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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: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Oct 27, 2017
    100
    Monolith has something for everyone here, and just like Gollum with his ‘precious’, you’ll be hooked after a little taste of the power you can possess in Shadow of War.
  2. 90
    Middle Earth: Shadow of War is bigger and better than its predecessor in almost every conceivable way. If you don't mind the repetition found in most open world games, there's a robust strategy layer here that combines with a great combat system to offer hours and hours of Orc slaying, army building fun.
  3. Oct 30, 2017
    90
    Monolith Productions has an absolute sensational game in Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and while there will be some detractors, the story, and game as a whole, is a masterpiece of craftsmanship that would make J.R.R. Tolkien proud. It has quality development that takes everything fans know and love from the first game, and improves and expands on it making Shadow of War a game that could easily hold contention for "Game of the Year". It is a must have purchase for anyone that enjoys quality gameplay mechanics, beautiful visuals, stellar sound, and a story that holds its own in a lore that is highly protected by its fans all across the globe. In the world of The Lord of the Rings, Monolith Productions has become the one developer to rule them all.
  4. 85
    A textbook example of how to make a great sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War takes the first game's template and expands upon it in a meaningful and interesting way. The result is a follow-up that's not only a lot bigger, but it's also a lot better. It talks the talk, and yes, it also Orcs the Orc.
  5. Oct 12, 2017
    80
    Its storylines run the gamut from deftly handled through to daft, and ludicrous liberties are taken with Tolkien’s characters and lore...All the same, none of this matters because Shadow of War doubles down on everything that was already brilliant in Shadow of Mordor for a good 30-40 hours of stupidly absorbing stealth, action and warfare.
  6. Oct 5, 2017
    80
    It's a shame the story is so strangely paced, but you hardly need it. Fortress Assaults are great set pieces, and there's a lot of fun to be had with the upgraded Nemesis System alone.
  7. Oct 22, 2017
    60
    This core action and the complex systems that underpin it are fun enough to play around with that it's a real shame that so many issues exist around the edges of this package, because those issues eventually started to diminish my enjoyment of the game's good parts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 100
  2. Negative: 46 out of 100
  1. Oct 12, 2017
    10
    Lol
    I'm playing on nemisis difficulty, I never paid a cent in, games brilliant and I'm super powerful now.
    Microtransactions didn't ruin
    Lol
    I'm playing on nemisis difficulty, I never paid a cent in, games brilliant and I'm super powerful now.
    Microtransactions didn't ruin nothing.
    I earned 6k mithril last night 5hr session.
    If you are putting money into this game you probably aren't any good at it.
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  2. Oct 16, 2017
    10
    Shadow of Mordor was far and away my favorite Assassin's Creed style game, and one of my favorite games on the XBox One. Shadow of War expandsShadow of Mordor was far and away my favorite Assassin's Creed style game, and one of my favorite games on the XBox One. Shadow of War expands the game play of SoM as well as bringing the Nemesis System to a whole new level. I am very deep into the game and can say that in no way do you ever need to touch any loot crates. In fact I would say that buying the loot crates would diminish the fun and satisfaction of going out and building your army! Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2017
    9
    Quite a good game actually. all I see here are people complaining about micro transactions, how about this? dont buy them. Its not like theyQuite a good game actually. all I see here are people complaining about micro transactions, how about this? dont buy them. Its not like they advertise them constantly to you during gameplay to annoy you, or make the game impossible to play without.

    The game itself is very fun, maybe slightly repetitive, but then again with this type of game it would be almost impossible to not get a bit repetitive. Most games these days have a hard time grabbing my attention but this one sure did.

    I highly recommend this game!
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  4. Oct 19, 2017
    5
    Was going to give this a 7 when I thought I was almost done, but after what I thought was the ending wasn't and they make you grind out theWas going to give this a 7 when I thought I was almost done, but after what I thought was the ending wasn't and they make you grind out the army mini game for the rest of the game i decided to knock 2 more points off for forcing me to play a broken mini game. First off to get your army leveled you need to go to the fight pits, which in theory are pretty cool and fun but are actually horribly designed. A lot of times your orc will just stand there while the enemy hits them until they die, other times they'll just run after minions while the captain kills them. After this you Have to defend your fort which isn't too bad (IF you fully upgraded your fort and have high leveled orcs) now multiply this process by 4 or 5 times just to get to the end of the game.

    Aside from that combat seems to be really poorly done, it's fine 1v1 (which never happens) or even 1v5 but most of the time you're fighting 1v20+ and a captain, and then you get ambushed by another captain at the same time, which is be fine if the game didn't actively try to sabotage you; if you need to dominate an enemy quickly, the button will just not work and after pushing it the 3rd time it'll work but you'll be hit by another enemy before you get it off. Trying to dodge? You'll be forced to dodge over an adapted captain who will just throw you to the ground even though you are dodging the opposite direction. Need to counter an enemy? The game will flash the button prompt before you can push it. You actually saw it and pushed the button in time? The game won't register it and you'll still get hit. Successfully countered multiple times? The game will slowly force your camera into a bad angle making extremely hard to continue countering (ie looking up at the sky instead eye level). Now to top it all off every time you fight a captain he has to introduce himself (sometimes twice) and then again when he's fleeing, this would be fine but they make it unskippable and force pause the game canceling any action. A lot of times this will be an ambush causing the captain you're currently fighting to one shot you (I was playing on Nemesis difficulty till the end of Act 3 easier difficulties won't be as bad) once they finish their intro. The intros are kind of cool the first few times you see them, but after a while they become insanely repetitive, especially when your rival is an orc that just literally screams at you and you have to listen to it every time you see him. To top this all off they through in loot boxes in a single player game (with minor online elements).

    If you're gonna play, start it on casual and just power through it as quickly as possible, anything harder and you'll just want to gouge your eyes out.
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  5. Nov 23, 2017
    1
    I'm not going to complain about the micro-transaction, that's just how things are now. This game was my biggest disappointment in recentI'm not going to complain about the micro-transaction, that's just how things are now. This game was my biggest disappointment in recent times. It failed to fix the problems of the first game, Talion still cannot target an enemy (you hit what you intend to 60% of the time) and he climbs things wildly, even if you do not intend for him to. The bodyguard is a great feature except that he will assuredly betray you. The betrayal mechanic creates a lair of anxiety, and of divestment as it devalues any investment you put into collecting and improving your orcs. Once an orc betrays you it gets this Iron Will trait which you must clear to recoup your loss. Once you've cleared it your orc goes insane and looses his personality. The process requires you to delevel your orc which undoes what you may spend most of your time doing. Find a cool singing orc? Spend hours leveling him? He'll just betray you. You'll have to fight a bunch of Ring Wraiths which is the most annoying part of the game. These fights mostly consist of repetitive dodges and swinging for very little damage. You have to do it a lot, and it is redundant. The end game is mostly just managing being betrayed. There isn't really any reason to do anything in this game. Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2019
    0
    Le précédent épisode au Mordor était souvent pénible et perclus de sa jouabilité bancale et foireuse... on pouvait sans doute bien naïvementLe précédent épisode au Mordor était souvent pénible et perclus de sa jouabilité bancale et foireuse... on pouvait sans doute bien naïvement espérer quelques améliorations à cet égard avec l'Ombre de la Guerre mais en vérité... c'est pire !

    Toujours les mêmes défauts, toujours ce système de combat à la Batmou mal fait qui incite au bourrinage et qui se déroule dans la confusion la plus totale et toujours cette maniabilité désastreuse (tu vas grimper ce mur, putain d'abruti ou quoi ?!) ; toujours également un nombre d'ennemis hallucinant qui vous encerclent et qui reviennent sans cesse, générés par le jeu à l'infini : toujours des boss qui vous tombent dessus à bras raccourci sans qu'on ait rien demandé, qui vous empoisonnent la vie (littéralement...).

    Le passage dans l'arène en est un exemple crispant à mort : tant que le boss suivant (et le suivant) n'est pas clamsé, une horde vous les casse sévèrement dans le même temps et peu importe de les buter, le jeu vous en envoit encore et encore, des brouettes entières... on pourrait y passer des heures et des jours, on se croirait dans un mmo (de merde -pléonasme) qui vous fait bouffer de l'agro comme un joueur coréen en overdose de niveaux.

    Les capacités ou les coups spéciaux, on ne sait jamais quand on peut les utiliser, on dirait que c'est au petit bonheur la chance et la "rage elfique" lorsqu'elle fonctionne est si mal foutue et navrante qu'on a toujours l'impression de se battre avec un coupe-papier. De toute façon, le jeu n'est par ailleurs qu'un collectathon de merdes à ramasser, à faire mourir de honte les pires mondes ouverts de chez Ubisoft : quitte à copier, Messieurs de chez Monolith, ne copiez pas les conneries des concurrents !

    Le seul point amélioré concerne les graphismes, certes très jolis mais on s'en cogne carrément lorsque tout le reste n'est qu'un farmage forcé pour débloquer plus de compétences et que la jouabilité demeure aussi lamentable : la furtivité est encore trop accessoire ici et toujours perfectible. De toute manière, le jeu impose ses combats de merde à sa guise, pas à la vôtre.

    Bref, ça m'a soûlé comme c'est pas permis ce fatras et ce foutoir, alors vous pouvez bien aller vous faire foutre, Messieurs de chez Monolith, vous et vos sales jeux de merde !
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  7. Oct 12, 2017
    0
    Advertised as a sandbox game with where you hunt orcs using stealth and fantastic looking combat.

    Its just slots. You put in money and you
    Advertised as a sandbox game with where you hunt orcs using stealth and fantastic looking combat.

    Its just slots. You put in money and you just look at orcs and other supposed gear.
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