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It’s impossible to find a game that has exactly all the aspects present within ‘The Lord of the Rings: War in the North’. However, if we look hard enough, it’s possible to discover a number of titles that contain a similar feel, namely due to their fantastic, hack-and-slash nature.
So, if you’re looking for a game like ‘The Lord of the Rings: War in the North’, then don’t despair. Within this list are a number of titles that will have you cut up foolish hordes of monsters.
Games Workshop sure do sell their franchise out to a lot of developers. However, despite this resulting in a lot of undesirable titles, ‘Vermintide’ is one of the fun ones. Possessing a level design and combat system that is heavily reminiscent of ‘War in the North’, you’ll be able to choose from a small cluster of classes, bringing the remnants of the pool with you as you work with the group.
This game is much harsher than ‘War in the North’, set in first person in the grimdark universe of Warhammer, but that shouldn’t put you off.
Coming out of nowhere with a strong ‘Dragon Age: Origins’ vibe, ‘Bound by Flame’ is another intense action-RPG that’ll have you running through levels with a pack of ghouls on your tail.
Fantasy action like this is what players of ‘War in the North’ love. It’s also set in a rich world, with a huge cast of characters and creatures. It’s amazing how many things you can be thinking about whilst dealing with a zombie trying to crack open your skull.
This one feels quite a bit like ‘Dark Souls’. The world is bleak as such, and your enemies hideous. However, I get quite a ‘War in the North’ feeling from it, mainly due to the consistent icy themes, coupled with meaty-feeling weaponry that sends enemies flying and bones breaking.
You won’t find any friends to fight with in this game, so the mission will feel lonely, but you’ll soon find that, like in ‘War in the North’, the character you control is more than able to deal with the challenges.
This game takes me back. One of the few movie games I have enjoyed ever, ‘Return of the King’ and its predecessor, ‘The Two Towers’, are amazing titles that truly channel what the ‘Lord of the Rings’ universe is all about.
You’ll be fighting hordes of enemies, but you won’t be picking up their weapons. Instead, you’ll be following a path almost identical to the movies as you clamber over set pieces and endure offensives that always seem difficult. Due to its age, the graphics are a little simplistic, but that shouldn’t put you off.
It’s possible that what really drew you to ‘War in the North’ was the ability to customize characters throughout the journey, making key choices for your party as you move onwards with your quest.
If that’s the case then the transition from one member of a party to an entire team shouldn’t be too great.
This game’s one of those classics that people keep playing long after sequels have arrived and gone. More of a traditional role-playing experience in the style of ‘Diablo’, this game will keep you enthralled.
This is a long game, as pure RPGs tend to be, so you’ll be loving the experience long after many of the other games on this list.
It’s been a long road for the RPG genre, and it’s been a privilege to see how it’s developed over time. As such, it is always good to take a look at a range of options when deciding what to play next. This list should help you with that.
Can you think of another game like ‘The Lord of the Rings: War in the North’ that I’ve missed?
Be sure to tell me in the comments below!