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I've never made it through the Rings books, but War in the North's co-op grabbed me. Too bad it's not as good solo.
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War in the North is een licht verouderde titel die ondanks een gebrek aan diepgang en een overvloed aan fouten toch enigszins kan boeien dankzij een vlotte gameplay.
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Overall, Lord of the Rings: War in the North is not as good as many other holiday games currently on the market, but it isn’t that bad either. The slick visuals and enjoyable co-operative gameplay should be enough to satisfy those who pick up the game. On the flip side though, the repetitive gameplay, lack of character development, and tacked on RPG elements move the game closer into the average Xbox 360 game category.
The story told here isn’t anything great. A simple, manufactured tale that throws plenty of fan service at the player and based on some minor quote from Gandalf or someone. Whenever you hit a safe location, the typical outcome is “well, the Fellowship is going this way, but we need you… IN THE NORTH!” Contrived, but it works and isn’t important. Here, the hacks and slashes are what matter. Did you like those Snowblind games I mentioned before? Yeah, you’ll be cool here, just give it a little time before it really clicks.
Le Seigneur des Anneaux : La Guerre du Nord est un hack'n slash solide mais que l'on aurait souhaité plus entreprenant et plus novateur pour se montrer réellement à la hauteur de la licence sur laquelle il s'appuie. Son principal attrait réside finalement dans son mode coopératif à trois joueurs, les parties s'avérant vite lassantes en solo.
Lord of the Rings: War in the North is fine for a few hours of jolly good fun, but once you realise that the game has played its hand early and really has nothing else to offer then the lustre is soon lost. Poor AI, boring combat and pointless quests all add up to a disappointing game that would be better off dropped into the fires of Mordor.