Parents' Guide to

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Simple fantasy RPG with frequent and bloody melee combat.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

ok for 13 plus

violence blood no language smoking pipes not for kids under 13 i would start them on the fellowship of the ring the two towers or return of the king

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+


What parents should know is: Its very gory, but! the gore can be turned off so no heads come flying off! :) Yes, you can play online w/ voice chat, which isn't a big deal to somepeople. Just turn the sound down, haha! This is not a bad game for children 10 or higher. If you keep the gore off its a rated "T" game easy.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (15 ):

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a moderately fun adventure that explores events assumed to be taking place in the background of Peter Jackson's films' narrative. It offers several side missions as well as a conversation system reminiscent of those found in more complicated role-playing games, but maintains a linear narrative and level design. This may disappoint fans looking for a deeper RPG, but it keeps the experience straightforward and accessible for casual players.

The bloody, visceral combat is fairly simple as well, and should have most players feeling like battlefield champions midway through their first quest. Longer fighting sequences can begin to feel repetitive, but the animations and character choreography remains, for the most part, interesting. It's not the sort of epic, nearly endless fantasy RPG experience found in, say, an Elder Scrolls game, but casual gamers who count themselves fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise will have some fun.

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