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The Lord Of The Rings: War In The North

Rating: 18+ (BBFC)

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  Really disappointing

| | See all Phoenixmendez's reviews (1)

I don't really know where to start with this game. The plot basically orbits scarcely around the main story of the legendary lord of the rings series before soaring into a black abyss of jaw dropping ridiculousness. In many ways the game is effective in allowing the appearance of new and much loved characters from the books that didn't make it to the movie. Although it attempts to remain true at first to the strict Tolkien lore of cause and effect, balance and nature etc etc etc... the game quickly takes a sharp downward spiral by introducing lavish lightning and fireball-esk magical spells (Tolkien known specifically for his low-magic fantasy), regular flights on grand and noble eagles to blowing up mountains, dealing with dragons and surviving unmentionable odds... you start to wonder pretty soon on whether if just one of your team should have swapped with Boromir at the council of Elrond almost none of the tragedies would have befallen the fellowship.

As far as RPG stands, the game is supposed to create the effect that you have control over your actions and if you have played the famed 'Dragon Age' series the dialogue options will seem extremely familiar... however this is not the case and unlike 'Dragon Age' your conversational decisions make little to no change to the overall story, no matter your answers and replies the script eventually works its way to the default answer resulting in your experience feeling very 'steered'. Also notable is the huge lack of attention applied to the combat system, I notice a lot of the younger generation claiming this is the best part of the game, yet your main objective is to basically button mash ONE button and then finally press a second button (when you are told to no less) to perform the same finishing move throughout the three characters that cuts a limb off (even if you have a wooden staff or blunt mace). The same hack, evade and slash activity quickly becomes dull and highly predicable.

The worst and probably most frustrating aspect of the game (Also being that of any game I have ever played) is the revival system, a flaw that has not gone unnoticed in other reviews. To revive your downed companion you must find them amongst the rabble of orcs and goblins and hold a specific button for an amount of time without being interrupted. Sounds easy right? Well... you'll quickly find almost 70% of the enemies in the game perform heavy damage knock back attacks at very regular intervals making this seemingly simple task a none negotiable and more an act of luck. Not only this but in the solo campaign when any member of your party is unfortunate enough to fall (which they will regularly do as even though they are capable of hack and slash, 'evade' is still a skill unmastered for the AI) any enemy in the area goes into a desperate frenzy and gains speed and strength from the seemingly impossible to tirelessly destroy any character attempting a revival. If you haven't thrown your console or pc out of the window by this point... I suggest you swiftly return the game before you do.

It's not all constant death, doom and unloreful gloom. You'll find that between rag dolling around the screen and being reset back to a save point the game automatically made at the most inconvenient time (yes, you hear me correct... no manual saves here) there are plus elements to the game like the graphics, the audio and the self gratifying gore and not to mention the... no, no I think that's it actually.

From one lord of the rings fan to the other... rent it.

  great game

| | See all tenguninja's reviews (2)

i bought this game on the off chance of liking it and i was amazed, this game is a must have for any fan of the films, its story line is excellent and the game play is equally as good ;)

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  lotr war in north

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i thought this game was realy well made and had a great story... fans of lotr will love this game as i did although i did expect there to be more content but is a great game none the less

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  Underrated

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this is a great game, its almost like a movie, may not be free roam but it's better than skyrim.

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  Thoughts on 'The Lord of the Rings: War in the North'....

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This Game is Unreal. I really enjoyed and thoseof you that love lord of the rings this is the game for you good story line, good graphics and fun game play... I recommend it... But I will say might be worth waiting for it to become cheaper.

  Great rpg

| | See all Andyjambo's reviews (11)

Was holding off to buy this when it was cheaper, well very suprised great game, you level up as you go & you upgrade your weapons, like better swords armors boots & stuff , it reminds me of baulders gate dark alliance which i really enjoyed to do not know why they give it bad reviews great change from cod, gow, fifa12. even if you get stuck on a bit like i did you can make it open on xbox live & people can join & help, great fun !

  Great Game!

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This is a great game..Reviews on gaming sites have not been fair at all...I feel this came out at the wrong time with other big games released!
It has a good story and music and graphics are great its well worth the money can be played online 3 player co-op.
I have finshed the game on my own and im going through it again :)

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  lord of the rings

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if ur a fan of the films and other games then this game is for you its pretty long if u dont blitz it! the storyline is ok but the convo's are soo cheesy the rpg side is great loads of weapons armor, etc and chests and places to explore... overall decent game.

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