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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"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

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5/5 – Joystiq

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

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 47 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
643 of 696 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
48.8 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: 30th 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.

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.

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.

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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149 of 170 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
TL:DR? See Conclusion

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.

PLOT (No Spoiler):
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.

+ 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.

- 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

GREAT GAME and I would like to see more of the franchise. 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.

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 genre works well with the game mechanics of this game.

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62 of 74 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
I haven't played big AAA game in a long while, so I had to shift my gears a little in this one. This is a game I had actual had on pre order, but have only just got round to playing. I will put it right out there....why on earth did I wait this long to play?

The movement mechanics are very much similar to that of Assassins Creed, the free running and parkour style jumps are done to perfection, and you won't find another game that does them any better. The combat system is again, similar to another game series, Batman Arkham, again, there is nothing wrong with that, because the Arkham combat is one of the best, if not the best style of combat system around. Simple to grasp controls and easy enough to master.

Some of the graphics on show here are some of the best I have seen, I can see why the game is 42GB, as the textures you can push out of this are sublime, I was able to get some absolutely gorgeous screenshots that you could quite easily think were real (except maybe the ones with Sauron in the background).

This is essentially an open world RPG game, you roam around middle-earth carrying out the main story, finding collectables, completing side quests, and boosting your starts and abilities. This is my favourite genre of game, and all of the features on show are all done to perfection. SoM offers a new game mechanic in the form of the Nemesis system, this allows you to form rivalries with orc leaders and warchiefs, if they kill you, they will gain power and possibly a higher rank, which really sucks you into the immersiveness of the game because after you have been killed a few times by one of the leaders, you REALLY want to take him out as his remarks get sassier and sassier each time you fight him.

Shadow of Mordor is actually quite a challenging game, I found myself to be on the receiving end of quite a few beatings at times, some missions, even the early ones, required a lot of thought and consideration into I would complete them, especially the stealth objectives. Of course the swarms and swarms of orcs can sometimes become overwhelming at times, but being realistic, it probably would do if that were to actually happen...

I have put about 24 hours into this game over the course of a few days, I have completed the main story, and almost all of the side missions, collectibles and rewards, to me that is a lot of content on offer, almost looking at £1 an hour, which to me, is a fair price.

Considering how graphically and resource demanding this game is, I had no technical issues what so ever, and at times I was even playing with upwards of about 90 FPS, which is amazing.

For me, this is the best game I have played this year, and if I had played it when it was released, it would of easily of been my Game of the Year. I cannot recommend Shadow of Mordor enough, you should all pick it up and play through it regardless of whether you like Lord of the Rings or not. This will go down as one of the classics of our generation.

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50 of 59 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Really enjoyed this game. Finished the story, I'd say the Bright Lord DLC is also a part of the story, a bit of a prelude to the Shadow of Mordor. Certainly one you wouldn't want to miss.

If you're familiar with Assassin's Creed or Batman, you won't even have to get used to the controls, with a few slight differences, it's practically the same. This game's also free roam with missions. Which is nice.

So you can basically start off the game doing anything; start off with the main quest line, or just walk around a bit, find some sidequests, fight some uruks, do that roaming around thing.

Levelling up seems to depend on power to get new skills, and killing chiefs to get weapon runes. Also has a type of "currency" for passive skills; you can either destroy weapon runes for this, or just do sidequests and missions.
It's rather interesting that enemy chiefs can increase their power over time just the same, so you could search for a powerful chief, but you could also help them a bit with their rise to power, before striking them down. More than 1 way to get more power and better runes. Since you're immortal anyway, you could even just let them win for a while, time will pass when you're defeated, but the hero returns. Which is an interesting added mechanic.

The looks of the game are grand, for a 40GB game, it better be. But that's not all; the animations are impressive too, everything flows quite nicely. From combat to cutscenes to the landscapes and creatures, it all looks quite grand and detailed.

The story... well, c'mon now, this is Middle Earthen stuff, y'know, Lord of the Rings, there's a whole series of books on the story, what more is there to tell?
In this game the story seems to revolve around finding out Celebrimbor's past, fighting the black hand, and of course figuring out how to end Talion's curse. Some interesting twists here and there.
Anyway, if you enjoy Lord of the Rings, you might just love the fact you actually cán simply walk around in Mordor...

Things I found particularly amusing was the "Nemesis system"; having 'unique' chiefs as enemies, and the way the enemy chiefs introduce/announce themselves when they find you.
They also remember any previous encounters and change the way they "greet" you on later encounters. It's quite amusing.

Oh, Sméagul and Gollum are in the game too. And have a surprisingly important role.
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73 of 100 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
This is a review which I have struggled to write as I am very divided about the game. To make the review easier to read I have separated the good and bad points of the game.

The good
1. The graphics very realistic (mine are on the highest setting) and the atmosphere is perfect for the game
2. Dying isn't a big deal, but you will restart at the nearest tower, same with quitting missions
3. The gameplay and map is open, giving you freedom to play how you like
4. The upgrade system is good, giving you chance to upgrade what you want depending on your playing style. I highly recommend health at first.
5. Gaining intel (explained in the game) is very handy for learning about your enemies.
6. Poison is very handy at times, best of all your enemies blame each other!
7. You can use enemies as a shield, great if you are being attacked by multiple enemies.
8. The check points during the missions are very handy, if you fail a section then you can restart that section. If you leave the game you need to start from the beginning of the mission.
9. The story line is great with lots of detail. I have never read lord of the rings or watched the films so I don't know how the game ties in.
10. Fast travel is very handy.
11. The wraiths abilities are awesome and essential to the game.
12. You can customise the skins / appearance of the character, most are gained from dlcs
13. There are lots of missions, collectables and side quests to keep you busy. In addition all the dlc.

The bad
1. The game is very stealth orientated, which is negative for me as it's not my natural playing style. I have learned pretty quickly as it's the only way to stay alive but it's not my preferred approach. This is a game similar to assassins creed, thief and the batman games.
2. Killing enemies, even chiefs etc doesn't make a difference to the game. There are always more and more to kill. The only ones which seem to make a difference are the war-chiefs.
3. Enemies are every spawning and like to mob you.
4. Kills with the bow aren't counted as stealth kills.
5. Health is gained from herbs, there are lots of the map but you can't take them with you. If your health is low during a fight your only option is to run (if you don't have upgrades and ruins to give you health).
6. No game difficulty setting, some people find it too easy, others too hard. Others are lucky and find it just right.
7. Protection missions are extremely difficult as if your ally takes one hit he is dead and you have to restart.
8. There is only one choice of female skin / appearance. However, you still have the same male voice.
9. The mouth movements are really weird when your character is talking to someone.
10. The only character to appear in the cut scenes is the default character.

Would I recommend?
Short answer, yes. BUT only if you enjoy stealth games and aren't bothered that your actions and kills basically amount to nothing in the game.
I got the game and all the dlc for £20 which was a great deal but I wished I had waited. The game is good but there are better games out there.

On a side note, this game is unlikely to run on a laptop. It needs around 40GB of space. If you manage to get it to open then there is a high possibility you will be running the game on a low graphics and it'll be chuggy
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