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5 Epic Games like The Lord of the Rings: War in the North: For Glory
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5 Epic Games like The Lord of the Rings: War in the North: For Glory

James-Brindley-authorGames like ‘The Lord of the Rings: War in the North’ take a multitude of action-RPG elements to create a compelling whole. You won’t find anything exactly the same, but this list should sate you for now. I recommend ‘Vermintide’, ‘Bound by Flame’, and ‘Lords of the Fallen’. ~ James Brindley

Meat for the Grinder

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 Similar to ‘The Lord of the Rings: War in the North’…

‘Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide’ (Fatshark, 2015)

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.

Similarity Match: 85%
This game doesn’t have quite the loot system, is in first person and is far more brutal, but the group combat, clearing levels against hordes of enemies will sate your hunger.

‘Bound by Flame’ (Spiders, 2014)

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.

Similarity Match: 80%
This is a very similar game, with different skill trees to level, enemies to test yourself against and a tense story to follow, but obviously you’re not in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ universe, and the paths you can follow are more varied.

‘Lords of the Fallen’ (CI Games, 2014)

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.

Similarity Match: 75%
There’s not as much of a comradery-based atmosphere in this title, and the loot system is more akin to ‘Dark Souls’, but the epic fantasy feel will have you at the edge of your seat.

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ (Electronic Arts, 2003)

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.

Similarity Match: 75%
There’s no loot and the levels are much smaller, but the epic, heroic feel coupled with hack n’ slash combos will have you grinning like a child.


If You Like ‘The Lord of the Rings: War in the North’, You Will Like…

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.

‘Dungeon Siege 2’ (Wargaming Seattle, 2005)

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.

This game is a purer form of the genre, with thousands of items to choose from and a more zoomed out perspective, but the rich world, characters and enemies should be enough for you.


There’s Barrels and Bones to Break

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!

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