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.
User reviews: Very Positive (20,338 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 30, 2014

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"Would be a competent but unremarkable Arkham-style open world game about killing orcs but made special with the Nemesis system and excellent voice work."
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May 28

Update: Build v1951.27

General Fixes:
  • Further fixed an issue where maximum save file size could exceed maximum allocated size, causing a crash when user tried to save.
  • Fix for crash that could occur when exiting Trials of War mode.
  • Fix for flickering lights in Nvidia SLI.
  • Fixed displayed memory on AMD GPUs in CrossFireX.

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March 23

Update: Build v1951.11

Stability Fixes:
  • Fixed memory leak when SLI is enabled that could lead to “out of memory” crashes.
  • Fixed crash that could occur when saving if user had >200 uncollected Runes on the map. (Game now only saves 32 best uncollected Runes left on map.)
  • Fixed crash that could occur when closing game on skin selection window.

General Fixes:
  • Fixed an edge-case where Uruks were not re-populating empty spaces in the hierarchy, leading to extremely empty hierarchies.
  • Leaderboards now navigate properly.
  • Improved detection of monitor native resolution.

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Reviews

“AMAZING”
9.3/10 – IGN

“Revolutionary”
5/5 – Joystiq

“Remarkable”
4.5/5 – VideoGamer

Coming to SteamOS/Linux

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
    • Hard Drive: 25 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
    • Hard Drive: 40 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 67 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bit / SteamOS
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB NVIDIA 640 or better with driver version 352.21 or later
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 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: 3.4 GHz Intel
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 4GB NVIDIA 9xx series card or better with driver version 352.21 or later
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 47 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
280 of 304 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
One does not simply walk into Mordor. One hacks, slashes, stabs, shoots one's way into Mordor.
On the look for Orc Hunter Sim? Look no further!

Developer: MonolithProductions, Inc
Publisher: WB Games
Release Date: 30 September, 2014


Remember when Assassin’s Creed was first released? I bet you were just running around, climbing and jumping your way through the land and feeling free. You could do the missions whenever you want and you literally didn’t have a care. Those were good times.

Do you also remember when the Batman Arkham Asylum was released? Boy we were all speechless. I mean the combat system was sweet. You really felt like the Dark Knight. Counter here, break a limb there … Sweet. Not to mention the Story. I never thought they could pull off such an impressive Game yet they did.

But then again … while you liked both of those games individually you always thought they lack something … But you just couldn’t put your finger onto it.

Ever wondered how awesome it would be to have the movement of Assassin’s Creed and the combat system plus a Story as good as from the Arkham Batman games in one game? Well me too buddy ... me too.

Now sprinkle some blood and Orcs into it, take Mordor as your location et voilà you have your game which you’ve lusted for a long time … Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor!

After I got you excited … Let’s get onto the review!

In Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor you slip into the role of a Ranger of Gondor, by the name of Talion, who seeks Revenge after he witnessed how the Black Hand of Sauron killed his family in front of his eyes. After he watch helplessly how his family has been murdered, the Black Hand kills him as well though Talion survives thanks to his new Best Friend a wraith, an Elve. Thanks to his new BFF he now also has wraith-like abilities. That’s pretty much the Story, well as far as I’m going to spoil it.

So what exactly does this mean wraith-like abilities?
For starters you can jump from any height without breaking your legs and if that doesn’t sound cool enough, you can also interrogate Orcs. By interrogate I mean that your BFF will get you the information you need.

Missions
While this is pretty much a free roam game you actually have to do something while you enjoy your man … I mean orcslaughter.

I don’t want to get too much into the Missions since I feel it would spoil way too much of the Story but there are side missions involving a creature we all know from the Movies and Books and Missions including the Slaves.
Personally I’d say that you just tackle the game anyway you want. You can start of with the story missions and do a side mission every once in a while or just focus on something. The decision is yours.

Combat
Love it or hate it but the combat is exactly the same as in the Arkham Batman games. That means you deal your blows while also focusing on enemies attacks so you can go ahead and counters those. Once you reach a certain hit combo you can go ahead and execute enemies so they stay down. Usually that means you see a head flying in the opposite direction of the falling torso. Always good for a giggle.

Besides that you can also mount mighty Caragors, beasts which you have to dominate, basically you show them who’s the boss, and you can rush into battle with one of those.
Caragors are way more agile than they look, meaning you can actually climb walls with one so you don’t have to demount every time one of those puny Orcs flees in fear at the sight of you and your beloved mount. The sight might remember someone at He-Man …. so that would explain why they flee.

Anyway. Health is actually rather rare in this game. You gain health either by implanting runes in your weapons which grant you a bit of health every time you kill an Orc or you gather plants which replenish your health completely.

Nemesis System
So here’s the beauty of Shadow of Mordor. The Nemesis System.
That is one sweet feature let me tell you that. Basically, the Nemesis System tracks certain Uruks. Those are either Captains or War Chiefs pretty much the crème de la crème.
So what exactly those this System do besides showing you who’s the most badass among Sauron’s Army? Well we all know that Orcs and Uruks are just mere brutes. Some more intelligent and some less. Meaning they will fight and kill each other in order to climb up the ladder. So they get stronger with every battle they survive. Therefore becoming harder to kill for you.

So killing those Leaders rewards you with two things: You weaken Sauron’s Army and each time you chop of their heads you are rewarded with a rune.

Upgrades
So your reward for every kill is a rune. You can use those runs to upgrade your Weapons. They drop different type of runes every time you kill them and the rune type, whether it’s a dagger, sword or bow rune, depends on how you killed the Leader.

A rune gives you certain powers. One makes you immune to poison while another gives you +10 health every time you headshot one of those beautiful creatures.
So you see hunting and killing those is actually a pretty sweet way to make yourself stronger while weakening your enemy.

So runes aren’t the only way to gain more power. Completing missions and killing Orcs grant you experience and once you have enough you gain abilitiy points which you can use to gain certain abilities.

Then there are also Mirian. To get Mirian which you need to upgrade your attributes like max health or the number of rune slots your weapon have you need to complete challenges.
Challenges require you to either kill a specific amount of animals or gather some plants.

So you see there is actually a lot of stuff to do in Mordor.

Last words
If you enjoyed Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham Batman games you will love this game to death. There’s not much left to say. It’s just way too much fun for me. I mean I could run around for hours and just backstab, behead or just spook every Orc I see.
I’d even go as far as to call it Orc Hunter Sim 2k14.
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75 of 81 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
TL:DR? See Conclusion

INTRODUCTION:
Middle Earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Monolith Studions (known for such works as the F.E.A.R. and Condemned franchises) and published by Warner Bros. Interactive. The game's story takes place in Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' universe while gameplay takes inspiration from the Batman Arkham titles as well as some elements from the Assassin's Creed franchise, and at the same time, featuring an all new mechanic called the 'Nemesis System' where Uruks (Orcs) in the game world vie for promotion and domination by either fighting each other or killing the player.

The player takes on the role of the Gondorian Ranger Talion who, after seeing his family murdered and he himself executed at the hands of the servants of Sauron, was given a second chance at life as an undead ranger by the wraith of an ancient elven lord named Celebrimbor. Together they seek revenge for their murdered families and at the same time, break the curse that binds them to the moral plain.

PROS:
+ Good graphics, animation quality, special effects and over-all art style
+ The 'Nemesis System' is a novel concept that is both fun, and adds a lot of game time to the player's main campaign
+ Great use of the 'Lord of the Rings' franchise and material
+ Good character progression for both the player and the Uruk (Orc) Captains and Warchiefs
+ Excellent voice acting and over-all sound design that adds to the atmosphere and immersion of the game
+ Lengthy game time: I personally sunk 20+ hours on my first game not including the DLC
+ Relatively large map with several side missions and collectibles
+ Combat gameplay is fun and satisfying making good use of the Arkham/Assassin's Creed gameplay
+ The Uruks (Orcs) have authentic personalities that adds to the atmosphere of the game
+ Good quality story DLC: Although I personally think the Bright Lord DLC could have used more polishing it does have a way more entertaining and challanging final boss battle than the main game.

CONS:
- Orc Captains / Warchiefs level cap at 20 (25 if you're playing the Bright Lord DLC) which leads to...(see next CON)
- Gameplay is not as challenging as I would have expected from an action-adventure game
- Story bosses, specially the final boss, were unstatisfying to fight (Arkham Asylum Syndrome)
- Added little to no improvement or change on the Arkham Style of fighting aside from the mind control mechanic
- Story is a bit weak and some of the characters were not particularly memorable

CONCLUSION:
Middle Earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ is a GREAT GAME and I would like to see more of the franchise. It adopts a unique take on the 'Lord of the Rings' universe by opting for an action-adventure genre rather than an RPG style of gameplay and surprisingly enough, the said action-adventure gnere works well with the game mechanics of this game. Shadow of Mordor is a fun title and is a must buy for action-adventure fans regardless whether or not they are fans or non-fans of the LOTR universe.

I can easily RECOMMEND this game even at full price so if you see it on a sale, then it's a no-brainer. The game does carry with it a slightly heavy system requirement to be fully enjoyed so be sure to check it out before you purchase.

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63 of 73 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Pretty much my favorite game of 2014. Best game of any LOTR games of course.

Pros:
-Smooth Combat like Batman (My favorite)
-Challenging
-Extraordinary Graphics
-Lore is good and storyline is great
-Added in a female skin for any anti-sexists out there.
-Great movement (Assassin's Creed-like climbing system)
-Addicting
-Haven't encountered any bugs yet.

Cons:
-Ending was lackluster but the DLC Bright Lord fixes that.

10/10 for me.
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98 of 130 people (75%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I killed a Captain enemy.

He came back and ambushed me. So I killed him again.

He came back and ambushed me. So I killed him again.

He came back and ambushed me. So I killed him again.

He came back and ambushed me. So I killed him again.

He came back and ambushed me. I died this time.
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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Middle-earth creed™: Shadow of Arkham™ - 10/10 - GOTY

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