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.
Defining Itself Despite Expectationsemptyhaven | Oct. 1, 2014 | See all emptyhaven's reviews »
The problem with a great franchise that spawns an equally great incarnation of said franchise, is that the rest of the incarnations that appear tend to be judged by how it resembles (or doesn't resemble) that one great work. For the longest time, anyone who made anything related to LotR was compared to its counterparts in the film trilogy by Peter Jackson. One cannot deny the landmark contributions of Jackson to the whole of LotR (introducing it to a whole new generation being one great thing), but it tends to detract from the creations of the people who want to interpret the material differently, but cannot escape the shadow that is Jackson's movies.
This is one such attempt at the lore of LotR wherein the movie is nowhere to be seen or heard. And I am terribly happy for this.
I am not disappointed by the treatment of the material. It feels not so much just a fantasy game, but it is deeply embedded in Tolkien's lore so well that I forget the movies for a while and am immersed into the world anew.
Innovative battle mechanics create wonderful pockets of real-time strategizing, as you wonder how to approach a group of orcs, or how to lure their leaders out of hiding. The awkward recovery methods and sometimes overwhelming hordes rushing at you are the only things I can seriously fault this game for. Even then, there is no stopping my blade or my bow.
I hope this pushes other people who are enthusiastic about LotR to not let the films define the series for them. There is still much to the lore, and if Shadow of Mordor is anything, it should be proof that you can indeed find something more in the world of Middle Earth that no hobbit has yet found.
Buy it nowagk90 | Sept. 30, 2014 | See all agk90's reviews »
I've been extremely surprised by the quality of Shadow of Mordor. Great story and characters, visuals, environments, etc. What I really love is how much personality the developers lend to the actual Orcs, it's very unique in a game like this.
Assassins Creed: Shadow of MordorTheswoon | Sept. 30, 2014 | See all Theswoon's reviews »
What happens when you combine Assassins Creed with LOTR? You get Shadow of Mordor. This game has completely blown me away on all aspects. I wasn't expecting such a polished game about LOTR, since the past games haven't been so good.
PROS: Combat, abilities, graphics CONS: sub-par story.