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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A mashing of elements from other great gamesValoo321 | Aug. 19, 2015 | See all Valoo321's reviews »
Shadow of Mordor is a very fun and engrossing game. It combines elements from other great games - combat for the Arkham series, environment traversal from the Assassin's Creed series - and puts it into a new environment that is Middle Earth. I thoroughly enjoyed the gameplay of this game, although the story was a let down. If you've looked into this game I'm sure you've heard of the Nemesis System - it's one of the biggest pulls for this game, after all. It's a very enjoyable system that makes the game feel just a little bit more alive, as the orcs that you've killed or helped to get to the top know your name, recognizes who you are, and come for you when you've thought you've killed one of them. However, it feels like the full implementation of the system isn't really brought in until the very end parts of the game, where it doesn't matter as much as it should. Why doesn't it matter? Because by the end of the game you're playing on God Mode. The upgrades that you receive gives you a level of orc-killing that is truly only achieved by someone that is supernatural. You can mow through crowds and gain 100+ combos with little effort, whereas in the beginning of the game it was exciting when you were fighting a leader, and then all of a sudden a second leader came running in from over the hill and you had to make a decision of whether or not you feel like you can face them. By the end, I was looking for groups of more than two leaders to get a challenge. The game is gorgeous, however, as the graphics are superb. The environments, on the other hand, aren't as much. Of course, you ARE playing on Mordor, which is known for being relatively desolate. But ultimately, knowing this and having to experience it are two separate things. The game makers try and lighten this mood by making some amazing sky with a night/day cycle, however. The storyline is one of revenge, which isn't a great start. Nor is it a great finish. The character that you come to know and the one that is suddenly presented to you at the ending feel very much at odds, and this discord couldn't help but leave me wondering if they just HAD to have a cliff-hanger ending to leave it open for a sequel. Ultimately, this is definitely a game that you should play. It's a great open world with fun activities to experience and do, and the combat is perfectly refined. Just don't expect much from the story.
Surprisingly Engagingmoth_eatn | July 18, 2015 | See all moth_eatn's reviews »
When I initially saw the trailers for this game, I wasn't terribly interested. I love the Lord of the Rings, but the game looked repetitive, excessively dark, and perhaps annoyingly complicated. But boy was I wrong. Once I started playing, it didn't take me long to get hooked on this game. The characters are fantastic, the story is intriguing, the graphics are beautiful, and the combat is so satisfying. And the orc captain/warchief hierarchy was much easier to understand and manipulate than I feared it would be. I spent just under 40 hours playing this game and it was one of the first games I ever 100 percented. Definitely one of the best next-gen titles I've experienced so far.
A great game well worth the price!goro3d | June 30, 2015 | See all goro3d's reviews »
Been playing for about 4 months and taking my time doing a lot of stealth and in your face fighting and loving every bit of it! Awesome RPG and worth adding to any rpg collection. It has be a great addition to my rpg collection! Game gets tough but as you build up your character you get stronger as well! I have the game of the year and it well worth the title and a great game to play either hardcore or casual everyone who is a rpg will probably like it :)! it's a continuation of LOTR but takes place after middle earth and the Hobbit.
Wow an intense rpggoro3d | June 11, 2015 | See all goro3d's reviews »
I love this game but wish it had an easy mode but apparently they thought that would be too easy but oh well. It's a great game in it's own right and I enjoy the blood and gore of it! I give this game a 97% out of 100 cause still has it's bad parts but dosen't stop the gameplay in the least :)!
Engrossing twist on the LOTR universe~!xwa_foxhound | June 4, 2015 | See all xwa_foxhound's reviews »
You can see from the screenshots that it looks great, and everyone loves hunting orcs anyway! What impressed me most however is something completely different - not the gameplay or the visuals, but the bits out of your control... the orcs. While you are running around the game world and killing away, there is a background orc hierarchy system which is constantly changing through duels and the run-on effects of your actions in game. Orcs that kill you level up and gain power, and these orcs later come hunting you down with their warbands. What I also love is that they hurl abuse at you when they meet you in game before charging in. Each one has different strengths and fighting styles, and just hitting them with a sword doesn't always work! Equally fun is the way you can gain information and intelligence from orcs, slaves, and random documents about these orcs, including weaknesses, to help plan your assault on them. This is truly a game worth playing if you are either an LOTR fan, or an Assassins Creed / Batman Arkham fan!