Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™
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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.
The best Lord of the Rings -gameStebsis | Oct. 6, 2014 | See all Stebsis's reviews »
This definitely is the best game set in Lord of the Rings universe. I played Return of the King on PS2 and that was really fun at the time, and War in the North was an ok game but certainly lacking in many areas. So being the best LotR game isn't exactly a hard thing to do, though Shadow of Mordor is actually a good game but certainly flawed.
A lot of people have compared this to Assassin's Creed but I'd say this is much closer to Batman Arkham games, though all these games do share a lot of similarities but still are very unique and do what they do really well. Shadow of Mordor starts with ranger Talion's family brutally murdered and he ends up with a wraith who's name I won't spoil to you as he is very major character in this whole universe, though I just can't fathom what Monolith or WB were thinking when they spoiled his name in one of the trailers. Story is told through story missions which there are 20 of, and only maybe 5 actually being interesting. As a whole I felt the story was pointless, it didn't add anything to the lore and they played it way too safely. The amazing voice actors felt wasted and the sort of main villain had about 5-10 minutes of screen time. And I didn't like that the game just throws you in with the wraith without any explanation. Every time Talion and the wraith had some conversation they just leave it awkwardly hanging right from the start. I didn't like that they didn't really discuss anything, they had no chemistry and by the end it's like is that seriously everything?
What SoM does extremely well is the Arkham style sneaking and combat, and at parts even better thanks to nemesis system and how it changes the game. You counter with Y(played on controller) like in Arkham, and you also can do instant takedowns once hit streak is high enough. Talion also has a cool bow that later on gets the ability to teleport to the target and kill the orc instantly, this is really fun to do. Stealth also works like in AC, you can climb stuff, take down enemies etc.
Nemesis system is the innovative part of the game. Orcs have kind of this hierarchy with chiefs at the top. Later on when you get all the powers at your disposal, you can really start taking down this hierarchy and through branding, taking over enemy orcs, you can infiltrate the enemy and build your own army. This is really interesting as every encounter is different, I was genuinely surprised how much variation there is, as in no repetition at all as every orc I encountered was different, had different skills and the way to approach them was different. You can also buff the enemies up by issuing death threat through one of the orcs, the orc you death threat powers up significantly but also gives chance to drop a epic rune that you can fit in your bow, sword and dagger to power them up with different perks.
There is a lot more to the nemesis system and how it works, it's really something that has to be experienced as it's different from anything else, some true innovation and something other devs most likely will be taking note of, at least I hope so.
SoM is solid game and I do recommend playing it just for the nemesis system and combat/stealth elements. But the story, world, characters etc. just left me disappointed, I didn't really care for anything happening and the interactions between characters were awkward and not well build. I wanted so much more from this as this is set in Lord of the Rings universe. There was so much more they could've done and made something much bigger, but I just feel like they played it way too safely.
A Very Simple Gamefortunateandy | Oct. 5, 2014 | See all fortunateandy's reviews »
The game is quite simply simple. It's a very straightforward game with two small sandbox maps. Compared to Assassin's Creed and Grand Theft Auto, Shadow of Mordor is quite small. The game throws you headlong into the first sandbox with little restrictions. My problem with the game is the lacking character development, the more important skills unlocked late game, and the story being short. Sometimes the side quests feel more compelling. The gameplay is very simple in itself with only three weapons total. You're not a super warrior in the sense you can take on an army quickly. Killing an army here is painstakingly long but the game does have many cinematic executions true to the Lord of the Ring series (decapitations mainly). It's not as complex or varied like an Assassin's Creed game but you do enough to make it similar. If you think Assassin's Creed is repetitive then Shadow of Mordor will definitely feel repetitive quickly. But the game was fun while it lasted and it was quite fitting with the lore. I would suggest you buy this game at a cheaper price though and play the game if you're bored.
Game Of The Year....Till The New CIVblueturtletech | Oct. 4, 2014 | See all blueturtletech's reviews »
Been Playing this game nonstop since release and the game has more than lived up to the hype. Love the combat, the world and even the appearance of our favorite Gollum. The environment is wonderful. When the weather effects kick in you really can almost feel the rain falling and drenching your character. Love it. Danger lays around every corner and you can not just hack and slash your way to win. You need to use your brain and even sometimes just run away to avoid death as the enemy will call for backup. Until the new CIV game comes out this wins my game of the year hands down. Money WELL spent. 9/10
Ignore the mixed reviewsMrBongoGT | Oct. 3, 2014 | See all MrBongoGT's reviews »
I pre-ordered this game a while ago but when reviews came out early and saw some low scores I was hesitant but I'm glad I didn't cancel my pre-order. The game is loads of fun and feels like Assassins Creed meets Batman, with a LOTR theme.
The map isn't huge but you wont notice that at all. The collectibles are extremely easy to acquire which is great for anyone wanting to get 100%. It took me 17 hours to complete the game 100% (not 100% achievements). I missed some achievements due to steam bugging and not tracking a few of them but if I include those regardless I'd be around 85%.
The weapons are somewhat disapointing as you dont really get to choose any. You do get runes but honestly they didn't do much. There were some epic runes, which were epic, but they didn't make a huge difference in the point of the game I was at.
Some "bosses" were extremely hard to kill because of my play style as well. I'm not the one to sneak around much so taking on 4-5 "bosses" was quite a challenge. The rest of the game was pretty easy.
Fantastic!Selona83 | Oct. 3, 2014 | See all Selona83's reviews »
Monolith really done a splendid job of crafting a great open world experience. Lots of lore, challenges, collectibles, upgrades to acquire. The combat is second to none to the Arkham games. I even argue that its better in some ways. Its super responsive and you really feel that responsiveness that this system needs. Add to that a metric ton of animations for attacks and counters.
The Nemesis system is what takes this open world game from really good to fantastic. You really feel like you build grudges towards these individual Orcs and Uruks. Further into the game you gain more and more abilities to manipulate your way to domination which makes it all the more fun.
A return to form for Monolith! Welcome!