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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: 34 out of 373
  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 18, 2014
    10
    Game should be an 8.5 or 9, but I give it a 10 to balance out these ridiculously low scores of 1,2 and 0. To the couple people complainingGame should be an 8.5 or 9, but I give it a 10 to balance out these ridiculously low scores of 1,2 and 0. To the couple people complaining about "bugs"...it's just not true. I have 40+ hours so far and the game is smooth as silk. I spoke with a few friends who have been playing this for 3 solid weeks and they haven't seen a single bug either. As far as the other super low scores....I don't know. ..just bitter trolls I guess.

    This game is loads of fun great graphics and super fun combat. In my opinion the combat never gets old because there are so many different strategies you can take to approach your enemies.

    As many others have said...the game has elements of assassin's creed and Batman, but it does what they do BETTER. It also came up with this "nemesis system" and your enemies evolve and change depending on how you play the game. They have real memories. Anyway, I could go on and on. I'm having a blast with this game and so far it is my favorite game on the ps4
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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. Oct 13, 2014
    9
    Fantastic game. Great open world, interesting story, fluid combat system, and strategy elements that get more interesting as you go forward.Fantastic game. Great open world, interesting story, fluid combat system, and strategy elements that get more interesting as you go forward. Highly recommended whether you're a fan of LOTR or just open world/action games in general. Expand
  5. Feb 17, 2015
    8
    A very nice game with fun missions and history, I believe this is one of the best games I have played in the last years and trully stands upA very nice game with fun missions and history, I believe this is one of the best games I have played in the last years and trully stands up to the hype. I am giving 8 because it can be really frustrating at the beginning until you find what you have to do and where you should go. The fighting can get boring after some time, all captains work the same way: you find them, tons of enemies appear out of nowhere and you have to find a way to get rid of the mess. Expand
  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. Oct 6, 2014
    0
    A copy of Assassin!

    Hackneyed plot, primitive fighting system, horrible management, and a complete lack of RPGs... P. S. Unable to play
    A copy of Assassin!

    Hackneyed plot, primitive fighting system, horrible management, and a complete lack of RPGs...

    P. S. Unable to play more than 20 minutes
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