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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: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 2, 2014
    95
    The combat and exploration are fun, and while the game may seem a bit difficult, don't forget that running away is always a good idea.
  2. Oct 9, 2014
    93
    After a day with Shadow of Mordor on Xbox One, I can confidently recommend it just as strongly as the PS4 and PC versions. True, this is probably the worst-looking of the bunch by a small margin.
  3. Dec 2, 2014
    90
    Addictive combat with a multitude of variants and silky smooth gameplay make this hard to put down. [Issue#255, p.51]
  4. Oct 6, 2014
    88
    Delivers high on adventure and gaming. Middle Earth comes to life.
  5. Oct 7, 2014
    88
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes the combat of the Batman games, the stealth and exploration of the Assassin’s Creed games and combines them into a really fun package.
  6. 83
    With a brilliant blend of silky smooth yet brutal combat and some memorable stealth sequences, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor offers up some of the best open world combat we have seen in quite some time. It is not without some faults, and will frustrate many to the core, but in the end you are left with an excellent Lord of the Rings game that should please any “Mature” gamer.
  7. Sep 25, 2014
    80
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is simply the finest Tolkien game we've played in quite some time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 123
  1. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    This game is a great achievement for video games and will change the way games are made in the future. People complain that the game isn'tThis game is a great achievement for video games and will change the way games are made in the future. People complain that the game isn't long enough, but if you are a true LOTR fan, and if you like the game even a hint, you will purchase the DLC which will contain hours and hours of more campaign in addition to new locations/maps. The physics and animations of the game are incredible, gameplay practically flawless. You will enjoy slaying orcs for hours on end! Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2014
    10
    The second most unique game I have ever played is Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor(1= sunset overdrive) This game is absolutely incredible andThe second most unique game I have ever played is Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor(1= sunset overdrive) This game is absolutely incredible and was almost as challenging as the Dark Souls series on xbox 360. The graphics are beautiful enough to really capture what they want Middle Earth to look like. I love how the combat feels in this game which makes it seem like every enemy is a tough battle. The storyline is wonderful and feels like it's coming straight out of a movie or book. It's worth a buy 100% regardless whether your a lord of the rings fan or not. It's in my top 10 games for sure that I have ever played Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    There's no two ways about it. I absolutely LOVE this game! I've only been playing for about 3 hours but I have to work tomorrow yet I cannotThere's no two ways about it. I absolutely LOVE this game! I've only been playing for about 3 hours but I have to work tomorrow yet I cannot stop playing Shadow of Mordor. I love everything about this game and gladly look forward to sinking several hours into it. Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2015
    9
    Awesome game with very fun combat. The "nemesis system" is what really put this game over the top for me and kept me coming back to it. TheAwesome game with very fun combat. The "nemesis system" is what really put this game over the top for me and kept me coming back to it. The story isn't all that great but I really enjoyed playing as Talion. Definately the best LOTR game I've ever played with tons of Easter eggs and cool references for fans of the franchise. Do not overlook this game!!! Expand
  5. Oct 28, 2014
    8
    This is a good game. There's a lot of similarities in the gameplay to Assassin's Creed and the Batman Arkham games. The concept of power onThis is a good game. There's a lot of similarities in the gameplay to Assassin's Creed and the Batman Arkham games. The concept of power on this game is neat, but I think it could be done better (so your power actually directly affects which captains and warchiefs you could have a chance against). I still think AC IV is the best open world adventure game on xbox one so far, but this is a fun a game with a neat story tied in (supposedly sometime between events of the Hobbit and LOTR - that I had to look up since it wasn't really made clear at the beginning of the game). Expand
  6. Jun 7, 2015
    8
    Ok every one raged about this game saying its amazing and how perfect it is, its not perfect but its good. The world is big, the story isOk every one raged about this game saying its amazing and how perfect it is, its not perfect but its good. The world is big, the story is well done, but it feel very very batman arkham insert which you liked best like. The combat is smooth but allot of it is quick time events press y now to parry it feels like its holding your hand and it gets annoying. it does start to get a little dull once you realize you are better of just stealth killing everything which is fun but in such a big world the sneak kill sneak hide gets very very tiresome. Expand
  7. Mar 1, 2015
    0
    Play this game if you want to put your controller through your TV screen. Terribly frustrating and "cheap" feeling. Button presses willPlay this game if you want to put your controller through your TV screen. Terribly frustrating and "cheap" feeling. Button presses will occasionally not register, which matters quite a bit during the course of the game. The combat system is similar to Assassin's Creed, but not as polished. Avoid if you value your controller and/or TV. Expand

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