About The Game:
Middle of Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a open world action adventure game set in a timeframe between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings storylines. The game is like Assasin's Creed mixed with Batman combat with the LOTR setting / story, and it turns out to be a great mix.
If you are a fan of LOTR and like Assasin's Creed style games, this is a must have.Story:
I can't comment much on this yet as I am only a couple hours into the game, but the story seems decent so far, and there are quite a bit of story missions and cut scenes to help move the story along. The main characters seem interesting, not boring and the dialogue is well written.Combat:
The combat is like a mix between Assasin's Creed and the Batman Arkham games.
There are three weapons: Sword, Dagger, and Bow.
The bow is great for taking out enemies from a far and slow motion is enabled while using the bow to take time and aim.
The sword is used for hacking and slashing enemies and is the primary weapon to use when you are fighting against large groups.
Lastly, the dagger is used for stealth kills while sneaking up on enemies or leaping from the sky to take them out.
There are other skills used in combat called "Wraith powers" which are unlocked as you play the game and gain experience points. Examples are: stun enemies and unleash a fury of attacks, blow up fire pits to destroy large groups of enemies, shoot an arrow to teleport to your enemy, and many more.
Overall the combat is very fluid and fun to play, especially as you unlock more powers. It seems like it will get repetitive over time, but why hack and slash game doesn't?Open World:
The game is an open world sandbox of Mordor in which you are running around trying to kill off Orcs and their Captains. There are story missions marked on the map that help progress you through the story, and side missions as well that you can do whenever you want. You can also just run around killing orcs and looking for captains to fight to increase your character's power.
The game features the nemesis system which is a hiearchy of the Orcs' military essentially. You can gather intel from orcs to find more information about the captains and warchiefs in the world and find their locations. If you die in the game, you don't restart from a check point, instead the orc that kills you increases and power and moves up the ranks and will remember you next time you try to fight. Killing stronger captains rewards better rune drops which increase the power of your weapons.Overall:
If you are a LOTR fan and like similar mechanics to the Assasin's Creed games, then I would highly recommend this game. Even if you are just a LOTR fan or AC fan the game would be entertaining. It has decent graphics, very fun combat, and some great game mechanics that let it stand out from other open world action games.
I would highly recommend purchasing this game if you enjoy open world action adventure games.How it Runs:
Game is running on all High settings with High Textures at an average 60+ FPS (1920 X 1080 resolution).
Benchmark: Max FPS: 250, Min FPS: 42, Average FPS: 65.Computer Specs:
GPU: Geforce GTX 760
CPU: Intel i5-3570K 3.40GHZ
Memory: 8.00 GB RAM
Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 60Hz
OS: Windows 7
PSU: Corsair 750W
Note: Game is running great so far and I am having a blast playing it. Will continue to update this review.