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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: 76 out of 84
  2. Negative: 0 out of 84
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    100
    Right now, it’s my main contender for game of the year, simply because, in its lack of pretension, its attention to detail and its understanding that video games first and foremost should be fun, it puts everything else I’ve played recently in its long shadow.
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Middle-earth just wants the player to explore it like a playground. You can climb up structures, leap from them to tackle a wild creature of the land, and even enlist your own group to drive the dramas that ensue. Shadow of Mordor paints the pictures that rest somewhere between bookends.
  3. Oct 10, 2014
    90
    Shadow of Mordor is without doubt the best Middle-earth game available on consoles.
  4. Oct 18, 2014
    85
    Despite the use of a lot of recycled mechanics, the developers have demonstrated passion and intelligence, mixing the ingredients and creating a product that, despite the similarity with some of the most acclaimed series, retains its uniqueness and features a campaign with a perfect rhythm.
  5. 80
    Assassin's Creed meets Batman and gets up close and personal with the orcs. The most exciting visit to virtual Middle-earth in years. [Issue#246]
  6. Oct 5, 2014
    80
    This isn't the one game to rule them all, but it's a powerful experience in its own right, one that every fantasy enthusiast should pick up.
  7. Sep 25, 2014
    60
    Ultimately, like many ambitious projects, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor doesn't deliver on everything it sets out to do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 400
  1. Oct 8, 2014
    10
    oh my god i played it last night i only did like 3 mission i loved it i keep trying to takeout most of captain i keep dying it was headacheoh my god i played it last night i only did like 3 mission i loved it i keep trying to takeout most of captain i keep dying it was headache but fact is fun

    felt like bit like assassin creed but fact is it mad i love Nemesis system it awesome wraith ability is cool just hope i get to control orc soon
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  2. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    As a huge fan of the LOTR movies I waited eagerly for this release, I was not disappointed.
    To me the game just oozes quality and refreshing
    As a huge fan of the LOTR movies I waited eagerly for this release, I was not disappointed.
    To me the game just oozes quality and refreshing gameplay in a world where we are surrounded FPS games. I'll be honest the game wont win any awards for the story but the whole feel of the game is very much in LOTR universe and again another top class performance from Troy Baker who seems that every game he works on is pure gold. The gameplay is excellent and although elements have been taken from Assassins Creed and Batman Shadow of Mordor uses all these ability's with a fresh approach. The combat system is excellent and there is nothing more rewarding than decapitating an orc and watching his fellow soldiers running to the hills in shock and dismay.. A mention has to go to the Nemesis system which a totally new experience and is constantly in the back ground. You take down a captain then another orc is promoted they may get to war chief only to be beheaded in the future. The graphics are vibrant and detailed and always a joy to look at. The soundtrack is very reminiscent to the films and any LOTR fan would be mad to miss this masterpiece. Hats off to Monolith ..Bravo...Looking forward to future DLC....
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  3. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    With some issues aside, which I hope will be patched soon, the game stands to its hype. Extremely fun combat, with awesome visuals and not toWith some issues aside, which I hope will be patched soon, the game stands to its hype. Extremely fun combat, with awesome visuals and not to mention the much loved world setting of Middle-earth, which I'm sure even non-Tolkien fans will rejoice. This is a RPG that I cannot wait to delve further into. Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2014
    9
    Fantastic game in all regards! Well made and stays fun well beyond the storyline - which is a satisfyingly original addition to the LotRFantastic game in all regards! Well made and stays fun well beyond the storyline - which is a satisfyingly original addition to the LotR universe.

    It can be a bit of a one trick pony by relying heavily on it's combat system for all things in the game but that is not a bad thing when the combat system is one of the best in gaming currently - weighty, satisfying and skill based. Compared to other games coming out this generation this one is near perfect. A must buy for any fantasy or action/adventure game fans!
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  5. May 17, 2015
    8
    The full potential of this game was not realized. Despite that, it's still good fun.

    A few things annoyed me with Shadow of Mordor: - The
    The full potential of this game was not realized. Despite that, it's still good fun.

    A few things annoyed me with Shadow of Mordor:
    - The game starts off too hard but then becomes far too easy once you unlock a few of your better abilities
    - The nemesis system could have been so much more with a little extra depth
    - The final boss battle is very underwhelming
    - The story is uninspired

    Overall though, it's still a great game. It has very satisfying combat mechanics, the nemesis system is engaging and satisfying and the graphics are pretty. It's just lacking some much needed depth to boost it to a 9/10 or even 10/10 game.
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  6. Oct 2, 2014
    7
    Its a decent game I actually give it a 7.5. I put in about 1-2 hours into. Its a button masher and I recommend drinking mountain dew coffeeIts a decent game I actually give it a 7.5. I put in about 1-2 hours into. Its a button masher and I recommend drinking mountain dew coffee etc. Not beer while playing. I had a hard time remembering combos but I am sure after more time I will get it down. I was hoping for more of a rpg element or a bit more of a immersion into the world its more of a action game where practically your just running around pushing buttons to make countless animations mutilating orcs etc. none the less it is fun its a face paced game so as I said you really need to be paying attention etc. the sound is good visuals are impressive to my 37 year old eyes. Its fun as I said I was hoping for more of a rpg element but can settle for less, dragon age will fill the gap for me. Finally this game has more value than the previous titles that came out hyped to all hell. hard to explain but everything in it works pretty good etc you get what you pay for no bullcrap here with this game its a action button masher that can keep you busy for a few hours. I don't recommend it for children if parents are looking here for gifts for kids, it is very violent etc. You have to use your parental guidance on that yet as I said its very violent and graphic. Practically a graphic rated R cartoon. Anyhow this is my review its worth the money folks. Expand
  7. Apr 7, 2015
    0
    Worst game ever made for this amount of money! If your going to spend a million dollars to produce a game give it a story to follow.Any storyWorst game ever made for this amount of money! If your going to spend a million dollars to produce a game give it a story to follow.Any story like the last of us or fallout not this running around with a sword god of war crap. Nobody want to play the same fight scene over and over! MY MONEY BACK PLEASE? Expand

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