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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. Feb 8, 2015
    10
    I waited two months to buy this game because I knew it would released with countless flaws on last-gen. I waited for an update to beI waited two months to buy this game because I knew it would released with countless flaws on last-gen. I waited for an update to be announced. Once it came out, I purchased the game for Xbox 360. And you know what? I was not disappointed. The graphics may not be nearly as pretty as they are on next-gen versions, but this game is an action-packed feast. If you love the Batman Arkham series and Assassin's Creed, you'll LOVE this game. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor takes inspiration from Batman Arkham's combat mechanics and Assassin's Creed's parkour mechanics and molds them into a beautifully crafted masterpiece. The nemesis system is also a very impressive concept, as it makes the world feel much more dynamic and alive.
    The game was surprisingly violent compared to other works based on the Tolkien universe. The combat is excellent, and you feel quite satisfied and powerful seeing a bunch of Orcs flee in horror as you brutalize their captain before their eyes.
    Needles to say, if you haven't played this game, you are seriously missing out on an awesome experience.
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  2. Jan 9, 2015
    8
    Don't judge this book by its cover...behind the sub-par graphics, the overly long loading times, texture glitches, and inconsistent frame rateDon't judge this book by its cover...behind the sub-par graphics, the overly long loading times, texture glitches, and inconsistent frame rate lies a game with an engrossing story to tell set in a world of memorable, three dimensional characters, fully realized role-play mechanics, and exciting, brutal combat in a game that not only pays homage to the Middle Earth setting, but adds to it.

    This game on last generation consoles embodies the idea of substance over style. Whether or not you can enjoy this game on last gen consoles will depend on whether or not you are able to accept the sacrifices the developers made to do so. If you can, then buy it. If you cannot, then don't.

    Obviously, the best platform choice for this game is next-generation/pc, but I suspect if you're reading this then it means that simply isn't an option for you at this time. The developers sacrificed the graphics, loading times, draw distance, and the such so that the game play mechanics, (particularly the frenetic pace, scale, and diversity of the combat), could remain largely untouched. In other words, when a sacrifice was required for the sake of performance, the developers chose substance over style; opting to preserve the way it feels rather than the way it looks. This was the right decision.

    Hopefully this will give you a good idea of what to expect so that you can decide whether or not you want to hold out until you acquire a next generation console or take the plunge now. I won't lie, this game is hard on the eyes at times and the omnipresent loading is obnoxious at times, but the game is still a ton of fun that I recommend wholeheartedly to anyone who can look past the rough exterior and see the gem underneath.
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  3. Dec 7, 2014
    8
    I got this game for my xbox 360 since it looked awesome... and it is. If you can get pass the refresh rate at times (climbing walls with noI got this game for my xbox 360 since it looked awesome... and it is. If you can get pass the refresh rate at times (climbing walls with no definition once in a while) or be patient during loading you will like this game. The fights are thrilling, lots of combo and finishing moves and the action is fun. The developers could have adapted this game much better to a xbox 360 like Far Cry 4 but I guess they could not postpone the release any longer. Unlike many on this page, I'm glad its released on the 360 since not everyone have $400 to spend on a xbox one or PS4... I recommend this game... I'm hooked as well as my son... Expand
  4. May 15, 2015
    4
    If you're looking for a solid current gen Lord of the Rings game where you just slice up Orcs then this is your best bet. Though I like whatIf you're looking for a solid current gen Lord of the Rings game where you just slice up Orcs then this is your best bet. Though I like what they were doing with this title, I wish they put more work into it. Shadows of Mordor is not as fluid as Assassins Creed in the ability to control your character, the role-playing elements didn't feel natural and there weren't as many options as I had hoped, and Castlevania's Lord of Shadow combat is better. These are titles that I found myself comparing to Shadows of Mordor, and it's great that they borrow elements from awesome games, but because they didn't take the time to perfect those elements I found myself always remembering how much better the games I compare it to are.

    I didn't like the story, I don't like how much emphasis they put on the orc hierarchy though it started off really interesting the effect wore off within a couple hours of gameplay. Shadows of Mordor makes you feel like you can chose orcs to represent you in the chain of command from helping them, but it doesn't truly grant you the freedom to chose to kill Ratbag, or manipulate one of the stronger Uruks. Maybe if the game offered more freedom the orc hierarchy would have been more engaging, but because it lacked that depth it lost its novelty.
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  5. Feb 7, 2016
    3
    ما تسوى على ال 360، الرسوم سيئة وحتى مع الباتش يتحسن التحميل في المنطقة الأولى واذا رحت للثانية يطول حيل .. تقعد تنتظر حوالى دقيقة الا ربع كلما تسوى على ال 360، الرسوم سيئة وحتى مع الباتش يتحسن التحميل في المنطقة الأولى واذا رحت للثانية يطول حيل .. تقعد تنتظر حوالى دقيقة الا ربع كل ماتفتح الخريطة وتقفلها. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2016
    2
    First of all, If you have an XBOX 360, do not bother to purchase this game. The graphics are horrendous - I mean really terrible. They areFirst of all, If you have an XBOX 360, do not bother to purchase this game. The graphics are horrendous - I mean really terrible. They are literally on par with graphics from original XBOX games. I thought their was an error in the installation process, but there was not. It's unfortunate because the story seemed really interesting and it hooks you right away. There doesn't seem to be an issue with load times, or anything, but all the images look kind of blurry, very similar to watching a video with bad resolution. My TV is a 1080p but the game looks like -- well, whatever the lowest resolution that exists. I never made it past the intro, the graphics were that bad... Expand
  7. Oct 5, 2015
    0
    WARNING! WARNING! - Please read. Poor Port.

    I agree with Bert2e. I just got xbox live sale for $11. NOT WORTH IT! You know the Dragon Age
    WARNING! WARNING! - Please read. Poor Port.

    I agree with Bert2e. I just got xbox live sale for $11. NOT WORTH IT!
    You know the Dragon Age Inquistion port? Some bad textures and renderderings, some horrible pop-ins, BUT all in all DA:I was fun and looked good enough all was forgiven. NOT IN SHADOW OF MORDOR! IT IS THE WORST PORT YET! Worst part is i dont believe it had to be. Simply put, it was poorly optimized. No excuses!

    This is so sad because ive played on a PS4 and it's so great! Ppl will say that at least the combat in xbox 360 port is intact. Yes and no. Yes, all the combos are there, but does it matter when the combat is no longer fluid? Youll stutter through your combos clipping through walls and stabbing a textureless war chief whose lips never sync up to audio.

    And in a massive open world game where youll be accessing the menus every few minutes for navigation and upgrades, the 10 sec load in and load out times for pause menus is a NIGHTMARE!

    DO NOT BUY PLEASE! Let them know this kind of port is NOT OK!
    Those giving this a 10 are just trying to level out the low score. No one on earth thinks this is perfect. Or even good. Just maybe passable. Maybe, but only because there no game breaking bug i know of. You can finish the game, but god, why would you want to :'(

    RIP Shadows of Mordor XBox 360 port.
    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
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