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Average User Score: 8.0Oct 9, 2014Shadow of Mordor is a really good game when you take it for what it is. Sure, it totally butchers Tolkien's work in terms or lore yet mostShadow of Mordor is a really good game when you take it for what it is. Sure, it totally butchers Tolkien's work in terms or lore yet most people don't seem to realise that the game is a spin-off and isn't supposed to be considered canon. You wouldn't criticize something like Metal Gear Acid for this, so why SoM? Also, despite the story in SoM being pretty straightforward and uninteresting, as well as the main quests being boring and tedious (especially when compared to the side quests which were for the most part very enjoyable) it doesn't cause the game overall to suffer too badly. Does it stop it from being a great game? Yes. Does it make it a bad game? No, certainly not. The combat is fun, free-flowing and satisfying without being too easy (especially when fighting captains and warchiefs) which is something that its supposed parent games, Assassin's Creed and Batman Arkham, are often criticized for. The nemesis system is unique and a great fresh new concept which I hope to see used more in new and diverse ways. One of the things that I love about SoM which I can't stress enough are the captains and warchiefs. The encounters are incredibly tense and exciting, especially when you come across a revenge target. The voice acting and dialogue are topnotch and only add to the tension of the encounters. I was also surprised by the variety of the Uruk/Orc lines that there are in the game. It was very rare that during my 25+ hour playthrough of the game that I heard the same thing twice and I genuinely felt as though I was facing a new captain/warchief for the first time whenever I encountered one, and not just a mashup of random cosmetics and voices. It truly felt as though every Uruk/Orc was unique. Overall, I would definitely recommend the game to anyone looking for a satisfying action game with no strings attached.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Jun 3, 2014As a huge fan or the Metal Gear series I couldn't wait to finally get a glimpse of what the next main installment of the series, The PhantomAs a huge fan or the Metal Gear series I couldn't wait to finally get a glimpse of what the next main installment of the series, The Phantom Pain, will be like and Ground Zeroes met my expectations. First of all, the game is beautiful and runs at a constant 60fps at 1080p on the PS4.
In terms of content, there has been much controversy and honestly it is understandable to an extent however I have had my fair share of hours put into the game and still haven't quite finished with it yet. There is a lot to do in Ground Zeroes and yes the main story can be finished in 10 minutes but if you're going to buy a game to rush to the end and then leave it why bother buying it in the first place.
I was a little disappointed to see that knocking on walls had been removed from the game but there are also new features that have been added to the series. Vehicles can be driven for the first time and still contribute to the stealth factor. The codec conversations are still missing, as they were in Peace Walker, but again this is understandable as they wouldn't fit the tempo of the game as they did in other Metal Gear games.
Metal Gear fans will love this game and will find more to do than those alien to the Metal Gear series so this really is just fan service for Metal Gear fans, such as myself, and I wouldn't recommend Ground Zeroes to people that are new to the series.
My only real quarrel with Ground Zeroes is not the length and content but the price. Honestly, at release, the game should've been at least half of the price that it was retailed at. But other than that I really enjoyed Ground Zeroes. Hopefully we'll see more of the same in The Phantom Pain and be taken on another ruse cruse by Kojima.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Mar 15, 2014This game somehow manages to take the original Metal Gear Solid, which was a masterpiece in its own right, and one up it in almost everyThis game somehow manages to take the original Metal Gear Solid, which was a masterpiece in its own right, and one up it in almost every aspect. Sure, the bosses aka. Dead Cell in Sons of Liberty don't leave quite the impression that FOXHOUND did on the player in MGS1 and the boss fights are less imaginative as well as less difficult, the overall gameplay of MGS2 is much more complex and ultimately superior.… Expand