Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
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Mixed (51 reviews) - 62% of the 51 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Nov 1, 2011

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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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
LotR: War in the North is an action, hack and slash RPG. I must say, i not played many hack and slash RPG in my life as they are mostly console games and not the most popular games on PC. After this game, i might look for more.

You take command of an elf, a dwarf and a human. However you can play only with one at the same time:-) you could play together with your friends or if you do that allready in other coop games and you want just some single player game then its doable so aswell. If thats the case AI take command of the other 2 characters.

This game is from 2011, i believe its pretty good game for that year. Not exceptional, but a good one.

The story take part at the time of the adventure of Frodo and co. Your job is to sabotage the northern army of sauron and assasinate the leader of this army. Your actions are important so they cant pursuit the ring-bearer and so they cant lay siege on northern elven/dwarf/human settlements. The story is linear (well, allmost all games has linear storyline, thats not bad if its good).

Your journey will bring you through many, so far unseen areas and allready known areas of Middle-Earth. You will meet brand new characters and known heroes. The game isnt epicly long but it took me good 20hours until i finished the story (with some afk) so i really suggest to buy the game, you will get a long entertainment for your money and if you see it on sale, well, just grab it, less than a movie ticket price for 20hours:-)

The combat is well designed, offers some variatons and different tactics, there are many points where you can swap between characters.

Game isnt repetitive, there are a huge variation of enemies, you wont face just orcs. The bossfights are different, some are pretty challenging but its not too hard on normal.

I think it is or was more common for this genre, that you cant jump, space is an evade button. The game map is pretty straight forward, you cant wander around, this is not an open world rpg.

I would really recommend the game to anyone who looking for some fantasy hack and slash game and eager to kill some orcs/trolls/spiders.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16


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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a fine game. It has every basic RPG aspect and it's pretty fun in co-op. However, it's just mediocre and don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and it's completely fine to love this game, especially if you're a LOTR fan, but I don't think it's worth the full price. Nowadays you can get it for like 2€.

☼ Fairly good storyline
☼ Co-op
☼ Fun combat system with satisfying finishers
☼ Lots of LOTR trilogy elements
☼ Enough loot and levels (40) to keep the gameplay experience fresh
☼ A fair amount of different enemies
☼ 3 different characters to choose from (dwarf/ranger/elf)
☼ Immersive soundtracks
☼ Runs even on a toaster

☼ Characters lack personality
☼ Multiple glitches
☼ Gameplay is linear and may get repetitive
☼ Lack of skills
☼ Lack of options (e.g. resolutions)
☼ Bad inventory management
☼ Outdated graphics
☼ Voice chat is not mutable in co-op

Overall, 7/10. If I had to sum up this game in one word it would be "average"
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
This game exceeded my expectations. Me and my roommate bought it for 5 euros and it has been a lot of fun so far. We like to play LotR soundtrack while playing it stoned :D Recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Good story well told. Captures LOTR well enough. Field of view was a little limited.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
125.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
“It's a dangerous business going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off ... “

Hearken to me fair folk of Middle-Earth - are you a devouted follower of the writings of the linguistic, literary mastermind and father of modern fantasy, the one, the only - Professor J.R.R Tolkien? Are you ripe for adventure, lore-exploration and feisty combat? If so - then, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is most certainly a game you would enjoy.

As a person who revels in the realm of fantasy and enjoys reading, watching and playing anything related with it, I am of course a loyal acolyte of Tolkien's Legendarium. Therefore, I have played almost all the Middle-Earth related games out there, starting all the way back with The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) all the way to this game. Seldom could I find a game that gazed it's lofty magnitude upon me and capture my thirst and love for Tolkien's world - as War in the North. While some might compare it to the works of legendary games such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (my all time favourite game of all times), I find such thoughts folly, as The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, offers a far different experience: to put it frankly and to the point - 'tis a game for those who truly enjoy the vast amount of Tolkien's books (with references being pulled from works such as The Unfinished Tales, The Silmarillion and The Hobbit).

Yet, even those who aren't particularly die-hard fans of the series, such as a good friend of mine, could still find this game's storyline, it's quests and characters and the combat system itself, interesting. Character customization is limited, yet quite sufficient in my humble view, game combat is entertaining and fun, if a tad repetitive, the locations and plot are top-notch. The three character races you can play being: Dwarf, Elf and Man have their own unique playstyle (the Dwarf is your tanky all-weapons master that can pretty much take on Sauron's forces on his own, the Elf being that vital link healer/mage that can provide your little band of heroes that so needed back-up support, and the Man being a sneaky, archer/ranger who can also duo-wield and perform sneak attacks. Additionally, I found it equally rewarding to play the game in single player and in multiplayer with one or two friends, for a true 'Fellowship' feel! And while, indeed the game has aged somewhat in terms of graphics - I believe it still remains an amazing testament to the power of Middle-Earth.

In short - I full heartedly recommend The Lord of the Rings: War in the North to anyone who wishes to further deepen his understanding of Middle-Earth and explore the largely untouched story of Sauron's attempted conquest of the North. PS: The soundtrack is so beautiful!

''May the wind under your wings bear you where the Sun sails and the Moon walks!''
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
This game was cancer , I played with a friend and I always raged and got triggered .

Dont play alone this game or u will die of cancer

If u a person who has nerves of steel go a head it has decent story about what happened in the north then frodo went to destroy the ring
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
I really wanted to like this game. I was beyond excited to see a co-op LOTR game, and I snatched it up for friends and family. I started playing and enjoyed the story and loved the characters. I was even willing to overlook the black hole that your companions cary (NEVER give your companions anything, you must equip manually or risk loosing it forever). I was eager to join in on campaigns with my BF, and just let the game absorb my soul.

So what went wrong...well the inability to play after a certain point. For some reason a few chapters in, the game just freezes and crashes. I have tried everything I could find in the forums, I did everything I could think of. Months went by with me loosing faith in a game I was enjoying. Now the only fix I have is to uninstall the game and resentfully look at it in my LIbrary. I also feel a bit guilty for buying such a glitched game for everyone.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
I recommend this game if you run an Nvidia card. It was never designed with AMD cards in mind and it shows. Frequent CTDs and driver crashes, even after turning all the effects and detail off. Game may not work if you run Windows 10 without verifying cache and re-downloading the runtime stuff again.

The good

Faithful to the Lord of the Rings lore
Detailed models and animations
Sense of achievement killing bosses
Boss fights are challenging
Background graphics are pretty good
Good music
Can be great fun at times

The bad
Ported console game - poor PC optimisation
Has major issues with Windows 10
Frequent crashes with AMD cards - Nvidia only title
Console-itis no quicksave
Some of the dialogue is straight out of drama school
Game is largely on rails, can't go anywhere freely
Combat can get old
Challenging fights may throw off some people
No role-playing to be had, game is 90% hack and slash
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Damn it. This is an exercise in frustration - [bold]crashing is strong in this one[/bold].
Already at the second chapter progressing is painfull because of that...

Even worse off that the game itself looks and plays not as bad as it crashes. While it certainly lacks polish in some moments like inventory management and NPC interaction, you would want to at least play it through once(I know I want).

You may get lucky and miss all the crashing business with this title, but chances are pretty thin, so even on sale this is a questionable purchase.
(Can only imagine the frustration from the multiplayer when one of the players gets the crash-out...)
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2.8 hrs
Posted: October 23
I got it really cheap because I was bored. It's good for what it is, but you have to be patient because it is an older game. Decent storyline but clunky gameplay and bad AI. Nothing A-Typical. This is really just a slightly cheaper less fun alternative to Shadows of Mordor, but Im not unhappy I bought it. Just keep your expectations realistc.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: October 23
good game
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44.6 hrs
Posted: October 23
Fun co-op game.

+ LOTR setting and pretty good graphics for it's time.
+ Fitting soundtrack
+ Character customization and upgrade/skill tree system
+ Enjoyable combat
+ Good story
+ Up to 3 player co-op

- Has some small bugs and rarely crashes
- Slightly repetitive and later on your characters still look the same
- Rare items should be a bit less rare.

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18.9 hrs
Posted: October 13
Wonderful Co-Op game! Skills synergize with other classes well. The skills are quite simple, yet allow you a bit of customization. Gear progression is pleasant, yet doesn't require a lot of time invested in it.
Negatives - Crashes... sadly.. it crashes a lot on some systems.
- Voice chat is a pain and requires some workarounds ..
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