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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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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. Oct 2, 2014
    95
    The combat and exploration are fun, and while the game may seem a bit difficult, don't forget that running away is always a good idea.
  2. Oct 9, 2014
    93
    After a day with Shadow of Mordor on Xbox One, I can confidently recommend it just as strongly as the PS4 and PC versions. True, this is probably the worst-looking of the bunch by a small margin.
  3. Hyper Magazine
    Dec 2, 2014
    90
    Addictive combat with a multitude of variants and silky smooth gameplay make this hard to put down. [Issue#255, p.51]
  4. Oct 6, 2014
    88
    Delivers high on adventure and gaming. Middle Earth comes to life.
  5. Oct 7, 2014
    88
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes the combat of the Batman games, the stealth and exploration of the Assassin’s Creed games and combines them into a really fun package.
  6. Oct 7, 2014
    83
    With a brilliant blend of silky smooth yet brutal combat and some memorable stealth sequences, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor offers up some of the best open world combat we have seen in quite some time. It is not without some faults, and will frustrate many to the core, but in the end you are left with an excellent Lord of the Rings game that should please any “Mature” gamer.
  7. Sep 25, 2014
    80
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is simply the finest Tolkien game we've played in quite some time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 172
  1. Oct 11, 2014
    10
    I regard The Silmarillion as the finest collection of stories ever conceived,along with the rest of the great mans work,so it was with greatI regard The Silmarillion as the finest collection of stories ever conceived,along with the rest of the great mans work,so it was with great trepidation that I approached this games lore.Despite some inconsistencies,Monolith have done a respectful and masterful job.The game itself is fantastic and Uruk slaying never becomes anything less than awesome.Their variance in appearance and speech are brilliantly done.Stealth is great,as are the powers and story.S.O.M reminds me more of Far Cry 3 more than any other game due to its structure,though movement and some combat are reminiscent of the games most have alluded to.But who cares!Gird yourself with sword,dagger and bow,power up and kill you Nemesis.Truly amazing. Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    There's no two ways about it. I absolutely LOVE this game! I've only been playing for about 3 hours but I have to work tomorrow yet I cannotThere's no two ways about it. I absolutely LOVE this game! I've only been playing for about 3 hours but I have to work tomorrow yet I cannot stop playing Shadow of Mordor. I love everything about this game and gladly look forward to sinking several hours into it. Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2014
    9
    Great game! It looks great, It plays great, the story is interesting and keeps you wanting to play.
    Combat is fun and stealth is not that
    Great game! It looks great, It plays great, the story is interesting and keeps you wanting to play.
    Combat is fun and stealth is not that hard to turn to your game style of playing. It was very easy to pick this game up and start having fun right from the start. I would recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun and easy to use hack and slash game
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  4. Oct 26, 2014
    9
    Overall, us gamers have never really gotten a Lord of the Rings game that has truly blown us away in the best ways. If you have been in a comaOverall, us gamers have never really gotten a Lord of the Rings game that has truly blown us away in the best ways. If you have been in a coma waiting for one like that, WAKE UP. NOW. IT'S HERE. Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor (SoM) is an amazing experience that should not be overlooked. It will definitely be in my Top 10 games for the year. Let's start with gameplay. SoM's combat system takes inspiration from games like Rocksteady's Batman games, but as its own, it is a damned good one. You will slash, shoot (arrows), throw (daggers), decapitate, and other awesome attack your devastating way through orcs. Early in the game, you will unlock executions, and to use them, you must get to a certain number in your combo. They are extremely satisfying with their brutal gore, and I always loved to see it happen. All the other combat animations were also spot-on. The story follows Talion as his family is murdered right at the beginning along with him, but he is risen by the wraith he will team up with. The story does get slighly deeper from there. In my opinion, the campaign missions definitely aren't the most enjoyable part of the game, but they were fun. The REAL entertainment is the nemesis system. To unlock more tiers in the skill tree, which also has neat and cool upgrades, you must gain power points. To get these, you must take down orc captains. The nemesis system has an interesting hierarchy that compels you to go out and take down these powerful beasts. With the nemesis system, every single death feels meaningful, so it rarely feels frustrating (more on that later). Here are the many outcomes of death: captain gets promoted, new captain is brought into the mix, one captain takes another captain down, and many more. I adored this nemesis system in every way. The graphics are very good and fit the universe of LotR. Early in the game, it can get occasionally frustrating. Another flaw I noticed is that the areas or environments aren't exactly unique, even though the second area of the game is slightly cool. Come on, this is LotR here. SoM is pure gaming entertainment to the fullest. It is worth at full price. Expand
  5. Feb 24, 2015
    8
    A solid 52 hours worth of Uruk killing fun. Came away very impressed with the nemesis system and pretty interesting way they made theA solid 52 hours worth of Uruk killing fun. Came away very impressed with the nemesis system and pretty interesting way they made the forging of the rings of power come to life on the screen. This was not the AAA game I was expecting to be playing this year, but I loved the surprise and hope the company stays in this genre and moves on to bigger and better things in the future. Expand
  6. Aug 6, 2021
    8
    Shadow of Mordor is an fantastic game, the best about this game is the gameplay which is similar of the batman arkham series. The story startsShadow of Mordor is an fantastic game, the best about this game is the gameplay which is similar of the batman arkham series. The story starts strong which then become just avarage over time. There are many side missions to do and thanks to the nemesis every enemy doesnt look the same and is different variety is guaranteed. Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is lame was not worth the money I was verry disappointed wish you could refund games seems wrong claiming to be the game of the year and play something so f...n stuipid...... Expand

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