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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. Positive: 77 out of 85
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  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. Pelit (Finland)
    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. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 16, 2014
    80
    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: 38 out of 478
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    Taking into consideration some of the other major reviews, for example "IGN" and "GameSpot", I have to agree that the campaign, even though itTaking into consideration some of the other major reviews, for example "IGN" and "GameSpot", I have to agree that the campaign, even though it is interesting to experience since it involves more of the lore of "Middle Earth", it is not the game's strongest factor/component. That does not necessarily mean that it disappoints, but that it leaves you wanting more. You get this feeling that the main story messes up what you already know from either the books or the movies (most common). My personal "Story" score would be a 7 or 8 out of 10. Of course, this game received good critic from major reviewers for a reason, and that reason is everything else excluding the "Main Story" of the game. This includes the fantastic gameplay with your epic sword, your ghostly bow, and finally your brutal stealthy dagger. Even more fun are the abilities that you have from being a "Wraith" where you are tremendously fast and blow you opponents heads off continuously. It is extremely fluid and responsive in every situation. There is nothing else to say about the gameplay since it is difficult to understand just from a review how impeccable it really is. This game was created, in my opinion, to introduce the "Nemesis System". Even though it is really easy to understand what it is doing while playing the game, I will just say this: Every kill you make, counts. Every kill your opponents make, especially counts! You could be fighting some random "Uruk" while exploring Mordor, and something happens and leads to your death. The random (could had avoided death) Uruk that killed you will now become a "Captain" and all the other "Captains" will increase there level. The thing is that if you are not careful while playing, and are constantly dying, the "Captains" can become a huge issue, getting into a point where they are totally harder than a "War-chief" (Commander of Captains). You might not understand what this means (not until you get the game), but basically keep in mind that you receive rewards to upgrade Talion , but think of his deaths as a "Double-Punishment Treat". You can always be able to kill even the hardest opponent, but don't expect it to be as easy as you might think since at that point, they will be invulnerable to simply everything.
    To conclude my simple review for "Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor", I say that it always falls down to you (reader of my review) whether or not to buy the game, maybe you're not into games like this, or maybe this game has made things difficult for in terms of how the game it-self is made up. I will have to admit though that when I bought the game I was not entirely sure I made the right choice for giving away $60, but after while, I realized that the game is unique in it's own, specific way and has come out to bring a different sense/feeling of gameplay compared to anything else out there in the market. It has come out to intrigue "Gamers", who are looking for something different in terms of game development.
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  2. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    Shadow of Mordor is an incredible gaming expierence and one of the best games I have played in 2014.

    The gameplay is superb and the combat
    Shadow of Mordor is an incredible gaming expierence and one of the best games I have played in 2014.

    The gameplay is superb and the combat is fluid it has an outstanding story that keeps you engaged. The graphics and the world is outstanding and the detail is just incredible.

    This is truly a great open world expierence and one that will keep you entertained for hours upon hours. If you loved Assassins creed then this is a game for you.
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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 2, 2014
    9
    Unlike people say Shadow Of Mordor is not a Assasin's Creed rip off, well at least to the extreme that some people claim. I'd like to think itUnlike people say Shadow Of Mordor is not a Assasin's Creed rip off, well at least to the extreme that some people claim. I'd like to think it as hybrid of Assasin's Creed and Batman games.
    But combat is extremely fun and easy to get into, feeling like you could take the whole army of the uruks at once, but throw Warlord or Captains in and it will be a challenge that most likely will get you killed, fast.
    And when you die you can track the uruk who killed you and get revenge, thanks to Nemesis system which is a cool mechanic.
    As for the visuals, it is what you'd expect from next-gen game, personally I do not care for such things.
    As for negative, after you complete the game you don't feel like doing it again, but I had no major bugs, 2 minor clipping glitches but you could get out pretty easy.
    But in the end lovely game, I suggest you get this if you like the genre.
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  5. Mar 15, 2016
    8
    The greatest game about Tolkien's world.
    Great combat, a lot of lore, magnificent landscapes.
    The main issue? It's too short. Just two
    The greatest game about Tolkien's world.
    Great combat, a lot of lore, magnificent landscapes.

    The main issue?
    It's too short. Just two maps...incredibly detailed, but i'd really love to revisti the other regions of middle earth.
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  6. Oct 13, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. overall the game was epic, the only thing i didn't like was the final battle with sauron. it was too short and a bit of a disappointment...with all of that hype he got for being so evil and all.And i hate the fact that talion didn't give a **** about the whole Celebrimbor using him thing. 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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