Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (4,787 reviews) - 78% of the 4,787 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

    • 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
87 of 98 people (89%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2015
LotR: War in the North. A worth side-story? Mh. Let's see.

In "LotR: War in the North" you will play as a dwarf, a ranger or an elf. The events play parallel to the main story of LotR, so you will see some known faces. The story is simple: Sauron wants to rule "middle-earth" (as far as we know from the movies/books). One of his leaders Agandúar (?) is stationed in north of "middle-earth" (no sh*t) and you have to stop him. So you play behind the scenes. Yeah, nothing big, but it's ok and exciting.
NOTE: The desciption says, that "War in the North" is an Open World game - that is not 100% true. You run from map/location to the next and you are able to visit this place again (although does not make any sense).

To the facts!

++ for fans: a must have
++ familiar soundtrack
++ known spots, enemys and characters
+ some "untelled" background knowledge
+ easy controls (hack & slash style)
+ good atmosphere and nice sound effects
+ nice special-moves
+ good animations
+ some sidequests

- you can't save on your own (but it saves every 10-20min)
- the (german) synchro was horrible
- the dialogues sound like from Google Translator
- flat characters
- the endboss was...too damn easy - I died more often from a troll
- little playtime (about 10 hours)
- graphic vulnerabilities (from 2011...)
- the multiplayer is nearly dead
- no choices that affect the story

As you can see, there are 1:1 positive/negative arguments, but I still recommend this game (because my expectations were not too big)!

So! If you want a short-hack&slash-(koop)-LotR game - this is the adress:
Must have for fans - Must look for all the others. I don't regret these 5€ (sale) and it was a nice game in between (three days).

War in the North: 6/10 dead orcs
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is an action RPG. When starting a new game you are able to choose one of three heroes to start your adventure. Each of these heroes have their own unique abilities. However you are able to change the character you play as at any point by leaving the game and coming back to it, this means that you will not always be stuck with one character during a playthrough.

Earning XP works like it does in most other games - (killing Enemies = XP, Completing Quests = XP)
Once you have leveled up you will be provided with a few points to level up your stats such as stamina and will. You will also be provided with an ability point to unlock a special ability.
A wide range of customisation options are also available such as been able to change facial features and the different armor sets you are able to wear. Armor and other items can be acquired through scavenging, killing enemies or by buying items with the in-game currency.
The game has dated graphics but if you are a fan of The Lord Of The Rings you will enjoy it regardless.

-Good story
-Ok amount of customisation options
-Good XP system (Not too grindy)
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
57.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
The writing isn't that great, the graphics are about average for the time and it doesn't seem to respond too well to Radeon graphics cards; but, the gameplay is really fun. Not to mention that you get to talk to some major charactors from LOTR (allbeit only a little, but still cool). I also have a new found respect for Eagles, they are just the best.
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
That game is awesome :D. If you love LOTR like me, this game is for you. You can play with your friends, and spend good time in good game.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
This is a simple, fun co-op game for any gamer, and a great joy for Tolkienites like myself; it is full of quotes and chareacters from the books. The game itself has some bugs and short comings, but overall, it's quite entertaining.
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