Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (4,078 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 1, 2011

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About This Game

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a co-op Action RPG that immerses you and your friends in a brutal new chapter in the War of the Ring. Snowblind Studios is in the unique position of drawing inspiration from both the literary and film rights to world of Middle-earth, allowing players to bloody their axes on a wide range of deadly enemies and traverse both established and never-before-seen locations. The result is a journey that is both epic and intimate, familiar yet unexpected.

Key Features:

  • Action Meets RPG - Intense, visceral, and satisfying combat. Rich, layered, and impactful character progression. In War in the North, you get both. Find and equip the best loot, upgrade your hero using a wide range of skills and items, and feel the intense satisfaction of rushing into real-time battles with friends by your side. Fight through the brutal realities of the war on all fronts that were brought to life in the lore. Immerse yourself and make your own mark on Middle-earth.
  • Co-op at its Core - Build your own fellowship of three heroes to confront the growing army in the North. The survival of your group and all of Middle-earth depends upon your uniquely skilled heroes working together. You must fight together or you will die alone, and these high stakes make the experience of playing together both socially engaging and incredibly satisfying. The first time you rescue a friend who has been grabbed by a troll and is desperately yelling for help, you will understand what we mean.
  • An Untold Story - While much attention and focus has been placed on the journey of the One Ring, the assault on Middle-earth hits all corners of the map. War in the North turns our attention towards an integral part of the storyline that is grounded in details within the books and various appendices. This is not someone else’s fight. This is your own effort to forage a way through the dark, dangerous, and unknown landscape, defending all that is yours. This is your war.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD 64 X2 4400
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:2006 or later GeForce 8600 or Radeon HD 2600
    • DirectX®:dx90
    • Hard Drive:10 GB HD space
    • Sound:100% DirectX 9 compatible Audio Device
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Intel Core2 Duo 3 GHz or AMD X2 5000 or AMD Phenom X4 9600
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 2xx Series or Radeon HD 6xxx series or greater
    • DirectX®:dx90
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
57 of 62 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
If I could sum up this game in one word, that word would be "fine"

The game does everything just fine, but you can find other games that do everything better. The RPG elements are fine, but other games are better. The Fighting is fine, but you can find better elsewhere, The graphics are fine, but... you see what I mean?

Nothing wrong with the game, actually it's.... well, fine... just nothing spectacular
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
While it certainly isn't the best hack n slash action game you'll ever play, Lord of the Rings: War in the North proved to be a fun game despite its flaws. This game was designed as a multiplayer experience, so you should play with a friend if you can, if not prepare yourself to constant variations is gameplay as you'll have to change characters more often than not. In the end this was not a setback, as each has a slightly different play style so changing characters (ranger, elf, dwarf) proved to be varied and amusing.

This game is first and foremost aimed at Lord of the Rings / Tolkien fans. If you count yourself among those, you'll be satisfied. I played this game as I was reading The Silmarillion again which proved to be a good choice as the story is not focused on the main events at the end of the Third Age but on the fight against the forces of Sauron in the north of Middle Earth. Don't expect Bethesda or Bioware levels of lore in this game, just relax, enjoy the story and focus on what this game does best - combat.

The fights are intense, combos are easy to execute and enemies' limbs fly all over as you chop Orc after Orc. If you want a good hack'n'slash experience, look no further.

“The world is full of peril and in it there are many dark places”
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Its actually a great game, and as a result of my research i can say that there were characters like 'Eradan' and 'Farin' in Tolkien's creations. Which makes it more interesting for the fans like me.



Just go play iiiiittt
Its greaaaattt
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Good Story (also they good job with how it ties with the rest of what's going on), Good Music (Inon Zur!), and the gameplay while not amazing has it's gratifying moments (Like the Slow-Mo Finishers).

Pros: Good Story
Quality Voice-Acting
Good Music by Inon Zur (Who also composed for Dragon Age and such)
Gameplay is neither too hard or too easy (by the end I had to do some potion jugging but not to the point of binging like some RPGS)

Cons: Swapping Characters is practically like playing a new game, some of the gear resets so it's best to play with the character you started with, which when you go back to the character you begun with the characters have the high-level gear you put on them prior to the swap on again.

Would be nice to have an actual Map of the Area instead of just the one that shows the places you can Travel to.

That's pretty much my two cents.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
The PC version does NOT have local coop. Still a good game though. Would hack my way through orcish hordes again.
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