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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: 27 out of 255
  1. Oct 1, 2014
    10
    Are you looking for a game with a good story after destiny broke your heart? This is the game for you. Not only will this game reveal its plot to you but it wont bait and switch legendaries for blues with you! Expand
  2. 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 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
  3. 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 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
  4. Sep 30, 2014
    9
    Even allowing the fact that this product mechanics is clearly partly based on the Assassin’s creed game series (and in somewhere The Witcher), it is an absolutely original and entertaining game. IMHO, the system NEMESIS in combination with the “open world”’s freedom and perfectly embodied in graphics Middleearth - is a kind of so to speak active RPG, where the player, within the framework of the worldsetting of course, creates its own story of vengeance and confrontation. Expand
  5. Oct 10, 2014
    8
    Shadow of Mordor is a really good game when you take it for what it is. Sure, it totally butchers Tolkien's work in terms of lore yet most people don't seem to realise that the game is a spin-off and isn't supposed to be considered canon. You wouldn't criticize something like Metal Gear Acid for this, so why SoM? Also, despite the story in SoM being pretty straightforward and uninteresting, as well as the main quests being boring and tedious (especially when compared to the side quests which were for the most part very enjoyable) it doesn't cause the game overall to suffer too badly. Does it stop it from being a great game? Yes. Does it make it a bad game? No, certainly not. The combat is fun, free-flowing and satisfying without being too easy (especially when fighting captains and warchiefs) which is something that its supposed parent games, Assassin's Creed and Batman Arkham, are often criticized for. The nemesis system is unique and a great fresh new concept which I hope to see used more in new and diverse ways. One of the things that I love about SoM which I can't stress enough are the captains and warchiefs. The encounters are incredibly tense and exciting, especially when you come across a revenge target. The voice acting and dialogue are topnotch and only add to the tension of the encounters. I was also surprised by the variety of the Uruk/Orc lines that there are in the game. It was very rare that during my 25+ hour playthrough of the game that I heard the same thing twice and I genuinely felt as though I was facing a new captain/warchief for the first time whenever I encountered one, and not just a mashup of random cosmetics and voices. It truly felt as though every Uruk/Orc was unique. Overall, I would definitely recommend the game to anyone looking for a satisfying action game with no strings attached. Expand
  6. Nov 6, 2014
    7
    I naver rally licked Lard of Rangs but Maddle Earth: Shadoow of Moldor is just sooooooo fan I can;t stoops playing the gramme I mean oamg I luv this gam I play it lik al tim al daye I havn't plaeid oather laord of oinian range I can't waite for anothe r lard og ranks soooooooon (┛◉Д◉)┛彡┻━┻ Expand
  7. Oct 7, 2014
    0
    Consolised.
    Linear Gameplay.
    Linear Power progression.
    WB's PR company trying to get it more shiney by any means they can. (Just google
    Shadow of Mordor Review Pressure Allegations) Expand

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