Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 84 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1404 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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.

See all 84 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 394
  1. Oct 9, 2014
    10
    Fantastic game a true gem after a disappointing year this game was pure fun great abilities fluid combat unique story line and some uniqueFantastic game a true gem after a disappointing year this game was pure fun great abilities fluid combat unique story line and some unique features. GOTY so far who would have thought. Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    Some say this game is assassin creed + batman rip off. But I would say it takes the best aspect of both games and add its original nemesisSome say this game is assassin creed + batman rip off. But I would say it takes the best aspect of both games and add its original nemesis system and end up with one of the best game I've played.
    The graphic is one of the best I've seen to date and the various execution animation never get bore.
    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 6, 2014
    9
    I would of given this game a solid 10 however I didn't like how the game started, short intro into the open world and then its left up to youI would of given this game a solid 10 however I didn't like how the game started, short intro into the open world and then its left up to you to decide how you want to proceed. Initially I didn't like this but once I wrapped my head around where the game was going, I haven't looked back. Smooth gameplay, awesome cinematics and a very entertaining game. I have seen on a couple occasions that the camera angle does get turned around when a wall is close but knowing this makes it easy to adapt to. Overall, must buy great game for the RPG fans! Expand
  5. Oct 6, 2014
    8
    Very clearly a follow-up from the Batman games in terms of game mechanics. But with it's own feel and style heavily entrenched in theVery clearly a follow-up from the Batman games in terms of game mechanics. But with it's own feel and style heavily entrenched in the Middle-Earth setting.

    Gameplay: The first and foremost aspect for myself. It feels smooth and intuitive. It's build on the basics of the Batman games which you'll clearly recognize. It gives you a bit more leeway for errors though (thankfully in this split second moments) and with the upgrade system get's some nice extra's. The stealth gameplay reminds me of Assassin's Creed games with a lot of the same movements. The stealth missions aren't too long thankfully. Orcs seems to be fairly blind though, allthough this allows for a better gameplay experience overall with more freedom of movement.

    Graphics: Not much to note here if I'm honest. It looks great (depending on your rig). Pushes the bar just a little bit higher and still runs well while doing so. Make sure you get the HD package after installing.

    Replayability: That's where the downside of this game kicks in. It felt short. I completed the entirity of this game (side missions, collectibles, weapon legends, etc.) in 21 hours. For a modern third person action game that's a respectable time. Still it felt way too short for me and the main storyline consists of 20 missions which only tell a threadbare story. The entire time I was playing I felt like I was playing in an enclosed enviroment. Just a teeny, tiny bit of what could be a huge world. Some of the final missions were just to wrap up the story line and felt like the designers didn't know where they could go anymore. And a quick-time event for the final scene just seems like a waste to me.

    Conclusion: An overall very good game which is certainly worth buying if you're into fast paced action in a good looking world. You might at times feel claustrophobic within the confined walls of the two zones, but there's plenty to do in this secluded space of MIddle-Earth. If the above is not true for you than I'd suggest waiting till the price drops to 25 euro's/dollars or so before picking this up. As far as the storyline goes you're not missing anything by not buying this title.
    Expand
  6. Oct 4, 2014
    7
    This is a good game, but it's not as great as many critics and reviewers have been making it out to be. The overall map is small, the questsThis is a good game, but it's not as great as many critics and reviewers have been making it out to be. The overall map is small, the quests are repetitive, the story is as almost as absent as Destiny's, and the camera is faulty. The nemesis system is what stands out the most in defining what makes this game unique. In that, the AI is smart in the long term but stupid in the short term. There is little variety in the game. Almost every enemy is Orc, again and again and again. I guess they can excuse the masses of dumb AI Orcs because masses of Orcs are dumb- so that was by design right? Right... And as with the gameplay so the same with the environment, it's a small open world and it all looks the same. When I think of LOTR, I think of grand beautiful variations of environments, races, and adventures. I mean I've only seen one hobbit and one elf; no wizards, dwarves, or trolls. This is just one small shadow of mordor. Still... The game is good. The challenges themselves are challenging and fun. The action is exciting. The graphical detail of Talion and each Orc is all very well done. It is similar to Arkham and AC as so may have said, which is not a bad thing. I'd also say that it's similar to Infamous as well in the layout of the map, quest & ability progression, and use of cutscenes. Music and voice acting are very good. It's got a solid dozen hours of fun. I just feel like it could/should be so much more. 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

See all 394 User Reviews