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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: 41 out of 93
  2. Negative: 43 out of 93
  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 20, 2017
    10
    Do not read the negative reviews of users. They are devoid of arousal and are thrown against a play masterpiece only for unnecessary andDo not read the negative reviews of users. They are devoid of arousal and are thrown against a play masterpiece only for unnecessary and completely optional microtransmissions! But do you realize that by doing so, you just do not mind a great single player game? This is a masterpiece game and a possible candidate at GOTY 2017. 10 full and praise. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2017
    9
    This game is absolutely not pay to win. I havent spent a single cent on the game so far and have not encountered anymore difficulty than iThis game is absolutely not pay to win. I havent spent a single cent on the game so far and have not encountered anymore difficulty than i did in the first game. The game is alot longer than the first but it does not get boring. They really rounded out the game and made the nemesis system even better. The combat i will concede does feel a bit easy at times as talion is even stronger than he was in the first game. Dont listen to anyone telling you that you need to spend money to beat the game because that is just 100% not true and its just people piling on to **** on a game. If you played and beat the first shadow of mordor i would highly recommend you pick this up. The only reason you would have to spend money in this game is if you dont understand what your doing and arent experienced with shadows of mordor. Expand
  4. Apr 15, 2021
    5
    This game is the best bad game I've ever played. The story is boring, the ai is dumber than my goldfish, the combat is way too easy unlessThis game is the best bad game I've ever played. The story is boring, the ai is dumber than my goldfish, the combat is way too easy unless there are two or more orc captains, and worst of all, you can't even go 20 minuets without finding minor or major bug. One time all the enemies in the map despawned and I was just walking around a huge empty map. I saw Orcs spawning before my eyes, I saw like 50 enemies phase into walls, one time the enemy walked through a house to get to me. You can just crouch walk in front of enemies and kill them before they see you, I literally sprinted into an Orc once and them killed him and it counted as stealth. With all that being said, I had a blast **** with the **** ai and laughing at the absurd and constant glitches. This game is the only game I've played that I think is truly so bad it's good. I would just straight up give this game a ten but I don't want to skew the user score and make people think this is an actually good game. Expand
  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
    Greed is ruining gaming!
    ignore it & enjoy today @ expense of tomorrow..
    Did you see/hear bout new SW Battlefront? greed is out of
    Greed is ruining gaming!
    ignore it & enjoy today @ expense of tomorrow..
    Did you see/hear bout new SW Battlefront?
    greed is out of control....
    All these companies know 100% we are upset- they don't care because that 1 kid outta 100 will justify their spreadsheets.....save us ****
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