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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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Score distribution:
  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. Nov 2, 2017
    10
    Top nice! Really like it, I understand why people are frustrated with the in game purchases but i don't mind spending a few euros on theTop nice! Really like it, I understand why people are frustrated with the in game purchases but i don't mind spending a few euros on the microtransactions for a better time :) Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2017
    9
    People on here are complete and utter idiots!This game is extremely fun and innovative and all people can talk about is Loot Boxes which in noPeople on here are complete and utter idiots!This game is extremely fun and innovative and all people can talk about is Loot Boxes which in no way is necessary to play the game.Every zero I see lends me to believe most of these people have never even played the game.For once the Critics are correct and the people have absolutely no idea what hell they are talking about! Expand
  4. Oct 31, 2017
    3
    Repetitive gameplay and non-existent story, both unforgivable in a single player game. Everything about this game feels lackadaisical fromRepetitive gameplay and non-existent story, both unforgivable in a single player game. Everything about this game feels lackadaisical from map design to character progression. The nemesis system is over-hyped as you take down orcs easily the same way. Did not progress far enough in the game for loot boxes to become an issue. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2017
    0
    I wanted to go into this with an open mind. All the news about the microtransactions was really disturbing to me but I wanted to give this aI wanted to go into this with an open mind. All the news about the microtransactions was really disturbing to me but I wanted to give this a shot. Well, quite frankly, this game sucks. And not just because of the microtransactions. No pretty much everything in this game had very little added to it, or just flat out failed in its delivery.
    Basically imagine just the first game, with a kinda different story and, again, the microtransactions. While the story is prob average, it suffers heavily from the 4th act being a MASSIVE leveling grind and a halt to pretty much any momentum it had gained from the previous act. The beginning of Act 4 is the point where the game starts to heavily recommend you buy loot boxes because of the sudden massive level deficiency you find yourself in. With the amount of time it would take to grind your way to the point where you are able to do those quests, hours will have gone by and I can't accept that. For how little things changed from the 1st game to this one, throwing a massive road block in there around 3/4th the way through it is a slap in the face. All the good will that Monolith built up through the first game, with alot of stolen concepts from other games, is just completely gone now. I won't play another game in the series and prob never another Monolith game. They've lost a customer by their actions here.
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  6. Oct 16, 2017
    0
    This game dosent worth its money, bought it and played it, i mean it is decent, until the part that your followers dying like crazy, then uThis game dosent worth its money, bought it and played it, i mean it is decent, until the part that your followers dying like crazy, then u have to do more grinding to get new ones, the whole game is made so that u are forced to buy loot boxes with real money, that's the whole idea of the game, thats what make's it terrible. Talion control is very good but. Game content is very small.... only thing that can make you play the game more hours after u finish it its the boring grinding Expand
  7. Oct 10, 2017
    0
    100% agree with everyone else that their exploitative methods should not be rewarded. The game is fun until the ending and then all of a100% agree with everyone else that their exploitative methods should not be rewarded. The game is fun until the ending and then all of a sudden you have to grind and grind and grind to beat it. Expand

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