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Fun, but not as fun as it could have been.
posted by Clasteau (SPRINGFIELD, IL) Nov 5, 2011
Member since Mar 2010
13 out of 14 gamers (93%) found this review helpful
They stay true to the LoTR franchise, and I got the kind of story I wanted. But don't give me dialogue options if it's a railroad like this. Just Gears of War it and let me enjoy that story. False control is none at all, and I'd rather see a good movie than have to click to see it when I don't have a choice of the story.
Good story, good villain, nice challenge level killing me just enough to make me try. BUT they need to give you more arrows. For crying out loud, I am a Ranger who spec'd ranged, and I have to count my ammo? What is this, real life? C'mon and let me be a fountain of death already. When the bad guys die, they should spawn arrows to keep me going the way I want to and not make me stand and dodge while the bad guy is at range and untouchable to ONLY ME and my computer controlled buddies unload their ammo. I was penalized for being ranged, and that's wrong. Some of us like being fire support most of the time and dancing at the edge.
Not much of a map layout for your levels. I can see open areas that I can't get to? Never happens on other games. There's always an actual barrier of foliage, water, something. Much like FFXIII, it's a pretty tube you ride in, but unlike FFXIII, you have few options for your party.
Your own equipping is solid and fun, with options. Dual wield? Yeah, sure. Sword and Board? Have at it! Different bows? Absolutely. Gear set bonuses, shoulder pauldrons, rings? Oh, yeah. Again, the only problem is I only equip myself. In that case, go the Diablo route and solo this puppy, teaser.
I enjoyed this, but not enough to keep me away from upcoming titles like Skyrim and AC:R. This could have been a legend built on a legend. Instead, it's a decent filler while you wait for a real gaming icon, unless you haven't already beaten Arkha
posted by francisbryan86 (YUCAIPA, CA) Mar 1, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
7 out of 8 gamers (88%) found this review helpful
Enjoyable but game breaking buggy
posted by BigEdward (PFLUGERVILLE, TX) Feb 27, 2012
Member since Jul 2008
6 out of 7 gamers (86%) found this review helpful
Play at your own risk.
Excellent - Super Fun - Hours of Play
posted by splitrock (LAKE PLACID, NY) Nov 5, 2011
Member since May 2010
7 out of 11 gamers (64%) found this review helpful
This does justice to the LOTR movies in a big way. I really feel like I am visiting areas I could not in the movies.
The graphics are not the "best" in places but I am starting to feel that isn't everything in games. It is the experience. I love leveling up my character and finding secret locations for each character. Uncharted 3 is okay but it lacks some of these great elements that are so fun in War In The North.
Half done is worse then nothing
posted by ikeredwolf (BLOOMINGTON, IN) Nov 8, 2011
Member since May 2004
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Sad disappointment from another over-hype
posted by OneEyeRed (PALISADES PARK, NJ) Nov 5, 2011
Member since Oct 2007
5 out of 8 gamers (62%) found this review helpful
posted by Jameskoko (SCHAUMBURG, IL) Feb 24, 2012
Member since Feb 2012
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
posted by Gary_V (KENNESAW, GA) Nov 4, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
THIS GAME IS TO HARD TO PLAY!!!!!!!
posted by surrender316 (CAMERON, MO) Nov 26, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
1 out of 9 gamers (11%) found this review helpful
One of my favorite games
posted by seriousgamer64 (GROVE, OK) Dec 9, 2014
Member since Dec 2014
Great game overall!
posted by Defdog (FARMINGTON, ME) Oct 23, 2014
Member since Oct 2014
Not Bad, but not great, either.
posted by WeldingDude (VIRGINIA, MN) Mar 9, 2014
Member since Mar 2014
Slash that orc! Slash that orc! Slash that orc!...
posted by angryarmytony (FAIR OAKS, CA) Sep 23, 2013
Member since Sep 2013
Great game, with a epic saving flaw.....
posted by raymondx (APACHE JUNCTION, AZ) Jul 2, 2013
Member since Mar 2012
For the bad, the auto save system doesnt always save correctly. Did some research this happens on EVERY PLATFORM pc and all.
Some points in the game it will auto save for one person an not the other..(an theres no manual save) So long story short had to log into my secondary name on my ps3 load my friends data and back track about four hours... i want to give this game a higher rating but the save bug is a stupid problem to have an it could easily be fixed with a better saving system.
BUGS Destroy the game
posted by cerebralvision (HAWTHORNE, NJ) Feb 8, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
posted by ccOR57 (TOWNSEND, MT) Nov 5, 2012
Member since Jun 2010
posted by kingjack2 (CALIFORNIA, MD) Aug 27, 2012
Member since Aug 2012
posted by Bouncingsoul39 (GLENDALE, CA) Aug 26, 2012
Member since May 2011
posted by Hazmatology (CORONA, CA) Aug 19, 2012
Member since Aug 2012
Now that that's out of the way here's a pros and cons for ya.
-Combat is somewhat fun for the first hour or so
-Currency in the game is reasonable
-Terrible terrible TERRIBLE voice acting
-Skill tree is awful
-Combat gets very repetitive and boring
-If you're playing solo have fun piggybacking the two AI's around
Overall a disappointment. Thought you'd be glad to see the familiar faces of the movies? Well you would be..if they were a little more recognizable. This game had such potential but it seems like they rushed it.
Perhaps I'm being a bit critical but if I can help at least one person from wasting their time by calling it how I saw it then fine by me. First review after 3 months just to spread caution to whom it may concern..
Worse Game Ever! Glad I didn't buy!
posted by friedbanana (VAN BUREN, AR) Aug 14, 2012
Member since Aug 2012
THIS GAME FAILED ME
posted by darkxavier42 (LOS ANGELES, CA) Jul 27, 2012
Member since Jun 2012
Fun but Glitchy
posted by Kicker10bog (BEECHGROVE, TN) Jul 25, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
Fun, but short and easy
posted by overkilled (MABELVALE, AR) Jul 12, 2012
Member since Apr 2007
True to LOTR
Once you beat the game you can play through again at the lvl you left off at but It makes the game Easy.
Easy trophies- Got 76% out of 100% on my 1st playthrough
All in all LOTRWITN is a Fun and Simple game but as i said it was incredibly easy. I never died once.
Where to begin..
posted by Aeirou (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) Jul 5, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
WitN is not a very hard game, especially when you pick up the tells in fights for when to dodge, block, and hit. The game gets even easier when you move up the difficulty later with your super-powered character. If you like trophies, this game is pretty straight forward and I got the platinum in just over 3 days.
What I found WitN to be is fun. It is a basic Hack n Slash style game, or an arcade styled level game. It also has the potential to be a very social coop game. You can have up to 2 friends join you online through the campaign and mics work great.
People who will enjoy the game are fans of LOTR.
People who are not fans of LOTR wont get any thrill for meeting the cast of Frodo's story nor visiting the areas of the lore. It will seem like any standard Hack n Slash to you.
I've only opt'd to keep 2 games on Gamefly, and this is one of them.
Journey to the War in the North?
posted by BrokenQuest (NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA) Jun 24, 2012
Member since Jun 2012
Glitches. I played through without a single issue (SP). I have yet to play MP, so my feeling is that either the bugs have been patched... or they are associated with switching between MP co-op and SP modes. Anyway, my game experience was great.
Gameplay. It's a fast game that's challenging without being difficult. I played through in a few sessions over a handful of days and found the gameplay quite addicting.
Ally AI. For me, this is where LOTR:WITN excels. Fighting companions were always responsive, ready to fight, and ready to rush to my aid when I'd fallen. They never wandered aimlessly or came across an enemy without engaging. It's rare that I've played a game where AI allies seemed as good as co-op. LOTR:WITN ally AI is one of those rare games.
Storyline. This game is a talk-monster. Everyone talks a lot (and this isn't a true RPG!)... but then I remembered all of those long pages of conversations in Tolkien's books... and slowly I got back into Tolkien-speak and even enjoyed the attention to the dialogues.
Plot-wise, I loved the game. It fit seemlessly into the timeline and events of LOTR. By game's end I wanted to see this storyline fleshed out and made into a book or movie!
Graphics. LOTR:WITN looks great... until the last level... which only looks "ok." Final level mediocrity certainly doesn't kill the game for me.
My only real issues with the game:
1) The ending boss battle is not as difficult as earlier boss battles and therefore the ending of the game wasn't as powerful as it should have been.
2) One boss battle seemed impossible, but when I finally figured out the solution, it felt counter-intuitive and rather like a "cheat."
Overall, I loved LOTR:WITN and am glad I got it in spite of mid reviews. I will defi