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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: 53 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Oct 5, 2017
    100
    Everything about this game outdoes the first, and with the expanded Nemesis System, superb combat, and epic story, you'll be immersed for a long time.
  2. Oct 5, 2017
    90
    Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is Lord of the Rings turned up to 11. Improving on nearly every idea from the original Shadow of Mordor game, it’s a gargantuan sequel in both size and scope.
  3. Oct 18, 2017
    90
    A sprawling action-filled epic adventure with a compelling story and a living, breathing world that creates real consequences for your actions and failures. Its post-game Shadow Wars content is understandably polarizing but that shouldn't stop anyone from enjoying the core experience.
  4. Oct 5, 2017
    83
    Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a good sequel to Shadow of Mordor. Fortress sieges are a nice introduction, but in the long run things could get a little bit repetitive.
  5. Oct 5, 2017
    80
    Shadow of War does stumble into a bit of a grind in the latter part of the game and the Chests system could be tuned much better. As it stands now, it's transparent in wanting you to open your wallet and buy a bit of Gold. Those issues are what keep Shadow of War from being an absolutely amazing game, instead of just a great one.
  6. Oct 10, 2017
    75
    The Nemesis system is the best part of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, but the rest of the game is overwhelmed with pointless grinding.
  7. 50
    The whole experience feels so utterly soulless it’s hard to really care about any of it. It feels like a game that has been carefully pieced together with every feature, bit of narrative and gameplay moment structured out of commercial desire, rather than any love or respect for the Lord of the Rings franchise. And as far as I'm concerned, for a game that's quite explicitly a Lord of the Rings game, that's a fail.

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  1. Oct 10, 2017
    10
    WTF Man, all people are absolutely stupid who whining and complaining about Microtransaction on games if they love games and enjoying games soWTF Man, all people are absolutely stupid who whining and complaining about Microtransaction on games if they love games and enjoying games so far.. just ignore it and don't bother pay Microtransactions if they don't like pay for anything that interesting them. SMH. this game is hell fantastic game ever i playing on my PS4 Pro.. graphic look great but not better than AC Origins. gameplay is great. Story is very interesting. i having alot fun playing this for 4 hours now. Expand
  2. Apr 15, 2021
    10
    For me its a great game. The nemesis system is great, combat is enjoyable and story is amazing. I see lots of people complaining aboutFor me its a great game. The nemesis system is great, combat is enjoyable and story is amazing. I see lots of people complaining about micro-transactions but i have about 200 hours in game and i didn't pay any money. Im not bored either because every orc has its personality and weaknesses. Overall the game is great its my favourite ps4 game i ever played. Expand
  3. Oct 18, 2017
    9
    While I agree the loot boxes are annoying, you can easily earn Mirian in game by destroying old weapons that you will no longer use. THIS ISWhile I agree the loot boxes are annoying, you can easily earn Mirian in game by destroying old weapons that you will no longer use. THIS IS NOT an excuse, but the silver loot boxes can be bought this way alleviating the grind.

    THIS ASIDE, the game is good, the game is actually great! The story may branch off the LOTR lore and story, but the story is fun! I liked it as much flak as it gets for being cheesy. The new nemesis system is awesome and feels scripted with how specific and detailed the dialogue can be, that is a good thing! Overlords are cool and very difficult but the fortress sieges can be a little easy to rush through. You literally just walk into a point and hit down on the d pad.
    That aside though the game does a good job in making you feel powerful but also challenged. The regions are appropriately sized and add flavor to the selection. The clear focus here is game play and mechanics, so if you like games that are very video gamey you should enjoy this.
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  4. Aug 7, 2019
    5
    This game is okay mechanically and visually. Combat becomes repetitive due to habitually using the same attacks and counters on basically theThis game is okay mechanically and visually. Combat becomes repetitive due to habitually using the same attacks and counters on basically the same enemies over and over and over and over again. All of Act II is a 15+ hour grind that barely proceeds the story and largely serves to prolong the game. Same with the entirety of Shadow Wars. In a nutshell the only meaningful gameplay to this game is siege conquests, something that can be done in an hour but spread over 30-40 hours. Expand
  5. Oct 10, 2017
    1
    Shadow of War is an OK game. Its a AAA FULL PRICE game too. If you want all Content and the Season pass you will spend well over 100 bucks.Shadow of War is an OK game. Its a AAA FULL PRICE game too. If you want all Content and the Season pass you will spend well over 100 bucks.

    Thats a LOT of money for a videogame. Now Warner Brothers went the extra step to put Loot Boxes in this game. Loot boxes that are paid for by real money. Lootboxes that contain Exp. Boosts, Gear and Units with a high value.

    By doing this they Made the PVP Base Building completely Pay to Win and they SPOILER ALERT!!
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    put the Endgame and the TRUE ENDING behind a grindwall that is artificially made into a tedium so that people would buy lootboxes for XP boosts. This Game is as SHAMELESS a MONEYGRAB as there is.

    In closing. If you dont have hundreds of bucks to spend on Microtransactions DO NOT BUY THIS GAME! NOT EVEN AS A SALE! It is no fun without investing Money for Microtransactions.

    Disclaimer: WB Games may purchase Reviewboxes that contain additional Scorepoints or Epic to Legendary Emotes like the Winki Smily of Victory"; )". Only 1000,-$ per Box. 1 Scorepoint guaranteed every 15 boxes.

    No purchase needed. The 1 out of 10 funtcions just fine as a review. Its totally optional.

    All jokes aside, no full price this riddled with Microtransactions deserves a higher Score than 1.
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  6. Feb 6, 2021
    0
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  7. Oct 12, 2017
    0
    making a giant spider a sex figure for wea2boos.
    Microtransactions in single game.
    this is not cheapy mobile game. dont buy this game in
    making a giant spider a sex figure for wea2boos.
    Microtransactions in single game.
    this is not cheapy mobile game.
    dont buy this game in full price .
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