Skyrim is not the be-all end-all of role-playing games, but you’d never know it from the game-of-the-year scores found Internet-wide. For every supposed innovation Skyrim pulls out of its hat (no character classes, gaining experience by doing), The Lord of the Rings: War in the North saddles itself in a long and venerated tradition of computer role-playing games, all of which drew mechanics and inspiration from tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons.

Neither approach is dishonorable--we’re effectively comparing apples to oranges--but deciding which type of gaming experience you’re looking for should color your decision between the two. We’ve played both extensively and we’re here to tell you, with a comforting hand placed on your shoulder, that Skyrim isn’t for everyone. In fact, it may not be for you specifically. It’s strange to think that anything under The Lord of the Rings banner would be considered an underdog, but it is, so we’re here to give you 10 reasons why you should have bought War in the North instead of Skyrim.