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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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  1. Positive: 77 out of 85
  2. Negative: 0 out of 85
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    100
    Right now, it’s my main contender for game of the year, simply because, in its lack of pretension, its attention to detail and its understanding that video games first and foremost should be fun, it puts everything else I’ve played recently in its long shadow.
  2. Sep 28, 2014
    90
    A beautiful third-person action title that has deep role-playing game elements embedded firmly into it. You also get enormously detailed and deep environments, with unique enemies to populate it. This is simply a superb game.
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    90
    While there are a limited number of genuinely memorable landmarks in the world of Mordor, the real points of interest is the captains being hunted.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 25, 2014
    85
    Despite the dark setup, Shadow of Mordor doesn’t offer any surprises. It’s a solid action-adventure spiced up with some RPG elements and a familiar license. As far as the license games go, Talion’s trek is well executed mesh of Arkham games and Assassin’s Creed. You could do a lot worse. [Oct 2014]
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 16, 2014
    80
    It could do with a little more polish, but Mordor is still one of this year's better surprises. [Dec 2014, p.88]
  6. Oct 7, 2014
    80
    Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor remixes influences from both the Batman: Arkham and Assassin's Creed-series together with it's own ideas and the result is the best Lord of the Rings game so far. The story may not carry all the way but this is a violent, intelligent and varied action game that rewards creativity and strategy from the player.
  7. Sep 25, 2014
    60
    Ultimately, like many ambitious projects, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor doesn't deliver on everything it sets out to do.

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  1. Negative: 42 out of 553
  1. Jan 31, 2019
    10
    An excellent game, very good sound effects and voice acting. built on the same engine as Batman Arkham, group combat feels similar butAn excellent game, very good sound effects and voice acting. built on the same engine as Batman Arkham, group combat feels similar but terrifying because you cannot rappel away from a horde, just have to stick it out. Combat was extremely enjoyable, slowing time for an elf arrow barrage a personal favorite, as well as the guys killing you getting promoted was a brilliant touch. to boot, its cheap now. Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    With some issues aside, which I hope will be patched soon, the game stands to its hype. Extremely fun combat, with awesome visuals and not toWith some issues aside, which I hope will be patched soon, the game stands to its hype. Extremely fun combat, with awesome visuals and not to mention the much loved world setting of Middle-earth, which I'm sure even non-Tolkien fans will rejoice. This is a RPG that I cannot wait to delve further into. Expand
  3. Oct 5, 2014
    9
    One of the best game this year. I bought it this week and do not regret. Good graphic, good PC performance, good story and.. and the best OrcsOne of the best game this year. I bought it this week and do not regret. Good graphic, good PC performance, good story and.. and the best Orcs killing and fighting.I recommend it. Expand
  4. Oct 1, 2014
    9
    It's bets game in series of Middle-earth. Don't compare this game with AC or Batman, just play until it wil not start bored you, than youIt's bets game in series of Middle-earth. Don't compare this game with AC or Batman, just play until it wil not start bored you, than you can play in anotherr game, with good memories about Shadow of Mordor. Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2016
    8
    acredito que todo fã de Senhor dos Aneis e Hobbit como eu irá gostar muito do game, Shadow of Mordor realmente tem problemas, como o mapa naoacredito que todo fã de Senhor dos Aneis e Hobbit como eu irá gostar muito do game, Shadow of Mordor realmente tem problemas, como o mapa nao ser tao detalhado, e ter missões muito repetitivas, tendo que fazer sempre a mesma coisa, oque muda é numero de inimigos, mais o grafico é lindo, quem conhece o universo que o Tolkien criou vai adorar, sem falar que da pra ver historias dos monstros e lugares da Terra-Media, Shadow of Mordor é muito bom, mesmo com muitos problemas, é um jogo obrigatorio pros fás dos livros e filmes do Senhor dos Aneis e O Hobbit. Nota 8.5 Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2014
    7
    Its a decent game I actually give it a 7.5. I put in about 1-2 hours into. Its a button masher and I recommend drinking mountain dew coffeeIts a decent game I actually give it a 7.5. I put in about 1-2 hours into. Its a button masher and I recommend drinking mountain dew coffee etc. Not beer while playing. I had a hard time remembering combos but I am sure after more time I will get it down. I was hoping for more of a rpg element or a bit more of a immersion into the world its more of a action game where practically your just running around pushing buttons to make countless animations mutilating orcs etc. none the less it is fun its a face paced game so as I said you really need to be paying attention etc. the sound is good visuals are impressive to my 37 year old eyes. Its fun as I said I was hoping for more of a rpg element but can settle for less, dragon age will fill the gap for me. Finally this game has more value than the previous titles that came out hyped to all hell. hard to explain but everything in it works pretty good etc you get what you pay for no bullcrap here with this game its a action button masher that can keep you busy for a few hours. I don't recommend it for children if parents are looking here for gifts for kids, it is very violent etc. You have to use your parental guidance on that yet as I said its very violent and graphic. Practically a graphic rated R cartoon. Anyhow this is my review its worth the money folks. Expand
  7. Dec 16, 2017
    0
    Not really sure what all praise is about with this game its complete trash. It’s unplayable because the camera will make you nauseated, it’sNot really sure what all praise is about with this game its complete trash. It’s unplayable because the camera will make you nauseated, it’s the same enemies and its the same area design throughout the game. It’s just one big hub not really an open world in my opinion, takes you literally less than a minute to run on the other side. It’s more like an arena... rather than an open world with out any different locations to see.
    It doesnt feel completed, the world is empty devoid of anything interesting to see. The terrain looks like dinosaur poop and you’re surrounded by it all the time. The X button is used fore everything, running, dashing, jumping... Which creates a huge problem when trying to get away from enemies. Physics in this game doesnt exist... Almost nothing in the world gets destroyed by your arrow grenades or your weapons.
    Lets go back to the camera, you’re fixed to looking down towards the horizon. When trying to look around especially while running the camera wobbles instead of making a smooth transition. As you begin to run the camera centers itself on your character. A horrible design and concept... The fov is horrendous as well.
    The game is boring... It’s the same moves over and over again; granted you get special moves but they’re really not eye candy. Then theres this nemesis thing, I could care less abou it. The story is interesting and pretty gory. The voice acting is spite on and the fighting is crisp but the camera makes it nearly impossible to enjoy it.
    Stealth in this game is a big part of the game which can be stressful. We play games to have fun not take a lecture every five minutes on what to press. My God does this game have so many tutorial tips... The worst part you can disable it doing so and you’ll have no idea what to do or how to handle yourself. If you can put up with the camera great, but just a warning it’s not really open world and its the same boring bosses with different aesthetics. Still waiting for a good lots game, just seems its never going to happen.
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