THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WARIN THE NORTH (MA)
PC/PS3/XBOX 360, $69.95/$79.95 ★★ An elf, a dwarf and a ranger walk into a bar. Great set-up for a joke, but in this case it’s deadly serious. The hobbits are leaving the Shire and these three unknown heroes must venture north to destroy the armies massing there. It’s a cool idea but sadly the characters aren’t memorable, nor is the gameplay. This is a rigorously old-school action role-playing game. Three player co-op is the only way to play. Out now.