Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
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Mixed (54 reviews) - 64% of the 54 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.3 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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
23.3 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
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
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
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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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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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
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.

EDIT: Since posted, this review, I discovered the mostly clunky movement, mostly, was the fault of my keyboard, and has been returned.

Let's begin.


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 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.


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.


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.


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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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Crashes all the time and has very few screen resolution options, none of which match my screen. Don't even buy it on sale.

0/10 would not revive the dwarf again.
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20.2 hrs
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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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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Collinex |
14.4 hrs
Posted: October 13
I would like some assisstance for a glitch. the brightness setting flicker and change to look like they are on max settings. I will post a video on my youtube channel so you can see for yourself. comment suggestions so this can be fixed. pls help

comment sugestions

other than that this game is good but I would sugest a desent computer to run this.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 8
Go elsewhere for your brawler/LOTR fix!

I'm sure it's fun with a party, but with all the bla-bla-bla story, countless cutscenes just to get to the actual fighting, and not much meat to the combat (2 regular melee, 1 finisher, and a ranged option) just makes this game feel like it got bogged down in systems and not really testedfor fun early on. I'm sure the late game's more fun without worrying about energy or ammo and having lots of skills. But I'll never get there because it's not worth it.
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Mamma Edgar.
12.5 hrs
Posted: October 5
This game is great to play with friends. as I was playing it I imagined that it might not be too fun to play by yourself, but seriously, if you have two friends. play this with them. you will enjoy it.
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