Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
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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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Barrfind V.
4.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
War in the North is an action RPG game with a strong focus on co-op. As three warriors placed in a new story set concurrently against the events in the LOTR trilogy. War in the North adds in a brand new plot. All of the familiar trappings like shops and loot to blacksmiths that repair weakened or busted weaponry. As well as some combo based sword (and axe) play.
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ytlas
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
no hook. tried and dropped
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Sheriff Pig
37.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Good game though wish the game was longer
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Shade Therealwolf
16.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Twas good. Sadly short, but well made. The graphics are especially notable. The gameplay is easy to pick up on, and some of the interactions kinda tug at your heart.
There is a replay value, but I don't think its too much for me. At least not right now.
The only complaint I have is that it's too short. I'd give it 8/10
Oh, it should be noted that I bought this when it was $5.99
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Garthorium
11.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
I'd like to start off by saying that I purchased this game whilst it was on sale. 75% off, a bargain I thought, and with the mostly positive reviews and generally widespread praise, why not? I am writing today to tell you that, as much as I may have 'enjoyed' this game, I cannot recommend it, and I will not. Let me explain to you why, in the best, most detailed way I can. I will bring up an aspect of the game, and elaborate on my thoughts and experiences regarding it. I hope to encourage potential buys to have a more in depth look into the general feedback the game has received, not just on Steam, but other websites such as Metacritc, IGN etc. I aim to be as spoiler free as I can, should you decide to purchase regardless.

Let's begin.

GRAPHICS:

Graphics are easily one of the most important parts of a video game. As video games are a visual entertainment medium, they heavily interact with your visual stimuli. The visuals of this game, resemble that of an outdated era. This game honestly looks like it's from the early 2000's, and would run on the original Xbox or PS2 consoles.

Textures on the main character models are somewhat nice (as they usually are) and the same can be said for very few select areas, such as Rivendell and Nordinbad. The remainder are rather washed out, muddy looking excrement pits. This is painfully obvious in the very area in which you start, Bree. It certainly doesn't help when the visual settings apparently don't function at all. Overall, very lacking in the graphical department, a bit of a disappointment considering the game released the same day as Uncharted 3, and 10 days prior to Skyrim.

MUSIC

Music is a rather under appreciated aspect of video games. It's the music which can stir emotions and fuel adrenaline. From calming orchestral pieces, to epic bombastic rapping of drums, from soothing synthesisers to eerie violin plucks. The soundtrack is half of the ambience. I was astonished at how forgetful the soundtrack for this game was, especially considering it was composed by one such as Inon Zur! (Responsible for the late Fallout games, Dragonage Origins, Company of Heroes, and much more!) The only really memorable piece is the main menu theme, in other words, the theme of Rivendell. I've never liked the term 'generic' when labeling music in video games, but damn, that's the only word that comes to my mind. A very big let down, expect nothing spectacular here.

TECHNICAL - ANIMATIONS ETC.

Not only does the game look old, but it feels old too. Animations and controls are clunky. Buttons sometimes don't work when pressed, and menu navigation can be tedious. Barely any character expresses any form of emotion, rather, they resembles zombies, or mannequins. The voice acting isn't too bad mind you, but overall the game just feels like a mess, like you're learning to use a controller for the first time. I'm not entirely sure of the Snowblind Egnine's capabilities, but I assure you, it is far from impressive. The game is also littered with bugs, for example, playing cooperatively, I could not revive anyone as the Dwarf, and was forced to put points into the skill that allowed me to via my War Cry, this ultimately became somewhat game breaking. The game also forces its own voice chat system, which resonates an obnoxious echo if you are communicating through the likes of Skype, or Discord. To fix this, one must minimise their game, whilst in the multiplayer lobby, disable their microphone, and re-enable it. A simple option to turn it off would suffice.

CHARACTERS - PLOT

Another downside to this game is the characters, both playable, and not. None are even remotely memorable, and hardly inspiring. You establish little to no connection to any NPC and the more you play, the more you realise the game fails to create any kind of bond with these characters. Dialogue is drawn out and becomes more of a nuisance than a benefit.

The story otherwise, doesn't try to break any serious barriers. It coincides with the plot of the Fellowship films, and tries to convince you that you were part of the reason they succeeded. At the very least, some new locations like the Ettenmoors and Carn Dum were introduced, but the game being entirely linear, does these places a disservice. You know when a game has failed to sell itself to you when you literally sprint through the levels.

"But Garth, what about the gameplay!"
"Gameplay matters more than graphics!"

Unfortunately, gameplay doesn't equate to much when the game poorly performs in every other aspect. One cannot deny that visuals and sound design are equally, if not slightly less, as important as the controls and gameplay.

This game focuses on an exp system in which levelling provides you with some skill points, and some stat points. It also randomises loot in containers and the surrounding world, and encourages you to search every nook and cranny to find items that may not even be useable by your class. Yes, I haven't much of an issue with this aspect, but the grind for better loot is ever so tedious, in such a small linear game. One positive factor to this is that items are randomised in containers from play to player, not everyone has access to the same loot, which encourages trading, which is done through a poorly designed menu. Storage for the junk items, which are the most common, is lacking, as you find that you will never completely fill the space given for weapons and armour.

This loot however, does visually change your character, and some of these armours and articles of clothing do indeed look nice and have an intricate design, but customisation is extremely limited.

There are side quests in this game, but most are simply fetch quests, and some are even subject to unseen parameters, such as a time limit. Which brings me to NPC interaction. You are given an extremely predictable dialogue system, where choosing the top most option always results in the best outcome. A somewhat complicated design for a simple minded game. The fact that there's no sense of morality in the game emphasises the the notion that such a system need not be present for this game, but props to the devs for trying, I guess...

Combat is rather, enjoyable. Mostly because most, if not all other LoTR video games feature very little violence, and this game compensates for that fact. Satisfying blocking mechanic, good button mashing. Overall, enjoyable, but it does become repetitive as the game drones on, and enemies begin to become damage sponges, soaking up even the mightiest of blows. Ranged weapons, are particularly overpowered, with the Dwarf's crossbow capable of dealing insane amounts of damage with a single bolt, never mind the classic shotgun shell sound as you reload it.

Movement is on the downside too. I found that my character barely if ever maintained a constant jogging pace, as the game seemingly could not register that I was holding down the W key.

Overall, a very clunky kind of game, with decent combat mechanics. But is this enough to sway you? I would hope not.

OVERALL

With all that I have said in mind, does this still sound like the game for you? Even at a heavy discount of 75%, I can't help but feel robbed of my time. An entirely lackluster, anticlimactic game, with extremely underwhelming technology, controls, and a heavily uninspired soundtrack. The ending felt rushed, and disappointing.

Being 100% honest, I cannot recommend this game at all. And I advise people to actually not purchase. Save your money for when a more promising LoTR game is released. There is no replay value in a game as tedious as this. As soon as you load the game up, you will as soon come to realise what a forgettable experience it is, and here we find that the term 'forgettable', is the sweetest thing you can say about this game.
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Hotshot
11.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game is barely playable on AMD cards. I had to switch to my integrated graphics in order to finish the game! The game also automatically turns on VOIP for your default recording device that you can't turn off. I had to install a dummy microphone driver in order to turn it off. The game crashed no less than 20 times before we were able to beat it.

The UI is designed for consoles and just feels awkward on the PC. The gameplay itself is nothing special. Linear maps with ok combat.
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a random man
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game ♥♥♥♥ing sucks. The voice chat destroyed my desire to ever play a game again.

I'm devastated.


SAD

SAD

Fearsome. Angry.


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Razonix
19.9 hrs
Posted: September 22
To tell you the truth, I didn't really know about this game until this friend of mine told me that it was a nice coop title to play online. Well, not only that, but also that it had a major possibility of not working properly according to a review that he watched before (yep, kinda like having a "save game" break of synchrony, for example). Anyway, since we already had the game, we finally decided to give it a go (already expecting for something bad to happen). Well, we surely had to deal with some glitches throughout the way. Some of them were because of the game itself, while others were because of my friend's PC config. Either way, somehow we've managed to play it until the end and finish it. Overall, it was a really cool experience. One of the most surprising aspects about it in my opinion was the in-game microphone, which literally emulates this "echo effect" when you're inside of a cave, for example. As for the general aspects, the graphics, music and sound effects are ok. There're three different characters to choose from and you can even get to customize them (I've made my ranger look like He-Man's Man-At-Arms just for shizzles and giggles). The controls are ok too, you can get to play well on the keyboard / mouse and on a joypad as well. Since it's a coop game, there's definitely some replay value on it, just be careful with some weird glitches that you might bump into during your run (kinda like having an invincible boss to deal with, that wasn't cool at all).
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osama shukri
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 22
extreamly buggy, and crashes alot
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
The combat and a lot of aspects of this game make it a fun and really enjoyable experience. It's a pretty straight forward game. Fun skills, Different heroes have varying playstyles.

Unfortunately, even with the communities extensive efforts and file fixes, this game still crashes me into blue screens at certain points making it unplayable for me. The Barrow-downs is the first place when general bluescreens begin and later on chapter 8, The Sewers crash to BDOS. In a "good" run the game just closes. One of the fixes is to change a bunch of general video options to minimum and use iron sights on a character and stare at the ground in order to get past the sewers.

This is not "a fix" just a way to dredge through an area.

As of making this review, I have 36.9 hours in the game and have enjoyed everything not involving the blue screen errors and general crashes. So, this is a regretful "not reccommended".

I have restarted the game 2 times in order to enjoy most of it as much as I could again. I do feel like I've got my enjoyment from the game unfortunately, I simply cannot finish it at all. The crashes are too prevelant by the end of the game and I simply can't find a fix that works for me.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
I must say I got this game for £4.99 on the steam sale and I was not expecting it to be very good! I was proven wrong it's highly addictive once you get going, I never get tired of killing orcs and trolls and it's even better when you slice off their heads arms or legs and it splatters black orc blood all over your armour! better still is the slowed down action as you deal the killing blow to an enemy reminding me very much of the film 300. The village of Bree looks great as does all the places you visit. I would of preferred the actual actors voices from LOTR but you soon forget about that as the game itself is well thought out and is interwoven with the quest of the "one ring", even though it is a quest which is entirely seperate from that. I hope they make another game set in middle earth because I really like it as would any LOTR fan I rate this game at 9/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
This game is not going to break new ground in innovation but what it does do is deliver a good solid game that has well thought out online play, a good three player co-op mode.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
11 hours of coop playing. No other bugs but few spiders. If you wish to do something for your party dont pick dwarf.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Spent hours upon hours of my life playing this outside of Steam when I was younger.

I beat the game several times on each difficulty, and then started all over again.

Awesome game with a very complementing atmosphere, crisp visuals, three great protagonists, and gruesome combat.

Unfortunately, LOTR: WITN is rather linear and only has an illusion of being 'open world'.

Still I HIGHLY recommend it, and for the sales price of $4.99, it's definitely worth it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
So far, only two hours in, but I wanted to throw this up while it's still on sale.

If you've got a buddy that you want to play this with, and you're both able to drop the $5 while it's on sale, DO IT. I think playing solo isn't terribly fun, but playing with a friend is awesome. The game itself is pretty average, but we're having a blast having it as a cooperative game. It feels a lot like a throwback to some of the PS2 LOTR games that you could play coop.

You can see this game is 5 years old, but for the price of $5 on sale, it's not bad at all. I may not drop the current regular price of $20 on it, but for the sale price, awesome buy.

Tldr: Buy with a buddy, solo will probably be too boring.

Update: We're at 7 hours in, and I'm finding out we're not even half way through (which is awesome for a game like this). The game is still a blast to play with a friend, and even though it's a little repetitive, we're still having a ton of fun.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
70.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Definitely a worthwhile play. If you're an RPGer that likes a little co-op play then this is perfect. THe storyline keeps you wanting to know more while the combat and gear machanics are interesting enough to warrant a little exploration. A little short for my tastes, but I'm also an old fashioned RPGer so I typically expect 70+ hours out of my games. I'd say you can finish this entire storyline in about 5 hours.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
This game is surprisingly fun, even for someone who is not into the LOTR franchise like me.

This game is designed for 3 players, but can easily be played with 2 players aswell. If you are 2 players, I recommend nobody picking the dwarf, since he is too overpowered and you will just be brainlessly stomping through the game with him.

However, the game has a few technical flaws. For example, the built-in voice chat is not mutable, and when restarting the game some of your preferences get lost (like the game's audio settings or the arrangement of the items in your inventory). I've seen quite a few other reviews mention alot of crashes and bluescreens, I never experienced such an occurence though.

If you can live with a few technical downsides like these, you can have a few great hours with this game. As reference, it took me about 25 hours to complete the game 3 times (once on each difficulty).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Fun Game Just Hate How There Is So Many Loading Sections In This Game
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
A great game to play with your friends.
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