War in the North: I’m nothing if not persistant
My husband whipped out our credit card and plunked down for an Xbox360 for me for Christmas. Ok, he may have said “us” but he doesn’t game much. So a loose translation of “me” fits well. He also got me Lord of the Rings: War in the North, a game I’ve been wanting for, OMG, I want to say a year but I don’t remember exactly when I first heard of it. It’s been a very long time, though, and I could not be more stoked!! He brought these home last Friday but it wasn’t until Monday night that I had my first chance to play. I worked my way up to level 7 and went against the first boss. After more than an hour, I gave up, figuring I was doing something wrong. Very wrong.
Today I deleted my saved files and started fresh after watching one of my sons beat the boss. It took him over two hours but then his very first encounter with the game was on Tharzog. So all in all, he did pretty darn good. It also showed me one of the things I was doing wrong. Ready for this? Have I ever told you I can be a complete and utter dolt before? No, well, I’ll prove it to you.
You can freaking “roll” to dodge attacks!
See, sometimes it’s the little things that escape me. He also showed me how to craft. I already knew the process but I was giving up on finding compatible items too soon. To be honest, staring at an inventory screen wasn’t on my list of top things to do. I wanted to run around! I wanted to kill things! I wanted VICTORY!! Who knew I’d achieve it by playing the part of the ‘roly-poly Lore-Master’?
When I started over I did the side quests in Bree, ones I hadn’t done my first go round. Again, I was too eager to get out and see the world my first run. I won a ton of coin from solving riddles, played match-maker, agreed to be a weapons smuggler and pranced around for Barliman at the Prancing Pony. Ok, I lie. I’m playing an Elf and we all know Elves are too snooty to prance around for the likes of a bar-keep!
I enjoyed fighting my way through Fornost. I never thought I’d say that as Fornost in LotRO gives me headaches. In this game, it was the first boss, Tharzog that gave me fits. Even after I learned to roll. And use Hero potions. I will not tell you that it took me almost three hours to kill him and his merry men. I will tell you I took stress breaks, though. Laundry, dishes, taking the dogs out, feeding the pets, …. I had to stop for a bit every now and then as I was getting SO FREAKING CLOSE and then dying. If you’ve played the game, remember how much space is between the T and h in the bosses name? That’s how much red the boss had left when I’d die. Repeatedly! I bet my neighbors heard me the first few times. Here, I have a picture.
That space between the T and h. That’s how much red. It’s a wonder I have hair left! Oh, and pardon my crappy pictures. My television is up high on a wall and I was sitting on the couch when I took my ‘screenshots’. Anyway, I was right about at the three hour mark when I decided I’d only try it one more time tonight. I was going to turn it off and go to bed, defeated. Dreaming of my red-filled screen proclaiming me dead. Again. And again. But this time I beat that sucker and when I did, I scared the pure crap outta my dogs! WOOT!
Isn’t that such an awesome screenie? I made it past Tharzog! I was hoping the game would let me chop his head off and put it in my backpack but no such luck. I could have used it to mix my potions in. Oh wells. Currently I’m somewhere in the Barrows-Down about to fight a bunch of nasty wights. I’m making sure to look for piles to loot and flowers to gather as I go, as well as those rock thingies to swipe open with my staff. I’m hoping that if we get a second controller I can have someone multi-play with me. That would have helped a TON against the first boss. My son beat him with the Ranger and said it wouldn’t be possible to solo him on either character BUT the Ranger. I did it on the Lore-Master. If each boss is harder than the previous one, I may not beat this game until this time next year. But I do love a challenge. And I’m really loving this game!
And now, I must go to bed. I’m wiped.