Lord of the Rings: War In the North - All News
Saturday - November 05, 2011
LotR: War In the North - Review @ GameBanshee
GameBanshee sends word of their review for Snowblind's Lord of the Rings: War in the North. A late snip to set the tone:
It would have been easy for Warner Bros. to push out a quick-and-dirty product in a year's time and call it a day. Considering how common it is, and how many tragic stories of developers forced to rush out licensed games in half-finished states there are, it's easy to have reservations about such a title - even one with the Lord of the Rings name behind it. Instead, Snowblind has crafted one of the better Lord of the Rings games to date, and, not counting The Lord of the Rings Online, the franchise's best RPG to boot. With two-and-a-half years in development, the attention to detail and care comes through, and Lord of the Rings fans and RPG fans alike should find something to enjoy in the end, so long as the repetition in combat doesn't wear too heavily.
Wednesday - November 02, 2011
LotR: War In the North - Now Available
Jason points out we haven't mentioned Lord of the Rings: War in the North, which is now available for PC and consoles:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Snowblind Studios Launch “The Lord of the Rings: War in the North” Video Game
Action RPG Title Breaks New Ground as the First Mature-rated The Lord of the Rings Game, Delivering an All-new Story to the Canon
BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the launch of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North in North America for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows. Inspired by The Lord of the Rings films and literature, this Action RPG game supports co-op for up to three players and introduces a new story to the canon.
The lack of coverage is my oversight, because so many preceeding Lord of the Rings games have been action or RTS titles I simply overlooked it.
Still, it's a Snowblind title and the early reviews make it sound competent but unspectacular, so you've probably played this before.
IGN says War in the North plays it too safe and awards a score of 7/10:
War in the North is an action-RPG built with a strong focus on co-op. As three warriors placed in a new story set concurrently against the events in the LOTR trilogy, War in the North adds in a brand new plot, as well as an M rating due to some pretty brutal combat. All of the familiar trappings of the action-RPG genre are here, from shops and loot to blacksmiths that repair weakened or busted weaponry; as well as some combo-based sword (and axe) play.
However, even with the significant carnage and orcish dismemberment, there's something too safe in War in the North. The gameplay doesn't take any real risks, as the combat is fairly simple, the RPG features are par for the course, and the story doesn't make any attempt to stand out in the backdrop of its established universe.
Joystiq's interest also waned, with a score of 3.5/5 stars:
Initially, it's glorious to wipe out an entire horde of orcs, pushing them back, taking the opportune moment to impale those that have fallen and finally rending the head from the shoulders of the last remaining beast. After the ten-dozenth time, it begins to lose its luster. Sure, Sauron throws the occasional troll or two your way, but even these encounters become banal by the campaign's end.
This is partially because enemy variety thins out as the adventure moves forward, with wild men serving the same function (and using the same animations, if I'm not mistaken) as the orcs that preceded them. The more difficult enemies, rather than being craftier, simply ignore most hits and retaliate with unblockable attacks of their own. When I activated Hero Mode, for example, huge hammer-wielding orcs unflinchingly withstood the damage of my heaviest attacks and spells that knock most enemies to the ground (including my favorite ability, the mage's "You shall not pass" combo).
Thursday - March 18, 2010
Lord of the Rings: War in the North - New Action-RPG by Warner & Snowblind Studios
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a "mature" action-RPG with online co-op MP. A trailer can be found on the official website. The full PR minus the company stuff:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, an epic multiplayer action/RPG video game based on the renowned novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, is set to launch on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Games for Windows® in 2011.
Developed in association with Middle-earth Enterprises, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North explores both original and familiar narrative elements as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment holds the rights to develop video games based on both the literary and motion picture content from The Lord of the Rings. Breaking new ground as a mature RPG video game set in Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North advances the RPG paradigm through innovative online, interdependent co-op play for up to three players who form their own Fellowship to fight Sauron’s forces in the North.
“With The Lord of the Rings: War in the North we are taking a mature approach to the widely celebrated property with authentic portrayals of battles and all new storylines,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Utilising the award-winning and passionate development team at Snowblind Studios, we are looking to evolve the RPG experience and deliver The Lord of the Rings game fans have been waiting for.”
“In The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Snowblind will deliver an action RPG for core gamers featuring authentic narrative and environmental locations from J.R.R. Tolkien’s original The Lord of the Rings,” said Ryan Geithman, Founder and Studio Head of Snowblind Studios. “This game is a natural evolution of the acclaimed RPG gameplay that Snowblind has consistently delivered over the past years. Players and fans will experience an innovative approach to online co-op gameplay, woven throughout every facet of the game in a way that only Snowblind can deliver.”
In The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, players can become the heroes in the great battle of the North as part of the epic War of the Ring. Exploring unseen lands, story elements and characters from Middle-earth as well as elements familiar from past feature films, gamers will experience extensive character customization and development, expansive co-op gameplay options and upgradeable weapons, skills and special abilities.
For more information about The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, please visit http://www.warinthenorth.com.