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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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E3 2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Nemesis System Trailer
Score distribution:
  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: 42 out of 533
  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 7, 2014
    9
    really enjoyed the ork captains are great my only complaint would be its more of an action game than an rpg but if your in two minds its areally enjoyed the ork captains are great my only complaint would be its more of an action game than an rpg but if your in two minds its a really good game Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2014
    9
    I finally had some time to sit down and play this. The initial hours are pretty fun. The tutorial is very well done, it teaches you everythingI finally had some time to sit down and play this. The initial hours are pretty fun. The tutorial is very well done, it teaches you everything you need to know, but it comes off differently than "Press Triangle to Counter".
    It took me a bit to realize you have to sneak around at the start, running in is going to attract a lot of enemies and is a sure fire way to die.
    I really love watching the power struggles among the Orcs that I am not a part of, it's cool watching the game evolve without player input.
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  5. Oct 5, 2014
    8
    Shadow of Mordor was a great game although there is room for improvement in the graphical improvement. If you are a Lord of the Rings or aShadow of Mordor was a great game although there is room for improvement in the graphical improvement. If you are a Lord of the Rings or a hobbit fan you will get much more out of this games story as the game takes place in between those two movies. The story was quite intriguing throughout. A sequel was setup at the end of the game. The music always matched what was going on in the game so good job there. The nemesis system was a welcome change of pace in the gaming industry and I hope to see it in other games. The best thing about this game is that it is open world and there is a level of scalability. Overall the game was great. Expand
  6. Nov 11, 2016
    8
    muy buen juego basado en el estilo de lucha de los Batman

    excesivamente fácil, menos cuando la IA se pone toda de acuerdo para fastidiarte
    muy buen juego basado en el estilo de lucha de los Batman

    excesivamente fácil, menos cuando la IA se pone toda de acuerdo para fastidiarte la misión

    también se echa en falta más variedad, cuando por fin consigues todas las habilidades se ha terminado el juego
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  7. Dec 3, 2016
    0
    I didn't see this as 8/10 game. Mostly 7/10. People in negative reviews were complaining mostly about the story but the story was fine for meI didn't see this as 8/10 game. Mostly 7/10. People in negative reviews were complaining mostly about the story but the story was fine for me somewhere around 8-8.5/10. What i was disappointed most was the open world, it can't be even named an open world because it's actually one big Orcish fortress. There are no places to explore, not a very good environment, no mountains to climb, no beautiful outlooks on missing mountains. You are going to have to get used on these PS4 controlls and it can be very annoying from the beginning. People say that the combat is very fun. I don't understand them. I don't see this as fun to spam square and when the triangle appears overhead of an enemy you press triangle. I don't know what is so much fun on that. However i can't imagine it differently so I'm not descreasing rating on this game because of combat. There are also some skills those you can use when you get further in game and you can have fun with them. Overally only 6/10 game. I Wouldn't buy it if I would know it's gonna be like this. But if you are very big fan of LOTR you may like this and not agree with my review. Expand

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