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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. Feb 20, 2021
    10
    One of my favorite games! Good charakters, nice system, epic raids and so beautiful places!
  3. Apr 27, 2021
    9
    true ending locked beihind grinding forcing players to either spend money on lootboxes or watch it on youtube well i did the dumbest thingtrue ending locked beihind grinding forcing players to either spend money on lootboxes or watch it on youtube well i did the dumbest thing ever and i bought the lootboxes just to see the ending i just platinum the game a few minutes ago i'm giving 9/10 because besides the microtransactions and too much grinding also the second DLC you get to play as a human kinda kills immersion we don't want to play as a human in a lord of the rings game but anyway i will give the second DLC a shot the first DLC blade of galadriel was good i put like solid 5 hours in it very short DLC which was a bummer all it's left after you finish the story is to grind but other than that there isn't anything else bad to say about this game i had a blast with this game my experience was great with this game i had solid 60+ hours into the main story this is the best Lords of the ring game i have played and it definitely makes me wanna go ahead and play the first game maybe the first game is a lot better and that's why people are so disappointed because they had high expectations for the second game and all those lot boxes microtransactions really pissed people off i went in with low expectations and i had a blast with this game the nemesis system was very unique i hope we get to see an improvement of this game in the future on 9th gen consoles PS5 XSX Expand
  4. Mar 20, 2018
    5
    Not a bad game, but definitely not a GOTY game. It felt much like the same as Shadow of Mordor with very little differences between them (theNot a bad game, but definitely not a GOTY game. It felt much like the same as Shadow of Mordor with very little differences between them (the castles and raids are pretty awesome, tho). Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2018
    1
    So i bought the game with good will after reading a few reviews and thought to myself, man it can't be that bad. And of course it isn't at theSo i bought the game with good will after reading a few reviews and thought to myself, man it can't be that bad. And of course it isn't at the beginning. It starts with a strong atmosphere that quickly shoots itself in the food with the terrible fan fiction approach to the tolkien universe. Spider transforms into women? New "the one Ring"? Ok so far so bad, i can get behind that. Gameplay counts in the end. The Combat delivers imo, so does the nemesis system. So far so good. But than it get's to the tokens that u use to buy the "LootBoxes", terribly designed, they float in the air like coins in a f2p running game. Full immersion break right there in your face. Same goes for the jewels (which will buff your weapons) and armor. Picking them up locks you in a terrible animation that takes way to long. Well designed? Not really.
    The Menus are even worse. They are uninspired and completely designed without the world of LotR in Mind. Easy to navigate? Yes but just not fun to look at. Besides this, it is fun to play but i've only played a few hours and the music already starts to get annoying. Then there are the "elven Soul arrows" who make annoying sounds which can't be turned off unlike the music and are nearly everywhere.

    So the game has everything it needed to succeed but somewhere along the line of development, something must have happened. Something bad that influenced gameplay and design. But let's end this on a good note: The World is beautifully designed.
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  6. Feb 6, 2021
    0
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  7. Oct 11, 2017
    0
    People who say that microtransactions don't affect the game are lying to you. If you want to reach the ending you have to pay or do hours ofPeople who say that microtransactions don't affect the game are lying to you. If you want to reach the ending you have to pay or do hours of tedious grind. If we keep allowing this the next is going to be worse. Wait until the game is on sale. Expand

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