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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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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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10% pizza, 90% mentally insane
27.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
Good game. Kinda wish there were more interesting finishers instead of just mash F to insta-kill Orcs, but the combat is alright for a Batman clone. Stealth is extremely forgiving where you can basically crouch infront of enemies and not be spotted, but orcs are meant to be idiots so it isn't that big a deal. Nemesis system is amazing and the best mechanic in the game. Ending was really ♥♥♥♥ and instantaneous. Lord of the Hunt DLC lets you controls more monsters which are pretty cool. The Bright Lord DLC was kinda garbage since the elf dude has no upgrades and you pretty much have to always use the OP ring ability to kill the Warchiefs since the branded orcs will die off quickly.
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24.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
Here's my quick two cents in the form of pros and cons:

+ Nemesis system makes the game alive and vendettas are fun!
+ Stealth aspect of the game is executed quite smoothly, and makes way to guerilla tactics
+ Killing higher rank uruk scum to mess up with Sauron's army <3
+ Perfect controls, maybe except a tiny delay between stopping then running
+ All kind of quest types; stealth, bow, rescue and uprising, turn lower ranks against bigger guys, and more straightforward sword missions. You can also poison the scums' drinking barrels.
+ There are quests that have Gollum in them, my precious.
+ DLCs add quite replayability and interesting new content for their price
+ Cloud saves
+ No bugs (or there are only minor bugs that after 20 hrs i couldnt find any)

- Storywise it's not satisfying, -knowing the books and all... And for diehard LOTR fans there is an annoying change regarding Celebrimbor. But at least it's quite dramatic at start.
- It gets easier too quick so the challenge in mid to end game is not that much.
- Plus, it lacks a definite boss npcs (warchiefs are too easy to be bosses) so that adds to lack of challenge i mentioned.
- All you do is killing orcs gets easier & repetitive = boring after sometime.
- Leaderboards are messed up by hackers and nobody cares

That's it. 7/10 and i recommend it to any action game fan who likes LOTR setting.
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16.1 hrs
Posted: September 26
Fun game on the first play through. But after that it gets very repetative.
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Captain Speed Yiffer
5.1 hrs
Posted: September 26
Mardy thinks it butt ♥♥♥♥ed his lore
I find that funny
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18.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
Fun game, the enemy ranking system was cool to play around with. Combat and movement is kind of gummy and took some getting used to. I like the Lord of the Rings world so the setting was nice, but it was a bit of a bummer that the story was so bland, it really took a backseat to everything else. The ending felt like it came too soon and wasn't very satisfying. Overall enjoyed it but felt it could have been way better with just a bit better writing.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
The only game I have ever asked Steam for a refund. An embarrasing money grab. The writers made a tasteless choice, and only barely nodded to the source material in developing this story in order to loot the wallets of the masses. Also, it is literally a clone of Batman combat and Assassin's Creed free running, both games that I already played. Couldn't get past how painfully derivative the gameplay is. I own/have played nearly every Middle Earth game ever published, and this is the worst adaptation I have ever played.
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20.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
Haven't finished the game yet but the combat system is damn satisfying. Story wise its good but not that great and the voice acting is great!! Definitely recommend whenever its on sale for more than 50%!
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17.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
Like most games, I wouldn't buy it for it's full price, even though it's a lot more reasonable than most games. I payed 5€ for the game, but 10€ would also be a fine price.

Price aside, I really like a couple of things in this game. For one, I really like how they give some logic to retries. If you lose, you dont just get to restart from the checkpoint like nothing happens. the orcs know they killed you, but you cant be killed. They also increase in rank, so it's harder to take them down because of your mistake.

I also love how sauron's army is randomly generated, and that YOU can shape the army as you see fit, and turn it into your own, if you feel like doing that.

Overall, this game has a few mechanics I really like and I haven't seen implemented in any game before it (not saying it hasn't, but I haven't seen it personally).

In regards to the story... I don't remember exactly how I felt about it when I finished the game, since it was several months ago, but it is OK. It is not an award winning story, but it's also not horrible. If you want to play this game as a full LoTR fan expecting a super complex and detailed story, I don't think this is what you are looking for. What makes this game good is the combination of everything - gameplay, graphics, story, and mechanics.

So yeah, if you're reading this and the game is on a 50% discount or more, absolutely worth it. If it is not, it is still worth it if you have a lot of money to spend.
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15.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
It feels like Assassin's Creed in Middle Earth but with that extra layer of fear because failure is so easy to find.

Imagine mashing the two together and what you get is Shadow of Mordor but in a big area where everyone wants to kill you. Stealth is a massive part of this game until you get a feel for it and once you unlock certain abilities (which is VERY easy to do) then the difficulty lowers but stealth is still important. It's a smarter option to hide or sneak by than fight in open territory.

What I like is that you can create a rival from a ranking Uruk who has either killed you or flees. Then you get the sick pleasure of hunting him down and creating a strategy to kill him. Every Uruk that has a name is different due to random strengths and weaknesses. Some are so (crazy) easy to kill whilst others take more time and require you to gather information on them. However dead doesn't mean they're gone and they can come back several times...until you lop their head off. I had two rivals- one was easy to kill but kept returing and the other killed me a few times before I got him back.

I've spent more time running around doing side missions, destroying their ranking order and acquiring intel; than doing the 'main' missions.

It's fun but it can become frustrating because once you die time progresses and all those Uruk's on the 'board' (so to speak) move around. Some empty postions are filled whilst others gain more power and so the frustration comes from your careful plans needing altered. It sounds strategic but it's really not. It's just a personal irk.

My major critcism is that there is no down time. You have no hub of safety or somewhere with allies (at least so far for me) and that healing is down to timing- either by certain abilities or lucky herbs growing somewhere.

Also you could be stalking an important target and suddenly 2-3 more 'captains' appear, making the fight much tougher.

All in all it is good, not just for lord of the rings fans (or the hobbit) but those who like stealth with a dash of fantasy.

Beginners advice: do plenty of side missions and earn the ability Storm of Urfael as it is SO worth it.
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45 of 56 people (80%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
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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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
4.0 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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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Boromir was wrong, One does simply walk,and kicking asses, into mordor
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
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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44 of 69 people (64%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
riding my caragor when I'm stopped by an Elite Captain named Kaznogg the Jealous.

"Grave-Walker! Last time I saw ya, you were running away. not gonna escape this time."

Turned around and pulled out my bow, Green Arrow style, and filled him with 3 arrows. third time was a headshot and he instantly died.

10/10 Would Boromir an Uruk Again.
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68 of 113 people (60%) 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.

-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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Perfect... I loved it :)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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