Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
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Mixed (88 reviews) - 68% of the 88 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

    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
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Mixed (88 reviews)
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Baris
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Coop saves always corrupt
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Uzgul
( 35.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
I'll try to keep this short.
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Fun, gameplay, graphics, story. But only once.
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Multiplayer, inventory, levelling, AI (see below), repetitive gameplay and story.

I've played through twice, getting boring, on 3rd playthrough, no-can-do. Why? the NPC AI is abominable.
Given that you need three chars to beat the game (especially in "hold this map" mode), in higher levels its just impossible because the AI is so inefficient.

So, overall, it kills immersion, kills fun, kills gameplay.

I'm not asking for a refund, but I'm not recommending either.
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Veskern
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Well, in Coop it has some value, mainly "So bad it's actually good" one. But when you play it alone, you instantly see how much of a cop out this game really is - with its stiff animation, horrible voice acting and a story which leads bloody nowhere, trying to be "relevant" and "important" so hard it looks just laughable.

Have a friend, buy some beers and play together, having a major laugh every time an NPC opens his/hers poorly animated mouth. Otherwise - don't even bother.
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sweredom
( 19.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Amazing game for anyone that is fan of Lord Of The Rings franchise. It is indeed a bit overpriced for an older game, but i got it on sale for like 4euros, and it was totaly worth it. Besides few crashes to desktop the game runs fluid and looks really nice considering it is few years old. It has good replayability and its fun playing both solo or friends. I am playing it using xbox 360 PC controller, laid back in my bed and enjoying it.
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Ayu The Pear
( 34.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
The game is very simple.


+ Level system with skilltree

+ Inventory system/get new gear

+ Best enjoyed co-op/perfect co-op system

+ Clothes and hair gets wet in rain, white in snow, dirty when rolling (details are always great)

+ Enemies gets harder and bigger by time (trolls, bigger orcs)

+ Around 16 hours of gameplay (including side quests) (and if not rushed at all)

+ You CAN change appereance a little bit

+ Awesome looking armor + sets

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-+ One does not care about the story (so what)

-+ You need to complete normal to unlock higher difficulties (makes some want to replay it again on higher difficulty, so plus minus)

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- Some weird crashes on some computers for some reason, which can't seem to be fixed (can't open game/random crashes) (never happend to me or anyone I know, who bought the game recently) - If you have Nvidia this shouldn't happen of what I've heard.

- Game didn't have 12 more hours of gameplay :C

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I would love to see a remade version of this!
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phosTR
( 26.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This game is fun and if you are a fan of LoTR you will probably enjoy it a lot.

But the game has some annoying cons:

- Hitboxes are like in DaS 2 when you have low ADP, you know what i mean? The hitboxes are kinda big for your character and the enemies and this can be good and bad at times.

- Movement and combat is kinda clunky/rigid, it is a bit annoying at times.

- Invisible walls are everywhere.

- The AI of your companions can be kinda stupid, if you fall, instead of them going to your help they will try to kill any enemy first then go to your aid and this can be a pain in the ♥♥♥ sometimes.


Aside from that, this game is fun and the story is good.
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Kyraxus
( 55.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This was the first Steam game I ever got, and it is still one of my favorite games. The imbuing of the armors and weapons is probably my favorite gameplay aspect of the game. The graphics are still good, and I enjoyed the story (big Tolkien fan). I would suggest this if you like Tolkien's works or if you just want a quick distraction game.
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Penguin (づ。◕ ⌣ ◕。)づ *:・゚❤
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Only game that I actually spent 1/4 of the play time trying to fix crashes and bugs, AND did not give up. Game too good to let a few crashes and disconnects ruin it! :)
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Vladvarg
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
A nice RPG FPS and very very respectful about the lore of Tolkien.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Lord of the Rings: War in the North surprised me. I bought it expecting that it wouldn't be very good, as movie adaptations often suffer from a multitude of issues. This one, though it does have some issues, manages to avoid the worst of them.

It does so by not making the main story or characters have anything to do with the content of the movies, instead focusing on some other folks doing a different quest during the same time span. You get to cross paths with the heroes of the main story, but your story does not really impact the main events of the movies. Some have criticized the game for this, but if you look at it as just another adventure in the lands of MIddle Earth, it's fine.

War in the North takes you through a series of events unfolding, unsurprisingly, in the north part of Tolkien's maps. The villain is a bit contrived, but the rest of the journey is filled with the same kind of delicious aesthetic that the movies used to bring Middle Earth to life. I don't remember everything in the appendices of the novels, so I don't know how much of this stuff they just made up for the game, but it's all believably Tolkienesque enough that you won't think about it much unless you're a Tolkien scholar. In short, they nailed the flavour perfectly.

The gameplay is solid third-person action-RPG fare. Controls and movements are fluid, there are skill trees, and item upgrades galore. Each of the three characters plays differently enough, while still allowing the player to customize the skills and abilities toward their preferences. All characters are capable at both melee and ranged combat, all have damage-boosting abilities, and all have support abilities, so you get to decide what you want to be good at.

There are a couple issues I found with the game, namely the crafting system feels tacked-on and falls short of its potential. Inventory space is limited as well, so you run out of room for all the crafting materials. The two issues are certainly related. Part of that stems from the fact that you occasionally get gems that you can socket in your items, but using them means that you must either destroy them or the item you put them in, which disincentivizes their use. Further, they're rare to find, and have randomly generated stats, like all the rest of the gear. Which is another sore spot.

Gear. The game tries to do the fun loot hunt minigame, but falls short. The items generate very random stats. It incentivizes collecting "set" items that unlock powerful additional bonuses, but there are so many of them and not enough drops happening to make that worthwhile. I found that I was better off just using the best individual pieces of gear, regardless of set.

Sidequests are all pretty bland, fetch-quest type stuff, and kind of feel like filler, or an excuse to involve a given character in the story. Not a high-point, but could be worse.

Each area has enough secrets in it to keep you going back for more if exploration is your thing, and you will have to go through with each of the 3 characters (or play multiplayer coop) in order to find them all. That's not a bad thing necessarily, as I found the world was a joy to explore for the mostpart, and each of the characters was fun to use and level up.

It's priced appropriately, is on for 75% off pretty regularly, and actually a good deal at that price.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
A nice RPG FPS and very very respectful about the lore of Tolkien.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Only game that I actually spent 1/4 of the play time trying to fix crashes and bugs, AND did not give up. Game too good to let a few crashes and disconnects ruin it! :)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This'd be a really good game to play with friends if not for the intolerable rate of crashings and disconnections. I've also encountered various glitches during the playthrough. Its unstability quickly and easily overshadowed all the fun.

Beware if you plan to play it on win 10.


多人模式频繁掉线/失连,游戏中途多次卡死/闪退,鼠标指针丢失,读档进度改变,黑屏。
排除以上多人模式还算不错。
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I'll try to keep this short.
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Fun, gameplay, graphics, story. But only once.
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Multiplayer, inventory, levelling, AI (see below), repetitive gameplay and story.

I've played through twice, getting boring, on 3rd playthrough, no-can-do. Why? the NPC AI is abominable.
Given that you need three chars to beat the game (especially in "hold this map" mode), in higher levels its just impossible because the AI is so inefficient.

So, overall, it kills immersion, kills fun, kills gameplay.

I'm not asking for a refund, but I'm not recommending either.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Really fun hack and slash game pretty basic mechanics but fun anyways. that being said really bad networking. even on LAN. I'd recommend it but you might have to deal with those issues
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
I do not usually play this kind of game but I have found a lot of pleasure doing so.
It is really entertaining slaughtering some orks, trolls and them lots. Collecting loot to find new gear is
addicting and I like the variate of the enemies.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I enjoyed playing this game in co-op, it's a good little game. It's not a massive time sink.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
391 of 421 people (93%) found this review helpful
77 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2015
If I could sum up this game in one word, that word would be "fine"

The game does everything just fine, but you can find other games that do everything better. The RPG elements are fine, but other games are better. The Fighting is fine, but you can find better elsewhere, The graphics are fine, but... you see what I mean?

Nothing wrong with the game, actually it's.... well, fine... just nothing spectacular
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291 of 317 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
You get to progress through the story playing one of three characters (dwarf, human, or elf) while being able to swap characters at any point in the story. The two other characters that you did not choose become AI and help you on your journey. You get to explore Rivendell, Brill, and many more and talk to some of the Fellowship, but your journey is not with them, instead you head north towards the Grey Mountains to fight this game's antagonist, Agandaur.

The game is fairly short, but there is a lot of replay value. You can play through the story as another character and find secrets that you couldn't with any of the other characters. Once you beat a difficulty, you unlock the next one and you can continue to level and gather further upgrades.

The scenery is very beautiful but the levels are as linear as ever. Nothing is destructable with the exception of barrels and boxes and a few certain locations where you have to blow through a door.

The gameplay is decent. It's a basic hack and slash with various ranged attacks depending on the character. As you level up, you can put skills into your talent tree and unlock a few more skills on your action bar. The cooldowns are lengthy enough to keep you hacking and slashing until you get to unleash your abilities again.

I would recommend this game for anyone who enjoys the lore or Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I learned a few things I never knew and there are a couple easter eggs.

I got this game for $1 dollar during the bundle and I would NOT recommend you buy this at $19.99. There are a TON of bugs. There is a brightness bug during some of the levels. Side Quests sometimes disapear. Your saves can get deleted.

Some game mechanism are poor as well. The hit box on all the characters are huge. You can shoot an arrow to the left of them and they still get hit. When you want to squeeze past your friend, you get stuck by invisible barriers. The barriers are everywhere as well.

WORST OF ALL...the game is abandoned. The ownership of the game was sold and then the game was abandon. No more patches and no more support.

Wait for a sale and see if you can get this cheap.
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