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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 280
  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 17, 2017
    9
    Ignore the review bombing. 90% of the 0-2 scores haven't actually played the game, but merely raging about it because of a rushed, andIgnore the review bombing. 90% of the 0-2 scores haven't actually played the game, but merely raging about it because of a rushed, and dishonest review by Polygon. You do not need to buy anything with real money, and you can even get quite a nice amount of the premium currency by playing the asynchronous online game. Or you can buy lootboxes with ingame currency which the game showers you in. If you don't rush it, and just explore and play around with the nemesis system which is better than ever, then you will have no problem in the late game.
    That out of the way, the game is good. It's just more of the same thing as Shadow of Mordor, but with expanded gameplay, a much better nemesis system, smooth gameplay that will open up 4-5 hours into the game in a drastic manner. The first hours are not the best, but after you acquire the ability to turn orcs to your side, it's a different experience, and one of the best around. Killing orcs is fun, taking ones you like over is better, and then making them do all sorts of crazy stuff is the best. Combat has improved over the first game. It's still the same basics, with a lot of unlockable skills, and modifiers to those skills, and orc captains who will actually learn your patterns, and defend against them, which will make the crazy fights from the first game even more crazier. And it's fun to lose too, which a lot of games can't do well.
    As to negatives, the freerunning is still not as smooth as i would have liked, you can get stuck on things, run up things you don't want, not being able to ascend. It's serviceable but not the best. The story and voice acting is ranging from mediocre to bad most of the time, but there are a couple of good characters, and the ending of act 3 is quite spectacular. Did not expect it, it's quite fitting, and it makes you rethink things which is good. Also it busts Tolkien's lore all over the place, but if you are okay with sometimes fanfiction levels of plot, it serves the game. Still skipped a lot of it, and i really hated all of the gondorians. Also the orcs talk a bit too much sometimes, and it's unskippable.
    All in all, even if it's not GOTY, or my favorite game ever, it's a really good game, worth playing, and worth replaying. And don't worry about the userscore here. It reflects the views of people who never played the game. People who actually bought it, and reviewed it over on Steam, show a much better picture with over 80% recommendations.
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  3. Dec 24, 2020
    8
    Pros:

    - El sistema nemesis; no jugué al anterior juego por lo que esta es la primera vez que me encuentro con este sistema, y la verdad es
    Pros:

    - El sistema nemesis; no jugué al anterior juego por lo que esta es la primera vez que me encuentro con este sistema, y la verdad es que esta bastante fresco, los orcos son como pokemons que tienes que cuidar y personalizar, cada uno tiene una serie de ventajas y desventajas que tienes que tener en cuenta a la hora de mandarlos a luchar.
    - La variedad de habilidades: tu personaje cuenta con un repertorio de habilidades que incluyen el combate, el sigilo, la magia y el combate a distancia, y algunas de estas habilidades estan muy guapas, como por ejemplo la de golpe de sombras, aunque si que hacen el juego bastante mas fácil.
    - El lore: si que es verdad que este punto es un poco trampa ya que este universo lo creo tolkien en sus libros y no este videojuego, pero odio los coleccionables y en este juego he ido a por todos porque eran bastante interesantes.
    - Los orcos: me encanta el diseño que tienen los orcos en este juego, sobre todos los capitanes que cada uno va vestido acorde a su personalidad.

    contras:

    - El farmeo: Para pasarte el juego al 100% he tenido que farmear, sobre todo para pasarme los pozos de pelea , y eso me toca la polla. Lo peor es que creo que esto del farmeo es por culpa del asqueroso sistema de loot boxes que habia al principio.

    - Así como hay una buena variedad de habilidades, estas las consigues demasiado rápido por lo que al final del juego te sobran muchos puntos de habilidad.

    - Decorado: En general todas las fortalezas son iguales en cuanto a assets y decorados, solo cambia el clima, además estos assets me parecen algo cutrillos.

    Duración del juego: 34h y 19m.
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  4. Dec 17, 2017
    3
    In first three acts gameplay is ok, not perfect, enough repetative but interesting. Act 4 totally ruins it. + lootboxes in single player gameIn first three acts gameplay is ok, not perfect, enough repetative but interesting. Act 4 totally ruins it. + lootboxes in single player game = fail. Story is a Tolkien's nightmare.
    Don't buy this game.
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  5. Mar 3, 2020
    0
    Some missions in this game are so utter **** that you just want to quit this game.
  6. Oct 21, 2017
    0
    You pay for a game with the true ending behind a paywall. Microtransactions are the new cancer that is destroying videogames. They ruined aYou pay for a game with the true ending behind a paywall. Microtransactions are the new cancer that is destroying videogames. They ruined a game with a lot of potential because of greed. Do not buy it until they change their policy. Expand
  7. Oct 10, 2017
    0
    Left a negative review on the PS4 section by accident but here's another zero since I mostly use my PC.

    Remember everytime you bought a DLC
    Left a negative review on the PS4 section by accident but here's another zero since I mostly use my PC.

    Remember everytime you bought a DLC or paid for a lootbox? This is what it has lead to. Good job, boys. This is a SINGLE PLAYER GAME with an ending gated behind microtransactions and pay to win loot boxes.

    With that out of the way - solid gameplay that shows almost no improvements from the first game. Would give it a 6 out of 10 if this wasn't the greediest display of open avarice and scumbaggery I'd seen since horse armor.
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