Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
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Mostly Positive (192 reviews) - 77% of the 192 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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

    • 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
    • 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
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9.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
Best orc-decapitating simulator out there.
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12.0 hrs
Posted: August 26

+ Satisfying combat (animation, sound, gore)
+ Three characters, three spells each, allows for varied gameplay. Can switch between characters per chapter too
+ New charater perspective on Hollywood favourites such as: Radagast, Elrond and Strider
+ Plenty of scenery to enjoy. Rivendel looks great in this game!
+ Tells the tale of a story most fans won't be familar with; so its a new adventure for some
+ 12 hours game time (for the story) with extra hours for side line quests

- Repetitive combat at times so try to switch character
- Requires a lot of looting during gameplay
- Skill tree cannot be reset easily which is annoying
- Character change is also annoying as it requires re-loading
- Encounted 2 glitches but weren't super frustrating
- Movement is clunky at times

Highly recommened to any Middle-Earth fans. Recommed bursting through the 12 hour story-line within three days. Strongest weapon for bosses Ranged weapons seemed really OP in this game
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7.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
I wish I would have known about this game when it came out in 2011. This game is still fun, graphics are still great considering the games age, and supports controllers.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
hey can you hear me
hey can you hear me

yeah I can hear you
yeah I can hear you

god I hate this ingame mic
god I hate this ingame mic

yeah, ruins the game.
yeah, ruins the game.

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11.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
A surprisingly good game for Middle Earth fan.
The story is correct, its what you expect from that universe.
The combat is quite simple but still satisfying after you master the crit and roll system.

Even alone i have enjoyed a lot, but it is certainly a great co-op game.
For me its a 7/10.
Its above average but not a master piece for sure.
Having played many game on Middle Earth + the Third age mod on medieval 2 and seen the lord of the ring, i was able to situate myself in the map and know what they were talking about. It does help to stay immerse.
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15.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
War in the North is parallel with the main story, you can customize your character and the team, with various lands to explore and a large amount of orcs to kill
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5.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
Phenomenal Game, Not Well Ported to PC

If you love Tolkien lore and hack & slash gameplay with small RPG elements, this game is a must have. If you love one or the other, buy it on sale. If you've got nothing to play and are interested, just buy it. If you have an AMD rig, buy it for console.


You choose one of three characters: ranger (melee/bow; agile), elf (melee/magic; support), or dwarf (heavy melee/crossbow; tank). You can switch characters at at the main menu or level beginnings. Your goal is to chase and hunt Agandaur, one of Sauron's strongest servants. You visit many popular locations (Gundabad, Mirkwood, Bree, and more). You can find and purchase various items like armor, weapons, potions, etc., some of which are upgradable through rune slots. You manage a skill-tree throughout, as well as a few main stats, e.g., strength and stamina. The combat is simple, but it takes some thought and awareness if you play on the hardest difficulty (recommended). You have a light attack, heavy attack, and a ranged, as well as class abilities; the pace isn't quite God of War or Castlevania, but its close. You can command your allies' position, or of course you can play co-op. You'll mostly fight waves of enemies, but there are bosses and mini-bosses here and there. There are secrets and loot placed throughout. RPG elements are in the dialogue with various characters; it's organized a bit like Mass Effect. All-in-all just a great game, especially for LOTR enthusiasts.

AMD Rig Issue

I'm running a fairly old AMD build (FX 8-core, Radeon HD 7870, Sabertooth board, SSD) but its not so problematic that it causes a BSOD. I played the game for a good bit, and upon reaching an area with lots of enemies the game got some lag, then it causes a blue screen. I tried a few fixes but none worked. Many people online reported that AMD was incompatible with the game, and most people having problems with it have an AMD rig. If your PC is newish and AMD, it may be worth a try on sale; if you're Intel, go for it, you shouldn't have issues.
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16.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
love the game but some parts u need ur friend(S) to help out or im just bad at the game :D
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8.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
Good Co-op Combat, well written stroy true to the lore. Get two friends and play this unpolished gem.
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12.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
Who in the name of ♥♥♥♥ thought that co-op voice chat should always be enabled? JUST WHO?
Change steam-chat to push to talk...guess what - No, we don't give a ♥♥♥♥ still always on.
Completely ruined multiplayer experience. Just for that I can't recommend it.

Quite okay game otherwise.
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Fun action-RPG-lite, hack-n-slash with nice linear storeline that parallels the events of the LoTR movies... and it's 3-player co-op.

The game appears to be getting a bad rap lately which I'm guessing stems from crashing issues on Win10. We played this game for 25+ hours on Windows 8/8.1 without a single glitch in various networked co-op configurations (2-player and 3-player), but Win10 causes the game to crash in various situations - one is solved here:

So... it's not just War in the North that is affected. Also, if you had the game already installed before the Win10 upgrade, you might find that it doesn't start up at all or crashes when you click Start at the intro screen. Check out my post over here for solutions we found:

Recommended! If you like LoTR and are looking for a fun romp with some interesting alternate storyline and good action gameplay, you can do a lot worse than this.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Let me preface this review by saying do NOT play this game by yourself. It's really boring and frustrating as the AI for your companions can be a little stupid.


If you're looking for a good co-op experience, this game really brings back the old Lord of the Rings: Return of the King gameplay with some nice surprises like loot for your character and while it's not very appealing to the eyes and the story is silly, the experience you get from the co-op gameplay outweighs all that.

Things I like about this game:
  • RAndomized Loot (Players will not find hte same loot in chests and stashes and there are even item sets that you can complete)
  • Leveling up is similar to borderlands, There are three branches of the skill tree, each focusing on a specific aspect of your character's class
  • Up to 3 player Co-Op (LAN or Internet connection)
  • Encourages and rewards exploration of levels (even though the game is linear, there are secret stashes of loot that players can find if they take a little extra time to explore the level)
  • Small Mini Quests
  • Orcs and Goblins are the main enemy here but there are also other enemies like Undead that you face as well
Things I don't like about this game
  • The animation of the bad guys seems like it was worked on more than the good guys, and the good guys animation feels stiff
  • I think even by 2011's standards the graphics are a little lack-luster
  • The beginning is bassically "3 heros meet in a bar and talk to Aragorn and decide to go slay some Orcs, have at it player" there's not a strong sense of direction here as to what you need to do when you first start your new game
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
A fun co-op RPG with a fairly linear story, LotR War in the North is an entertaining game. Don't expect to be blown away by anything in particular with this game, it's just solidly good all around. Not amazing, but good. The 3 playable characters are all fun, but there are only 3. The looting system is decent but the lack of shops bugged me, selling items to a glowing patch of the ground seemed weird and cheap. The combat is responsive, but repetitive. The co-op is alright, but buggy. Do you see where I'm going with this? All in all, the game is fun. If you can grab it on sale or as part of a bundle, do it. If not, you choose.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
I saw the Lord of the Rings franchise games were on sale, so I read the reviews of this game, and it interested me enough so I picked it up. I bought it at around 2pm and the next thing I know, it was midnight! This game is so much fun, I hated to turn it off. 10 straight hours playing, and I love it! I wish I had played this game years ago. Going to probably buy it for my family to play it too now. The only thing I think this game could really use is cheaper health potions in the beginning. At around 200 silver a pop, I felt like you had a harder time starting off. But after you get further in, all my money problems are solved and I can blow tons of money on potions and not even feel it. Great game guys! Pick it up today!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Took some time to get into it, but it's a good game with entertaining missions, believable storyline, and good action/combat. Would very much recommend for LOTR fans when game is on sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
This is a really underrated co-op hack and slash RPG for up to 3 players.

I know not everyone is into Lord of the Rings or that sort of thing, maybe you feel this is only for those who are fans? Well, as a fan I can say they made the world 100% accessable to those who maybe never read the books or saw the films. You can just appreciate it for a fantasy game, but at the same time the game offers options through dialouge trees (a bit like Mass Effect) to ask more if you're interested, and it explains everything, even the most basic plot if you truly know NOTHING about the story.

The gameplay itself is very fun, just basic hack and slash but I was never bored. You get random loot drops that can be sold, traded with party members or equipped.

The storyline takes place during the events of LOTR, and it uses the look and feel of the movies, but they explore places the movies never covered, which for a fan is a real treat, and I think they did a good job. Again, you can just enjoy it for what it is, and enjoy the game just fine.

The enviroments are nicely varied from ancient ruins, to forests, to snowy peaks and inside mountains, and more giving the game a nice feeling of progression and variety without feeling stale.

Being an RPG, you of course gain XP points through combat and questing, and you can level up your character using character trees that fans of Borderlands or Dead Island, and any such games, will understand easily.

You can pick betwee 3 characters - A Dwarf, A Man (Ranger), and an Elven Mage (which doesn't make a lot of sense with the lore, but it's a nitpick). Each character has a special ability that can be tweaked per the player's liking, and you can play your own way.

The game can be enjoyed in single player, as the AI takes over any non player characters, but the game really shines with having 3 players in a game each with their own strengths and abilities.

It's a fun little game, took me about 12 hours to play through, and after you're done, you can do more playthroughs where the enemies and loot are better to go along with your leveled up characters.

So, if you love LOTR or Middle-Earth stories, check it out, and even if you know nothing about those things, but like RPGs, co-op, action packed gameplay, you'll enjoy it, and maybe even become interested in the world.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Literally broke my computer, its blue screened my computer 2-3 times in the 8 (offline hours people) hours i've played it, but this last time it crashed my computer so hard the "great" windows 10 deleted my entire user file, and erase the partitions on all 5 of my hard drives, effectively i lost everything. Woot, over all a good game would recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Pro: Very fun co-op game
Con: Very fun co-op game

Playing with your friends, it is a lot of fun, same can not be said about AI mode. Quite okay battle mechanics, albeit a bit clunky; visuals are very good, cinematics are epic, the mobs are manageable but not too easy.

Definitely a recommendation for a beer-and-pretzels type of gaming night.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
I don't like the saving system for the game, but, that does not meam the game is bad. Visually, the game is wonderful. From the days of the Two Towers and Return of the King games, the game feels like a LOTR game in comparison. Kill orcs, in great numbers, and have fun. It is like the older LOTR games where if you advance in a level or area in the game, you cannot go back. You get the feeling that more was going to be added to the game, but never did, in relation to the map in game.

It is worth a buy, but is short, and is not the best game ever made. It is however, a good game with an interesting story. You have some choices, and have dialogue options. That is quite unique in a LOTR game. The sale is for 5 bucks right now, buy it! It really is worth it for 10 bucks and under.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Good Co-op Combat, well written stroy true to the lore. Get two friends and play this unpolished gem.
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