posted by DeadHead468 (WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ) May 27, 2013
Member since May 2013
So Lord of the Rings: War in the North was probably the BEST lord of the rings game I've ever played. I just got the game from gamefly last year, and I had a fun time playing it. Then 2 months after I got it from gamefly, I found it for $20 at Kmart and I was like hey I play this game from gamefly. So I bought it and I enjoyed it even more. In addition, this game is really fun to play with friends. My friend and I were playing this game the other day and it was REALLY fun. Him having no clue what to do and me guiding him through it. It's an RPG based game which I don't really play that often. Then after I played this game with my friend and my dad which I forgot to mention earlier, I really got used to the RPG elements of this game. And before I go, a little smallnote, before you think about playing this game, I would suggest you watch the Lord of the Rings movies, and if you want read the Hobbit novel. They make a BUNCH of references to each of them throughout the game. Luckily I saw the movies and read the book before I started playing the game. So my opinion, 8 out of 10, it's worth a rental.
posted by Precastfir197 (KINGSPORT, TN) May 23, 2013
Member since May 2013
good game a little hard at the start because it takes like 25 hits to kill one guy but after you start leveling up it gets a lot more easy to kill them like 3 4 at the most 10 hits so yeah id give it a 10.
posted by Grinning_Joker (LEXINGTON, KY) May 11, 2013
Member since Jul 2012
I am a huge fan of the work of Tolkien. As such, I was rather excited to have opportunity to see a new story set on Middle Earth. Sadly, this story doesn't feel as epic as the writing of Tolkien. If it wasn't constantly bashed into my face that I was playing a LotR game with references to how Aragorn or "the Hobbits" were doing I would have completely forgotten that I was in Middle Earth. The characters are bland. Honestly, plain flavored yogurt bland. With no backstory provided there is no reason to really care about the protagonists.
How is the gameplay though? Is it fun and filled with the epicness of the Lord of the Rings series? Well, it is more graphic than some might be used to. Limbs and appendages are severed regularly and blood flows rather freely. Unfortunately, the game gets stale pretty quick. Players are railroaded along paths where the path forward and back is blocked and tons of enemies appear. Defeat the enemies and then move forward until the next combat area. After a while it gets old.
Combat can be frustrating as the enemies gang up on the player and the AI partners have trouble assisting. More than anything, the combat just feels cheap because there is no strategy. Enemies take too much damage before going down so it wasn't uncommon for me to simply hammer the attack button in hopes of whittling them down more quickly.
All in all, it's a neat concept and it has a somewhat interesting, although less intense story, but it just fails on many fronts. Combat is boring, repetitive, and cheap, the new characters are two-dimensional, and the RPG elements are too condensed. It's worth a rental, although I doubt all but the most intense LotR fans will find lasting appeal with this game.