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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Game of the YearYaBoyFlynn | Nov. 27, 2014 | See all YaBoyFlynn's reviews »
I was somewhat skeptical when I first saw footage of this game. To me, it looked like it was trying to be an Assassin's Creed stealth game, but not quite there. It wasn't until about a week before its release that I realized it did indeed share many similarities to Assassin's Creed, but in a good way. Shadow of Mordor takes everything that is good about the Assassin's Creed franchise and ingeniously combines it with a combat system akin to the Batman Arkham games. This makes for some insane gameplay, allowing for crazy parkour and insanely gruesome takedowns. I have completed this game 100%, the first I've done so in years. This is easily the best game of the year, and you should not question buying it.
Surprisingly FunToastradamus | Nov. 24, 2014 | See all Toastradamus's reviews »
I have to say this game exceeded my expectations, it's a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Stealth is fun and the combat is even moreso. The A.I. in the game is expecially wonderful as well, with a wide array of unique Uruk captains to slaughter in droves. The Nemesis System does it's job pretty well, I've played over 30 hours and I've only heard a few lines repeated by captains and warchiefs, there's a lot of distinct personalities that go into the generation pool. That being said the game does have it's faults, missions are pretty static as every one of them is just a "kill everything" sort of affair, and the story was mediocre at best. Talion has got to be one of the least interesting video game protagonists I have seen in quite some time, but at least Celebrimbor (your wraith sidekick) is done pretty well. All in all, very fun game, just think of it as an Orc Killing Simulator.
The Assassin's Creed we've all been waiting forGrthwllms | Nov. 20, 2014 | See all Grthwllms's reviews »
With the dysmal failure of Unity it's worth revisiting this title, which set a pretty high standard for the style of open world, somewhat sneaky but very combat orientated games. It seems to me that a lot of people have already touched on the Nemesis system so i'll avoid that.
To start with the combat system is more or less straight lifted from the Arkham series, but that't not exactly a negative. Some refinements have been made, and unlike Batman you're using a sword to fight Uruks, so everything is already better just from that. But then you have some small refinements to the combat itself: A skill tree that allows you a great deal of freedom in choosing what to level and when, and as a bonus your stat boosts are relegated to a separate, point based tree, so your levels are actually going toward fun stuff like punching an Uruk so hard they explode.
Campaign is a bit of a mixed bag, there are some great missions and some that feel a lot like filler. The story plays out decently, and some very rarely mentioned characters from the Mythos get a little bit of illumination, which was lovely to see. I think it did a very wonderful job of avoiding stepping on the toes of the main stories, while still leaving the player with a sense of satisfaction at their efforts.
Something that was would have been appreciated would be a customized challenge mode, where you could set the level or position of Uruks on a map and then go nuts with it.
Great game!Giordytu | Nov. 19, 2014 | See all Giordytu's reviews »
The game is great, story line is interesting. Once you start playing the game is so captivating, entertaining, and amazing. And you feel like you want to do everything and everything possible within the game, but if you beat the game before you do all the side quests, you don't feel enticed to go back and play, once you beat it it feels like it's finished, like you don't really want to go back and do any other missions.
Best Simulatorarice2g | Nov. 16, 2014 | See all arice2g's reviews »
This is the best nan shanking simulator I've ever played in my entire life. Simple gameplay that improves with more skills and being able to combo them. Nemesis system is simply inovation at its finest and nothing like seeing an ork you shot in the face pissed and ready to try to kill you again