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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.
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  1. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    Listen, it's not perfect. But there are things called patches. One was released today and fixed a MAJOR amount of bugs in the game. ScreenListen, it's not perfect. But there are things called patches. One was released today and fixed a MAJOR amount of bugs in the game. Screen tearing is down like 90 percent, texture load properly, and although mouth animations are a little stilted along with others, this can AND WILL be fixed. That is the joy of these games; you get to see a **** port evolve to a good port. The game is very playable contrary to popular belief, and yes i recommend, but wait a little bit if you dont want any bugs. Overall i give a 7/10 but im trying to bring the scores up. Expand
  2. May 30, 2016
    9
    Its far from perfect I would agree BUT the game is just so much fun read all the other reviews they will tell you about the textures and longIts far from perfect I would agree BUT the game is just so much fun read all the other reviews they will tell you about the textures and long loading times blahblahblah that to me is the reason it lost a point but only one because thegameplay is so much fun and you may think it gets repetitive but the skill trees add lots of new ways to play thhroughout the game and yes oncfe they are exhauste it does get repetitice but the gameplay is so good that i dont mind doing the same thing over and over to see the awesome executions. It also has a pretty basic story but it has a very smart managing system for the orcs army. Overall i fyoud dont mind a bit of basic things lacking for the complex fun gameplay you should have no problem with playing this on ps3 Expand
  3. Jan 11, 2016
    6
    I tried really hard to finish this game, because it does have good qualities, but its many flaws were overwhelming (I completed about 60%).I tried really hard to finish this game, because it does have good qualities, but its many flaws were overwhelming (I completed about 60%). Lets start with specific PS3 port problems. I didn't play the first version released, but in this patched version graphics are good, not better nor worse than most PS3 games released recently. The main problem here is the long loads every time you try to access the menu options and map. It takes a long time to access it and to leave it, making the game an exercise of patience. Advancing in the game makes this problem worsen, to the point it becomes almost unplayable. Framerate frequently drops, but unfortunately this happens a lot on PS3, I couldn't say it is worse than most games. I didn't experience sound glitches or freezing. General problems to me: First of all, lack of variety. The whole time you keep doing the same things over and over. After a dozen hours the game becomes very repetitive and boring. The main protagonist is not interesting at all, the kind of guy you could say is a pain, so as the NPC's. The game seems to be made only for The Lord of the Rings fans, and I'm not, neither the books nor the movies, so I didn't feel connected to the plot and I really didn't care much for what happened in the game. There is no much care with details too. For example, there are missions where I'm supposed to save human slaves from the beastie Uruks, and to complete the task I just need to release them, it doesn't matter if I do it with dozens Uruks around that certainly would kill them, the game considers the task done. Other annoying thing it is when there is special missions (I am avoiding spoilers) where you must kill an Uruk captain. Eventually he may try to flee, and if you don't catch him soon he just disappears (even if you are close him) and reappears in another place, far from where you are. Your character here moves mostly like in any Assassin's Creed game, for the good and the bad. Combat is good and can be very funny, advancing in the game makes you acquire new powers, moves and abilities, but keeping fighting the same orcs, uruks, caragors the whole game eventually kills the fun, and that's what you're gonna do all the time. The Nemesis system works fine and it is probably the best thing brought by ME-SOM, since it does a great job creating Uruk captains and missions, where you must intervene, or not, you may choose just to watch. There isn't a great variety of locations. As far as I played, there are two moderately big open world regions, but they change very little coast to coast, and even among them the only difference is that one is barren and the other is greener, but the plains, the mounts, the buildings and other things look exactly the same. I don't recommend for PS3 owners, and probably I won't try to play it again even in new gen consoles. Expand
  4. Dec 4, 2014
    2
    Is a shame the game is very fun but it takes a lot of time between the pause menu to return to gameplay almost five secs that's a lot and iIs a shame the game is very fun but it takes a lot of time between the pause menu to return to gameplay almost five secs that's a lot and i really think that a patch don't resolve nothing in this case maybe the problems with the sound and the problem to get stuck inside a wall but not the delay if you really want to enjoy this game played in a ps4 in the ps3 is a waste of money Expand
  5. Dec 24, 2014
    1
    Totally unplayable game , i beg you not to waste your money like we did and save to get a ps4 or an xboxone , this is by far the worst lookingTotally unplayable game , i beg you not to waste your money like we did and save to get a ps4 or an xboxone , this is by far the worst looking game i have ever played on the ps3,and i'm pretty sure that the ps3 is capable of more, this game only shows the laziness and the greed of the devs. Expand
  6. Dec 5, 2014
    0
    Completely unplayable. This is a prime example of a pure cash-grab. This should never have been released. After playing only 5 minutes andCompletely unplayable. This is a prime example of a pure cash-grab. This should never have been released. After playing only 5 minutes and then waiting almost 10 minutes for a load screen that never did load anything I backed out and realized I had been suckered.
    Don't get suckered, stay way from this game.
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  7. Nov 19, 2014
    0
    I get this is a next gen game ported down to a ps3. I understand the graphics won't be as good, and the load times will be longer. However,I get this is a next gen game ported down to a ps3. I understand the graphics won't be as good, and the load times will be longer. However, this is just one lazy port all in all. I've been playing games for over 20 years and very rarely do i use the term barely playable. This is one of the times I use it. Everything looks like mud, I could easily get past the graphics, then the character moves...and it's mud. I could even get past that and the clunky unresponsive combat, then the long long waits while accessing the map and nemesis system. Then the pops up start....never have I ever wanted a refund for a game in my life...except for now. You got my 60 bucks Monolith, but I promise never again! Expand

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