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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 574
  1. 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
  2. Nov 6, 2019
    10
    Very good graphics, good gameplay, good story, a lot of interesting things to do in the game. The orcs conversion mechanics is awesome. Excelent game
  3. Oct 1, 2014
    9
    This game is sweet. This is the first legit next gen game. Its story is good, could probably be better but the gameplay is awesome and withThis game is sweet. This is the first legit next gen game. Its story is good, could probably be better but the gameplay is awesome and with the upgrade system, the combat is always interesting. It makes destiny feel painfully empty. Mordor obviously took batman and ac and came up with a brilliantly nuanced version of them. The game makes you feel powerful but not invincible and their 'nemesis' system keeps you scheming and murdering your way to the top. This game could be 3 hours long and it would trump all destiny's 30 hours of grinding. Expand
  4. Oct 13, 2016
    8
    Very good game, very solid alround good combat good enemy's nice big open areas, I also like the way you can play the game pritty much how youVery good game, very solid alround good combat good enemy's nice big open areas, I also like the way you can play the game pritty much how you like, you can go in gun Ho or be as steathy as you like moving in the shadows and beating your enemy's one by one, you can make you charictor to suit your game style, I would highly recommend this to any LOTR fan, or even if your not a LOTR fan it's still a real blast to play, quite long as well over 20 hours. Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2014
    8
    This is the game LotR needed. Stunning visuals, beautifully designed environments, intriguing and very Tolkien-esque story line, and a wellThis is the game LotR needed. Stunning visuals, beautifully designed environments, intriguing and very Tolkien-esque story line, and a well developed karma system delivers the game that redeemed LotR video games for me. Saying that, there are some issues I have with this game. And I'm not talking about all of the bugginess, that receives a pass for it is a new game, and bugs are to be expected with the assumption that upcoming patches will be released. But those aren't the issues I'm referring to. With an action/adventure/rpg title like this, it's hard to not let the gameplay get repetitive, and I was hoping that with the vast universe of Middle-Earth at their disposal, Warner Bros would have been able to put this fear to rest. Unfortunately, this isn't so, and felt myself getting agitated at doing the same thing over and over again so many times. Another problem I had was relativity. I'm a stickler for video games and movies and tv shows staying true to the books or comic books they are based off of. And in this game there are some contradictions to the books, although they are not as massive and frequent as the ones in the movies. All in all, Shadow of Mordor proved to be an entertaining and redeeming addition to LotR based video games, I just wish that the game had reached its potential and actually made me feel like I was dropped into the universe of Middle-Earth. Expand
  6. Nov 26, 2014
    7
    Lord of the Rings hasn't released a game in awhile so, We have "Middle-Earth:Shadow Of Mordor" to keep it all going. Shadow of Mordor has theLord of the Rings hasn't released a game in awhile so, We have "Middle-Earth:Shadow Of Mordor" to keep it all going. Shadow of Mordor has the same game engine as the Batman Arkham series so it will feel very familiar to some people. The game throws tons of enemas at you at once and gives you some fun and flashy moves to use in slaughtering your foes. The story is alright, It's nothing amazing but keeps you interested.There was a very interesting system of Generals/Warchief you assassinate and progress through. On PS4 the game looks quite nice, big open spaces with tons of destruction and up close things don't lose there beauty. The addition of a Photo Mode in game is also nice,It give's people the ability to capture amazing kills.
    At launch the game had a few bugs but with a couple updates released it's smoothed out the game-play a lot. If you enjoyed the Batman games or the Lord of the Rings Universe you'll find this game quite enjoyable with it's fast paced and brutal combat.
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  7. Feb 7, 2021
    0
    Imagine patenting the nemesis system, despite your game being an Assassin's Creed re-skin. Not to mention that nemesis system itself existedImagine patenting the nemesis system, despite your game being an Assassin's Creed re-skin. Not to mention that nemesis system itself existed long before this game. The industry is built on innovating existing ideas. Everything is inspired by something that came before it. That's how games, art, music, writing, culture itself and everything else works. Patenting the nemesis system is like patenting a color blue, or like patenting an the idea of a powerful corrupting item in storytelling. WB Games needs to back down on this. Expand

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