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The Escapist Staff | 10 Jun 2011 18:00
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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Lord of the Rings, as the ur-fantasy setting, is suited to a number of genres. The Lord of the Rings name has been oft-maligned in connection with videogames, but Snowblind Studios is trying to take it back by creating a co-op hack 'n slash game in the vein of their 2001 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.

Read Allistair's full preview of Lord of the Rings: War in the North here. The game will be available August 24 for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.

Allistair Pinsof:
War in the North is a three-player cooperative action-RPG with loot, an enjoyable combat system and a original storyline with moral choices. The game is a hack-n-slash, so repetition is inevitable. Like all good entries in the genre, WitN avoids fatigue by stringing the player along with new loot, ability unlocks and addicting combat.

The three players choose between an elf, dwarf and ranger. Each has their own play style, but perhaps they aren't as distinct as they could be. I was disappointed to find that running head-on into combat was more effective than long-distance archery, while playing as the ranger.

The player has a weak and strong attack which can be strung into combos; striking with a strong attack while an enemy is dazed results in an execution and extra xp. Cooperative play makes the waves of enemies manageable, but also helps players level-up faster with additional xp given for co-op combos. Incentives like these make sticking together the best choice, even when one player gets annoyed at another for hording all the item drops.

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