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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: 77 out of 264
  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 15, 2017
    9
    I'm only an hour or so in the game and it is awesome. In my opinion the 0 reviews and calls to boycot the game because of micro transactions,I'm only an hour or so in the game and it is awesome. In my opinion the 0 reviews and calls to boycot the game because of micro transactions, is totally rediculous. The graphics are awesome and the game is so much better than the 1st. You could have given the game a bit more credit as an honest review is about pros and cons, but I suspect you haven't even played the game have you? I won't be doing a full review because of the limited time I have played. So, back to this work of art that grabbed me from the very first moment, not many games do that. Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2019
    8
    As i normally dont play most games right when they launch it, i usually don't have this lootboxes microtransactions BS problems, because theseAs i normally dont play most games right when they launch it, i usually don't have this lootboxes microtransactions BS problems, because these are clearly the worst idea anyone ever had for video games and people are finally noticing it and they crush the game online untill the companies stepback and fix everything, afraid of more burns.
    So what i got was a pretty good game, there's a bunch of stuffed ideas there, some good, others not so much, but the not so good ones dont ruin anything.
    full of content, diverse maps (although i dont like this kind of games without a single big map), there's the nemesis mode where we can invade fortresses and thats cool AF, and the Otcs, once again, are a whole lot interesting than other characters (specially Talion, the most uninteresting main character ever created in the history of video games. like, the frog from frogger is a lot more interesting)
    actually, i think that's the actual worst part of the game, the buddy we play with is literally just a vessel for us to control. almost none of the missions is about me. playng as talion is like playing with one of those generic NPCs that sometimes come with us in any other game, I'd rather play as ratbag and i'm not kidding at all.
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  4. Oct 18, 2017
    2
    Easily one of the worst big title games in recent history. Worst game of 2017 by far. Gameplay is tedious and unevolved from the first title.Easily one of the worst big title games in recent history. Worst game of 2017 by far. Gameplay is tedious and unevolved from the first title. Graphics are fine, but the meat of the game is rotten. Not only this, the developer wants to milk you not just with DLC but with microtransaction loot boxes, without which the game is incredibly grindy. The game forces you to grind over 20 sieges to get to the end of the story. The game was so bad I couldn't take it, I had to get a trainer to finish the forced grind at the end. I never do that with games, so that should tell you how amazingly bad this game is. Avoid at all costs until you can get the "GOTY" edition (awards from bribed journos) for 5 bucks or something. Expand
  5. Mar 3, 2020
    0
    Some missions in this game are so utter **** that you just want to quit this game.
  6. Oct 20, 2017
    0
    Don't touch this game! If this is what AAA games are becoming then this will be the last game I ever buy. Paying full price for a game only toDon't touch this game! If this is what AAA games are becoming then this will be the last game I ever buy. Paying full price for a game only to find that there are micro-transactions and a tedious grind in it! Absolutely despicable!!!! Expand
  7. Oct 10, 2017
    0
    Are all Triple A Publishers driven by greed today or is it just me? Charging full price for a Fremium model game tells you all you need toAre all Triple A Publishers driven by greed today or is it just me? Charging full price for a Fremium model game tells you all you need to know about how much Publishers know or even care about the gamers or industry.

    You would've thought Warner Bros. might have learned a lesson with their spectacularly bad Arkham Knight launch but no. We get a triple whammy of scumminess this year with them first trying to sell the memory of a dead developer as paid DLC. Then the Developers come out and tell everyone you may never even have to use the Lootboxes or buy using Microtransactions to enjoy the game and it's only there for people 'who don't have time to play the game'. And the icing on the cake is the Story being locked behind a paywall.

    I will never buy anything from WB again and just to think Battlefront 2 is out next month and thats supposed to be worse than this. God help us and God help gaming.

    Vote with your wallet unless you want PC/Consoles to be like mobile gaming next year..
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