posted by TheGuitarist (NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH) Nov 22, 2011
Member since Nov 2011
Long story short, It's a great game if you're fans of the Franchise and want to get back into a much higher graphic version of the world. Totally awesome to check out places you haven't in previous games and fight with people online.
Won't take you all that long to finish it unless you spread it out over a week like I did. You can drop in on other peoples game and help them out, but if you open a public match you run the risk of some guy who's a much lower level dropping in on you and slowing you down constantly. Definitely a great rental from Gamefly but Don't buy it unless you're a hardcore LOTR fan.
I'm really enjoyed this game(but i'm a huge LOTR fan) The combat could get on the repetitive side but the Story and the differences between characters made up for repetitiveness. I stuck mostly to the Dwarf Warrior because of his play style but I did manage to play the 3 classes. This is a fun Coop hack and slash, that gives you the feel of the old dungeon crwaler games that were very popular in the days of the ps2 and xbox.(Champions Of Norrath, Dungeons and dragons, Titan quest.) Overall it was an enjoyable play through especially when your playing coop with a friend or 2. The game really needed alot more polish and it would have done well, its a good rent here on Gamefly. Not sure Id wanna keep this one though.
Because they should be tied to a wagon and dragged through town. This was a disappointing rent and I'm glad I did not buy this. Let's start the rant:
Split-screen - The game was advertised as emphasizing three player co-op. This made me think about the ps2 LOTR games where you and your friend controlled characters on the same screen and it was awesome. In War in the North the only way to have three player co-op is to play online. If you were hoping to have your friends over to play the game you are in for a disappointment. The best you can do playing a local game is two player split-screen. Not only is it split-screen, but the screen is split vertically and there is no option to change it. This is a pet peeve of mine because if you don't include an option to change how the screen is split then you just alienated half your audience.
Characters - The main character design was horrid. The dwarf looks like Gimli with black hair. The ranger looks like Aragorn with blonde hair. And the elf just looks like a manly chick. Now I'll move on to character job flaws. You've got a dwarf, a ranger, and a mage. Nobody wants to be a mage. And nobody wants to be a chick. So why would you combine two things that nobody wants to be into one character? And then why would you only make three characters so someone is forced to play the girl mage? At least make a fourth character. I understand only three people can play, but at least give them more choices.
Fighting - The fighting is kind of boring. Sure it looks cool and it's nice and violent, but when you're actually playing it it's a different story. You'll find yourself just pressing light and heavy attack and everytime the character swings their weapon exactly the same. There is no variation. Not even halfway through the first level I found the dwarve's predictable axe swings to be tedious. The ps2 LOTR games had more variation than this.
Bottom line - Only get if you like being alone in your room and playing online.