gamers (64%) found this review helpful
I was playing Uncharted 3 for about 3 hours and thought I would try War In The North for a bit. I am many more hours in and cannot stop.
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.
posted by ikeredwolf (BLOOMINGTON, IN) Nov 8, 2011
Member since May 2004
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
This game has been in the works for many years, and on the surface you can see why. The graphics are really top notch and the dialogue though ultimately pointless is well fleshed out. On so many levels this game makes promises that its failed to keep, and the reason its failed is obvious, this is an UNFINISHED PRODUCT, that was rushed to market for who knows what reason. At its heart I think the designers wanted to create a robust game and the markers are there, context guided dialogue, a massive loot system, a healthy balance between melee and ranged combat, with a splash of magic thrown in, and an engaging main story with fun side quests. None of this actually happens. Your characters, with personalities of cardboard cutouts and their dialog choices make no sense and have no influence on the game this drives even the most dedicated to boredom. Loot and there is a lot of loot, and a very small backpack, has interesting names but the exact same graphics, a rusty sword looks exactly like an epic named sword, almost nothing dropped is ever an upgrade, and upgrades that do appear are slight to negligible. Combat what a joke, regardless of what you wield all attack actions have the same interactions, your 1 handed sword lops a head or arm exactly the same as your 2 handed axe, and oddly the same as your 2 handed mace, never mind the mind numbing repetitive attack button mashing. Oh and the side quests are hardly better then fetch quests and bug out at the first opportunity, really how many Elf-Stones have I collected? Obvious bugs like AI pathing, combat hit boxes and quest glitches that any studio finds and fixes are part of the standard release of this game, why not this one? This game is an insult to the franchise, to the games it mimics badly, and to the designers who came up with it. Feel free to play my copy of the game, if you don’t believe me, I’ve already returned it.
As always rent it for yourself and form your own opinion. With that said, I thank you for your service Game Fly because over the years, you have saved me literally thousands of dollars on over-hyped, craptastic game play. I followed this game from day one of its released news and it was toted as an RPG. While I love hack/slash games and consider the Diablo series one of my absolute favorites, this game fails on so many levels its just not fun for me.