This game was a lot better than I expected. The missions coincide with Frodo's journey with the ring. The dialog is good and you get to make decisions, but I don't think the decisions really have much of an impact on the actual story progress. Just when I had a great weapon and a load of coins to spend, the game was over. When it ends, you can continue, but you start all over again at your current level and more difficulty.
Not Middle-Earths best migration into a game. Visuals and the setting are stunning. But that seems to be the only strong point in the game. Combat and gameplay is severally repetitive. Story is not very strong in it's own point. The voice acting was not very convincing and there never was any real emotion or attachment I felt to the characters. Lord of the Rings has had several good games in the past, but this is not one of them. I give this game a 2.
posted by gamewiner4 (DRAKES BRANCH, VA) Dec 29, 2011
Member since Feb 2008
War in the North brings us back to the good old days of playing Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance for the PlayStation 2. The team based strategy of different classes and skill oriented characters and the skill leveling capabilities gives old and new team based RPG players a good feel for the genre. You can play as three different classes of heroes on four different difficulties. Each character has a max level of 40 which allows all three different classes to reach their fullest potential. One flaw of the game is the jump in and jump out co-op mode. If you have a hero to level 20 and your friend jumps in with you he will start at 1 and will ultimately die instantly. It is better to start the story from the beginning when having a new player join the game. Overall this game is well made, easy to use, gives you a good feel for team based RPG and above all very fun and addictive.