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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: 45 out of 455
  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. Jul 3, 2021
    10
    This game is a really really unique and fun game. The nemesis system is just amazing. The lines orks say are pure gold. I loved the combat,This game is a really really unique and fun game. The nemesis system is just amazing. The lines orks say are pure gold. I loved the combat, loved the story but the ending was a bit underwhelming other than that this is a masterpiece! Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2014
    9
    The game is a lot of run with some randomly generated antagonists that give a unique feel to every play session. This adds to longevity andThe game is a lot of run with some randomly generated antagonists that give a unique feel to every play session. This adds to longevity and the graphics engine works quite well.

    Pros:

    Randomly generated content
    Interesting story
    Engaging antagonists
    Nice RPG elements paired with Assassins creed style gameplay
    Free roaming aspects are nice

    Cons:

    While gameplay takes getting used to, it is easy to master and take on 100 enemies at once.
    Open world is used too openly, it's not exactly that
    Itemization is limited to upgrades only

    Overall, a great game, but a bit too easy with the instant counters. All you have to do is button mash attack and counter and the execute keys, and you'll probably kill the horde of orcs running at you.
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  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. Dec 3, 2014
    8
    This is one of the few times that the random 10's and 0's actually average out to create the proper score on this site.

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    This is one of the few times that the random 10's and 0's actually average out to create the proper score on this site.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is what Assassin's Creed should be. There is nothing like going through an army of Orcs and taking control of their general. The combat is fluent and never gets old. The game was a bundle of fun!!!! Until the last 30 minutes.

    The final few missions combine to create the worst ending of any finite game i've ever played. The "boss fights" were awful and the game's obvious goal was to set up for a sequel. I can't go into too much detail without spoiling it but this game's bread and butter was the meat of the game. The combat and the engine. Its almost as if the developers were 2 months away from completing the game and their project manager told them they had to complete the rest of the game in 43 minutes. Shame on them for that ending.
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  6. Jul 27, 2015
    7
    TIPS for the DEVS for the sequel:

    Very good start for a new IP, unless they want to stall like batman series, i am expecting them to add:
    TIPS for the DEVS for the sequel:

    Very good start for a new IP, unless they want to stall like batman series, i am expecting them to add:

    Better animation technology like "endorphin engine" for throwing orcs, off the cliff.

    Could be shorter and more effective at what it is, it did spare some missions as "optional". Dwarf missions for example, could be optional, post game.

    More animation variations so the "skating" effect be less apparent.

    Less "speed up" and "slow motion" moves to help appreciate the move set.

    Less OverPowered protagonist for the "Brand" system to actually beneficial.

    Less snappy animation system for natural motion.
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  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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