I like where Warner Bros. is going with Lord of the Rings: War In the North. It's got the polish of the movie games with a new story that should give it some breathing room. But that narration...

There are places American voices in a fictional setting are appropriate. On starships, for example. But there's an unspoken rule that if it's a fantasy setting—even just narration, in this case—and it's in English, you get British people to handle it. Otherwise it sounds off. Like a car commercial, or something that should have a Marvel superhero in it.

Ah well! This is Warner's first Lord of the Rings game for grown-ups since they got hold of the license off EA, so it'll be interesting to see how the game shapes up when it's out in the first week of November on the Xbox 360, the PS3 and the PC.


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