: War in the North'
6 November 2011
Summary: Breaking new ground as a mature RPG video game set in Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North advances the RPG paradigm through innovative online, interdependent co-op play for up to three players who form their own Fellowship to fight Sauron's forces in the North.
Excerpt: There's only so much of the War of the Rings that games can mine without the risk of running roughshod on the Tolkien canon. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North wisely focuses on an aspect of fantasy's most storied conflict that was only hinted at in the books. Conveniently for Snowblind’s latest hack 'n slash RPG, the northern front was evidently a bloody one.