Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (3,845 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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Play time: 16 hours 30 min (main story and most side quests, listening to most conversation)

+Good action RPG combat, severing orc limbs is fun
+Lots of well put together LotR story elements/locations for fans to enjoy
+Enough levelling and loot to keep things interesting

-Gameplay can probably get repetitive if you play more than 1-2 hours each time
-Combat system and leveling/skill tree isn't that deep for hardcore players
-Fiddly character change system
-A few glitches may crash the game

Game is great for using the Xbox 360 controller and playing on the TV from the couch.
Graphics performance R9 280X, 1080P max settings: 60 FPS (V-sync) all the time except for a few stutters when loading new textures.

If you will enjoy LotR: War in the North depends on how you're going to play the game, and if you're a fan of the LotR world. The game is best played casually a few hours at the time, If you play it that way, and you're a fan, the game will probably keep you entertained all the way through and has a lot going for it when it comes to the story and locations.

If you're not interested in the Lord of the Rings world, and come just for the action RPG, you'll probably find the game lacking, especially if you put 3-4 or more hours in to the game each go, then the game will probably feel quite repetitive.

The game tells a story of three heroes (man, dwarf, elf) indirectly helping the fellowship during the LotR story. You run in to quite a few characters from the books/movies, and visit familiar locations as Bree and Rivendell. The locations in this game generally look great, and all the characters has quite a lot to say, so the story builds up well with lots of background information available if you like to listen to conversation.

The main part of the game has you battling mostly orcs in a third person action RPG style. The combat style doesn't differ much through the game, you can select any of the three characters (but switching between them is only allowed upon clearing a section of the current chapter, or after visiting towns, and is a bit clunky), use a light or heavy attack, ranged attacks and magic/skills. You level up and unlock/improve skills and get better gear/other loot that improve stats, but the gameplay doesn't change that much. You're still hacking/shooting at orcs most of the time.

I really enjoyed the combat, and the levelling/loot was enough to keep me interested all the way through, and combat is fun. Sometimes after getting the enemy HP down enough you get a prompt to use a heavy attack for a limb severing finish that for me never got old. Just as satisfying every time.

The game has some nice boss battles as well, and every chapter has a few events that mixes things up.

At the final chapter, there was a game breaking glitch, for some reason when navigating the tunnels the game got really choppy and crashed when the frame rate got too low. Apparently a common problem, and the solution was to set the graphics to minimum and get through that section with as little on screen as possible (aiming at the floor while moving helped). When out of the tunnels, restart the game and everything is well again.

I enjoyed the game and will do a "New game+" some day.
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113 of 180 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
You can cut off limbs with a hammer!
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49 of 78 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
If you own AMD do not buy this game it's basically unplayable once you hit the end of the ♥♥♥♥ing game!

Which is just ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ on chapter 8 Carn Dum you cannot actually advance it's over the game will crash and stutter constantly and unfortunatly this is the end of game for you and if you try and let your friends advance to get past the unpassable zone oh no sorry game prevents you from getting achivements and stops saving of the game so it's pointless playing at this point

If you have Nvidia then awesome get this game it's fun 3 player coop with mates but avoid if you have AMD AT ALL COSTS!
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
This review will be short and informative:

HIGHLY recommend if you are:
1. NOT using ATI cards
2. Planning to play it Co-Op with friends that also met #1
3. You will be the Co-Op game host.
3. Don't care about achievements (if you are the client)

STAY Away from this game if you are:
1. Using ATI cards
2. Planning to play Solo
3. You care about achievements and will be the client in a co-op game
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
I was pleasantly surprised to find just enough LOTR lore to make you feel like you're really part of Middle-Earth's war against Sauron. That, and just enough characterization make this game a very good one instead of the average coop I was expecting.

Also ; EAGLES.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1

This game is enjoyable to play, as the main aim of the game is to slice orcs. Some people say it gets boring after a while as the whole game is the same (to slice orcs) Which gets true, But i always seem to go back and play it again in a few weeks. The combat is great, and uses a variety of skills (depending if your Man,Elf or Dwarf) to defeat Agandaurs minions. The only other problem i had with this game was it is too short, There are about 8 levels (Including Fornost,Barrow Downs, Ettermoors, Gundabad, Mirkwood, Uglost Lair, Nordinbad and Carn Dum) This roughly takes about 15-25 hours to complete. Of course, you then play it at a harder difficulty afterwards and find new armour,weapons etc. Even though the game is fasirly short I still highly recommend it as it is one of my faviourite games, and is very fun to play.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
It's not a bad game per se, but it's also not a very good game.

The story was... forgettable. It did a great job of sticking to the canon and using content from within Middle Earth, but it just felt pointless. I never once cared about the characters, with the exception of Beleram. Beleram was an interesting character, but that was partly to him being a Great Eagle.

Character models look nice, but the environments are bland even for a 2011 game. Clearly a console port, but even console games in 2011 were more visually stunning than this.

As for length, I put about 10.5 hrs into this game with one of my friends. Not short like a lot of games today, but also not at all what you would expect from an Action RPG.

The one thing that frustrated me throughout my playthrough was the item management. There isn't a simple way to compare gear with your currently equipped gear, other than a red or green arrow indicating -/+ power. Items you pick up in the game world serve little to no purpose other than selling at shops.

The combat was very unsatisfying. Mashing X & Y on my controller was what I expected from what is basically a 'beat-em up' action title, but that was the extent of the combat. You could do 'power' moves by pressing RT + X or Y, but those had to cool down before you could do them again. Finisher moves look cool, but to do one of those all you have to do is wait for a yellow triangle above the enemy's head, which felt very much like a quicktime event. I think the game could have been a lot more engaging for the player if it had some kind of combo system.

Co-op is where this game shines, sort of. You and up to two other friends can run through the game together, taking control of one of three main characters. My only annoyance with the co-op experience was the voice chat. There was no option to adjust the chat volume and the developers felt the need to make the voices have special DSP effects based on the type of environment your character was in. The effects were cool for about the first hour, but then it just got annoying.

War in the North has no replay value at all. You can play on a harder difficulty on NG+, but it's sadly not worth playing a second time unless you just feel the need to 100% the achievements. I really wanted to like this game, because I love LotR, but in the end I was just left unsatisfied by the whole experience.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Bottom line is, if you own an ATI card, don't buy this game.

Even for $5, it's not worth the headache of constant crashes and disconnects. I wish I had scrolled down the reviews more to have seen warnings about ATI cards. It started out as a pretty great co-op game, with slightly jaded graphics and not top level game mechanics, but still playable and enjoyable.

Then chapter 2 hit, and it all went to hell in barrow downs. Missing textures, random disconnects and system crashes at various intervals, especially in the middle of hard fights - problems either for you or friends connected to your game. The first few were just a minor annoyance because the game was quite fun but, when it kept happening, my friends and I just had to give up in frustration. It was a sad thing too, because the game is pretty addictive.

The biggest annoyance for me is how the game's minimum requirements actually state that ATI cards older than those from 2006 will run this game, and how that is basically untrue after the first chapter. I begin wonder if I can get my money back just for that partially false statement.

I don't want to go through the trouble of listing my system specs, but it runs anything recent like DA:I or FC4 on ultra without issues. I use an ATI 290X.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Great hack and slash game with coop up to 3 players total. The graphics are a bit sketchy, you'll run into some clipping, and you may encounter some glitches which stops you from completing side quests. Also, you cannot mute your coop partners voice (mic) or use push to talk. You and your whole team will be speaking freely, so dont fart, cough, spit, puke or crunch loudly or you may annoy your team lol. There is a workaround for this that worked for my friend, but it did not work for me. I got this game for a great price and it was well worth it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Do you like bashing orcs?
Do you like shooting orcs?
Do you like burning orcs?

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be Gandalf AND a female?

Then this game is for you!
Well worth your sheckles
If you can buy this on sale, it's going to be so worth
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Great coop game, terrible port. Chapter 2 and 8 are unplayable due to crashes, stutters, freezes and so on. Had to borrow my mate's save file in order to get past some parts. If it wasn't for horrendous stability in some areas (nvidia users may be more lucky) then I would recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
fun fighting, wish i can coop with someone
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
8.7/10 LOTR: War in the North sheds a whole different light on the story.

This game has got to be my favorite LOTR game (Haven't played Shadow of Mordor, thats next :p). What is really cool about this game is it doesn't just retell the story of the fellowship but rather a group of three with a quest equally as important. You do get to see all the characters from the movies at one point but the main focus is on your group. One thing that is rather strange is that everyone you might is always saying how this story should be written down, but I guess that was to stress the importance of your mission. The combat in this game felt kinda dull, while you had a range of abilities you run into enemies that are just copies of each other but with different skins and greater stats. So once you master how to defeat a troll you shouldn't have a problem again. When you play singleplayer your two companions aren't really helpful for anything but reviving you. They will keep guys occupied but have no finishing capabilites. You find at the end of the mission you did 3/4 of all the damage dealt. Overall this game was a lot of fun. The side quests aren't too interesting but the main questline is where everything comes alive. If you have yet to, pick up this game and give it a shot.
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Joined in a server and a polish guy joins as well and destroys in a matter of seconds. i am just following them and doing nothing RUNNING AFTER A POLISH DUDE SIMULATOR 2011.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014

This game shows 100% why the PC master race hates the consoles so much.

Now lets list all the things they did wrong:

Character switching: you cannot midarea switch character, now i cannot for the life of me figure out if its just cause consoles are so weak they couldnt implement it, or if someone actually thought it was a great "feature" to have....cause reasons?

Inventory management: its just a mess, clicking on a weapon on your character dont mean its marked in your inventory, so when selling or repairing, you better make sure its the right thing you actually have marked, and not what appear logical. (a free punch in the jewels, tells me more than 1 person have sold an item they were using)

Dont get me startet on how incredibly weak the gear switching is, if you play solo you have to log out, switch char and then gear up, so unless you can remeber exactly what the other 2 are wearing, it just a massive hassle.

No going back: ye gods, how i hate that completely linear console way, where you drop downa a 30cm drop and now you cant go back, its in the top 5 reasons why consoles are the worst.

Durability: its just so meh to have durability, and having to repair stuff, yuck

Companions: When you play solo, they dont wear the gear you give them, or play by the skills you put point into, thats just weak sauce.

Im sure there are a ton more stuff that i forgot.

But when all is said and done, i played the game to the end, and didnt regret it, my ragemeter was just maxed, at seeing that a few core changes could have made this game great, now its just mediocre.

The combat is fun, albeit i am partial to blood, gore and dismemeberment, you have RPG elements, and gear upgrading, story and VA is decent.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Fantastc Game!

It is one of the only good Lord Of The Rings Games ive actually played and i had loads of fun singleplayer and co-op.

Great combat system and it flows very well.
Good storyline and lots of lore.
Nice to be able to switch characters during missions and then not loose out on levels for that character.
Graphics were godd for a 2011 game.
Very fast loading in no waiting at the load screen for up to 5 minuites. It just loads in almost straight away.
Interesting Characts and the option to play each one.
Good ranged weapon combat flows well.
Love being able to upgrade you're stats and skills.
Loved the fact that you could choose you're own path in the final mission.
I liked it that when you completed the game it went onto the next difficulty and kept all you're skills and upgrades and all of your inventory. So it was like carrying on the games but restarting (if you know what i mean) and it felt nice not to have to loot up more and more.

Voice actng was not that good and they used the same actor for the two sons of Elrond.
Looting. Although you dont have to loot half of the game is spent looting around the maps if you want to be able to have money or good rare items or stones. Looting for me wasnt so bad but it seemed that f you didnt lott you would end up completing the mission with no health pots, coins and other good weapons and armour.
The amount of missions were lacked. I completed this game in 9 hours without trying to speed run. It just felt to rushed (the storyline) and it was ruined at the end. It could have had missions interlinking with what was happening with frodo and his felowship.
I think they also should have put in a skip all option for dialouge scenes.(when you had to choose what you wanted to say)
I am not sure if it was me and my other friend but we experienced major co-op lag. We would only be able to play for an hour before he lagged out and whenever he joined it just lagged him out again.

But All around This game was great! I have always loved Lord Of The Rings games and this is a definite must for fans like me!

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North - it's an interesting story, coupled with superb graphics, beautiful interface, not a pretty intricate technique of administration battlefield. Due to the vast selection of weapons, skills, character, abundance of enemies (they are there a lot) - I want to take this game over and over again. Thank you, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, pleased.
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