Lord of the Rings: War in the North Review (GameSpy)

The promotional material for War in the North claims that it draws its inspiration from two cryptic lines by Gandalf indicating that Sauron’s plans were averted in the North “because a handful of heroes stood in his path.” This, we’re told, is the tale of those heroes. The actual line, however (found in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings), states that “Sauron might have done great evil in the North, if King Dain and King Brand had not stood in his path.” That’s a rather significant departure, and one that points to the central predicament of War in the North. While its heart is in the right place, Snowblind’s newest creation is never quite sure what it wants to be or how religiously it chooses to follow Tolkien’s lore (or Jackson’s vision of it) or if it has the guts to take Tolkien’s work in unexplored and violent directions. As such, it never overcomes a sense of enjoyable mediocrity.

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