Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (2,969 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
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Fantastic hack & slash game with great graphics (for 2011 of course), good storyline and highly advanced co-op play. Just play with friends, and you get a lot of fun.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Game crashes over and over again after several hours of gamplay. It is a known bug with ATI video cards and will never be fixed. Buyer beware.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Just started playing throught this with two friends, it's ♥♥♥♥ing awesome.

1. You each have a different role and different gear associated with it
- Champion: Straight up heavy DPS, uses big two handed axes and maces, he can also use 2 handed swords with one hand.
- Ranger: Agile DPS, can dual wield swords/maces/hammers and can use greatswords.
- Lore-Master: Healing and procective magic, she can also use her staff as a melee weapon when needed.

2. ♥♥♥♥ING LOOT IS AWESOME. Each of you get your own seperate loot that covers all 3 classes, so you'll need to take breaks every now and then to give eachother the items for their class and vice versa.

3. Combat is kinda like Dragon Age on a console. You know, the hack and slashy ♥♥♥♥. But it's extremely satisfying for all classes.

The overall feel for the game is kinda like an MMO and Borderlands mixed together, it's really well made and is up to standards even 3 (nearly 4) years later.

If you've got an odd number of friends that you regularly play games with (like myself), I would definitely recommend this to you!

9.5/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
It's a good game for fans os The Lord of the Rings. With it you can travel to some places you've always wanted to. It does have some issues while playing by yourself (the companions AI is weak) but with friends it's really cool. So, if you want to know something more about the The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit and kill some orcs that's the game for you!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
War in the North is a great hack'n slash RPG. The gameplay gets a bit repetitive and grindy, but the story (set in the LOTR universe) is fun and believable. Amazing performance for its graphics. Overall pretty good, can get insanely difficult at times though.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
It took me close to 20 hours to finish this game and I have not played it in co-op mode. The multiplayer lobby is always empty.

I cannot with honest heart recommend this game to even to the most hardcore LoTR fans. Let me explain why:

This is a console port, one of the worst I have seen yet.

The UI is awful and there is no way to remove the annoying overlapping key binds from the screen.
I haven’t seen any game more linear than this. Invisible walls everywhere and i mean EVERYWHERE. You can go only in one direction: forward.
The combat is extremely boring and repetitive; you will be doing the same moves over and over again in a course of the entire game. The skills (spells? or powers?) are simply laughable.

The only positive thing I can say about this game is related to the story. The point when you meet few of the characters from the original movies is cool. Well it is, until you get to hear them speak - the voiceover wasn’t done by the movie actors, but by some random people.

The graphics are bad even on the highest settings, sometimes the game freezes and/or crashes for no reason. There are too many unfixed bugs like floating dead enemies or enemies stuck in walls.

I say, don’t waste your time and specially money on this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
GREAT GAME FOR A TRIO CO-OP
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Really good RPG,you will enjoy it especially if you are fan of LOTR,one of the best game about it!It allows you to see story from other side,that wasn't told.If you have 2 more friends that game for you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
one of the best lotr games. get to explore alot of places from the hobbit and basically have your own lotr story. you fight orcs, a gian tspider, even a dragon. great great great game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
lots of fun, up to 3 players. ended up playing through it 3 times.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
only 1 con, playing 3 player, 1 player always gets kicked.
Awesome game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I recommend this game to anyone who likes fast- paced- fighting games, and would rather fight than gather materials.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Great coop game to play with friends. A bit annoying with the built in voice communication program, but when you get that fixed it is a very enjoyable experience.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
64.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
it is epic
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
If you enjoy the LOTR story, you will enjoy this game. I have yet to complete it, but I hear it is short. I will update my review once I complete the game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Once I got past an error whilst starting up the game (which most probably is the default somewhere in steam coding..)
It actualy is a VERY GOOD GAME!

I like it, love it and now I wanna marry Andriel (please dont tell my wife ;D )
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
If your are playing this as a single player it might work, however if you are interested in playing this with a friend or two, abandon ♥♥♥♥. Theres plenty of working co-op games out there and this is not one of them.

Here is some of the problems you will face if you try to play this game in co-op:

The game features its own voice chat function which works so poorly that you will not be able to understand a single word because of the bad sound quality. THERE IS ALSO NO WAY TO DISABLE IT. I had to download a virtual adio cable program just so I could actually chat with a friend using another program while playing.

If you were lucky enough to get into another players game, buckle up for strange crashes, disconnects when visiting windows and a good spike in your blood pressure every time you try to give an item to your friend. It will most likely vanish into thin air.

Getting used to the menus will take longer than I ever put into this game since they are made for a controller. There is mouse support but much of it is just nonsense.

I will have to say that the game supports alt + f4 so escaping its horrors is quick and easy.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I met Frodo! OMG D:
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
"Theres a mounted crossbow over there" NO, NOPE. NO THANKS, NO MORE MOUNTED CROSSBOWS I AM DONE.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
hobbit/10 grate b8
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