Work together or die alone in this epic quest to turn the tides in the War of the Ring.
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Mostly Positive (5,197 reviews) - 78% of the 5,197 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

    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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Liviu222
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
horrible 3/10
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theultimatecan
( 45.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Awesome game, even after 5 years there's a decent amount of replayability. A great buy for LOTR fans as it parallels the adventures of the Fellowship without feeling like a rip off. I was lucky enough to snag it on midweek madness but $20 wouldn't be an unfair price.
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Bart Fitzgerald
( 97.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I found the story good, the fight was really well done, the skills and points are really smart. Most of the features (gore, dmg numbers) can be turned off if you don't want them. I enjoyed it in single, and also in co-op.
Runs ♥♥♥♥ on AMD cards, so be careful, I wasn't able to finish it (still love it).
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Mark Fuckerburg
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
As a fan of LOTR, i would like to keep the review short and sweet.

pros: LOTR

con: everything
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Jams
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Lord of the Rings.

More like generic fantasy hack and slash.

Save your money. Buy a used PS2 and get the Lord of the Rings games on that.
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bönne
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Very funny CO-OP game, to play with your friends :)
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VinAr
( 19.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Fun game! Really enjoyed myself with this game! Too bad there isn't a sequel from this. Tottally reccomend this for every LOTR fan
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The All American Bad Boy
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
boring outdated combat mechanics that resemble an original xbox game. play shadow of mordor instead.
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Yennefer
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
I think it's a pretty enjoyable game, expecially if you play with friends (you might get bored playing alone). It reminds a little of the old LOTR hack n slash for ps2, which i loved as a child, of course it hasn't the best storyline but it's funny.
The only bad thing is that the gameplay is short (i finished the story in about 14h), i would have enjoyed more levels
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
I just finished War in the North and thought this was a seriously underrated action RPG. Really enjoyed it. The progression is linear so if you are looking for a Open World Sandbox go find it somewhere else but don't let that dissuade you from giving this a shot. I played this Single Player so cannot speak to the Multplayer game here but had fun playing it alone.

It started off a little slow but I thought the story was believable and the voice acting were good and it was the right amount of tough (on Normal Mode). Whenever I thought I was starting to breeze through Orcs, I got hit with a boss or some Trolls that made me have to actually think about how I was going to progress.

The only downsides were that the camera angles got a bit jumbled in big fights (Dodge Dodge Dogde!!!), bows were ehh (even as a Ranger), it was kind of short (I beat in in 18 hours and I'm OLD), and don't plan on respeccing because it costs a LOT.

I picked this up cheap and got more than my moneys worth. Hope this review is helpful.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Review of Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Are you a fan of adventure?
Are you a fan of replayability?
Are you a fan of collecting incredible amounts of original loot and gear?
And most of all: Are you a fan of LOTR?

If you answered yes to these questions, this game is absolutely for you. And if you answered no, it's also absolutely for you.

The game was released the same year as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and i think it has been overshadowed by it. Don't get me wrong, Skyrim is by far one of the best games i've ever played, but still. This game offers a whole lot of things Skyrim (and other rpg's) didn't. One of the best things about this game is the combat. You will be slashing your way through a huge collection of different enemies with great pleasure. Decapitating orcs and Uruk-Hai has never felt better!

And while it's an old game the graphics still hold up quite well, and with the ReShade by ScureHD it looks really good.

All in all this game is amazing, but i think the price on Steam makes people unsure on weither or not to get it. A tip: Buy it on ♥♥♥ for £2 (hush hush)
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Very good game, sticks a lot to the books acounct which is amazing in my opinion. I have picked out many references to Tolkien's book and that is just amazing, Cudos to you game developer. The co-op is fantastic and super fun. all in all a very good game and well worth the price.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
1.Story -Actually i loved the story and all i can say is It`s the LOTR world, what do you expect? Once Gandalf said that "the story that deserve to be told", Nuff said tho.

2.Gameplay - It`s not that good, hack n slash combats and some skills, but i liked critical hits and final hits, and boss fights aren't that hard enough for me, but i didn't try it on the legendary mode, that would be difficult.

3.Graphic - This game is from 2011 and i played it in 2016, can't say that much but it's still good looking,

And my rating for this game is "7/10"
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Very funny CO-OP game, to play with your friends :)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Just got through the campaign in nine hours - and that's WITH revisiting some areas to finish a couple of side quests. That being said, that's how much time you're going to spend on a single play-through. If you're going to do a run with all three characters, and on both normal and heroic difficulties, you're looking at 50 to 60 hours of semi-original gameplay. Coop is something I'd like to do sometime. Maybe that'll add another 20 hours.

Have you guys ever played Lord of the Rings: Third Age? This feels like that game if it were shorter and didn't have turn-based combat.

Really quickly, I'm going to give a run-down of what I definitely do and do not like - spoilers ahead.

I liked the world: The devs of this game did an absolutely outstanding job of creating their world, however stunted it may be in certain areas. Rivendell and Nordinbad were good examples due to how outstanding the architecture was, but the best area for me was the Barrow-downs. They NAILED the atmosphere for that area, and looking out at all the outstanding crags and jagged rocks planted in the rolling green hills gave me chills. Inside Gundabad was epic as well, being able to look across the void and see all these different things going on.

I like the weapon system: There are a bunch of weapons in the game: hand-axes, battleaxes, short swords, long swords, hammers, staffs. You can dual-wield one-handed weapons after unlocking a specific perk thing. While I've only played as the Ranger, there was still a great deal that I could toy with. It seems to be about finding your style, but there's also moving between dual-wielding and broadsword wielding in order to balance damage and speed. Also, weapons break down after time and need to be repaired by a forger.

Similarly, I like the equipment system: Giving yourself the best armor while looking for repairs on what's about to break.

I like how weapons and equipments can be imbued with properties: You know, stuff like ice damage, fire damage, shock damage. Boosts to strength, stamina, health, power. Same kind of gimmick from Skyrim, but executed well here. Some equipment/weapons do not have slots - others have multiple. Fun figuring out what to trade off - damage or health?

I like the checkpoints: almost every level will have checkpoints where you can sell your loot, buy very basic things like weak armor and potions, and you can return to the last safe area (Bree, Rivendell, Nordinbad). Good for getting out if you need and dumping inventory.

I'm conflicted on the lore. I like what it tries to do, especially regarding fallen Dunedain cities and Carn Dum and the dwarves, but it comes off as something that these three characters should not be able to rise up against. Aragorn wants you to defeat Sauron's right hand man, like no big deal champ thanks for the help? Oh wow check out these sick dwarves taking out the whole of Mt. Gundabad with this awesome secret weapon? That's literally Deus ex Machina.

I'm conflicted on the combat. It's monotonous, but the perk(???) system makes it a bit interesting. Once again, that's not something I've fully explored, but it breaks the monotony of LMB spam and the RMB coup-de-grace.

The only real hate I have is for a Mannish faction that follows Agandaur. The grunts of this Mannish faction are overpowered. Their swords extend beyond what their model shows, and they attack FAST. They do not get knocked back. Don't expect an easy one-up over these guys. Spam your special attacks and ranged. Or the devs can fix these guys, whatever.

Can't think of anything else that I really do hate. As a Tolkien fan who wanted more but knew this wasn't canon at all, I give this a 7/10 because I got it on sale. Do not get this at full price.

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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
THIS GAME IS UNPLAYABLE WITH AMD GRAPHICS CARD DRIVERS!!! Crashes in Chapter 2+ completely impeding progress! if you're not using an AMD GPU you may be fine? I am not able to test this. Buy at your own risk!

---My actual Review---

This game is fun. I have enjoyed the 6 or so hours I've played of this game tremendously. Running around, looking forevery secret is right up my alley.

Combat is a little strange because there's almost no indication of you taking damage other than your healthbar decreasing sometimes. Other than that one quirk, this is a solid game, and I'd rate it a 4/5.

The driver conflictions with newer AMD drivers than old 2012 drivers, however, make this game completely unplayable. I have crashed once in the boss room in chapter 1 and 5 times in the Barrow-Downs in the beginning of Chapter 2. It's completely unplayable.

If you're using an AMD GPU Don't even bother buying the game. It simply isn't worth the hassle of downgrading and upgrading every time you wanna play the game.

Unfortunately, due to this critical flaw, the game is a 0/5 for me as it's unplayable. Such a shame.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Its fun to play with friend.. if you dont have friends then dont play this alone ( its boring) :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I think it's a pretty enjoyable game, expecially if you play with friends (you might get bored playing alone). It reminds a little of the old LOTR hack n slash for ps2, which i loved as a child, of course it hasn't the best storyline but it's funny.
The only bad thing is that the gameplay is short (i finished the story in about 14h), i would have enjoyed more levels
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Fun game! Really enjoyed myself with this game! Too bad there isn't a sequel from this. Tottally reccomend this for every LOTR fan
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