Excerpt: Coming completely out of left field, War in the North is probably one of the stealthiest releases we have had this year. I remember getting my hands on it back at PAX East and somehow it managed to...
Pros: + Addictive loot, + Combat is solid, + Co-op is a blast
Cons: Can get tedious, No switching characters onthefly
Excerpt: Frodo and his pals get all the press, but while they’re wrestling with evil jewelry, a powerful villain works to yoke the free lands of the north beneath Sauron’s sway. A dwarven Champion, an elven Lore-master, and a Dúnedain Ranger band together to rid Middle-earth of this new malevolence. It’s the perfect setup for third-person bloodshed — loads more than we’ve seen in any recent Lord of the Rings game.
Pros: + Bloody, action-packed combat against scores of Middle-earth creeps; tense boss battles., + Slow but steady skill and gear upgrades; three-person co-op; detailed locales; rich sound design.
Excerpt: The War in The North takes place during the War of the Ring. While Frodo and The Fellowship make their way towards Mordor, a band of three heroes work together to prevent Sauron's lieutenant Agandaur from gathering an army in Middle Earth's northern lands for the impending battle for Gondor. As far as the story goes there will be no mistaking it for something penned by Tolkien, and, in fact, it's even somewhat on the weak side for a video game.
Conclusion: I can’t say it strongly enough, Lord of the Rings: War in the North is for Lord of the Rings fans. Lord of the Rings fans who have friends who also have War in the North. When it works it really works well and its attention to the canon and lore of the Lord of the Rings is phenomenal, but it does too many things poorly to put it in the same league as a game like Dark Souls or The Witcher 2.
Conclusion: War in the North is also quite a lengthy game, which although sounds great on paper does work against the overall experience. Levels themselves are quite linear with very few branching paths, NPC interaction although used sparingly seems to get progressively more uninteresting as the game draws on. And then there is the large number of enemies you’ll encounter, which probably measures in the thousands, a fact that no doubt will deter most people.
Lord of the Rings: War in the North (Xbox 360) Review
14 August 2011
Excerpt: For those that enjoyed RPG’s like Mass Effect or Dragon Age, or perhaps for those that played the previous LOTR game on the Xbox 360, War in the North will feel similar in some regards. War in the North is set in the LOTR Middle Earth universe, but unlike the games mentioned above War in the North has more of an emphasis on co-operative gameplay. While I played the majority of the game in solo mode, clearly it is an experience meant to be played with others.
Excerpt: I’ll be honest: I haven’t read through any of the Lord of the Rings novels from start to finish. In fact, I have yet to finish the movies – what can I say, I just never was much of a movie guy, though I did manage to watch The Hobbit multiple times as a kid. So right away I’m forced to review Lord of the Rings: War in the North not as someone who’s all excited about the prospect of jumping into Middle Earth and exploring a magical world I’ve known mostly through books...