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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 333
  1. Oct 17, 2014
    10
    its my G O T Y

    Looks Good , Plays Fine, Feels Nice, Combat system is nice. if you like Assassins Creed you will like this too. Story is
    its my G O T Y

    Looks Good , Plays Fine, Feels Nice, Combat system is nice.
    if you like Assassins Creed you will like this too. Story is OK. The Music is really Great .
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  2. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    So there are people out there who hate Chess, I love Chess but it is not for everybody; ok fine. Some people do not like Shadows of Mordor andSo there are people out there who hate Chess, I love Chess but it is not for everybody; ok fine. Some people do not like Shadows of Mordor and again I say ok fine, but unfortunately with this game the hype is true, this game is like Chess in that it will have a following and its mechanics are easy to start off with and then get into strategically with the nemeses system over time. There are things about the Uruk AI that I am still in awe of even after a week of play. I start throwing darts at an Uruk and he will start dodging them, they give me some times the feeling of should I give this one a chance, let him grow in rank and then go after him, I almost feel like an evil god setting my children up to take me down only to cut their heads off. Expand
  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 14, 2014
    9
    It felt like they took the best elements from Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia and Devil May Cry and put them in the setting of the Lord ofIt felt like they took the best elements from Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia and Devil May Cry and put them in the setting of the Lord of the Rings world, and it worked absolutely magnificently! Loved every bit of it, the enemy hierarchy system was something totally unique to me, the gameplay was awesome, the moves and controls were very responsive. Although there were lot of side quests, which the game recommends you to complete and rewards you handsomely for doing with M points with which you can unlock awesome abilities, but I was wish the main campaign had a more LOTD-ishly epic story. The campaign only had 20 missions and event then, the story didn't feel very epic the way a LOTD story should be. That's probably my only negative feedback of the game. Otherwise a solid action adventure and hopefully, the beginning of a new and successful gaming franchise. Expand
  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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