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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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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: 49 out of 479
  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. Dec 2, 2020
    10
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  3. Oct 2, 2014
    9
    This is how you port a game to pc, no shortcuts have been taken with this game and it runs very well on my computer. For the actual game, it'sThis is how you port a game to pc, no shortcuts have been taken with this game and it runs very well on my computer. For the actual game, it's incredibly entertaining, satisfying and implements a very cool nemesis system which isn't half arsed either. Sure it does take elements from assassins creed and the batman games, but this is for the better of the experience and when your combat is this fluid you won't be disappointed. This was definitely worth the money on steam. Expand
  4. Dec 25, 2014
    8
    Great, great animations, fighting is engaging, fun and smooth. Man I had so much fun with this game, much better than AC. And of course I loveGreat, great animations, fighting is engaging, fun and smooth. Man I had so much fun with this game, much better than AC. And of course I love fantasy setting. I'm giving it strong 8 because after a few hours it can get a bit repetitive. If this happens to you, just go and slash some orcs, feels really refreshing. Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2014
    8
    The action mechanics are very good and the fighting is highly enjoyable. For me the real mastery of this game is the "Sauron's Army" componentThe action mechanics are very good and the fighting is highly enjoyable. For me the real mastery of this game is the "Sauron's Army" component fighting Orc Captains and War chiefs, personally I spent more time doing this than I did the Story Missions.

    Sadly the story missions is what stops this game from being truly great, the story is ok but most of the missions feel like filler and could of been much better.

    However for fans of the LOTR will get a kick and the actual game is still quite fantastic.
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  6. Jan 20, 2015
    7
    Graphics are good. Gameplay and controls are fairly fluidic. Some very frustrating moments, but I can see why people really enjoy this game.Graphics are good. Gameplay and controls are fairly fluidic. Some very frustrating moments, but I can see why people really enjoy this game. I'm not a fan of how the world was designed, but it is a nice open area to play in. Great finishing moves and the story has been really decent so far.. Got it on a steam sale, very happy I didn't pay full price. Expand
  7. Feb 10, 2021
    0
    Patenting the nemesis system, despite your game being created base on others' ideas. The industry is built on innovating of existing ideas.

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