Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,815 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 1, 2011

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"Latest rocket propelled grenade made by the computers."
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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
17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
War in the North is an action-RPG built with a strong focus on co-op. All of the familiar characteristics of the action-RPG genre are here, from shops and loot to blacksmiths that repair weakened or busted weaponry; as well as some combo-based swordplay.War in the North is all about action, and the action starts when you pick one of the three characters. No, you can’t pick any of the actual LOTR characters. You’re stuck with these relatively generic goofballs, doing relatively generic things in a generic fantasy world populated by generic quest givers. Several builds exist for each character though, and you can even build the wizard in melee combat and kick ♥♥♥ surprisingly. Other than her, you’ve got your typical LOTR ranger and warlord archetypes to play as for sword and bow combat. The control scheme doesn’t really lend that well to a keyboard and mouse, so I highly recommend making the investment for a controller if you don’t have one already. With a completely forgettable character lineup and story that only serves to get in the way or set up the next hub/killing field, it’s been a long time since I ran into a hack and slash that I really never feel like loading up again after putting down.The highlight of the game, as every LOTR game should have a great soundtrack and voice acting to back it up, and this delivers. While the actual context of the story is pretty pathetic, the production values are high enough to keep you listening rather than skipping cutscenes.Games graphics are also rather good. Given sufficient hardware, the game will shine and shimmer even in the bloodiest of fights.While it doesn't reach the heights we wished it would, War in the North is still a solid experience with more than enough content to justify checking it out. Overall 7/10.
Posted: September 28
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
A good game tainted because lazy devs/programers.

The its good and very enjoyable, but the problem comes with the game... in some parts of the game you can't play at all because the game crashes if have too many effects/particles in the game (reseting the graphics adaptor) and you can only pray to get to the next checkpoint.

If this problem is not fixed in any patch form is not playabe... and seeying no patch incoming this game is a waste even in sales times.

Don't buy it.
Posted: October 12
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Multiplayer seems to be completely unplayable with difficulties connecting to one another and audio constantly broken
gameplay was fun but had to spend about two hours set up before we coudl do anything.

sorry :(
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Great game, very fun to play and has an amazing and well-built story!
Definetely worth it! 8/10!
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
This game at first feels a little shallow, but over time it's true colours emerge. It really feels like a 3d version of Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance 1 and 2, which makes sense as I think some of the same developers were involved. The combat is fairly good and would most likely be a blast playing with 2 other friends (I've only been playing solo at this point). This game is well worth the $5 I paid. I would say it would be worth buying even at $20.

I'm very fussy with the games I spend my time on, and I can say that LOTRWITN has been enjoyable and I look forward to playing through the campaign a few more times at different difficulty levels.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
This is a fairly decent action rpg experience, set in the world of Middle Earth.

The environments and characters are what makes this game worth playing in my opinion. There are some locales that will be very familiar to LOTR fans as well as completely new areas, all of which are done fantastically. There are a ton of familiar faces to see and converse with such as Aragorn or Gandalf, and quite a few new characters to get involved with.

Other than that it's a pretty generic experience. Pick your class, fight through a level full of continuous bad guys (orcs, goblins, Uruk Hai, etc.), then a big boss battle at the end of the level. Rinse and repeat. This game should definately be played in co op with some friends to make a far better experience.

All in all it's still a good game especially if your'e a LOTR fan, I would recommend picking it up on sale.
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Good solid game that I would definitely recommend.


- good storyline with lots of lore
- good voice acting
- just enough sidequests to not detract from the story
- skills received a noticeable, but not overpowering bump when leveling them up

Few things that could have been better:

- wish voice acting was same as the movie, but still good
- inventory management was sort of a mess. No good comparison mode when looking at vendor to inventory, too much junk loot and not enough loot you'd want to wear even towards the end
- AI for your companions is not very good, but I imagine a ton of fun to play co-op
- save points are a little strange. i.e. beat the boss, go back to town, interact with a vendor and see save icon after, quit game > log back in and I have to fight the boss again? Strange. I could see this being an issue on the harder difficulties that might take a few times to beat.
- respec should be much cheaper imo - probably figure you'll do it in heroic and legendary
- companions on solo play - I was fortunate enough to read up on this before I started giving good loot to them. Apparently it disappears so you should only trade to another play and never the computer.

I do like that you get to pick up where you left off when playing through the next difficulty level. I'll probably come back and give at least heroic a whirl. Legendary sounds brutal.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Thank you for no switchable in-game voice chat
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Posted: October 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Great game! I guess it was too much underrated! Nice playability, fair gameplay, good RPG system, fair iten drop system and GREAT coop on-line!
Posted: October 15
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Swaggiest Swag Swag that ever Swagged. lovez it.
Posted: September 30
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Is magical.
Posted: September 25
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
I can't believe people like this game! It's terrible console port and game was clearly made for casual console gamers. Even game menu is terrible - they had to think really hard, how to make it that bad and unusable.
Graphics on maximum are awful, there are not many resolution settings, and what funny, to enter option you have to first click Settings and then a menu shows... with only 1 option which is "OPTIONS", WTF, really? Same when you try to start the game - "You are attempting to run the game. Do you really want it? 1) Yes, start the game 2) No" (translated from Polish)

Human character looks like actor from a cheap movie, fortunately you can change that.
Dialogues are written very poorly, like game target was 10 yo children.
Controlling game with mouse is irritating and while playing Y axis is less sensitive than X.
There are crates every-♥♥♥♥ing-where, that you can destroy to get loot... It's like collecting BEANS IN HARRY POTTER.
When you run out of HP, your character starts crouching and enemies ignore you, even when you follow them.
There are tons of invisible walls - 1 step of stairs, but approached from wrong way? NO PASSAGE! Some rocks half of your height blocking the path - NO WAY.

I'm a big LOTR fan and it's sad that most LOTR games are pure ♥♥♥♥. I don't know why people accept how ♥♥♥♥ty this game is. They give it a big + just because it's about Middle-Earth? Please don't do this, you are the reason they keep making such ♥♥♥♥ty games.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Good graphics and very fun gameplay. Feels like the old PS LOTR games, but modern.

I don't like how certain achievements work (having to complete the game 3 times + hard to find item sets). The multiplayer has some bugs.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Do I recommend playing this game? Yes.
What's the catch? Of course there's a catch:

STORY: The story in this is interesting, but don't expect some major twist. If you played the Third Age, it's kind of that same setup. Your mission is to support the fellowship by distacting Sauron's forces away from Frodo and gang. You'll meet the likes Aragon and Gandalf, but there's one problem: the voice acting. I'll give Gandalf's voice actor credit, he really tries to sound like Sir Ian, but he just falls short. Aragon's is just awful. It's not to the point where I can't listen to it, but don't be suprised when he sound's nothing like his film counterpart.

GAMEPLAY: The gameplay is what I imagine would happen if you took Dragon Age and Skyrim and paid them to make a baby. You've got the run around and find loot off of enemies and hidden chests like Skyrim (Yes, I know Dragon Age has it but I don't have to go find a Rogue whenever I find a chest in this game). The combat itself feels like a mix of Dragon Age, Skyrim, Arkham, and only the slightest hint of Gears of War. You have your two team mates that do somewhat support you unless you're playing in Coop (That's an entirely different discussion) and in a way it reminds me of Dragon Age, except that I have no control over them. It's like Skyrim in that there is no pause feature; you are constantly in the midst of the battle. It's like Arkham in the sense that you have really neat slow motion finishing moves occasionally (Yes, I know Skyrim has those, too, but I think that Arkham's has more in common with the style this game has). When I saw Gears of War, though, I don't refer to the cover shooting mechanic, I mean more of the coop system. Even in a singleplayer game, when you lose all of your health, you will go into a downed position and can slowly crawl to your teammates like in Gears. The constant, "Get on that turret!" command also seems reminicient of Gears to me, also. Aside from combat, you will be navigating a fairly linear world populated with breakable barrels, secret caches, and tons of Orcs. It's fairly simple in that regard. You progress through the level, break barrels for ammo, loot, and coins, occasionally stop at random places to purchase new gear or sell loot, and then carry on.

GRAPHICS: I would say these Graphics remind me of Dragon Age 2, particularly in the environment. The way it's textured and modeled just reminds me of it. The ground doesn't look like, say, Halo or Crysis where you look at the ground and think how pretty it looks (I know that sounds weird, but seriously look down sometimes.) The ground looks like it kind of all blends together and there is no distinct place where a rock sticks up or grass ends and sand or dirt starts aside from a bland change in texture on a flat face. The characters, on the other hand, are an entirely different story. The characters look really sharp and well rendered. The clothes flow when you run, there aren't random sharp edges on the character, etc.

OVERALL: Overall I'd say this is a neat game. If you like Lord of the Rings or want an RPG that you won't spend 50+ hours running around in like Dragon Age or Skyrim, absolutely invest in this game, but I'd stick to buying it on a sale. This game is by no means remarkable. It isn't going to astound you with its story, blow you away with its soundtrack or voice acting, etc. It's a game that manages to ride right in the middle where you'll enjoy playing through it, maybe play it again with some friends, and then occasionally look at it as you scroll through your Steam library and think how much fun it would be to play Shadow of Mordor which sits right above it.

Posted: September 27
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
This game has soo much potential... its a shame the devs didn't take time to fix all the problems this game have. Most problems I could see trough my fingers but game crashes are ruining it. The last chapter the game is crashing so much, you are unable to get any further.

Posted: September 28
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
good game.
Posted: October 9
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
ian we have to finish this game
Posted: October 21
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Don't get this game. ♥♥♥♥ty cash-in licensed drivel. Tired repetitive combat that I actually fell asleep during, awful pacing, uninteresting characters, uninteresting side quests, uninteresting generic fantasy environments that you haven't seen hundreds of times before. The story is also, utterly forgettable, which is the final nail in this game's coffin. Don't give these people your money or your time. The only saving grace is the passable voice acting, which is only passable because the moments it doesn't suck are pretty good. Unfortunately there are just so many awful moments of sucking.
Posted: October 6
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