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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. Mar 14, 2021
    10
    This game is just amazing.
    Nice combat
    Nice Art
    Nice History
    Everything is awsome in this game!
  3. May 15, 2022
    9
    for a tokienhead, a non-canon dream come true.
    and indeed not more noncanon-ish than the exalted Hobbitses films.
    Freeroam, beautiful
    for a tokienhead, a non-canon dream come true.
    and indeed not more noncanon-ish than the exalted Hobbitses films.

    Freeroam, beautiful acrobatics, interesting combat and...orc. more orcs to command like ugly stinky Pokémon.
    and loot microtransactions? all whining. Soon reduced to a child-friendly gambling minigame.

    enjoy it as I did.
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  4. Sep 10, 2018
    5
    Pros:

    Combat system Graphics Cons: Flimsy story Very, very repetitive. You will be doing the same thing constantly with no variety.
    Pros:

    Combat system
    Graphics

    Cons:

    Flimsy story
    Very, very repetitive. You will be doing the same thing constantly with no variety. I stopped playing after finishing the story as I couldn't face grinding the same thing over and over for the rest of it.
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  5. Oct 12, 2017
    1
    All can type is don't purchase this game new if possible due to the loot boxes and weeks of grinding to see a lame final cut scene. If youAll can type is don't purchase this game new if possible due to the loot boxes and weeks of grinding to see a lame final cut scene. If you want to buy ( support Titian Fall 2 which has not micro-transaction) wait to it's on a deep sale or better yet do not purchase and support WB and Monolith who used a dead man sickness to profit for DLC or giving countless gambling loot crates that will give you OP over others. Please do not buy this game and stop supporting gaming devs like this one who are greedy SOBs. The game is a $$$ grab do your research first. Lets teach these gaming companies to stop slicing up games and selling it as DLC and season passes. We are the gamer who make these companies rich but we get nothing in return but pointless loot boxes and dlc that was originally cut from the real game. Bottom line it's a shell game. They know which shell has the ball but they hide if from the customer. Not going to fall for this tactic again. I work to hard for my money and I demand a full game and no DLC season pass BS and grind feast. By the way I am a black man who believes in unity for all. I say lets apply the same to the gaming industry and stop fighting each other while these fools count our money. There will be a day where the gamer control what content for the next season go AAA games. Lets get these devs to give use more not less for under 59.99. We can change the industry over night if we stop supporting these games and band together. Trust me. One love peace. Expand
  6. Feb 6, 2021
    0
    **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB**** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games **** you WB games Expand
  7. Oct 12, 2017
    0
    Microtransactions in a single player game ? Are you kidding me ? Luckily I watched the review from Angry Joe before buying this game. This hasMicrotransactions in a single player game ? Are you kidding me ? Luckily I watched the review from Angry Joe before buying this game. This has to stop. NOW ! Expand

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