THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WARIN THE NORTH
PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Out: 2011 When The Lord of the Rings: War in the North comes out later this year, it will fill in a little-known but important part of the saga of the destruction of the One Ring. It will tell the tale of another fellowship; a dwarf, ranger and elf, and their perilous battle against the forces of Agandaur, one of Sauron’s chief lieutenants.
By fighting to defend the last strongholds of the free peoples in the north, gamers will play a crucial role in defending all of Middle Earth, and save beloved locations such as Lothlorien and Rivendell.
Action is very much the focus of War in the North, and the game doesn’t shy away from depicting bloody and brutal combat. In Switched On’s time with the game, we fought along snow-covered paths in the Misty Mountains, lopping off orc heads and trying to avoid thunderous strikes from towering trolls.
Importantly, players will form their own fellowships as War in the North is designed to be played by three people cooperatively. Indeed, each character has his or her own unique abilities that are designed to complement one another, so working together will be paramount.
The dwarf is very much a powerful melee fighter, able to dish out and take damage. The ranger, on the other hand, is as skilled with bow as he is with sword, and can become temporarily invisible to get the jump on enemies. The elf has powerful magical skills, including the ability to cast a protective bubble around the party.
Importantly, each player can mould his or her character as the game progresses. Each has 20 abilities they can learn and upgrade. CAM SHEA
Action: Gamers will play a crucial role in defending Middle Earth.