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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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E3 2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Nemesis System Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  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: 8 out of 159
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    Despite I am not a big LOTR fan, I decided to try Shadow of Mordor because of the high scores it received from a lot of reviews across theDespite I am not a big LOTR fan, I decided to try Shadow of Mordor because of the high scores it received from a lot of reviews across the Internet. If can describe it in simple terms, I would say this game is AWESOME !!!. From the gameplay, music, sound effects, graphics, to the battles and gore. Everything on Shadow of Mordor is GREAT and the Nemesis mode is super interesting and fun.

    This game deserves a 9.8 but I will give it a 10 because of the haters who give it a low score.

    If you want a game that gives you a lot of fun, a good challenge and a great value for your money, try Shadow of Mordor, you won´t be disappointed.
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  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 17, 2014
    9
    The surprise game of the year, not many people would of thought this game would be as good as it is, the game is a true shocker and is a mixThe surprise game of the year, not many people would of thought this game would be as good as it is, the game is a true shocker and is a mix of AC, Batman, and maybe a bit of Skyrim. The story is the only criticism it has, ends quickly and doesnt make much sense. 9/10 Expand
  5. Mar 3, 2015
    8
    Everything is great! Well most things were. Combat is fun and fluid. The brutal execution moves are always a joy. Although hard the game isEverything is great! Well most things were. Combat is fun and fluid. The brutal execution moves are always a joy. Although hard the game is still fair.... Usually. The control scheme and camera can be terrible sometimes. But other than that it's a decent game. It's proof that not all movie titles are bad. Expand
  6. Nov 5, 2014
    8
    Middle earth: Shadow of Mordor is a great LOTR game that introduces a great new system into play called the nemesis system. The nemesis systemMiddle earth: Shadow of Mordor is a great LOTR game that introduces a great new system into play called the nemesis system. The nemesis system feels new and gives the world you play in some life and makes the enemies feel like they actually have personalities instead of mindless things to slaughter and its fun manipulating the system(branding)

    Game-play- The game play is great here and the combat is very fluid and fun, and although simplistic, there are a solid variety of skills to use during combat. The beginning and middle parts if the game feel challenging which is good but towards the end you might feel overpowered but its so fun to lob off heads it doesn't matter. Also the amount of content in the game is great with hunting/survival challenges to complete, collectibles to uncover, slaves/legends missions to do, and the pieces of the ilithin to obtain. What i love the most about the extra stuff is that the collectibles and illithin give great amount of lore to dive into for big time LOTR fans such as myself.

    Story- The story was surprisingly good in this game and i found myself invested in the multiple characters within it and also as the overall plot progressed nicely and had a LOTR vibe to it. on top of that the voice acting was spot on. the only gripe i have is the ending was a let down to be honest.

    Presentation- the graphics are very smooth and although they arent next gen looking graphics they don't do the game a disservice or ruin the experience. the music score is good to and featured themes that sounded like it belonged in a LOTR setting and really adds intensity to the experience
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  7. Mar 1, 2015
    0
    Play this game if you want to put your controller through your TV screen. Terribly frustrating and "cheap" feeling. Button presses willPlay this game if you want to put your controller through your TV screen. Terribly frustrating and "cheap" feeling. Button presses will occasionally not register, which matters quite a bit during the course of the game. The combat system is similar to Assassin's Creed, but not as polished. Avoid if you value your controller and/or TV. Expand

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