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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hckyplr51588
21.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
It's once you max out your health first, then all the sword abilities and runes, and realize that you can get crazy 100x combos by just using flurry and counter, that the game opens up more choices. It's slow in the beginning, and you'll die a lot before realizing that you need lots of health and sword power. Seriously though, get flurry and decrease your combo threshold and the game is way more fun.

In the second half of the game, once you get branding, it transitions to a sniping/army management game.

Sure, you can get lost in the hundres of orcs flooding your screen as you slowlying brand them to your side, or you can have a huge branded army vs another non-branded army and see how that turns out as well.

Who DOESN'T like having an orc army at your beck and call?

If you're in it for the story, then I'd say the ACreed gameplay is where the most fun is.
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Mr Glass
39.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Loved this game. Also tries to fit into the LOTR lore which I thought they did well enough.
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yung smitty2k
12.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Love this kind of games i love lord of the ring theme game well 9/10 one of the best game i ever play..
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RIV3R
23.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
POSITIVE

  • Really good graphics
  • Canon, in terms of the books
  • The Nemesis system can really make you change your entire play style to defeat an enemy
  • Very enjoyable and smooth controls
  • Pretty bug-free from my experience
  • Lots of things to do for the first 15~ hours
  • Orc dialogue/voice-acting is really entertaining the first time you hear it
  • Nemesis system provides some replayablitity
  • Sword combat is very satisfying and lots of fun

NEGATIVE

  • Pretty bland main character(s)
  • Not a lot to do alongside the main story
  • Some weapons/playstyles become insanely over powered near the end of the game
  • Fairly small map for an openworld RPG

This game is far from a "must have" but if you have the money and want to kill a few dozen hours, you won't regret it. The stealth is fun, the action even more; and it stays true to the feel of LoTR.

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Fayde
19.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
Great game, especally if you are in to the arkham series. Gets somewhat repetitive in the combat after the first few hours (once again it is like the arkham series combat with a single attack button and a dodge). Story is a bit dull.

Overall fun game.
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WDSL
17.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
It was absolutely amazing game experience. Really good story and gameplay.
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Wemilord
6.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Obviously, not the game for me.
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Phruler
20.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Good game
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Sarge
15.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Repetitive but very enjoyable.
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**Greg 147**
7.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Can't recommend this unfortunately. It looks great, but the story is dull and the missions are painfully repetitive. As is the combat. Hit, block, hit, block. Repeat. It'd be fun if a thousand games hadn't already done it before.

The enemies respawn far too quick to the point of making gameplay pointless. There's no 'I'll systematically clear this stronghold out, then hit the objective'. By the time you've got halfway through the enemies, the first ones are respawning again. There's no sense of progress, and attacking non-boss enemies feels like a waste of time. The only real option is just to run straight up to your main target and have a fight with him.

The 'nemesis' system is pretty much non-existant as well (anyone you fight gets killed, so...no survivors to be your nemesis...') and the 'work your way through Saurons Army' feature is worthless as captains and generals you kill just get replaced over time with generic Orcs.

This is essentially Assassin's Creed, but set in LOTR universe, and minus the interesting story and the varied gameplay. I'm really not sure why people are calling it the best game they've ever played, I found it too boring to continue past the first map. Each to their own though. Have a go if it's on sale, but I picked it up for about £5 and still would have rather spent that on a pint (£5 for a pint, what's the world coming to?)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
44 of 51 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Overall:

+ Action
+ Combat system
+ Graphics
+ Open world
+ Optimization
+ RPG skills
+ Sauron's Army

- Story

Ratings: 9/10
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
TL;DR: Good game all around, well optimized; don't need to be a LOTR fanatic to enjoy it.

Shadow of Mordor does many things right and has few drawbacks for gameplay. As many people have referenced, the gameplay is eerily similar to Assassin's Creed + Far Cry in terms of stealth tactics, parkour traversing, and stronghold warfare.

Combat is very fluid; fighting huge groups of enemies at once is enjoyable as you slice them back and forth while trying to avoid getting hit and maintaining a hit streak in order to unleash special combat finishers and executions. My only gripe about the combat is that the final boss encounter is a QTE sequence.

The visuals and graphics are very nice. Game looks beautiful in pretty much any situation whether it is sunny, raining, or nighttime. Cutscene video packages are well done and execution scenes are gorily satisfying.

As for the story, (from the perspective of someone who knows next to nothing about LOTR) the main storyline doesn't feel very fulfilling as time progresses. I expected a story of revenge to end on a more satisfying note, but that is my personal opinion. The DLC stories expand upon the main campaign through expeditions with the other characters as seen in the main story.

If game is on sale, I would recommend a try at Shadow of Mordor.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
This game is phenomenal.

Bought this off a Steam sale with 75% off for the Full GOTY edition and honestly after playing, I feel guilty for not have paid the just price for what it deserves.

Having said that, this would pretty much sum up my review for the game, from which you could tell the extent of my appreciation for the game.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Easily the best game based on the Lord of The Rings books/movies that I've played in my life. Main game review; I haven't played the DLCs yet.

Pros:
-Fluid gameplay
-A rather easy combat system that echoes Batman Arkham style
-Vibrant open world
-Skills and weapon modding to tailor your play style
-Story and lore is pretty good
-Every captains or higher rank has unique advantages and disadvantages makes each of them a unique mini boss to play with
-Sauron's Army including Nemesis/Rivalry makes each almost every enemy unique. (Those normal orcs that kill you can 'rank up' and could possibly be your new nemesis)

Cons:
-Not enough enemy types. Sure there are captains or higher rank and spear throwers or big cats, but honestly i expected a lot more types to challenge myself.
-Boss battles doesn't really appeal or feel very unique. That fight with the legendary graug is a too typical 'dodge and hit' fight and the black captains, tower of sauron oh god they feel like the normal sauron army captains. The hammer of sauron is pretty good for the first time you do it and the black hand/Sauron final boss was just too bland. It was all reduced to quick-time events button clicking. I expected A LOT MORE when freaking Sauron is fighting you.


Overall though, the awards and critic review it has proves that this is indeed a good game if not your own experiences.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Decapitation never gets old
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Bought this game for 5€ and it was definitely worth it.
It's a good game. The orc leader system is fun and I spent the first few hours of my game time just killing the leaders.

Well optimised, good graphics. Characters are beautiful and well animated. I had some weird FPS hiccups ever now-and-then but it wasn't anything serious.

The levelling system is very bland. It felt more like "gathering the necessary" than actual progression.
Weapon upgrades even more. You cannot swap your weapons, you're stuck with a sword, dagger and a bow for the rest of the game. No axes or maces, no shields or sabres, and upgrades just alter the stats of your weapons.

Very good game in general, but the beginning hours were much better than the mid/late game.
As soon as orcs with shields started spawning, the game became annoying. Due to poor controls, it was hard to control my character's moves and many times I ended up slashing the wrong enemy, killing a person who has information or orcs, but most of all I kept stunning the wrong enemies and/or not killing stunned enemies (but attacking an enemy who is immune against regular sword attacks INSTEAD of attacking a stunned enemy who is right in front of me).
Or an orc who is mind-controlled and is helping you, mind-controlled orcs are not excluded from the randomised attack targeting and I think I accidentally killed quite a lot of them because of this.
Even worse, the berserk enemies who revert all your front melee attacks towards you - my character keeps attacking those even though I'm pressing keys to attack enemies who are in a different direction. It's very wierd because you are getting punished for attacking a wrong enemy, yet you have no control over the targeting.


Another feature I didn't like is the hunting. Animals are impossible to block and you must jump away from their attacks. However, the game seemed to lock me away from controls as soon as the "jump away" button appeared, and it never actually did anything and I recieved damage even though I did press what I had to.

Side missions (slave rescue and challanges) feel very unsatisfying and repetetive.

The final fight was very disappointing aswell, but I don't want to spoil anything more.

Overall, good game. Feels and plays like Assassin's Creed, but actually fixes many problems I hated about the AC series. Very good story and visuals, satisfying combat. Suffers from bad controls just like Assassin's Creed.

Plays best with a gamepad by the way.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I play as a beautiful, orc slaying elf lady with the voice of a man.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
One of the best games I've ever played.

This game, while it has just an ok story, and it can become a little bit repetitive, has an amazing combat system with a lot of great abilities and combos that you unlock throughout the game, and most importantly, the nemesis system which makes it stand out.

The nemesis system is amazing. It makes the game more personal, you fight for own vengence. I really like it.

So, I'll list the pros and cons, because I like lists:

Pros:
1. Great combat, extremely fun.
2. The nemesis system. Simply amazing.
3. Great graphics, still looks good after 2 years.
4. Great performance.
5. Large map, lots of things to do.
6. Good controls, best played with the Steam Controller, since you need to aim a lot and normal controllers suck ♥♥♥ for aiming. KB/M is good too but I think controller is better for the kind of combat this game has.
7. Great voice work.
8. Good score.
9. Lots of fun abilities to unlock.

Cons:
1. Kind of a VRAM hog.
2. Uninspiring boss fights. The combat is great... but the boss fights were really underwhelming.
3. Not that lore-friendly to Lord of The Rings, but that's just being nitpicky.
4. Can become a tiny bit repetitive. Thankfully killing orcs is so much fun.

It's well worth the current full asking price of 40$, which also includes all the DLCs, but as of this review, it's on sale for 10$, which is a steal! Go for it!

Highly recommended!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
"This game is amazing" you first say to yourself. The graphics are pretty, combat is satisfying, and the story is told very well. You can't wait to delve deeper into the game's intense action and mysterious plot. "How could this game possibly be any better?"

Around minute 30 is when you realize that you've been doing the same thing since you began. The difficulty ranges from instantly killing warchiefs to having them be nearly immortal. The controls are usually pretty smooth. climbing sometimes takes you places you don't want to go and targeting specific orcs for combat finishers doesn't always work out.

After a lengthy, repetitious slog through the game, you've made it to the next (and final) zone. Yes, there are only 2 areas to explore. In this zone you'll find nothing has changed.

Now you have the ability to brand your foes, converting them into allies! Too bad the xp gain from it is negligible, but on the bright side, you are now almost literally untouchable.

The finale is here and you just fought through the same three enemies you've always fought: an orc, an orc with a shield, and an orc with two axes. The final boss draws near. "Oh boy, this is gonna be awesome!" You get ready for an epic fight and come face to face with a quicktime event. The same quicktime events that make up 50% of this game. The battle is over within mere seconds. You've completed the game. Uninstall.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
There are plenty of professional and other types of reviews of the game out there. But in a short summary it's an open world action rpg with activities to do similar to the batman games. It does feel repetitive after 30 minutes of playing even but if you like this type of combat and this type of gameplay you won't mind the repetitiveness. After all you are a warrior within the LoTR universe out to seek revenge on those who killed you and you need to do anything to disrupt their work so this implies limit to the gameplay, you won't be flying in space or w/e. I'm giving it thumbs up because I'm enjoying the game and I recommend playing it on the hardest difficulty possible else it will be too easy. Also wait for a sale as well, even though it is a good game in my opinion it's not worth the full price unless you swim in money.
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