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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Release Date: Sep 30, 2014

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Reviews

“AMAZING”
9.3/10 – IGN

“Revolutionary”
5/5 – Joystiq

“Remarkable”
4.5/5 – VideoGamer

About This Game

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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit: Vista SP2, Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 | AMD Radeon HD 5850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 44 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 | AMD Radeon HD 7950
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 57 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10.3
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Nvidia 650M or later, AMD 7xxx series or later and Intel Iris Pro.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 67 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Keyboard & Multi-button Mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10.4
    • Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 4GB Nvidia 780MX, AMD D700 or R9 295X
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 67 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bit / SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB NVIDIA 640 or better with driver version 352.21 or later
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 47 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: AMD and Intel cards are NOT supported. If you wish to play the game using an AMD graphics card, you should update your graphics driver to version Catalyst 15.7 or higher. You should be able to run the game without experiencing stability issues or graphical glitches, but you may still experience poor performance.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bit / SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 4GB NVIDIA 9xx series card or better with driver version 352.21 or later
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 47 GB available space
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TheEnthusiast
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I love this game, but the storyline confuses me.
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Kolbo the Nater
( 42.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I have almost 2 whole days worth of gameplay into this game. I have 100%ed it and I still play it just to kill captains and do steam achievements. 10/10
The only game I've 100%ed in my life.
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Nio
( 60.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This game rocks! The combat style is my favorite part, it feels like a hack and slash game, but you actually have to think about your next move. It's engaging, not mind numbing.
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wyrm001
( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Short version:
Fun game, but no replay value once you hit the end. Buy it on sale for a good deal.

Longer:

For reference, I did most of the side quest lines, but got bored and stopped pursuing them with about 90% completion on most. Had almost all warlords and captains turned, but didn't go for 100% for the same reason.
Fun-
=Very dynamic player character. As has been said ad nauseum, very reminescent of Arkhum Knight.
=Very amusing to subvert the entire army of the enemy if you have the patience for it.
=The nemesis system makes for some fun fight introductions if you don't properly execute captains- thus allowing them to return to fight again.

Not so good-
=Gets repetitive after a while. 30 iterations of the same missions in different locations.
=Once you've played for 15-20 hours, you've seen and likely beaten every combination of captain stats that exist.
=Only the first boss fight out of 3 is a fight. The other 2 are reduced to quick time events. Yay! I pressed 2 buttons and thus beat the game's biggest badass!
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Kurota
( 112.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
While this game is good for the first few hours. It lacks enough things to do to keep it interesting. You can kill any captain with ease even at the start of the game, and they are supposed to be tough. Not to mention you can't die, so if you want someone dead, you can bugger and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ize someone until they die.

The campaign is completely dull. It lasts about 3 hours of no clear story. You go somewhere, do that, then go somewhere else and do that. And toward the end of the game you learn how to brand out of thin air, Talion is like "Let's brand them.", literally. There was no mission leading up to it, the ability just appeared.

The only reason I have this many hours on the game is because I tried to play the ♥♥♥♥ out of it, because Valve is stingy with the refunds. Most of that time went into dicking around with the nemesis system, which is actually cool. Basically anyone in the world can become a 'Unique' enemy in your game, even the grunts. Except they share the same voices, have the same dull remarks, drop like flies, replace good perks with ♥♥♥♥♥♥ ones that just kill their guys, and all of them are monster slayers.
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tenkday
( 75.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Great game. The combat is a mix of Batman and Assassins Creed, combined with a unique blend of moves and abilities, all rolled into one character. The missions and side quests are thoughtful and combine crowd control, stealth and challenge missions to advance the story and your level progression. There are 2 skill trees, one for each half of your character, the human and the shadow wraith, and also a weapon enhancement system based on collecting runes for your 3 different weapons, sword, bow and dagger. Runes are dropped from higher level uruks and you can increase the likelihood of collecting ‘epic’ runes by sending death threats to your targets before taking them out.

One of the coolest features is an incredibly handy visual display of all of the current captains and war chiefs on the map. This display is called up from the pause menu and from gaining intel and assigning tasks to captured uruks. It updates regularly showing you the ranking system and outcomes of inner battles throughout the uruk ranks. You can influence these ranks with your own abilities and actions throughout the game as opportunities arise. For example, when you send a death threat to a captain, that captain’s rank is increased, abilities are fortified, and he will now have additional body guards following him around the map. Another example is when 2 uruk captains are fighting each other for power. Here you can choose to intervene, thus steering the outcome one direction or another. If a common low level uruk kills you, he is promoted to a captain and outfitted with new armor and combat abilities. As the game progresses these ranks change and evolve and you wind up fighting an uruk army that reflects the choices you’ve made.

Sometimes you run into several captains at once and epic battles ensue. A stray uruk raises the alarm and suddenly you are crowd controlling dozens of enemies, additional captains, and environmental factors like releasing beasts from their cages, shooting explosive campfires and knocking down bee’s nests to scatter the enemy. Times like these are when Shadow of Mordor really shines. There are 2 separate maps. Both are huge and full of hot spots for huge battles. The more you level up, the more uruks you can kill before retreating.

At the top of the food chain are war chiefs, 5 of which occupy the map at any given time. War chiefs have uruk captains for body guards, all of which have unique strengths and weaknesses, and require special tasks to be done to lure them out into the battlefield. The games story often revolves around building up to kill, and then later mind control, or ‘brand’ these war chiefs. Branding is more of a late game feature that is expanded upon greatly in the DLC.

The DLC: The Lord of the Hunt was a fun diversion with some big game hunting quests, while The Bright Lord is for advanced players who already beat the game. The Bright Lord has you playing as the shadow wraith that has a maxed out but different skill tree, with an emphasis on commanding branded uruks to win battles. It takes a little more finesse and micromanaging of the battlefield to win. It also adds some closure to the story. The optional high score challenge missions are timed and quite difficult, but offer a chance to master the games mechanics if you're into that kind of thing.
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Owlwing
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Very good and fun game. The story is good, the dialogue is perfect, the characters are well made, and most importantly....IT'S FUN! This is a great LOTR game with macanics from Assassin's Creed and the Batman: Arkham games. If you like tose games, you will DEFINETLY LOVE this game!
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HannSoloYolo
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Great to vent out anger with, perfect for LOTR fans. Gotta love the combat mechanic. Story's engaging too!
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SHAMEFUR DISPRAY!
( 60.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I bought this game at full price ($60), saved up for it months ahead of time. It's a fantastic game and worth every penny. I'd recommend it even if it was still $60, but it's 1/6th that. Yes, it's gameplay mechanics are pretty much 80% copy/pasted from Assassin's Creed, but that's not a bad thing. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Amazing game, smart AI, and beautiful to look at.

Not kidding about the AI either. You'll have enemy officers you need to go after. Sometimes you'll have to flee from a fight, but only after you sliced open your target's face. Later on he'll come after you with a big gang and say ♥♥♥♥ like "LOOK AT ME (pointing to disfigured face), YOU DID THIS TO ME, AND NOW I'M GONNA DO IT TO YOU". I get giddy just thinking about it.

9/10
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madasahatter65
( 38.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
8/10

I highly recommend this game, especially if it's on sale. As a long time LOTR fan, I really enjoyed what they did with the story. The gameplay is kind of a cross between Assassin's Creed and the Batman games, but the nemesis system is unique and it's obvious a lot of time and effort went in to design.

After completing the game, I have only two complaints:
  1. The mecanics can be a little wonky, and occassionally Talion decided to leap off of the highest building into a gathering of warchiefs during stealth missions, or would prefer somersaulting into the wall instead simply jumping over.
  2. The final battle against the hand was literally like four or five quick-time events and then it was over. It was disappointing after spending almost 40 hours building up to it.

But overall, Shadow of Mordor was terrific fun and the DLC is an excellent addition. Worth the buy.
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54 of 70 people (77%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game is absolutely amazing! I loved being able to help an orc rise to the top of the army and then have his minions turn on him. I did have a glitch where one orc kept coming back to life more powerful after killing him. By the tenth time I ran into him, he had a bag over his face and was quite upset about it.
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72 of 107 people (67%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Outstanding, Mindblowing, Amazing!

Man this game... its so good. I mean i have played alot of games but this one dude. Its perfection, it has this awesome story, great fighting, and graphics.

Im not really the RPG gamer but this game got me hooked right away, mainly because of the great graphics and story but also how well this game plays. + It has a great stealth mode.
Another good thing with this game is that its very good optimized, look at me! I got a laptop with i5, 6gb ram, intel hd graphics 4400 and this game runs really good. And no not at the lowest graphics.

This game is absolutely a game that everyone should try and buy. I totally recomend it, It offers so much and also you can get the game pretty cheap now includng all the DLC's.

The combat system really reminds me of the Batman games = awesome combat mode. This game just got it right with everything!

Questions:

Is it a long game? If you are going to finish everytihng it easily takes 100+ hours.

If I can only buy this on steam is it worth the full price? A BIG yes, one of the best games i bought this year.

How is the upgrading system? Its very cool and easy to understand!

1 - 10? A BIG FREAKING 10! Go get it now! <3
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
49.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
This game is one of my favorite for a reason, The combat is amazing and the orcs haves different personalities which I love, some of them can chase you all over Mordor just to kill you, some of them wants to eat you, some of them wants to torture you, some of them wants to kill you over and over again, some of them just wants to fight you because they're bored.
The story isnt that long so I recommended you to buy the dlc's they're great and gives you the full story that you want like the bright lord, fun and challenging and you get to fight Sauron.
Its almost like Assassin's creed but better.
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30 of 45 people (67%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
We swears, to serve the master of the Precious. We will swear on… on the Precious! 10/10
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
A really fun game, gameplay is similar to the assassin's creed series, but it just seems more fun than that. The enemy captain / nemesis system is amazing and adds depth and flavour to the game (♥♥♥♥ The Poet).

There's a lot of lore and backstory in the game, and even if some of it isn't canon, it's still a treat for any LoTR fan.

Main campaign is about 25 to 30 hours long and there's 2 other shorter campaigns you can play. 2 NPC's and the uruk captains stand out, every other character is kinda forgettable. Overall a good game that's worth getting on a sale.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Warning: playing this game if a massive Tolkien fan may give you an aneurysm.

Otherwise, I give the game credit for basically spacing itself out well, not going too insane with forced content, the Nemesis system is pretty fun if you're willing to die on occasion, and it continues to change up how to make itself difficult without nullifying your skillset the whole game long. This is a pretty solid if not amazing title that is definitely worth playing, and the Bright Lord DLC is a wonderful capstone to your skills at the end.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Batman meets Assassin's Creed combined with a bit of Game of Thrones all set in the world of Lord of the Rings.

That is a condensed summary of what you might expect in terms of quality, the combat system, and the power struggles that you will have to deal with in this game.

I truly enjoyed it and it is very well made, but the true highlight for me was the in-game camera pause function allowing you to freeze time in the midst of combat (or otherwise) and move the camera around as you please allowing you to get the best screenshots possible.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
87.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Playing through for the second time and still taking me ages, not because I'm crap but because it's so easy to go off the reservation when attempting any missions. I get so wrapped up in the combat i'm like a weasle frenzying in a chicken coup (laughing at the orc running to sound the alarm to bring in more orcs to my slaughter party). I still marvel at the crisp graphics and amazing life of the evolving orc hierarchy. You can literaly keep dying on purpose in order to increase difficulty. Dying in this game has a unique purpose when you hunt for the orc that you want to gain from your death so you can kill him later for greater rewards and entertaining insults from the orc that stands before your revenge.
Brilliant entertaining game that keeps me coming back again and again. 10/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
GAMERS! Allow me to present you...

URUK-HAI: Gotta Brand Them All

The first part of the game you train yourself to handle all manners of Sauron's cronies with 3 distinct tools: Your sword, Your broken sword and Your bow. Wield these with master-stroke capabilities, you will be deemed the unbeatable pokem- I mean Uruk-Hai/Orcs/Caragors/All manner of wild untamed creatures master.

  • Sword: If you do not fancy sneaky-beaky procedure to dispatch a horde of these creatures, your chance to die will increased greatly, but there is where fun is. You, as a trainer are equipped with an array of head chopping, heart stabbing, gut spewing and many more abilities to counter their onslaught for your pink-skin guts. Do lots of combos and you will be rewarded with wide choices of insta-killing skills to satisfy your bloodlust.

  • Broken-sword: I know what you are thinking, "Why would I bring a broken weapon to a slaughterfest?". Well, you could still stab their craniums and slit their throats with it like a dagger, thats right a DAGGER! No dagger is as badass as a broken sword treated like a dagger! Oh look some Uruks having a cooking up some smores around their campfire, NOPE! Use your brutalize skill on one of the poor sod in front of their comrades and watch them drop their half-cooked marshmellows and flee in terror as you repeatedly stab him in each and every part of their vital organs.

  • Bow: So, trainer, you are the center of attention of a blood hungry horde and tired of some cowardly Uruks throwing spears at you and breaking your combo? Fret not, enter the Matrix and you will have a vision of everything that tries to kill you. With this you will be able to spot ranged cowards and dispatch them in slowww-motioooon. And what is that? The campfire is not burning hot enough for their marshmellows? Shoot the campfire and it will burn as bright as the sun and the Uruks will not need anymore heat for the rest of their living life.


"But what about this training creatures I heard?"

This is where the fun really gets funner. As you battle throughout the blooddrench lands, you will find yourself encountering Captains and Warchiefs(Tougher and deadlier than captains). These guys have varied strength and weaknesses for you to be aware of and to exploit. They control the horde groups around them as well. In the 2nd half part of the game, your wraith companion will allow you to brand them and bend to your will afterwards.

Brand the captains once you had weaken them in combat and you will see and help them rise through the ranks. Troublesome Warchief with a handful of captains of bodyguards? No problem, brand them and the warchief wont see 3 axes coming from behind them. Once the chief had been defeated, your pokem- damn it, branded captains will take their place as a warchief.

So what are you waiting for? RULE MIDDLE-EARTH, BRAND THEM ALL!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I played my first 5-6 hours in a game where I made no progress, not knowing the game mechanics well enough, I got stuck and stopped playing the game.

Coming back, and do a complete playthough, wow, I missed out on a lot. What a great game. Especially near the end, the story was awesome, boss fights were awesome, combat was awesome. A very good game. I highly recommend using a controller with vibration though, makes combat much more fun.
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