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.
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Incredible experienceVerlyn | March 24, 2015 | See all Verlyn's reviews »
I absolutely loved this game. Yes, it does have an Assassins Creed vibe, but forget about it for just one second: you are a ranger, fighting in Mordor and killing hundreds of Orcs, while you are able to climb towers, dive and kill and orc, shoot an orc right through the forehead, mind control an orc, set an ambush for a patrol, etc. If you are not excited by this, then I don't know what will. The game has an interesting story, the controls are very easy to grasp and the fun of cutting off an orc's head never gets old. Word of advice though, you should be aware the game consists of 2 (two) different maps. I thought it was only one and I 100%ed it before realizing there was another map missing. This made the second half of the game too easy. Other than that, just enjoy riding a warg!
Amazing game!andreacdc98 | Feb. 13, 2015 | See all andreacdc98's reviews »
Shadow of Mordor is a RPG kind of game, in which you need to defeat enemies, play missions and level up your character to make your gameplay easier. This game has amazing graphics with lots of details put into it and also a great soundtrack, making the game really intense. But the best part of the game is the story, which is very unique and makes you feel like you're part of it. Also the gameplay is great, you have awesome abilities to defeat your enemies and it is really user friendly as well. I recommend this to all RPG gamers out there, since they will surely enjoy playing this, as well as other type of gamers. Great game overall!
Incredible ExperienceSimao20 | Feb. 11, 2015 | See all Simao20's reviews »
A great game that pushes other games in the genre to follow its path. Mainly because of the Nemesis system which allows the user to have multiple paths during their game. You can battle one boss, who you seemingly kill off but survives and makes mention that you leave them for dead. It also works both ways , if you get killed by that boss he mentions that you should be dead, it makes for a unique experience because its constantly being regenerated .
As for the story , Tallion is a guy who was murdered but as he does his soul merged with an elf who you later find out why he becomes merged with you and why he's important to the entire mythos of The Lord of The Rings. It's certainly not the best story, but its certainly enjoyable to say the least.
The game itself is very beautiful but certainly can challenge your PC specs. The game play takes some of the best elements from the top games like Arkham's battle system and counters with also adding in Assassin's Creed free running and climbing on buildings. It's one of the best games to come out in a while and worth the time to play it seeing as there isn't much releasing any time soon
Are you not entertained?Takwin | Feb. 8, 2015 | See all Takwin's reviews »
Yes, it is a mix of Assassin's Creed and Batman Arkham Asylum, and maybe even Tomb Raider, but it is better than all of those games, AND it adds the Nemesis system, which is definitely going to be copied by many games in the future.
Shadow of Mordor has excellent parkour, sweet graphics, truly interesting and story-drive collectibles, and really good and varied combat. The combat of Assassin's Creed is absolutely horrible in comparison.
They have a gem on their hands here. I thoroughly enjoyed myself from start to finish and will eagerly pre-order the next game in the franchise!
Exceptionally unique gamePrimalHunter779 | Jan. 14, 2015 | See all PrimalHunter779's reviews »
Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ is an open-world action-adventure title set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; many of the more recent games to utilise the Lord of the Rings have been mediocre at best (e.g. Guardians of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest), meaning I am happy to say that Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ knocked my socks off due to it's innovative mechanics and overrall polish. This is a classic in the making, and is one of the few games of 2014 that is undeniably deserving of your time. The story starts with the ranger Talion, who is stationed at the Black Gate of Mordor, witnessing himself and his family brutally murdered by the Black Hand of Sauron in order to summon the spirit of the elf ringmaker, Celebrimbor. Unexpectedly, the wraith form of Celebrimbor bonds with Talion, saving his life and giving him a second chance at vengeance. You then set out into Mordor to exterminate the orc ranks, discover Celebrimbor's past and obtain revenge for the deaths of your family. I found the story compelling in most parts, due to the personal nature of Talion's quest, and the way the narrative incorporates set pieces from the Lord of the Rings without placing heavy emphasis on them. For example, the appearance of Gollum did not feel like fan service as his presence in the story felt logical and crucial. In short, the narrative component of this game does a good job of standing up on its own without relying too heavily on the source material (this may be good news for gamers who are not die-hard fans of the films or novels). Gameplay-wise, I believe Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ has the potential to be the best game of 2014. There are two open world maps to explore in Mordor, Udûn and Núrn, each with its own quests and unlockables to complete. Both areas are stunningly realised, with Udûn acting as the traditional barren wasteland we'd expect from a game set in Mordor while Núrn is filled with lush greenery and sweeping plains. It's worth noting that both maps are also substantially large. Scattered throughout these areas are a large number of missions and tasks for the player to complete; the main story missions, various collectables (artifacts which provide memories of characters in Mordor, as well as various wall carvings), side missions which make you develop a specific weapon (ten missions that focus on using the sword, bow and dagger, resulting in 30 missions total), side missions where you have to free captive slaves from orc encapments, and missions where you play a direct role in the manipulation of the orc hierarchy. This orc hierarchy ties directly into the game's most innovative feature, the Nemesis system; this system allowrandom orcs roaming Mordor to become their own captain or warchief. The best thing about this is the number of factors that come in to play for each individual orc, including traits such as relationships with other orcs, relationship with the player based on previous encounters, fighting styles, differing appearances and personalities, ranks and fighting styles. One orc I was unlucky enough to encounter on my play through was named 'Krimp the Butcher'; this Uruk had a nasty habit of killing me every time I encountered him, and the next time I saw him, he'd taunt me with reminders of my mistakes the previous time we had fought. This is incredibly innovative and made the game feel extremely unique to me the entire way through. My only criticism of this game from a gameplay standpoint was the low amount of missions for the main story; however, this didn't affect me too much as I had a great deal of fun fighting villains I had created through my own mistakes, which is easily the best part of the game. From a technical standpoint, this game is polished and superbly made. The music is excellent and really sets the theme for the game; in particular, I love the epic drum beats used when fighting warchiefs in addition to the background chanting. The strong score also complements the more emotional scenes of the game to stunning effect. Also, the graphics of the game are quite effective, and the quality of the visuals helps you understand why the game has demanding requirements. I'd like to add that the PC optimisation for this game is quite excellent, with a great suite of options to tweak as well as exceptional performance across the board. In conclusion, Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ is a brilliant game and is one of the freshest action games to emerge in recent years. The revolutionary Nemesis system in addition to great gameplay makes this an incredibly exceptional experience that brings in the best elements from the Batman: Arkham games and the Assassin's Creed series. Top notch story, voice acting, music and visuals also adds to the experience and vision of quality. Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ is a must play and one of the best games you'll play in 2014.