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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: 30 out of 304
  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
    Graphics - 10/10
    Gameplay - 10/10
    Story - 10/10 - Overall - 10/10 EPIC!! This is Middle-Earth game that we need!! Combat system is so
    Graphics - 10/10
    Gameplay - 10/10
    Story - 10/10
    - Overall - 10/10

    EPIC!! This is Middle-Earth game that we need!! Combat system is so cool and to play with Wraith Powers is more cool!!!
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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 21, 2014
    9
    wow! i loved the game...best game of the year till now...superb game play amazing story ,one must play it one of the best role playing gameswow! i loved the game...best game of the year till now...superb game play amazing story ,one must play it one of the best role playing games of all time...also with great graphical environment. Expand
  5. Oct 6, 2014
    8
    The gameplay is absolutely fantastic. The PC (port?) version works flawlessly with keyboard and mouse. What else is there to say?...oh yes theThe gameplay is absolutely fantastic. The PC (port?) version works flawlessly with keyboard and mouse. What else is there to say?...oh yes the graphics are a gem ! A must have game for the Action fans!

    The story is okay, the ending is absolute crap! but don't let that stop you from getting the game, it's quite entertaining to single handedly be able to take on a whole Orcish army. The nemesis system, or whatever they call it is actually quite good, but needed more development. I would have wished the game had a loot system a-la-diablo instead of just the runes with actual gear to hunt for, that would have increased the game longevity. We can't get everything :(
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  6. Oct 3, 2014
    7
    This game is alright. Not very good, not very bad, just ok. It has some awesome features, but its also uninspired, unoriginal, and somewhatThis game is alright. Not very good, not very bad, just ok. It has some awesome features, but its also uninspired, unoriginal, and somewhat worse than sum of its parts.

    Good:
    - combat is awesome and fluent, great bloody finishers, nice animations, decapitating orcs feels rewarding and looks fantastic
    - nice mix of fighting and stealth and fine character progression/upgrade weapons system, its not as deep as in rpgs, but is alright
    - feeling that you become very powerful
    - nemesis system is ok, but as a selling point it could be done much better, and tbh it has no point and becomes repetitve

    Bad:
    - graphics are technically ok, but artistically very dull (just brown and ugly), also considering books i read when i was a kid- its not how i imagined Mordor
    - story is lame, characters are not very interesting, and really- Gollum here? it makes **** no sense
    - forced used of LOTR license, game feels like any other fantasy generic world, not like the real Middle earth
    - combat becomes tedious and repetitive after awhile, the map is flooded with enemies that constantly respawn and it kills fun of exploration
    - overall game is easy, but has difficulty spikes- you can fight 4 warchiefs immune to almost everything, with 30+ trash mobs attacking you at the same time and more of them respawning, which can be frustrating
    - neverending respawns, you clear area of orcs and they literally spawn before your eyes 5 seconds later
    - game is not original at all- it takes fighting from Batman and free roam from Assassins creed, lack of own identity, overall worse than games it borrows from
    - not a lot of different kinds of enemies
    - camera can be very bad
    - no real loot, no new awesome looking weapons, no flashy upgrades (just boring runes that add something)
    - pc controlls suck ass, it uses half of your keyboard keys for no reason at all and therefore can be troublesome to remember what key does what
    - dumb ai and bugs (like fighting captains you killed earlier) .
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  7. Oct 13, 2014
    0
    Classic AAA moneygrabber.
    Exteremely repetitive gameplay gets old after 1 hours, crappy storytelling. Horrible and boring combat. Doesnt
    Classic AAA moneygrabber.
    Exteremely repetitive gameplay gets old after 1 hours, crappy storytelling. Horrible and boring combat. Doesnt worth more than 10 bucks.
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