So, we’ve all heard of it by now. There’re articles on every gaming site, coverage was at E3… Lord of the Rings: War in the North is set up north of the Shire, in the northern reaches of what was once Arnor. It is the other side of the battle with Mordor, taking place parallel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
As a gamer, I’m incredibly excited. It looks like a fun game, the mechanics look solid, the gameplay engaging, and the visuals stunning.
It is as a Lord of the Rings fan that I speak to you here today. As a Lord of the Rings fan, I find myself more and more frustrated with every tidbit of information I hear. From the differentiation between goblin and orc(which Tolkien himself stated in several places doesn’t exist) to Elves throwing energy balls and casting all sorts of magic spells; from Elrohir/Elladan in two places at once(in the North and with Aragorn) to how they’re changing Radagast’s character. Not to mention that the rangers left the North during the war to ride with Aragorn pretty early in the chronology of the Lord of the Rings.
I hope the game is really good, I really do. But watching LotR’s story get butchered yet again is really wearing on me.
That being said, it’s still early, so maybe some of these will make sense when we see the actual timeline and the final product. But for the moment, it just hurts to see this as a long time fan of Lord of the Rings.