Other parts might polarize. For example, you spend a good deal of the game accompanied (in one way or another) by Beleram, one of the Great Eagles. These winged wonders are only briefly seen in the Jackson films (once in The Fellowship of the Ring, and twice more in The Return of the King), but they are much more of a presence in the books -- most notably in The Hobbit. I found Beleram to be a bit cartoonish, but I still enjoyed his company on the merits of the surrealness of having a badass talking eagle on my team. Others may find his presence distracting and goofy.
War in the North is largely a missed opportunity in the audio department. The soundtrack is functional, but it can't touch the seductive mystery of Howard Shore's evocative original score. The voice acting has its highs and lows. Gandalf isn't voiced by Sir Ian McKellen, but he sure sounds like he is. Aragorn sounds absolutely nothing like he does in the movies. Everyone else's performances lie at various points between those two extremes. The combat is where the audio design gets highest marks; I can tell you what never gets old: the moment when all the sound drops out except the unmistakable sound of a blade making strangers of an enemy and any one of his five major appendages.