The Lord of the Rings War in the North Review (Playstation 3)

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Nov 08, 2011 20:35

This is where some of the inventory system flaws come out. For example, you could carry maybe 20 helmets, sets of greaves, spaulders, boots, melee and ranged weapons. But the rest of the inventory is limited to one small capacity for it all. You can swap weapons and armor with the other players in your group, but you can’t give them the loot and share the load or send them elf stones (gems that get embedded into armor and weapons for enhancements) so that when you play that character you can boost their stats. This is a pretty big flaw in the inventory system. Why limit inventory that can be shared at all? On top of that, it all has duration before it needs to be repaired, but when you find  smith, you have no "repair all" option and that makes for a lot of unnecessary button presses.

The fourth member of your fellowship, Beleram the great eagle

That brings up the other major flaw in the game which is the fact you have to enter and exit the game to switch characters. Unlike in some other games where you can freely switch between the party members. Admittedly, it is better than adventuring into the wild areas alone as you always have some backup.

But when you level up, you then have to exit/enter to level up the other characters. I whipped through 10 or 11 levels and then switched characters and had to spend time upgrading that character, setting their armor and weapons, etc. So while you might be playing at level 12 and fighting level 12 creatures, the NPC members of your group are at level 1 and fighting at that level. It seems sort of a clunky way to go about things and they could have offered a better way to level up all the characters and a better way to switch between them.

teamwork is key, but lacking in the AI

While some of that was distracting, it hardly detracted from the overall experience that is The Lord of the Rings War in the North. The story is richly detailed and I truly felt like I was adventuring through Middle Earth and helping fight the evil lord Sauron’s forces. The enemies and characters that you run up against, while having been influenced visually by the films, are certainly what I expect them to be from Tolkien’s descriptions. Trolls are extremely tough to take down and orcs and goblins pile on in droves. The iconic landscapes and locations are also well constructed and for the most part the areas are wide open for exploration.

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Our Rating for The Lord of the Rings War in the North Review (Playstation 3)
7.5 Overall
Overall the game is decent, its value outweighs its flaws and it should be an enjoyable game for RPG and LOTR fans. It just could have been much more had the gameplay been attended to like the visuals and sound.

Rating: 4.0, votes: 1

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