Lord of the Rings: War in the North
Chef (Boss in German)
This is the best game I've played in a long time. It is very addicting and will have a lasting affect on you for a while. The storyline is very close to the books and movies. Each environment has its own characteristics and seems to create a sense of life, not just a place you go and forget in a few days. They have a lot of small details that really draw you into the game. The best example is the Barrow Downs. The mists give you a sense of pure evil. The combat feels like you are right there, under attack defending Middle Earth. The character customization could use a little work but i like the fact that there is over 1000 combinations of costumes. Sometimes the music drowns out the dialog. That can be change in the settings but you wont enjoy the music as much. I would recommend this to any hardcore gamer , die-hard lotr fan, or a reasonable gamer looking for a challenge. All in all, this game is Chef!
If this were a machinima video, it would get 10s across the board. The problems begin when it becomes a game. I have never found a game so unfriendly to a player as this one. No save system that is reliable. It is not designed for anyone with a life outside of gaming. You cannot sit down for an hour of relaxation with this game and be sure you haven't wasted every minute only to be returned to the game at some point that you have already seen or completed. Snowblind is in this to make money, because they certainly have not made this game for lasting appeal. Get people to buy the name of the franchise then give them a substandard product that has flawed audio tracks for entire chapters, save game mechanics that can ruin 20 hours of playtime by allowing you to continue with no chance of completing the next chapter and no way to replay anything to correct any mistake you may have made. This is not the kind of thing that inspires customer loyalty to the gamemaker. I will never buy a game produced by this studio again.
Great Couch Coop Game
When I first heard this game was coming out, I was really excited. Unfortunately, it got horrible reviews in the 5's and 6's, and that discouraged me from getting it right away. I got the game when the price was lowered and played the whole game with my friend in one weekend. It has the gore that hack'n'slash gamers love and plenty of loot for rpg gamers. This game is a great coop because the 3 classes really compliment each other. Also, all of the equipment is designated to each class, so there's no arguing over loot, except for a few items. I wouldnt recommend playing the game alone, because the ai's can be helpful, but having to deal with 2 of them getting hurt all of the time can get annoying. Don't get too excited about the cameos that appear, because they are overshadowed by the three main characters and really don't do too much. Overall, this is a great game to play split screen with, but don't buy it if you are going to end up playing alone
Sadly quite a disappointment....
I was Soooooo looking forward to this game. I was excited by the fact that it was going to be an M-rated gory LotR game. But then I heard it was incredibly repetitive, I ignored those comments and got it anyway, expecting a fun game! Ive played almost every Lord of the Rings game and this was Such a disappointment... I went from excited to saddened Very quickly.
The game is Excruciatingly repetitive, with the same fights pretty much happening over and over. The graphics are nowhere Near as good as they should be and it's just No That Great.. I've played a couple hours into it and I'm having trouble standing it because from the voice acting to the missions your given, it's just kind of painful...
I'm going to try and make it through at least most of the game, but I don't know if I'd recommend buying this.. I only would because I Love LotR So much..
I'm a hardcore LotR fan and so far I'm just not enjoying it as I do most other Lord of the Rings games...
Fun game but it has its problems
it really reminds me of the the two towers and return of the king video games i owned on the ps2 which i really enjoyed in my early gaming years. I highly recommend playing with a friend. Single player can get a bit over whelming. Some of the enemy characters are very over powered and can take you and your companions out fast. With a friend you have a better chance of being revived as your fellow a.i. heroes are bit dumb. You must also rely on the games auto save for you cannot save any other way which kind of sucks since the checks points are pretty spread apart. I enjoyed the story but i feel the rpg aspect is a bit pointless. How you respond to a characters questions in the in-game conversations has no effect or consequence on the game or character. The leveling system makes this game pretty addicting, the perk tress offers some pretty cool stuff. For the price i defiantly recommend it, i just feel it could have been more....
Great for local / online co-op + Action / RPG Fans
I picked this game up when I was looking for a good co-op experience to share with my GF. You can play up to 3 players cooperatively online, or 2 players local + 1 person online. You can also play solo offline but I think that would take away alot of the fun. There is alot of loot (armor, weapons, potions, gold) and there are tons of skills to unlock for each of the three classes. This game focuses heavily on working together. The Elf can put up healing shields that block all incoming projectiles while it heals anyone inside. The Dwarf can so a "war cry" that makes all enemies focus on him while the other two clean house. The Human (scout) can go temporarily invisible for sneak attacks / reviving fallen players. Also, everyone has their own eagle they can call for help when things get a little too crazy. These are just examples of skills, but trust me there is much more. The combat is very good for an RPG game. The story is decent but won't make any sense at all if you aren't a Lord Of The Rings fan - that would be the only negative. Highly recommended for coop / RPG fans.
Nice Return of LoTR!
Alright, couple of things I wanted to point out before I talk about the game, first off please people, stop reviewing a game BEFORE it has been released, that makes absolutely no sense and doesn't help people who want to know the true rating before they buy it. Second off, slimjimm777, don't review a game before reading the instruction manual.
Anyways now that that's out of the way, this game is pretty sweet! The LoTR franchise kind of died out for me after the "Third Age" debacle. There were a couple of good CONSOLE, please note that as there were plenty of good PC LoTR games, releases such as "Conquest" as well as "BFME". However, a good co-op action/adventure/RPG LoTR has been lacking and amazingly enough, WB studios actually managed to pull it off pretty well.
All in all, good game with a good 10-15 hours of solid gameplay. It definitely has some replay value because of the skill trees as well as the choice of playing as 1 of 3 party members. The AI are actually intelligent and if you make the healer an AI, guess what? She heals! I would definitely recommend this to LoTR fans and those new to the series alike.
Great endless fun
ok to recap, i own this game, i have read the reviews below, and you guys give it kinda bum rap because of your internet, speakers, or hardrive. ok, so you cant save with a second player when you are at a higher stage in the campaighn! you gotta be on the same track! as well there is no bleeping at all for any sounds at all. its your headset or speaker, and there is glitchiness sometimes because of bad connection. this game was worked so hardon for a pretty decent amount of time and they care about their gamers and players. graphics are good, npc options and quests are easy to challenging, and the campaign can be replayed over and over. if you want the game to fully bloom, use an HD cable or something. Over all:9/10 and i dont work for snowblind studios. the last missing point i didnt include is probably the checkpoints whch rarely take longer than usual
Great game, although it has a few glitches
I got this game mainly for the co-op experience, and this seems to actually be what this game was specifically designed for. You can either play with a split-screen partner, or find other players online to play with. There is only one major flaw that I've encountered in the split screen mode however: when my friend plays on my Xbox as a split screen player for a second time, whichever character he chooses resets to level 1 and loses all of its items. The online multiplayer is great though, you can even bring your character from your single player campaign into an online one, while keeping all your armor and stats. You also keep whatever you gain in multiplayer when switching the character back to single player, so that's a plus. If you plan to play this game solo, I'd suggest either another game, or to play on east.
Fantastic. Must get for LOTR fans
This game is fantastic. It has great graphics, an exciting story, and i'm very interested by the crafting and armor system. MY friend brought this over to my house and i only got it for roughly 6 hours, but, i can already tell that this is a game that will not dissapoint LOTR fans. It has classic characters in it like Gandalf and Aragorn, while adding exciting and brand new characters to the list. The battle system, i admit, could be a little more exciting than hacking and shooting, but all in all, i love when the camera goes slow-motion while giving the final blow to an enemy. The graphics aren't better than some of the leading games out there, but i think this game is a good starting point for more exciting and interesting games in the series. So to all those LOTR fans out there, this is an complete must get