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  • Summary: Experience an epic open world brought to life by the Nemesis System. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominateExperience an epic open world brought to life by the Nemesis System. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth. In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, nothing will be forgotten. Expand

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 5, 2017
    90
    Similar to the way Batman: Arkham City built on the foundation of Arkham Asylum, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is bigger and more ambitious in scope than Shadow of Mordor, with great results. The way it expands the Nemesis system with far greater variety and fortress sieges makes even better use of the stand-out generated characters, and its battles with memorable uruk captains remain challenging all the way through the campaign and into the clever asynchronous multiplayer beyond.
  2. Oct 5, 2017
    86
    It's better, bigger and more sophisticated than the predecessor almost everywhere - except for the controls and business model.
  3. Oct 23, 2017
    85
    Providing thrilling gameplay, a flowing combat system, pleasing Tolkien landscape, challenging charismatic bosses, deeper story and a bigger end game mechanic to keep the player entertained for many many hours, today Middle Earth Shadow of War is one of the best games available in the third-person RPG-action genre.
  4. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War has everything that made Shadow of War great with improvements. It's a great sequel with tons of new content and great mechanics.
  5. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 30, 2017
    76
    Nemesis is a one-hit wonder of a mechanic. Everything else in Middle-earth is mediocre at best, but Nemesis makes it all worthwhile, since every playthrough is truly unique – a feature none of its triple-A competitors can offer. [Issue#225, p.38]
  6. Oct 16, 2017
    70
    Despite its “loose” treatment of established Tolkien Lore, Shadow of War manages to showcase once more why the Nemesis System is one of the greatest gaming innovations in recent memory. However, a title that manages to take the cancer that is microtransactions in a Single-Player game and metastasize it to the next level cannot, in all good conscience, be awarded a higher score than this.
  7. PC PowerPlay
    Dec 1, 2017
    60
    At times entertaining, but for the most part Shadow of War is an exercise in frustration and exploitation. [Issue#268, p.62]

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  1. Oct 10, 2017
    10
    Hello! Played a couple of hours and I want to say that the feeling is like that of Knight Arkham. Mechanics, gameplay, design and pumping areHello! Played a couple of hours and I want to say that the feeling is like that of Knight Arkham. Mechanics, gameplay, design and pumping are brought to the ideal. As a bunch of cool-put videos, ktt sensibly reveal the plot, many characters, in the game you feel the scale. Graphics at the level of the first part, which is not very pleasing, but on the ultra-
    settings The war is consistently showing 60 or more frames, which for such a-la slasher, very handy. If you thought about taking it or not, then boldly press the "buy" button and go to Mordor on the last trip of Taleon (I hope that this ring is enough to milk already).
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  2. Oct 22, 2017
    9
    Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™ is a good action game. If you enjoyed the first game, you will probably enjoy this too.

    Best thing about this
    Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™ is a good action game. If you enjoyed the first game, you will probably enjoy this too.

    Best thing about this game is it's gameplay. The game doesn't look amazing, but it doesn't bother you when you play. I cannot say a lot about the story, since I haven't finished it yet, but so far it's been better than in the first one.

    The game seems longer too, than it's predecessor. There are more areas and the story has more depth and different quest lines. Overall there is lot to do, so you won't be bored very easily in this game. The orcs, captains, warchiefs and overlords have really many different traits and features which makes the gameplay more interesting.

    Shadow of War (the name could be less generic though) is one of the best games in 2017. The fact that it's based on Lord of the Rings lore makes it even more great.
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  3. Nov 6, 2017
    8
    Game is fun, well executed, bigger. It takes the good things from the first one and improve them. Micro transactions is NOT an issue ; gotGame is fun, well executed, bigger. It takes the good things from the first one and improve them. Micro transactions is NOT an issue ; got money to spend ? Go ahead. Don’t want to ? No problem, earn your perks in game. I am near my play trough, at around 60 hours of fun (with vendetta and online fortress). Money well spend. Expand
  4. Oct 7, 2018
    4
    I honestly couldn't play through the entirety of this game because of all the grind that is involved in doing so. Near every story-mission isI honestly couldn't play through the entirety of this game because of all the grind that is involved in doing so. Near every story-mission is locked behind the same thing, which is taking over orcs in order to build an army. This army is then used to taking over fortresses. Not only that, but you can't take over orcs that have a higher level than yourself, which means I have to meet the same enemy twice in order to shame them to the same level. I grew tired of doing the same thing over and over for the small amount of story I got as a reward and the story itself isn't worth the effort. Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2020
    1
    Piece of trash AAA game, all tropes included :
    - **** stealth segments with braindead ennemies whose player detection makes no sense
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    Piece of trash AAA game, all tropes included :
    - **** stealth segments with braindead ennemies whose player detection makes no sense
    - abysmal button-mashing combat
    - garbage controls
    - **** american story full of "minority" pandering
    A disgrace to Tolkien's legacy.
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  6. 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.
  7. Oct 16, 2017
    0
    Even without the loot box shenanigans, the base game is just bad. I dont know how some compromised medias give this game a high praise. The soEven without the loot box shenanigans, the base game is just bad. I dont know how some compromised medias give this game a high praise. The so called "open world" is just a giant map of copy paste. And the story is just gonna keep Tolkien rolling in his grave. DO NOT BUY Expand

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