Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ (NA)
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Fight through Mordor and uncover 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 chronicle of Middle-earth.
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Substitute assassins creed style game for SteamHAK_L | Jan. 21, 2016 | See all HAK_L's reviews »
Story and Characters - Nothing special, find myself skipping scenes here and there just to get into the action, characters don't stand out either. Only person I liked was the Monster hunting Dwarf. Perks, Attributes and Rune slots for weapons - Nothing you haven't seen before. This is why they are calling it an RPG which it is not an RPG, a more correct term would be LITE-rpg with capitalization on LITE and lower cased letters on rpg to emphasize what it is. You will get every single unlock so no, again it is not an rpg. You're the "hero" who has everything. Open World - It seems this term gets thrown around and has lost meaning. What open world in this game means is a bunch of side (fetch) quests, running from one objective to the next and the in between from point A to B is random npcs that get in your way. NO, this is not an open world game. It's one big map with "cell towers" which you activate and open up action. Open world does not mean empty world with artificial stuff in between the "action areas". Combat - If your mental capabilities are not functioning younger than a 7 year old, this game does not provide a challenge. Ork captains and warchiefs have perks, weaknesses. Easy enough concept. The captains level up if they kill you but you won't be dying much if at all. That concept is interesting but the game is not hard enough for it to matter. Manipulation - This is what you will be doing once you get far enough into the game. You can "brand" the grunt soldiers, the captains and eventually the warchiefs as well. Again it's an interesting concept but after playing with it awhile it feels empty and useless. So I pretty much gutted this game and pointed out how flawed it is. Now I will tell you what it does do for me. I don't want to get a uplay account, I don't want to have multiple game accounts to play my games. It just gets annoying to manage and log on into multi accounts. This IS my assassins creed FOR Steam. I'm usually the type of person to play PvP games, full loot, competitive, strategy..things that require more thinking. This game gives you a break from those types of games by being fun. If you've ever played any Dynasty warriors type games you will understand the concept of mindless fun. This is exactly what this game provides (mindless fun). The important thing to consider is, what do you value in a game, and what amount of money is that value worth to you. To me it was worth exactly what I paid for ($9). Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor wins the award of D+ from subject 2124
Surprisingly entertaining, but shallowMajorCluster | Dec. 20, 2015 | See all MajorCluster's reviews »
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor could be renamed to Orc Slaughter Simulator 2014, but that is not a bad thing. It deserves that title because of how fun it is to absolutely destroy a unit of orcs. Shadow of Mordor gives you overpowered abilities that make it too easy to kill an orc, but gives the player a horde of enemies at every turn. This game understands how dreadfully easy and ridiculous it can be, so it capitalizes on that by giving you more to fight. This design makes the game great fun in bursts. The innovative Nemesis system is without a doubt the best gameplay mechanic Shadow of Mordor has to offer. There is so much potential for storytelling with the Nemesis system as you make enemies throughout Sauron's chain of command. That's all this game really is, fun. Sadly, it's very shallow. The protagonist is your cookie-cutter rough and grizzled badass with a been there done that backstory. The plot will not keep your attention, and will feel more like a chore as you go on. If you are looking for a great time-waster, this game is what you want.
Arkham Creed: MordorMadDemon64 | Dec. 18, 2015 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is what would happen if you took the free-flow combat of the Batman Arkham games, spliced in Assassin’s Creed free-running, stealth, and assassination, placed it all in Mordor, and included a unique system never seen before in video games. And despite not, say, having as good a story as the Batman Arkham games (but still a superior story to the Assassin’s Creed games, at least post-Black Flag anyway) it somehow turns out better than the other games. As the name suggests, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor takes place in Mordor, home of the Uruk, enemy of all the other races of Middle Earth, and it is your job to sneak, kill, and brainwash your way through Mordor in order to kill the current leaders of the Uruk to avenge your own death. That’s right, you’re dead, but you’re also alive, stuck in some limbo that makes you keep coming back every time an Uruk seemingly kills you. At least you’re not alone, as an Elf wraith inhabits your body, giving you various never before seen powers, including the aforementioned brainwash ability that forces your enemies to tell you the weaknesses of their leaders or force them to attack their fellow Uruk. This all plays into the much-touted Nemesis system, a system that creates randomly generated Uruk generals, captains, and warchiefs, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, all of which you must figure out through espionage and brainwashing in order to effectively fight them. If you die, they will become even stronger, making your next fight with them all the more difficult. This effectively makes strategy guides and walkthroughs worthless, since no two players will have the exact same experience. Sadly, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor focuses so much on the Nemesis system that the story and side-quests fall a bit flat and are sadly uninspired, but you do not play Shadow of Mordor for these quests; you play Shadow of Mordor for the Nemesis system. Sure these side-quests might be necessary to increase your power, but you will gladly do them in order to have a rematch with that unsightly Uruk who poisoned you with his spear, and this time you know that he’s deathly afraid of bees.
Assasin's Creed + Arkham meets Middle Earthlawbn | Dec. 8, 2015 | See all lawbn's reviews »
And you know what, it works. I mean from an ideas standpoint. The gameplay is marvelous and all that but I must warn anyone who doesn't have an absolute monster of a PC or just has AMD, that this game will not run perfectly. On my decent computer, where I VERY rarely need to tone things down to lower than high, this game just shat the bed in open environments. That aside, I hate the Arkham fighting style, but here it feel's more satisfying, since you've a sword and not measly little bat-fists.
Great Gamejaffdf | Dec. 7, 2015 | See all jaffdf's reviews »
Lovers of LOTR will definitely be in love with this game. Great graphics and it builds upon the already built LOTR world. Unfortunately the main story is quite short, but most of the time you'll be distracted running around killing orcs instead of doing the main quest and doing other side quests, killing commanders and such so that adds a lot more game hours.