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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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E3 2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Nemesis System Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 8, 2014
    95
    Shadow of Mordor is the single best Lord of the Rings adaptation to date, and one of the very best third-person action games in many years.
  2. And now, there are two types of gamers, if we're talking about The Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, "Those who have play The Shadow of Mordor and those who are going to."
  3. PC PowerPlay
    Nov 1, 2014
    90
    Solid action wrapped in a fascinating simulated Orc society. [Nov 2014, p.52]
  4. Sep 29, 2014
    85
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a very well crafted adventure that will keep you hooked for hours on end.
  5. Oct 6, 2014
    85
    Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a strong foray into the Tolkien universe, backed up by popular combat from other major action series, with its own free-running style to boot.
  6. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    At first glance, this is "only" some Assassin's Creed game from the Lord of the Rings world. When you look at it again you see an immersive action RPG relying on fun and fancy combats that are plentiful here. Tolkien is still waiting for that proverbial game that would find them and in the darkness bind them, however, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is close to it.
  7. Oct 7, 2014
    70
    A highly polished and generally entertaining romp, but it's missing a vital spark to bring everything together.

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  1. Negative: 44 out of 431
  1. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    Its good to see that studios like this still feel the need to take a risk and innovate.. What we all figured would be some sort of gimmick isIts good to see that studios like this still feel the need to take a risk and innovate.. What we all figured would be some sort of gimmick is actually an incredible system that works behind the scenes even when you think it isn't.. Follow the in game story yes, but make your own story using the nemesis system and your suddenly in a whole new world!! Graphics are what you expect nowadays from a AAA title along with the sound.. The gameplay has the best elements with almost assassins creed style assassination manoeuvres.. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2014
    10
    Truly an awesome masterpiece, that delves enough into middle earth. The gameplay is addicting, the nemesis system should be incorporated intoTruly an awesome masterpiece, that delves enough into middle earth. The gameplay is addicting, the nemesis system should be incorporated into more games. I can't get enough of it. Anybody who doesn't like it must have some issues. Expand
  3. Oct 2, 2014
    9
    So I’ve put about 40 hours in the game thus far, it says I am 53% through the game. Now I’m not one for doing a lot of side quests, but thisSo I’ve put about 40 hours in the game thus far, it says I am 53% through the game. Now I’m not one for doing a lot of side quests, but this game is just so amazing there is a real incentive to do everything in the game, you find yourself running around collecting artifacts listening to memories and free the slaves. You find yourself going out of your way to save slaves. The enemies have some real context, they feel real. When you are slain he becomes a captain and can become more powerful. You’ll find yourself scouring the countryside for these captains to get your vengeance, and sometimes he will even kill you again, make that eventual victory even more potent. You’ll find yourself just killing off captains. There is so much to do in this game, and all of it stays fresh from the runes you get and the abilities you unlock really makes this game a fairly unique experience even though its mechanics are shared with the Batman and Assassins Creed series. Unlike those games this game gives you a real reason to do all the content in the games and get completely lost in them.

    Music: Ok, I’ve never felt more epic in a video game. When you are facing captains or are locked in an epic battle, the music starts taking cues from what you are doing on screen. You will punch a captain and the trumpets will start blaring and makes a string of combos feel more cinematic.

    Graphics: I haven’t had a single issue running this game and boy does it look amazing, I am running everything on ultra, it’s nice to see how far the lithtech engine has come from the days of F.E.A.R.. I’ve had a few issues where some U/I would disappear making it hard to complete some missions where I just had to quit and restart the game.

    Controls: This game feels very much like batman with the sword fighting. But I believe it feels much more fluid in this game and as you unlock more moves and finishers in the game the more fluid it becomes. I am playing with an xbox 360 controller and I felt a bit limited. I’d be using the bow and ill be using my right index finger to pull the bow and find myself needing to hit the right bumper to shoot a fire arrow which took some finger acrobatics. NOW I did have some issues with the way the game handled navigating the world, sometimes I wouldn’t jump a wall when I should have been which could get annoying when you are trying to evade enemies. Also sometimes the screen will tell you to push a button to do an action and the game will do a completely action when you press the button, which can really suck when you are trying to jump down but instead you jump on top of someone in the middle of a pack of Uruks. But these minor control issues don’t make the game any less enjoyable.

    Story: Play it, there are a ton of great characters and well-acted dialogue. The word is even enriched by the enemy soldiers when you are sneaking around and you hear them talking about you as your legend grows.

    There isn’t too many bad things about this game. I still haven’t beaten the story, so I will update this review when I have completed it. But for now this is very much worth every penny and I have to recommend it to everyone even if you aren’t a fan of Lord of the Rings, I think this game has something to offer everyone.
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  4. Nov 24, 2014
    8
    I love the idea of this game, going into Mordor and making trouble for Sauron's forces. However, I became disappointed when I realised thatI love the idea of this game, going into Mordor and making trouble for Sauron's forces. However, I became disappointed when I realised that two areas were all that the game was made up of (albeit fairly large ones). I mean, Lord of the Rings is my favourite movie series of all time, and that's mainly because of the adventure, the overlapping but separate plots, and the sense of mystery woven throughout. Shadow of Mordor got the first one halfway right, the third one completely right, but the second one not at all.

    Positives: the game looks and plays a dream. Talion's cloak flutters amazingly realistically while Mordor has the duality of barren wasteland in one area, and lush fields of green in the other (executing both quite well). The combat is smooth as silk, better than Assassin's Creed's (which it obviously took cues from) and, in my opinion, better than Arkham's (actually killing things may be why). Orcs are varied, especially due to the whatever system they call it where you can antagonise individual and unique orcs throughout the game.

    The 'whatever system' is great as it actually provides a sense of personalisation into your battles. Killing orcs that have gotten the better of you numerous times is satisfying, however this is also where the problem lies. The 'whatever system' is at its best when you're having a tough time killing them - but I rarely did (I think about twice). I don't think I'm particularly 'good' at the game, it's just the way it is, especially towards the end where you unlock the ability to stun enemies by leaping over them; leap, land 5 strokes in one sec, use instant kill, repeat. I always looked forward to fighting enemies that could not be leapt over for this reason.

    The personalities of the orcs however, they got spot on. I think I heard the same line repeated only once throughout my 20+ hours of playing the game. That's what more games need - for enemies to be tangible, real, human-like beings. I know I was actually intimidated before many battles against orc captains, simply because of those intro lines (my favourite being the 'friendly' orcs which, while trying to kill you, were very nice about it - they actually creeped me out).

    This system ties into the story, because a lot of the quests you'll get into involve taking down captains - and I think this is where the main weaknesses of the game show themselves. The game has a great set-up: Talion's wife and son dead, NOT because of Sauron, and you're ready to go on a wild rampage of revenge through Middle-earth. What you get though, is you killing orc captains that have no relation to your family's death, having lame boss fights against the ones that are responsible, and not much else (hunting that big ass troll aside).

    I really enjoyed the combat, enemies, and graphics, so this is where the high score comes from, but I wanted meaning. To tell you the truth, I wanted to go to Minas Tirith, Rohan, Mirkwood, The Shire. I know the game has a tight focus, and to tell you the truth, this has its benefits. However, for a game with the prefix 'Middle-earth', the game only touches on 5-10% of Middle-earth. The one part of the game that delivers this yearning for the rest is the artefact collection sidequest, where many references to the Istari, the world of Men, Dwarves, and the locations I mentioned are abound. Didn't love the elven wall collection thing though.

    To conclude this long-ass review, WB show here that they can write strong lore worthy of the franchise, so show us how you can realise it in a full Middle-earth setting! If such a game came out, this would be a tech demo in comparison. The orc system is strong, but keep it on the side! It would be badass to have a rare encounter with your arch-nemesis orc captain, instead of making it oh-so-common. Imagine this happened while exploring the forest of Fangorn with Gandalf searching for lost elven ruins or something....I'm salivating just at the thought of it.

    I'll give it a 7.8/10.
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  5. Oct 2, 2014
    8
    The game is more of a mix of fable as far as the free roaming capabilities and assassin's Creed fighting it's npcs is where the game gets soThe game is more of a mix of fable as far as the free roaming capabilities and assassin's Creed fighting it's npcs is where the game gets so good the way they can remember you and actively run away in a fight if need be but the game does get redundant at times with the go here kill here missions they should have a more (for lack of better term) meaningful story. I don't know maybe if they had missions that made you feel that you really had to do them and quick just to see what's next it would've been better for me at least. One thing I could not stress enough is how refreshing it is to have enemies remember you when they kill you that is personally one of the best features regarding the game overall it's a decent game to pass time I give it 8.5 out of 10 Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2014
    7
    This game is a mixed bag for me. Most importantly the combat and gameplay are excellent. If I was rating this game strictly on gameplay itThis game is a mixed bag for me. Most importantly the combat and gameplay are excellent. If I was rating this game strictly on gameplay it would get a 10. But I had a hard time sinking my teeth into the story line. As a result I find myself loving the combat for about 20 to 30 minutes and then being left with the sense that my time should be spent elsewhere. The story just doesn't captivate me, which is a shame because the combat and the gameplay are incredible.

    Considering how bad the latest Assassins Creed is, this game was exactly what I needed. Perhaps the folly in this game lies not in the story but in my lukewarm interest toward the fantasy genre. Still though the game gets a solid 7/10, and I have no doubt that I will play the game out. Its just to much fun not to play, but not enough to get hooked on.
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  7. Oct 12, 2018
    0
    Unplayable, button mash gameplay, boring garbage.
    Game pad control is bad, keyboard-mouse control is too complicated.
    The fighting system is
    Unplayable, button mash gameplay, boring garbage.
    Game pad control is bad, keyboard-mouse control is too complicated.
    The fighting system is terrible.
    The number of enemies is infinite.
    Ugly
    V-sync not working on win 10.
    The sounds is weak
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