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

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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Super WOLFCULT 64
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
LORD OF THE RINGS - ULTRA VIOLENCE EDITION.
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Lukas
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
This game is ♥♥♥♥ing amazing!
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M1HA1
( 23.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Best Orc Killing Simulator
10/10
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ZikaVirusBR
( 46.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
This game is what you would get if you blended the Batman Arkham games with Assassin's Creed, sort of.
Pros:
  • Combat is fluid and responsive.
  • Decently sized open world to explore.
  • Lots of side missions that affect the fates of various captains.
  • Plethora of upgrades you can get in the skill tree from leveling up or runes on your weapons.
  • Smooth movement (most of the time) when it comes to dodging, climbing, etc.
  • The game is addictive and you could find yourself binging on it for hours at a time.
  • You can continue playing the game after you complete the main story.
  • The expansion The Bright Lord is particularly satisfying, especially after seeing the game's rather lackluster ending.
  • Lord of the Hunt expansion is fun, but doesn't add much content besides a couple of new animals and more missions.


The game does have it's share of flaws, however:
  • The combat, while fun, is honestly too easy. You can slaughter hundreds of enemies in one sitting without breaking a sweat, or just spam dodge and never get hit.
  • Repetitive.
  • I feel as though there's not enough fast travel points, or at least they shouldn't have spaced them so oddly.
  • There's a lack of variety when it comes to orcs, wild animals, and herbs.
  • Some of the bonus objectives in missions are nearly impossible, although they are optional.
  • You cannot replay missions after completing them (i.e. achievements you could've missed)
  • No replay value. Sort of contradictory to the previous point, but I'm talking in general terms,
  • The final boss of the game was incredibly disappointing. The fight with Sauron is literally 3 quick-time events and then it's over. No badass showdown or anything.

Overall, Shadow of Mordor is a great game. But you should wait until it's discounted, simply because $40 isn't really worth it when most of the GOTY content is skins and extra modes you likely won't play much, if at all.
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DarkXearo
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
From what I've played, This game is very enjoyable and an interesting addition to the Storyies of Middle-Earth.
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CreeperBeatz
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Can't switch to meters from feet. 0/10 -IGN
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Super Hugger
( 47.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Simply a great game. It's as brutal as it is in the film, particularly the mechanics of fighting captains. I had quite a lot of defeats at the beginning, some orcs dominating me a good 12 times before coming close to beating them. At first it was frustrating, but I couldn't stop thinking about the game, along with all its elements. I went back for more and more, keen to master the mechanics and become the ultimate ranger. Eventually that happened, and it was as powerful as I'd hoped. I took to the entire game with the completist approach, but found out after much work that the game keeps supplying captains. On rare occasions, I managed to clear the entire upper management of orcs, and proceded to clear side missions. Later I realised half of them had been replenished, which felt too open-ended, but probably true to the story. There were many fist-biting moments where I simply had way too many orcs in the immediate area and not a single camera angle to my advantage. I couldn't even see the counter-attack option appear from orc attacks. It forced me to steer clear of strongholds, buildings, and rocky outcrops for a time to avoid over-crowding of the third-person camera. 45 hours on the Shadow of Morder was probably made up of 50% decapitating excess orcs, and a fairly hefty line up of challenging missions with various skill-inducing scenarios. It was also great to see more of the LotR story, and the origin of the ring in detail - very intriguing. The only unfortunate things were the graphics demands were too great for my i7 and Iris graphics card in my Surface Pro 4. Obviously it's not a super special gaming system, but it had to be reduced to 480 and low settings for the movement to be smooth. I didn't actually mind the pixelation, because it was like playing a late 90's game but with great design and gameplay mechanics. Finally, I spent a decent amount of time on the Bright Lord campaign. It's worth a good look as it changes some of the mechanics switching to Celebrimbor. I spent most of the time dominating orcs, but this time it contributed towards geographic domination as well, which was my goal in the main game. The issue is there's no slow motion time during bow use, which is surprisingly fateful when I tried using shadow strike in a crowd to help escape repeated hits. So being a veteran ranger, I end up being a half noob elf lord, which was soooo frustrating I rage-deleted the game in order to prevent me from beating the crap out of my computer. Yes, so give it a try if you like, but if you start to get angry, walk away.
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Storm Funsoms
( 69.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
i've finished the game twice, and i still wish it would be the first time i played it. the only complaint i got about this game is that its abit few of main missions, but theres enough challanges, power ups and uruks with fears and traints to mess around with to keep you busy, even after you've finished the game
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103 of 128 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 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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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
14 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 21 people (90%) 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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14 of 16 people (88%) 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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155 of 280 people (55%) found this review helpful
8 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.1 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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.7 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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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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
A very brutal open world game that takes part before LOR and dlc that is even before that during the creation of the rings. I liked it have to master skills and plan attacks watching ranks of the Uruks and Orcs to topple Mordor. The cut scenes are pretty great and I looked forward to them as a LOR nerd. Being able to convert the enemy that was a game changer and glad saved for near end. Long story short its pretty much Assassins Creed Middle Earth that has Batman Arhkam Series Batvision.

Only downsides are the Bright Lord DLC you can not see anything and need to keep Raith Vision on to see targets and the fact that I have twin Radeon 7770 that render majestic graphics but make the game lag like hell so I can play on High graphics with delay or low-normal with really good screen rate other than that nothing else negative.
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19 of 32 people (59%) found this review helpful
4 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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