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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
  2. Mixed: 0 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: 9 out of 165
  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 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. 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. Oct 30, 2014
    8
    I dont know all of the lore in LOTR so I cant speak on that, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the game. It was somewhat short and some partsI dont know all of the lore in LOTR so I cant speak on that, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the game. It was somewhat short and some parts could have been stretched out, but all in all a good game. The Nemesis system made the game personal, and when you were defeated by an enemy it made me feel like I had a personal vendetta against the enemy that killed me. Has its weak points but again, a great game. 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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