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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 403
  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 6, 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
  3. Oct 1, 2014
    9
    It has been long time Since I played a game like this large openworld,fluid combat,talion is great and Nemesis system the new concept whichIt has been long time Since I played a game like this large openworld,fluid combat,talion is great and Nemesis system the new concept which makes this game unique from any other open world Rpg games and side missions are not boring all are interesting,tons of gameplay hours This Week of mine is going to Sunk with this game Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2015
    8
    The game is great! action-packed and compelling. Specially the nemesis system.
    The only bad things about it are 2:
    1- Very minor. Some
    The game is great! action-packed and compelling. Specially the nemesis system.
    The only bad things about it are 2:
    1- Very minor. Some button combinations are complicated to execute. Specially when most useful, like when you are surrounded by 20 uruks. TYou charge your powers and press R and L sticks and it doesnt respond.
    2- The story. It's not that good. A lot of missions don't fit well, specially the side stories like that of Torving, which I liked, but doing those made no sense at all with the story.
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  5. Oct 1, 2014
    8
    While it may SEEM like a re-skin of Assassin's Creed with a Batman: Arkham Asylum combat system, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor soars aboveWhile it may SEEM like a re-skin of Assassin's Creed with a Batman: Arkham Asylum combat system, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor soars above and beyond, combining a satisfying combat system with unique enemies within a beautiful world.

    The main word of this review would be NEMESIS. The nemesis system in Shadow of Mordor generates unique and sometimes hilarious enemies that will remember previous encounters, gloat at you, flee from you, and sometimes generate a feeling of vengeance which leads to a thirst for revenge, making killing a previously encountered captain extremely rewarding. Each playthrough is completely unique, featuring different enemies with different strengths and weaknesses that make no encounter ever the same.

    Never has Mordor been as gorgeous. SoM features two zones, Udun, the darker side of mordor, filled with ruins and strongholds, and Nurn, a grassy, valley type area that Sauron will use to feed his armies. I find myself in awe at the areas, watching the beasts slaughter the Uruks from a distance while I smirk with glee.

    For those of you worried about PC performance, be relieved, as the specs released seems to be a bit over-zealous, with most people being able to run the game on High settings (myself included) with only 2GB of Video RAM and not the greatest specs. (Running an i5-4670k processor, and an NVida 750ti, high settings, 50+ FPS, 8GB RAM, and 2GB VRAM)

    While SoM features a great combat system and a fantastic Nemesis system that pulls some serious weight and is the star that continues to shine, it's brought down by a story that doesn't meet expectations and can sometimes be dry, as well as a combat system, that while extremely satisfying, finds itself getting repetitive.
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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. 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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