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  • Summary: Fight your way through Mordor and reveal the truth of the spirit that compels you, discover the origins of the Rings of Power, build your legend and ultimately confront the evil of Sauron in this new story of Middle-earth.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 8, 2014
    95
    Shadow of Mordor is the single best Lord of the Rings adaptation to date, and one of the very best third-person action games in many years.
  2. And now, there are two types of gamers, if we're talking about The Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, "Those who have play The Shadow of Mordor and those who are going to."
  3. Nov 1, 2014
    90
    Solid action wrapped in a fascinating simulated Orc society. [Nov 2014, p.52]
  4. Sep 29, 2014
    85
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a very well crafted adventure that will keep you hooked for hours on end.
  5. Oct 6, 2014
    85
    Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a strong foray into the Tolkien universe, backed up by popular combat from other major action series, with its own free-running style to boot.
  6. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    At first glance, this is "only" some Assassin's Creed game from the Lord of the Rings world. When you look at it again you see an immersive action RPG relying on fun and fancy combats that are plentiful here. Tolkien is still waiting for that proverbial game that would find them and in the darkness bind them, however, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is close to it.
  7. Oct 7, 2014
    70
    A highly polished and generally entertaining romp, but it's missing a vital spark to bring everything together.

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  1. Negative: 33 out of 330
  1. Oct 10, 2014
    10
    I am not a big lotr fan,i have seen the movies and liked them but never been extremely into it.but this game is really great,not only becauseI am not a big lotr fan,i have seen the movies and liked them but never been extremely into it.but this game is really great,not only because its based on mordor and it has tons of lore,it just feels fluid has nice graphics and to me it is the best attempt at copying batman/ac combat .The nemesis system rocks!!!I was shouting on my pc when the buffed guy that i ran away from last time told me he would cut my leggs off,when i put him down,man it felt so right!!! :D.Havent complete the story,i love the side missions can keep you really busy and also the mounts are freaking cool.This game is something different that at first glance you would think is nothing special,try it !!!! Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2014
    10
    So I own AC and Batman, this has something much more over those two games. Yes its borrows from these and a others but brings new elements asSo I own AC and Batman, this has something much more over those two games. Yes its borrows from these and a others but brings new elements as well and really stands on its own as a new entry. Also many of the reviewers seem to have played for only a few hours, almost posted as soon as it was released. Its a deep game with many of the unlocks being available after your quite a few missions in.

    The story I find good, has some nice pieces of lore and the pacing is perfect and works to frame the action and purpose for being in the world.

    The graphics are really excellent, not just the textures, but the whole package. The character models and animation system is spot on, weather effects, day night cycles (playing at night with your branded army is surreal), its has flora and fauna with its own purpose. Combat is the best I've played, visceral.

    Sound design is incredible. Cant say much more, normally I'd turn down the music after a while, but its perfect here.

    So if being a complete badass in the LOTR universe, with procedural emergent gameplay and some of the best AI I've seen is for you, then get it.
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  3. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    Its good to see that studios like this still feel the need to take a risk and innovate.. What we all figured would be some sort of gimmick isIts good to see that studios like this still feel the need to take a risk and innovate.. What we all figured would be some sort of gimmick is actually an incredible system that works behind the scenes even when you think it isn't.. Follow the in game story yes, but make your own story using the nemesis system and your suddenly in a whole new world!! Graphics are what you expect nowadays from a AAA title along with the sound.. The gameplay has the best elements with almost assassins creed style assassination manoeuvres.. Expand
  4. Oct 15, 2014
    9
    Many people have said that this game could be considered a cross between Batman and Assassin's Creed. I'm not going to lie, you can see someMany people have said that this game could be considered a cross between Batman and Assassin's Creed. I'm not going to lie, you can see some similarities, but it handles the combat in a way that I feel surpasses both. I found that unlike Assassin's Creed, I couldn't run it and just murder everything. When you have a bunch of archers shooting at you whilst fighting it can completely throw off your combo, and I will be the first to admit I died several times to normal Orcs.

    I will also come out and say that the story isn't the greatest, it is too short for me and I didn't find myself developing any strong feelings to the character. What this game is really for is the Nemesis system. It is extremely well polished, always gives you something to do, and I felt more of a connection to some of the captains in there than I did Talion. Sometimes you'll get a really tough captain that you'll just make it your life's goal to butcher, other times you'll try working a branded captain up the ranks and he'll die, you'll feel gutted for him.

    I must have spent 30-40 hours just messing about with the Nemesis system, and I feel that the story wasn't awful, ending on a note that leaves me with questions. I do hope for another game. As for graphics, the game looks very nice when maxed out, I never personally experienced any bugs in my game at all and overall I'd say its a very good experience, would recommend to any gamer looking to enjoy a fun game.
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  5. Feb 9, 2015
    8
    Gets most of its ideas from other games, but executes those ideas better than the games it takes inspiration from. Combat is more fluent thanGets most of its ideas from other games, but executes those ideas better than the games it takes inspiration from. Combat is more fluent than in any AC or recent Batman game. Not nearly as buggy as any AC game has ever been. In fact very few bugs. I fully completed the game (took about 20 hours), and the only issue I encountered was one CTD, which I'm pretty sure was actually caused by my anti-virus trying to update and then locking up my system for a few minutes.

    Campaign doesn't really add to the game as much as it gets in the way, as the story isn't great, but each mission acts as a tutorial for a specific ability. Best way to play is to rush through the campaign ASAP so you have both maps and all important actions unlocked, at which point you are free to play around to level up and increase in strength so you become a better orc-slayer.

    Worst part of the game are the stealth sections. I still don't know of an open-world game that does this right. Games are either designed to be stealth oriented from the ground-up, or it's poorly fitted into a game that has other mechanics in order to tout "support" of a stealth playstyle. Well, it supports that playstyle, but not very well (at least not until you unlock the full-cloak ability, which turns you into an invisible God for several seconds). This game is a lot better when you're one-shotting orcs with arrows to the head, and possessing some of them to fight along your side until their allies are dead, at which point you press a key that causes the heads of your temporary minions to explode.
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  6. Oct 3, 2014
    7
    asassins creed got lost into mordor and decided to take a stroll, direct sword combat is dull and boring,

    attacking the warchiefs is more
    asassins creed got lost into mordor and decided to take a stroll, direct sword combat is dull and boring,

    attacking the warchiefs is more interesting, you move around recover hit points and spirit arrows by draining orcs, kill the body guards and run away before the mass of orcs gets to you, it took me around 30 minutes to kill one of the warchiefs, wandering around camp then killing one bodyguard at a time, then recovering, releasing animals etc

    it's a decent game, world map is a little small, control is weak, it is hard to choose which of the 50 orcs around you to attack and do a finisher
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  7. Mar 7, 2015
    0
    More consolitis garbage shoveled onto the PC:-

    - No way to disable mouse acceleration -No way to disabe depth of ugly - No way to disable
    More consolitis garbage shoveled onto the PC:-

    - No way to disable mouse acceleration
    -No way to disabe depth of ugly
    - No way to disable motion vomit
    - Horrible, vomit inducing FOV. So zoomed in you wanna kill yourself fro the claustrophobia

    Do NOT buy these horrible, shovel ports on PC. Don't support the inferior console gaming mentality by buying this trash. Any developer that prevents you from playing the game the way you want as a PC gamer (Not offering ways to disable the options mentioned) should be fired and their talents put to good use elsewhere. Like flipping burgers or something
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