Hello, my companions - I know not how many of those of you who I know are left, but I know that you are few. This forum has seen better days, but alas! War in the North is done, and the world must move on. For me, that is not so easily accomplished.
Video games are such a strange thing, how they can steal a person's attention and swallow their time up. Yet, we never leave the couch, and we peel our eyes at a television screen, but can do this for hours on end. Video games can capture our imagination and appear, almost, like a work of art alongside the most epic of novels. Some people did not feel this way, and even hated the game, wanted their money back. Many who did were well-provoked. As for myself, I cannot help but feel the same way about War in the North as I did about Lord of the Rings: Conquest way back when - (mind you, all emotion aside, WiTN is an all-around better put-together game) I feel like I had a role in shaping it, however minute, and that makes me love it all the more.
Yes, I love this game. The story is firmly established in Tolkien's world and feels as if Tolkien himself could have written it. The graphics of the game are beautiful, the atmosphere absolutely phenomenal. When I strode through Rivendell, I had to take pause to observe the beauty leagues off in the background. There is depth in the combat, and several ways to take each character, which provides variety. All of this is not even to mention the conversation mechanics, which, although genuine choices are very few, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to move through a conversation in which I set the tone. As for the main characters, I thought that they were bland at first, but the more that I explore the story the more I begin to pick up on their subtle characteristics. Eradan, Andriel, and Farin have slowly found their way into my heart, and I thoroughly enjoy every sarcastic comment and quip made by them, including the rhyming-battle that Andriel and Eradan have as they move through Mirkwood. Personally, I do not believe that these characters are bland at all, they just have subtle personality, much like a variety of Tolkien's characters. Again, skillful work on the part of the Snowblind Team.
Unless I am mistaken, these words are falling on deaf ears and empty space. I do not believe that the developers even attend these forums anymore, but perhaps some day in the future when nostalgia strikes as does an arrow, they will return for the sake of the old memories and come across this message, for it is more towards the developers than anyone else. My dear developers, allow me please to express just how much pleasure I have taken from War in the North, and know that I have a genuine love of the material that you have used and the game that you have formed with it. I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of your video game, and while there may be some who dislike it, I, for my part, will cherish it. In conclusion, you all did a very good job, and you should be proud.
Now I have nothing that I can give, as I am not a high-profile scripter, visual effects artist of the like; rather, I am only a humble writer and poet, but I feel obligated to extend my support to any of your projects in the future, even if all that I can do is spread the news by word of mouth. There are a lot of poor video games out nowadays, and gamers such as myself and others thoroughly enjoy making a mockery of their flaws. So too, we take pleasure in pointing out and praising games that get it right and give to us what we what. However, while incredibly high-profile games such as Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 3, and Skyrim gain their accalades from award ceremonies, jems like War in the North are often looked over. So, as a few final words to Snowblind and the team that they have merged with, WB Seattle, allow me thank you. Thank you.
With fondest regards,
Passive Chicken, Elijah