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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: 77 out of 85
  2. Negative: 0 out of 85
  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 28, 2014
    90
    A beautiful third-person action title that has deep role-playing game elements embedded firmly into it. You also get enormously detailed and deep environments, with unique enemies to populate it. This is simply a superb game.
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    90
    While there are a limited number of genuinely memorable landmarks in the world of Mordor, the real points of interest is the captains being hunted.
  4. Oct 25, 2014
    85
    Despite the dark setup, Shadow of Mordor doesn’t offer any surprises. It’s a solid action-adventure spiced up with some RPG elements and a familiar license. As far as the license games go, Talion’s trek is well executed mesh of Arkham games and Assassin’s Creed. You could do a lot worse. [Oct 2014]
  5. It could do with a little more polish, but Mordor is still one of this year's better surprises. [Dec 2014, p.88]
  6. Oct 7, 2014
    80
    Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor remixes influences from both the Batman: Arkham and Assassin's Creed-series together with it's own ideas and the result is the best Lord of the Rings game so far. The story may not carry all the way but this is a violent, intelligent and varied action game that rewards creativity and strategy from the player.
  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 409
  1. Oct 8, 2014
    10
    This is no doubt the best LOTR game ever. The game creators have put lots of love in it, and it reflects on how fun and amazing this game is.This is no doubt the best LOTR game ever. The game creators have put lots of love in it, and it reflects on how fun and amazing this game is. Do yourself a favor and go buy this game. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2014
    10
    This game is awesome and they need more like it. I love that once an orc kills you; that orc becomes an enemy of yours and even remembers youThis game is awesome and they need more like it. I love that once an orc kills you; that orc becomes an enemy of yours and even remembers you every time you bump into them. The game can be hard but it's awesome nevertheless. Expand
  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. Jul 1, 2015
    8
    Good game. a potpurri of proven combat mechanics with a poor and uninspired story. Slashing orcs is really satisfying but it gets boring afterGood game. a potpurri of proven combat mechanics with a poor and uninspired story. Slashing orcs is really satisfying but it gets boring after a while. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2014
    8
    Shadow of Mordor was a great game although there is room for improvement in the graphical improvement. If you are a Lord of the Rings or aShadow of Mordor was a great game although there is room for improvement in the graphical improvement. If you are a Lord of the Rings or a hobbit fan you will get much more out of this games story as the game takes place in between those two movies. The story was quite intriguing throughout. A sequel was setup at the end of the game. The music always matched what was going on in the game so good job there. The nemesis system was a welcome change of pace in the gaming industry and I hope to see it in other games. The best thing about this game is that it is open world and there is a level of scalability. Overall the game was great. 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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