G2A Game of the Week: The Review: Lord of the Ring

February 13 2015
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Every week Team Liquid will supply you with their pick for the G2A Game of the Week, which you can buy at an extremely discounted rate thanks to the G2A Weekly Sale. This week, we’ve chosen a little co-op hack-and-slash known as Lord of the Rings: War in the North. You can get it right now at www.g2a.com/weeklysale for $2.99, a whopping 85% off its usual price.

The Review: Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Hack-and-Slash games make for some mindless fun. This is the case with War in the North, a Lord of the Rings game that combines co-op and loot elements with the joys of destroying Orcs till your heart’s content.

As you know, Lord of the Rings is all about the fellowship, but really, none of the stories of Frodo or Eragorn, or anyone for that matter would be possible without the brave actions of those outside the scope of the movies. In this game, you’ll get to experience the story of Eraden, Andriel, and Farin, a multi-racial group (yep; elf, dwarf, and man) whose purpose is to stop Agandaur, a servant of the Dark Lord Sauron. For all you lotro people out there, you’ll get to meet characters introduced in the books but not in the movies on your adventures, which is a nice bonus.

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In-terms of gameplay mechanics, each character comes with a varying set of skills, be them melee or range. You go forth, beat up countless amounts of enemies and collect loot on the way. To be honest, it’s extremely satisfying to just swing your sword at things and watch as limbs and buckets (yes, buckets) of blood just splatter everywhere. It’s almost too exaggerating to even be violent.

Loot in this game is fairly exciting as it becomes satisfying to go from wielding a normal sword to wielding one that’s on fire. You can also socket enchantments into weapons which gives them additional effects like a shockwave or something to the likes. And trust me, you’re going to need them. While hack-and-slash games are fun because the player is a dominant character, enemies come en masse and will eventually over-run you without all the mystical help you can get.

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To combat this potential difficulty is one of the best things about War in the North, the co-op mode. The AI aren’t too bad, but hacking and slashing things is much better with other (real) people. When you’re downed, you need to be revived much like Gears of War or Call of Duty zombies. It’s a lot better yelling at your friend to revive you then watching an AI not know where you are (not entirely common… but come on, it’s an AI).

War in the North has its down sides. I mean, hack-and-slashes do eventually lose flavor after awhile but at the moment, the game is $3. You’ll definitely get some enjoyment out of this game, even if it’s only for a week of play time.

Writer: Ken Serra
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