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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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  1. Negative: 10 out of 176
  1. Jun 3, 2021
    10
    Massive LOTR/Hobbit fan here. I love this game so much. Its the prime example of how you adapt movies into a video game. The combat system isMassive LOTR/Hobbit fan here. I love this game so much. Its the prime example of how you adapt movies into a video game. The combat system is so well made and addictive. I absolutely love the large range of abilities you can unlock. Its so, so fun. I would highly recommend this game. 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 17, 2014
    9
    Shadow of Mordor is a game well worth buying provided one can subscribe to the fact everything in the game is based around killing orcs.Shadow of Mordor is a game well worth buying provided one can subscribe to the fact everything in the game is based around killing orcs. Luckily, the game makes this incredibly fun. I have played for near on thirty hours, finished the campaign and most of the main side activities and can safely say the game is excellent but decreases towards the end when the power to manipulate the enemies becomes available.

    An interesting concept, it actually plays off against the - as far as my gaming experience goes - nemesis system as it is too easy to reduce the difficulty massively by simply gaining control of a few powerful Orc chiefs and though the obvious argument not to do it exists, the game will be played as presented. It takes discipline from the player not to trivialise the remaining fifth and the culmination of the campaign is vastly underwhelming. The campaign as a whole leaves much to be desired with elements still being tutorialised half way through and mismatched story elements of characters introduced and thrown away without any grounding or context making them glaringly obvious as story contrivances. However the story seems nothing more than a way to develop the skills and abilities in an organic fashion to grant absolute chaotic freedom in the core gameplay.

    The gameplay itself is standard timed counters, attacks, special attacks and careful manoeuvres to strategically position against enormous hoards of enemies but for me the fun came earliest when, grossly underpowered the emergence of a second or third powerful Orc chief or captain into the fight made it a case of either flee or see how long until death occurs. Usually the latter. Death itself as a purpose and regeneration is explained adding a nice degree of levity to the 'gaminess' and further allows organic development of the game world which can also occur through power struggles.

    This - and the nemesis system that supports it - is easily the best element of the game, finding a particularly annoying Orc who kills you over and over again allowing his friends to power level is frustrating and engaging in equal step. The variance of enemy types and abilities in terms of traits is enough to keep it interesting and the high number of orcs constantly on screen is a joyous combat experience as they level through the ranks. The nice thing is each person will have a unique experience.

    In conclusion, a great game with some small issues that lets itself down with a brief and unfulfilling story that rushes towards an underwhelming climax and a difficulty curve that is inverse to what it should be with the branding ability far too overpowered with the Orcs having no chance to break free and equally the player having limited control over how their minions handle the situation selecting at random from a rather too small suite of events without any context or sense. But despite these niggles and small complaints, the game holds attention with a reasonable sandbox and interesting environment design but crucially the one facet that everything is based upon - the combat - has been done excellently.
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  4. Oct 12, 2014
    9
    Great game and very addictive. They've taken the good aspects of Assasins Creed and batman, and made it even better. Visually stunning andGreat game and very addictive. They've taken the good aspects of Assasins Creed and batman, and made it even better. Visually stunning and the way the game adapts is brilliant. I just need more hours in the day! 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. Jan 6, 2022
    8
    Shadow of Mordor is a great adventure RPG game that feels like the perfect blend of Assassins Creed gameplay and The Lord of The Rings world.Shadow of Mordor is a great adventure RPG game that feels like the perfect blend of Assassins Creed gameplay and The Lord of The Rings world. Relative short game but very enjoyable. A MUST play for Tolkien and Assasins Creed fans. 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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