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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Very Positive (1,238 reviews) - 89% of the 1,238 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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SaltyMajestic
( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
this game felt like it came out of nowhere and it make a fantastic first impression im looking forward to the sequel because this game attention to colourful dialogue and characters as well as one of the best combat systems in gaming is astounding great job WB
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GusDeCooL
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game is an open world action game with small RPG element, battle system is like batman arkham and mad max which is awesome.
The story is about how sauron is created.

Pro:
- battle system is awesome
- open world map
- lord of the ring story is awesome
- orc politic, you can rank up your orc :D

cons:
- upgrade change not really noticeable :(

overall this game is really entertain myself,
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Banned on Television
( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Okay so, overall this game is excellent. I cannot hammer home enough how this is a really good game.

Now that that's over, the GRIPE

SPOILERTIME LET'S GO. DO NOT LOOK, THERE'S SPOILER'S BELOW!

The final boss "fight" is uh, well. The man who killed your family commits suicide in a cutscene, then (???) merges with Sauron somehow, and you fight Sauron with a very brief QTE sequence. After all the game-time you've spent becoming the biggest badass ranger in all of Middle Earth, you fight your final two foes in:

1) a cutscene
2) mostly a cutscene with a few small button prompts

The bad guy who set the whole narrative in motion slits his own throat while looking at you like "lol scrub" then Sauron gets a cameo and you stab him in the face by pressing spacebar in a cutscene. That is one hell of an anticlimax, guys. For a game that was super good at letting the player develop their own narrative, and making the whole game feel personal, it really ♥♥♥♥♥ all over itself in the final 15 minutes.

SPOILERS OVER

Good game, go buy it, holy crap the ending made some poor gameplay decisions.
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gritbaby
( 79.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
By far one of my favorite games. I would almost say of all time. The story is great, the combat and play action is fun, and you pretty much can do whatever you want to do. If looking for a fun and entertaining action game, I would highly advise playing this one.
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DiamanicmanPlays
( 43.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game is great it may not have a good story but it does have unique gameplay like branding and killing the uruks and riding giagantic graugs. not so fun at the start but definetly makes me Satisfied later on
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Big Bird
( 31.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
great game with a gripping story and is true to tolkiens world!
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Lotherien
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I mean.. This game has an high carisma. The first impact is awesome. Playing in the middle earth with the same gameplay of Arkham.

However... the story is really dull, and the game quickly becomes so easy and repetitive you can play it blindfolded.

And, after you kill all the warchief in the first act... then you have to Brand another set of warchief in the second. I'm sorry but this is too much..
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Bipps
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Uruks are everywhere. You were warned.
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Edenko
( 133.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Cried when my favourite warchief died 10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
75 of 97 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Thumbs up for the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 2!
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
64.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
OMFG... my life is almost complete.. Arkham Knight and Assassins Creed had a baby it would be called Shadow of mordor.. this is a must get for LOTR fans... if this ever gets a DLC for riding dragons.. i would never walk out of my room again i rate this game 9/10
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
14 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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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Review:
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

-Genre: Hack'n Slash, RPG.
-Game Style: (none).
-Theme: Fantasy.
-Mode of view: Third Person.
-Singleplayer: Yes.
-Local multiplayer: No.
-Online multiplayer: No.
-Sandbox: Yes.
-New Game Plus: No.
-Level Selection: No.
-Leaderboards: Yes.
-Aproximated total duration: 30 hours.
-Aproximated campaign duration: 15 hours.
-Recommended age: +16.

Pros:
-The nemesis system adds some interesting features to the game.
-Has many side quest that repeat themselves infinetly.
-The combat is good; you have to block, attack and dodge.
-It is very well optimized, it has almost no bugs and does not crash.
-Has some (not many) quests like hunting beasts or collecting plants.

Neutral:
-Its main campaign is very short, also are the dlcs.
-There are no friendly npcs in the entire map.
-The entire game consists about killing orcs.
-Enemies respawn extremely fast.

Cons:
-There is no replay value after you beat it.
-Almost no animal variety.
-The maps are very small and are very generic.
-You cannot replay the main missions.
-The controls are not very accurate.
-The dlcs give you overpowered equipment.

Mark: 7,00.
Notes: (none).
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153 of 273 people (56%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Summary: OK, but heavily overrated. Buy if it's on sale so you can see what the nemesis system is all about. Suffers from boring main story, and being way, way too easy (with no difficulty settings!) Also, no mod scene. Basically, it's a light-weight murder rampage simulator that hasn't been adapted for the PC in any noticible way.

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This game has been praised to the high heavens by the gaming press for what they did with the captain system (the nemesis system as they call it), where the leaders of Saurons orc army are randomly generated, and react in a dynamic fashion to your behavior. That part is actually quite novel. Unfortunately the rest of the game falls pretty flat. Yes, combat feels fun to start with. It's Assassins Creed/Batman but in Mordor. With Orcs! You still aren't that powerful right at the beginning, and now and then you actually need to run away from fights to save your life. As a result the first few hours were quite engaging. Unfortunately though it all starts to fall apart as you quickly become a walking killing machine. A lot of the game mechanics are about stealth. Sneaking here, sneaking there. But the orcs have terrible vision, making any tension drop away as you realise you will never be seen. And then later you give up even sneaking anyway because you can charge into a camp, slaughter 50 orcs, and walk out the other side with barely a scratch. Yes its fun taking out some of the orc captains. It's a laugh fighting dozens of foes at once and doing real damage, feeling strong. But it soon becomes repetetive as you realize that the AI is not up to the task. Meanwhile any captains you kill are soon replaced with new captains, the orcs you slay replaced with new orcs, and the slaves you free replaced with new slaves. The landscape doesn't really adjust, and the world doesn't really react. It's actually quite easy and static.

This game will entertain you pretty handily for the first five or six hours. Enough so that you probably wont regret buying it on sale. But I wouldn't recommend paying full price for it.

I can't help but get the impression that people enjoy it so much because it is actually very violent (but still manages to get a pass because orcs are evil, and their blood is black.) That's fine and dandy. The problem is mistaking the enjoyment you derive from your rampage for good game design. There actually isn't much of that to see here, unfortunately.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
This game, too me, lacks a certain emotion. The game doesn't really have an incredible story where you connect with your heroes and foes. The combat is amazing and the graphics are stunning for such an easy game to run, but the story still leaves a whole were something should be filled. The bosses you have to defeat and easy and are not given any real background or story. The game might as well just be saying "Go kill something!" because you have no real idea why you are killing them. The free roam is boring, everywhere looks the same, dull, the same colour and is a camp for your foes. I'm suprised people have said this game is like 'Assasins Creed' when in reality, the only this similar is the parkour. Assassins Creed has an incredible story with amazing characters and an atmospheric feel, everything this game lacks. I would name this game as more of a 'Hack and Slash' game than anything else.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
GOTY Review


Shadow of Mordor is a great game but enjoyable only for couple of hours. As I started it I had tons of fun, the world seemed huge and full of surprises. However, in no time, it became repetitive and I've lost my interest in it. I was eager to finish the game and all the achievements quickly and be done with it.

Story wasn't bad but it sure lacked something to keep the player immersed. I disliked that couple of characters seemed to be forced into the story and then ignored the rest of the game. Maybe that's just me..

Gameplay is extremely fun but not for long as I've mentioned above. Combat system is the best aspect of this game. It's similar to Assassin's Creed, Batman, and Mad Max which is a big plus. Talion/Celebrimbor wields a sword, a dagger and a bow, which can be enhanced with runes. They also possess different skills in both Human and Wraith modes. Abilities vary from branding beasts and riding them to flashy wraith's shockwave and teleporting assassinations.
Your main objective in this game is to kill Uruks, then kill some more and, finally, kill a Captain or a Warchief (Uruk too). This is a huge letdown since, if I'm not mistaken, you only get to fight like 3 other types of enemies and a few beasts (including DLCs).

Pros:
● Open world.
● Brutal and wide combat system.
● Huge skill tree.
● Perfect stealth.
Nemesis system
● Decent graphics.
● Immersive music and voice acting.
● Runs good, has a sufficient amount of options and no noticeable bugs.
● Screenshot mode.
● Challenging trials.
● Nice additional content, especially The Bright Lord campaign.
● Has LOTR feel.
● Gollum.

Cons:
● Weak and short story. Feels unfinished and includes forgettable supporting characters.
● Very repetitive gameplay.
● Not much variety in side activities.
● Fairly small map.
● Awful final boss fight.
● Enemies spawn almost instantly right before your eyes in the area you just cleared.
● Lack of different enemies (species).
● It's hard to hit a your wanted target (captain) with an execution in the middle of a huge battle as other uruks get in your way.

Summary: Buy it on sale or from third-party sellers. I grabbed it for ~4€ which is totally worth it.

7/10
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I just love how you can trigger orcs in this in such satisfying ways. Like sometimes you'll just need to kick their grunts' asses, other times you'll need to "release the hounds", and there are those times when you'll need to explode 5 bonfires to burn their men to bring out the orc chief because half his face is burned out and it really triggers him when you burn his men. Anyways this is a really great game, by far the best Assassin's Creed game I ever played but its set in LOTR world but it also has the combat mechanics of arkham, solid just solid /10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Damn awesome game. The graphics are just as great as the visceral gameplay. Very nice progression that makes the combat not seem repetitive. Lots of collectibles and side questy goodness. Don't know anything about the lore, but didn't matter, everything blends nicely and they even let you skip all cutscenes!

Waiting for Horde version of this game where I go around smashing human, night elf, and gnome faces in as an orc. LOK-TAR OGAR!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Some of the better (if not the best) video games featured within Tolkien's legendarium are surprisingly the ones which take an auxiliary part during the timeline of the LOTR trilogy. Shadow of Mordor is no exception. It boasts an impressive map (divided in two zones), filled with details and areas to explore. The size of the map may not be as large as other open-world video games, but the excellent combat system which can be sprinkled with stealth sections, totally makes up for it. This is not a game that gets boring after the first few hours and I'm sure that along with it's DLC, it is worth buying it. Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor manages to fill the gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, while providing a fun game even for new Tolkien fans, as it features plenty of lore of it's own and a natural difficulty scale. It goes without saying that it is a gorgeous game at maxed-out detailling, though you will need a powerful system and 6GBs of VRAM for the best textures. It fully deserves the Game of the Year awards it has received from several publications.
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