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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“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

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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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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Boromir was wrong, One does simply walk,and kicking asses, into mordor
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54 of 65 people (83%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This is the story of Ratlûg Black-Blade and his ascension to power of the corpses of his enemies and one annoying person named Talion.

Ratlûg wasn't always mean or power hungry... ok, maybe he was power hungry, but that's what made him lovable.

To begin our story we will follow the annoying Talion person, who upon his descent into Mordor started out murdering Uruk's left and right because he liked it... That is until the hero of our story arrived! Ratlûg showed up and snickered at the person who was killing his comrades and then without much more warning, attacked in a flurry of stumbling and swinging that cut the pathetic Talion down where he stood, thus earning Ratlûg the title of Black-Blade.

Next we once again follow Talion, as he stomps around Mordor crushing dust piles and throwing his weight around like he owns the place, trying to kill another Uruk, until out of nowhere our hero emerges once more! Ratlûg Black-Blade announces himself with a battle cry, charging and clashing with the severely outmatched Talion. With insults hurled the two battle for a few moments until... Talion is once again struck down, leaving Ratlûg victorious over his kill, making sure to take an ear this time to make sure he remains dead.

Though remain dead he does not, as Talion awakens somewhere else, causing yet more trouble but no sooner could you utter the name than he would appear, Ratlûg Black-Blade to the rescue of his fellow Uruk's again! Charging into battle like the true Uruk hero he is, throwing the weak little pieces of Uruk turds to the side as he attacks Talion. An intense battle is fought and it looks like it will again be Ratlûg's victory, until Talion throws a fire pit at him as only a coward would, burning the face of our hero and causing him to retreat to regain his composure. This victory went to the villian of our story... For now.

When next we find our hero he has recovered from his horrific burns that the villianous Talion has inflicted on him, and is once again stalking his prey, this time he's heard rumor that the villian is attacking a Warchief! The great and honorable Ratlûg Black-Blade couldn't let such a thing pass without action so he made haste, charging to the aide of the Warchief even if he wasn't worthy of the great Ratlûg's time. Upon arrival Ratlûg cries out his name, shaking Talion to his very core, now he had to deal with the pathetic Warchief and the great and powerful Ratlûg Black-Blade! There is no way he will know victory, Talion sees this and tries to run away... tries and fails that is. For Ratlûg Black-Blade isn't going to let him get away this time. When he's slain, the Warchief thanks Ratlûg for his service and offers to make him a bodyguard, though Ratlûg shrugs the offer off for he knows no greater honor than hunting down Talion every time he rises.

Morale of the Story: Don't let one stupid F****** Uruk get away... They come back and they hurt like hell.

Would let Ratlûg Black-Blade be my nemesis for life again, even if he does cheat by countering everything I do and shows no fear to any creature and somehow kills everything sent at him, including me in three hits... 10/10
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Product received for free
Story: killing Orc
Main mission: Killing Orc
Side mission: Killing Orc
gameplay: Killing Orc
11/10 best Killing Orc Simulator Ever <(")
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This has to be one of my all time favorite games. Runs like a champ, flawless controls, photo mode should be a standard IN EVERY GAME, and the story isn't bad even if you aren't into LOTR. Played this one on console so don't pay attention to my playtime and such. Complete edition is lingering online for cheap at various places and goes on sale here quite often as well. Worth the money no matter the price in my eyes though. But who TF am I...? Just buy it already and go chop off some heads. Don't forget to post some screenshots... it's highly addictive. Some sort of Co-Op mode would have been nice. Like an arena mode and what not similar to that of Ryse. Or just waves and waves of Orcs in a survival mode. 10/10 Will complete again one day hopefully^^
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Perfect... I loved it :)
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
What kind of person wouldn´t enjoy killing Orcs using Guerrilla Tactics and creating a Human Uprising in the Heart of Mordor?
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
5/7. Just like the Arkham games except you're Talion not Batman, and you kill orcs instead of knocking out criminals and you're actually part spirit elf thing and you're not like Batman at all except for the combat style and the story is completly different and it's nothing like being Batman.
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73 of 127 people (57%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Disclaimer: Mixed review. Didn't feel like it deserved a Recommendation.
Have actually read the books. Seen all the films. Im passionate about this, so criticism isn't done to "hate on" the game. I just want to see something like this but better done.

Positives
-Beautiful Setting
-Beautiful graphics
-World building is great through the collecteable artefacts which help flesh out Mordor as a once pure land.
-Planning assassinations. The game is perfect in terms of a sandbox. You have various ways to approach objectives (through climbing up to the tops of ruins or fighting through hordes of enemies with the combat system)

Neutrals / Negatives.
(Most of these are borderline negative)
-"Arkham" style combat. Some may enjoy this, but others will be sick of it. Having only ever had experience with it in this game, I hate it. Its love or hate really. I personally found it repetetive, dull and unengaging

-"Nemesis" system. As a selling point for the game, its really rather poorly done. The first few Uruk Hai who kill you will be memoreable. They'll make thay introductory experience great. The problem is the system loses its charm for various reasons...
1) A kill "Nemesis" can come back from the dead. This completley ruins the experience as it takes away that satisfaction of having killed that Nemesis. It makes them seem like a regular enemy.
2) Being constantly killed by one Nemesis can make him so strong that he literally becomes unkilleable. Throwing spears that kill you in 1 hit AND the enemy is invulnerable to being stealth killed OR an arrow to the head? The system needs some kind of limiter to make a nemesis seem challenging, but not the Lord of bloody Mordor.

-The map areas are split. The game has 2 separate open world areas. It would have been better to have 1 large one ; no loading times between zones, better game flow and itd make the Nemesi seem more... "Alive". Both map zones have different Nemesi ; the whole point of the system is to make enemies memoreable, yet all this does is make you forget them.

-Poor story. Generic "avenge your family" story. So much more could have been done based on the source material at hand.

-Bland main character. Why should I care about Talion? He isnt developed in any way. One could argue that this is to allow us to "impose ourselves onto him". Rubbish. If so, make him voiceless and fix the story. We're apparently meant to care about his family having been murdered.

-Repetetive. Some may like this. I certainly don't. The "challenges" arent challenging (dull if anything). The combat is samey, the Nemesis system loses value after a while.

-Huge download. It was at 42.1 GIGABYTES. Why? Prerendered cutscenes are included, inflating the file size. Why not just have in game ones? The graphics are already fantastic.

-Doesn't stay true to lore. Although the setting does stay true to the lore (not ALL of Mordor is a blasted hellscape), the insertion of some creatures (namely Ghuls) is not lore friendly.

Final Comments
It feels like an Assassins Creed game set in Arda. Thats probably the best way to sum it up honestly. I can't recommend a dull, repetetive game that has a "Novelty" system that wears thin after a while. Save your money for something of better quality.

EDIT 1: Clarity issues.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is definitely one of the best games I've ever played. The combat system is a mix of the free flowwing combat of the Arkham series and the ability to slaughter you foes. The stealth system is an improvement of the already good Assassin's Creed series. There is lots of parkour and your character (Talion) moves with ease. And who could forget to mention the nemesis system which makes each playthrough and encounter with a captain/warchief a unique one. Now, plot wise, don't go expecting too much, but the world itself makes up for this. There are two maps in the game and both are very different from each other, although I don't want to say much more than that so if you buy the game you can discover it for yourself. Overall, if you love Lord of the Rings, the Arkham series, the Assassin's Creed series, or are just looking for something new, than you should try this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Let me tell you all a story:

So I started this game and played for a few hours. Thats when I stumbled upon an Uruk Captain named Malmûg Black-Blade. He looked fairly normal for an uruk, but there was something different about him. He only spoke in grunts. The interesting thing is, even though he only spoke through grunts and other noises, you knew exactly what he meant. The first time I met him, he sounded as if he was laughing, he didn't think I could ever beat him.

But I defeated him.

So I thought that was that, and continued on my way, slaughtering Uruk like there's no tomorrow. But that was when an Uruk captain approached me. I soon realized it was Malmûg Black-Blade. He looked different in that he had a burn on his face. This time, he sounded more determined, like he was absolutely certain he could kill me, surely such a battle hardened Uruk like him couldn't be defeated a second time by this puny man!

But I defeated him.

Once again, I continued on my way, now using the rune Malmûg had dropped previously. Suddenly, I'm attacked from behind, it's Malmûg again, this time with a bag over his head, presumably to hide his destroyed facial features after his second defeat. He screamed at me, he was so angry that this weak human was able to defeat him not once, but twice! He came at me with a ferocity I haven't seen before. It was a difficult battle.

But I defeated him.

After doing a story mission, I was about to quit the game for the day, when I saw an Uruk Captain in the distance, slowly walking towards me. I figured "hey, one more couldn't hurt." so I went to meet him. Thats when I realized, it was Malmûg Black-Blade. This final time, he didn't scream, he didn't make much noise at all actually. It was as if he had accepted his fate, that this was to be the last time he was to fight me. The battle was just as difficult as the last.

But I defeated him.

So after that encounter, I left the game, came on the next day. I looked at the roster of enemies and saw that Malmûg's body was no longer there. He's gone. He was replaced by another. Uruk are evil creatures and deserved nothing more than death, but here I was, feeling sad that I had killed this Uruk, who had been with me for a few hours of the game.

And this whole story I just described was not scripted. This is just the stuff that happens in this game. It isn't a perfect game by any means, but a game doesn't have to be perfect to be memorable.


Rating: 8/10
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TheTrueProphet
14.2 hrs
Posted: September 30
Uruk killing sim.
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Grill3dCh33z
29.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
I really do like this game. It can get pretty repetitive after a "marathon" of playing though. Not really even close to finishing it and I'm about 30 hours in.

The nemesis Orc system is pretty interesting. Stealth gameplay is dope too.
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The Mad Kayaker
19.4 hrs
Posted: September 29
Great game. Easy to follow the main plot or explore side quests. Great time killer.
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dmitryreus
9.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
This game is an absolute blast, picked it up for 9 bucks!
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nobody
20.4 hrs
Posted: September 29
Its like Metal Gear V with swords. -IGN
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jorban43
24.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an action 'brawler', set in Middle-earth. The game revolves around the player killing the Uruk chieftans and discovering intel. The way this works is the player interrogates lower Uruks and finds out the strengths, weaknesses, and location of the chieftan they are hunting. Strengths can include: regenerating health, invulnerability to ranged attacks, and even invulnerability to melee attacks. Weaknesses are similar, and can include: fear of fire, instantly killed by stealth finishers and more. Combat includes a hit-streak counter, and as it builds you can unleash finishers and instantly kill Uruks and even chieftans.

Pros
+Combat is fluid and entertaining
+Initial worry about 'brawler' genre is quickly diminished
+'Nemesis system' is very fun, especially for a small feature
+Runes are incentive to complete sidequests and kill chieftans
+Various collectibles are interesting, even have extensive lore
+Game is open to players, even if not a Lord of the Rings fan
+Animations are well-made
+Voice acting is superb
+Side conversations between Uruks is fun to listen for
+Strength/weakness mechanic is intuitive

Cons
-Gameplay is a little hard to get reimmersed after quitting out for a time
-Mounts are somewhat clunky
-Second half of the story is less entertaining than the first

Conclusion
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a well-made game that I recommend fully. The inexpensive price allows for a cheap test of whether or not one will like it. The story is interesting, especially due to the incredible voice acting. Purchase it soon.
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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
18.7 hrs
Posted: September 29
I have been waiting for some sale at steam that includes this game, and Steam never fails to deliver.. I have bought this for about $4 including DLCs, played it to finish for 17 hours and it was damn great.. I would recommend this game even if today was 2030, probably VR is now a well matured platform then but this game, combat system is freaking good, comparing it to other games makes this one stand out.. simple controls but great finishing looks.

overall 10/10
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Fryzee
7.1 hrs
Posted: September 29
Look, it's ok. The hype for this was massive, I'm guessing because it was an out of nowwhere game that was actually decent. The gameplay is like assasins creed, the world is grey, dull and boring, the characters are grey, dull and boring, the only thing decent is the combat and the story.
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9.0 hrs
Posted: September 29
video Game
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Gin /RESETED
8.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
Overly repetitive gameplay, becomes boring after few hours.
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