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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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  1. Negative: 8 out of 115
  1. Dec 28, 2014
    10
    One of the best games ever, works smoothly. Great features GTA creators should learn how to use movement with obstacles in the game.
    I
    One of the best games ever, works smoothly. Great features GTA creators should learn how to use movement with obstacles in the game.
    I expect more worlds and missions in the near future.

    This is a 10 game so far.
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  2. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    This is more of a fight simulator than an RPG but there are quests and the captains are a challenge. I like how the ones with a power of oneThis is more of a fight simulator than an RPG but there are quests and the captains are a challenge. I like how the ones with a power of one can kill you with a lucky strike and then advance in their ranks. It keeps you on your toes. Some times it is better to flee then to try and stick it out, some battles you are better off to retreat so as to fight latter. Graphics are intense, and run very smooth. If you like combat this is the game for you. It is a mix of Skyrim and Assassins Creed. I love it. 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 14, 2015
    9
    Incredible game, a lesson in how to do things right. It has original ideas, nice graphics, a ton of lore and a good solid plot. DLC is comingIncredible game, a lesson in how to do things right. It has original ideas, nice graphics, a ton of lore and a good solid plot. DLC is coming thick and fast and is well worth grabbing a season pass for. Only downside is the controls can be a bit clunky at first and the system for restoring health in my opinion is a bit lame, over than that a strong candidate for GOTY 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. Mar 20, 2015
    8
    A great game! It blends things from open world classics like infamous and Assassins Creed with Arkham series like combat. The nemesis systemA great game! It blends things from open world classics like infamous and Assassins Creed with Arkham series like combat. The nemesis system is great. Some of the enemies really rank up into beasts that are tough to take down so you better be tactical and smart about going at them. 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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