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

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Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ will be available on SteamOS and Linux in Spring 2015.

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
Helpful customer reviews
184 of 195 people (94%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
89.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
I really enjoyed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, it’s a well-adapted LoTR / Middle earth open world action game which combines both Batman and Assassin’s Creed gameplay and style in a nice way as combat and game progression are well implemented and fun. If you enjoyed those games, you are gonna like this one then.
The story itself is strong enough, with some nice fan service (you will even find Gollum in it), but definitely one of the best features the game has is the Nemesis system, which is extremely good. Maybe at first you’ll think it’s nothing really special, but trust me, it is! and it works very well, the way orcs can remember the encounters you have and how they talk to you when they meet you again is really effective and credible and it’s going to arouse your emotions, especially when they kill you and grow in power because of that.
You can get your revenge and also avenge people in your friend list if you want. Eventually you will have your own story of vengeance and confrontation.
The orcs have their own ranks of influence and power which are always changing not only based on your own actions, but on their own and oh boy! they are selfish and ambitious and will do everything, even betray their own, to gain more power.
The Nemesis System is actually so good that I hope they implement more things like that in other games, it makes the game feel alive.
As you play you will gather information about your enemies so you can always have the advantage (if you want) of knowing which their weaknesses are and even turn them against each other and have a lot of fun with your powers as they increase.
There are other activities which are not part of the main quests and they can also be fun and challenging.
Killing so many orcs can become a bit repetitive at some points, but you won’t get bored easily, the combat system is fun and intuitive and there are a lot of options to engage and kill your enemies, I’m sure you will find some very creative ways to get the job done. If you like the stealthy approach or the kick the door and kill them all style both are gonna work in different situations.
You earn ability points that can be assigned the way you want and get runes that can be applied to your weapons to customize your gameplay even more.
The graphics are really good and well optimized for PC specially with the HD textures (By the way, you don’t actually need the 6gb vram to run them, but the more you have, the better - obviously).
Finally, I would recommend to play with a gamepad, it’s amazing!, the keyboard and mouse combo works , but it is just not as intuitive nor as comfortable.
At the end Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a great game with a AAA production value, a precious one!


En verdad disfruté La Tierra Media: sombras de Mordor, es una buena adaptación de mundo abierto del Señor de los Anillos y de la Tierra Media y el cual combina la jugabilidad y el estilo de Batman y de Assassin’s Creed de una manera adecuada ya que el combate y la progresión en el juego están bien implementados y son divertidos. Si disfrutaste de esos juegos, entonces este también te gustará.
La historia en sí misma es buena, e incluye “fan service” (¡te encuentras con Gollum!), pero definitivamente una de las mejores características que el juego tiene para ofrecer es el sistema Némesis, el cual es extremadamente bueno. Tal vez al principio creas que que no es nada especial, pero creéme, ¡lo es! y funciona muy bien, la forma en la cual los orcos recuerdan los encuentros que han tenido contigo y como te hablan cuando te enfrentan nuevamente, es en verdad efectivo y creíble y va a hacer vibrar tus emociones, especialmente cuando te maten y crezcan en poder al hacerlo.
Podrás vengarte y vengar gente en tu lista de amigos si lo deseas, eventualmente tendrás tu propia historia de venganza y confrontación.
(Por cierto, mención especial al doblaje latino que esta excelente, encontrarás algunas voces conocidas como la de Humberto Vélez, si, Homero Simpson da vida a las voces de algunos orcos, puede incluso parecerte que en cualquier momento dirán algo así como: “¡morirás montaraz... D'oh!”, ja ja ja)
Los orcos tienen sus propios rangos de influencia y poder los cuales cambian constantemente no solamente basándose en tus propias acciones, también en las de ellos, y vaya que son egoístas y ambiciosos y harán cualquier cosa, incluso traicionar a los suyos, con tal de obtener más y más poder.
El sistema Némesis es de hecho tan bueno que espero implementen cosas como esta en otros juegos, ya que hacen que el juego se sienta vivo.
A medida que avances obtendrás información sobre tus enemigos para así tener la ventaja (si lo deseas) de saber cuáles son sus debilidades e incluso enfrentarlos los unos a los otros y divertirte mucho con tus poderes conforme estos se incrementen.
Hay otras actividades que no son parte de las misiones principales y que también pueden ser divertidas y desafiantes.
Matar tantos orcos puede volverse repetitivo en algunas ocasiones, pero no te aburrirás con facilidad, el sistema de combate es divertido e intuitivo y hay muchas opciones para enfrentarte y matar a tus enemigos, estoy segura de que encontraras algunas formas bastante creativas para hacer tu trabajo. Si te gusta el enfoque sigiloso o el de patear la puerta y matarlos a todos, ambos estilos funcionarán en diferentes situaciones.
Ganas puntos los cuales puedes asignar a tu gusto y obtendrás runas que puedes aplicar a tus armas para personalizar tu experiencia de juego aún más.
Las gráficas son muy buenas y están bien optimizadas para PC, especialmente con las texturas HD (por cierto, no necesitas los 6gb de vram para correrlas, pero entre más tengas es mejor, obviamente).
Finalmente, recomiendo jugar con un control, ¡es incredible!, la combinación de teclado y mouse funciona, pero no es tan intuitiva ni tan cómoda.
Al final La Tierra Media: sombras de Mordor es un gran juego con una producción de AAA, ¡uno precioso!
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84 of 98 people (86%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
I waited 'till I played a few hours before posting this review. I find myself coming back to this game every few weeks since I bought it almost a year ago. It's the best hack & slash game I've got and I've got a few. Very satisfying and the game mechanics couldn't be better. If they could do this with Battman and the Assassin's Creed series......well.....your social life would be ruined and you wouldn't give a damn. The gameplay is so smooth you realy feel like you're in the middle of things. It's realy amazing and it runs fine on older pc's. If other gaming companies would implement this type of fighting in their games.....every gamer's wet dream. The mechanics would be great for a lot of Marvell Super heroes games. I'm wondering why they're not out there. I would play each and every one of them and I know for sure that all you serious gamers out there would be dying to join in.

Shadow of Mordor's fighting mechanics should be a standard for these kind of games today. There's nothing bettter out there at this moment. Very good game and worth your time and money.
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48 of 52 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Really great game and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I spent many hours sneaking by the Orcs and stabbing them, battling the archenemies spawned by nemesis system. The story isn't that good, but gameplay and everything else is excellent.

As I've mentioned, the game gives you the ability to create your own Nemesis, tailored by the encounters on the battlefield. To tell you the truth, I was worried that nemesis system would be bad, but it turned out that it was the highlight of this game and the one thing I really enjoyed.

If I would compare Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor to some other games, than my choice would be Batman Arkham (fighting style) and Assassins Creed (stealth) series. What's more, Shadow of Mordor improves on their fighting and stealth formula: decapitating the enemies is certainly better than punching them (Batman Arkham series). Sneaking and passing the enemies is enjoyable too, and sometimes you immerse yourself in hacking and slashing, sneaking and dodging, that you totally forget why did you come to that area of the map and what the hell do you need to do to solve your quest. Yeah, killing Orcs was never more fun!

So, what is the weak point of this game?

The story.

It lacks the narrative, the thing that will hook you on, the depth you need to feel from a story presented in Lord of the Rings universe. Because of it, at least for me, the game isn't worth a second playthrough.

But, all in all, it is a great sandbox third person action game with RPG elements I would recommend to everyone.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Shadow of Mordor is an open-world action game in Lord of the Rings setting. I very much enjoyed the game and think it's a very awesome game.

Graphics:

The graphics in this game are very good especially if you get the HD texture DLC which is available for free from the Steam store. Don't mind the warning telling you to have 6gb of vram as it even ran buttery smooth on my 2gb vram card. The setting itself is very interesting and full of gorgeous views and nice terrain. The map is not very big but again it's big enough for a game like this. There's 2 different maps one which you start in and later in the game there's a new much greener and better looking map in the later part of the game. Game's performance was also very nice even on my weak system i was getting 60 FPS on high settings.

Sound:

I think this game has one of the best voice acting in a game, ever. Voice acting was superb and music was very nice as well. Every time you get to fight a captain or Warchief the name chanting music of that enemy is also a pretty nice feature.

Gameplay:

This game plays very much like a combination of Assassin's creed and Batman. Think parkour movement like Assassin's creed and the combat like Batman. Though the combat is much much forgiving in this game compared to the Batman games. You get a nice set of upgrades on skills and weapons. Similar to Batman : Arkham City and the games after it, You can virtually climb any building and that makes the game much interesting and stealth becomes a very important and reliable feature. The whole nemesis system was pretty neat aswell. It's fun watching what happens after say, you killed a captain. Captains/warchiefs are very fun to challenge and finding out their weaknesses to kill them quicker made it even better.

The story was very nice and kept me glued to the game till i finished it. Took me around 14 hours to complete the story missions and i haven't done majority of the side missions or "busy work" missions i call them. Just enough of them to unlock all the upgrade ranks. The side missions in my opinion do get boring after a while. Side missions include Bow challenges, blade challenges, freeing the prisoners etc. The game is very forgiving and too easy in my opinion. One of the easiest final boss battles in the entire world. QTE's for a final boss, seriously? That was the only dissapointing part in my opinion.

Talion has sword and can stealth kill Uruks, as well as Celebrimbor's bow comes in handy quite a lot. Unlike most games with bows this one actually uses it pretty well and i loved headshotting Uruks from far, combine those with the brutal kill finishers makes for some very nice looking kills in slow-mo.

Conclusion:

This game is very fun to play. If you like Assassin's creed series, batman series, even Mad Max then you should get this game. You can easily spend 20+ hours in this game. Story's great, graphics are great, sound is great and the combat is fun as hell. I got the GOTY version (which includes all the DLC) on sale and i think it's worth every penny.
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
What if you put Batman in an Animus? A story about revenge from a man denied death.

Shadow of Mordor takes the combat mechanics from the Batman Arkham series and turns them lethal. You can climb real good as well. This game is pretty strait forward. You are a dude and you kill orcs or Uruk-hai for the lore folk out there because they are bad and they killed your family because they are bad.

The game features a rather robust enemy ranking system known as the Nemesis system. Which is a fairly intricate hierarchy of Orcs; and just like proper Orc mentality there are plenty of power struggles within. So many that I actually lost track of who I was going after. Which brings me to my biggest complaint, being somewhat of a completionist I tried doing all the 'side missions' before starting up the main campaign missions as most of the time those missions lose their strength or potency after the main antagonist is dealt with. I did so many that I actually stopped playing the game completely and took a long hiatus. Only recently did I come back to finish it all up. The power struggles never actually cease.

When I went on my hiatus from playing this game I had not even reached the section of the game that enabled you to brand Orcs, which as it turns out is a fairly essential element of playing the game. So if you are like me and try to do all the 'side missions' first just note that killing a leader just makes the inevitability of another Orc coming to take its place that much sooner; and this just repeats even up into the Warchief section.

You earn ability points and runes which are applied to your weapons to varying effects and I had so many at the time I had stopped I had already pretty much maxed out the character. Essentially I am warning you to stay on the path and do your objectives, there are some weapon challenges that are okay but anything dealing with power struggles that are not something you directly want to deal with don't bother. One nice thing it does is if you fail to kill a leader they remember you and so say upon meeting them again. This is very effective at stirring up your emotions. As well as having the occasional Orc leader that killed someone on your friendslist and gives you a chance for revenge.

There are a plethora of other things you can do before hunting down your prey like gathering intel from lower orcs and issuing death threats to the higher ups or even branding lower orcs and ordering them to become a bodyguard of a higher orc so that you may have them turn against their charge against their will. Just keep in mind there is always another Orc so its best to keep the ones you have branded alive and in power. Which is the aspect I missed in my first foray.

THE GIST
Mechanically sound action game, though tedious in spots, monotonous in others. Tautologies willing. With a story line that is not uninteresting set in what is a likely a familiar place to most. Killing Orcs doesn't ever really get boring but trying to play Orc politics sure does. An altogether decent product through to the end.
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