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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Review | Not As Good As The War In The South

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Matt Gardner
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RPGs, Snowblind Studios, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest, Warner Bros. Interactive
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The Lord of the Rings: War ... | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Review | Not As Good As The War In The South

Platforms: PC | PS3 (reviewed) | Xbox 360

Developers: Snowblind Studios

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive

Once again we set foot in Middle-Earth, and once again we find ourselves as part of a fellowship...just not, the Fellowship.

It's not often that we see a game that interweaves its own story in amongst a popular existing narrative...no, wait, that happens all the time. It's even ground well-trodden in Tolkien fantastical universe, with EA-published RPG The Third Age doing pretty much exactly the same thing several years ago. So Snowblind's hack 'n' slash action role player isn't exactly original, but, admittedly, that's not a problem. Middle-Earth is vast enough that there are still panoply of lesser characters and skirmishes around the time of Sauron's return that are begging to be explored in some medium or another.

What is a problem is that the developers really ought to have done better than this.

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Review | Not As Good As The War In The South

Snowblind are no strangers to the world of role playing, having presented the world with Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and Champions of Norrath, and with two fine titles such as these behind them you'd be forgiven for expecting a game that's at least able to stand up with the Dragon Ages of this modern gaming landscape. But you should be warned, if you've been waiting for that great Lord of the Rings RPG for some time, this game won't interrupt your patient pining.

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