We just finished The Lord of the Rings: War in the North! Fantastic game — truly fantastic. We plan to go back through a second time, at least, on a higher difficulty. We’re also interested in knowing how the other choices play out. Throughout the game there are a couple of dialog options that seem like they would lead to a different ending. We already know one does since Graev accidentally pressed the wrong button — a bad enough mistake that we both shut out Xbox’s off immediately to ensure it did not get saved.
A few times while playing we started talking about how the environments were really well done. One particular moment was in the Barrow Downs. The atmosphere was so much better than in Lord of the Rings Online. I had to take a picture with my phone to capture the moment.
Attention to detail was present throughout the game. When it rained, characters looked wet. Armor accumulated water and beards were soggy. When it snowed, frost and powder accumulated on armor. After going inside, the weather effects on the armor would dissipate. Little things like that, in addition to the the environmental details, made us both wish for this type of detail in MMOs.
We highly recommend War in the North, especially if you can co-op with others online or with a friend.