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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. Positive: 91 out of 103
  2. Negative: 7 out of 103
  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. Oct 6, 2014
    10
    shadows of mordor is amazing and beautiful I love this game
    I has solid voice acting great combat and an great lore
    the game has the combat
    shadows of mordor is amazing and beautiful I love this game
    I has solid voice acting great combat and an great lore
    the game has the combat system of batman arkham series with the stealth of assasins creed
    with the lord of the rings coating
    with andy serkis as Gollum and some more exelent actors
    the gane Is world class
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  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 8, 2015
    9
    Alright I got this game for christmas, and on a whim decided to play it. Before then i'd never even heard of this game, or even read anyAlright I got this game for christmas, and on a whim decided to play it. Before then i'd never even heard of this game, or even read any reviews. Instantly I was hooked. Beautiful graphics (blew Dragon Age: Inquisition out of the water visually), fluid gameplay and a compelling story line. Good to learn more of the lore behind the rings of power. Hopefully they will expand this game, because 38 hours in and i'm completed with all I want to (even the DLC). They need to expand the story line and make the missions have more variety, for once you level up high, all combat is essentially the same and the game gets too easy. GREAT GAME Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2014
    8
    The best video game set in Middle Earth I've yet played, not as though that statement sets a high bar (excluding the adorable LEGO franchiseThe best video game set in Middle Earth I've yet played, not as though that statement sets a high bar (excluding the adorable LEGO franchise titles).

    It's a game that wears its inspiration prominently on its sleeve, and has managed to cobble key elements of other franchises together into a tasty dish of its own. The open world exploration of the Assassin's Creed franchise, the timed combo combat system from the Batman: Arkham series, mixed in with a standard set of RPG leveling systems make for a compelling and visceral experience.

    The real icing on the cake though has to be the 'Nemesis System', a feature not liberally borrowed from anywhere else in gaming. You're tasked with traveling Mordor and killing Sauron's minions, Orcs and Uruk-Hai, predominately.

    As you kill your way through the ranks, you'll invariably be tasked with taking down a Warchief or Captain in Sauron's dark legion. Should you succeed, a lesser Uruk-Hai will fill the vacuum, becoming a Captain or Warchief themselves and earning a title. You you be bested by an Uruk Captain and slain, they gain status amongst their peers and will both become higher level (and more difficult to slay) and recall your last encounter, taunting you with your failure.

    This creates a very distinct adversarial relationship between you and a Warchief that has managed to best you a couple of times. Very rarely before in my gaming life have I wanted to kill a character in the game as much as I have a couple of the Uruk-Hai. You combine their taunts with a distinct personality and visual aesthetic, and they become targets in their own right, regardless of their bearing on the story proper.

    The game receives an 8 out of 10 from me, because there have been a few AI/graphical issues in my many hours with the game so far. It's definitely got an excellent depth and immense replay value, but it does still fall short of gaming perfection.

    On the whole, this is my current 'Game of the Year' contender, though I do expect it to be dethroned by something or another in the glut of Holiday releases coming down the pipe. I definitely recommend the title for fans of Middle Earth, Assassin's Creed or the Batman titles, as it combines the three into a flashy bit of swordplay and decapitated Uruk-Hai.

    If you don't care for the titles referenced or the universe, and don't feel inspired by the 'Nemesis System', you'll probably be a bit more on the fence about it than I am. I do feel comfortable giving it a healthy recommendation for all other (mature) gamers.
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  6. Oct 30, 2014
    8
    I dont know all of the lore in LOTR so I cant speak on that, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the game. It was somewhat short and some partsI dont know all of the lore in LOTR so I cant speak on that, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the game. It was somewhat short and some parts could have been stretched out, but all in all a good game. The Nemesis system made the game personal, and when you were defeated by an enemy it made me feel like I had a personal vendetta against the enemy that killed me. Has its weak points but again, a great game. Expand
  7. Oct 12, 2014
    0
    This game is incredibly overrated, wtf are reviewers and users thinking? The game has good fighting/combat, though even that is entirelyThis game is incredibly overrated, wtf are reviewers and users thinking? The game has good fighting/combat, though even that is entirely ripped off of Batman Arkham (which still does it better than this game), everything else is a yawn fest. Bland, empty, lifeless open world which is a chore to travel through, boring story, lots of useless padding of the kind that you find in many Ubisoft games... damn. This game would have been a lot better with a more tight, focused experience instead of trying to do many things and artificially increasing play time. But i guess this is what gamers want nowadays, doesn't matter if it's boring or not, they just want it to take hours to play through. Quantity over quality mentality...which i disagree with. Expand

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