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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Zoltun Kulle Was Right
29.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
10/10 would horrifically shank orcs again.
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inDe_eD
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
I absolutely love the style of this game, as well as the graphics. I was unable to play for quite some time as my old GPU was failing and would crash my game all the time. Can't wait to get back into the game.
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Father_Russia
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
It's what you've always dreamed of!

To be a half human depressed man - half butthurt ghost elf.

10/10
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Dandy Guy
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
Looks good, thats all the good I can say about this game. IMO the game feels rushed I do not care about the Protagonist in the least. Family gets killed in front of him and I still felt nothing for him, not even sorry he had to see it happen. I do not like the combat system it feels clunky. The first Orc Capitan I killed was not even the one I had for a quest. I fell off a cliff because of the wonky controls, had to fight 8 or so orcs and a boss. The boss would take no damage, after fighting him for a bit I found out that if you suck out his soul with your wraith powers he takes damage, so the fight was just me hitting the B button over and over (super fun /s). I will say that I liked the wraith bow powers, that made for about 30 seconds of fun. I know I only have one hour into the game but thats how much I could not stand to play it. Who knows if the Devs paid me to say it was a good game I may change my review but untill then I am sad I paid $11 for it.
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Jack
37.3 hrs
Posted: August 29
Gameplay (controller): 5/5 stars
Final Boss Fight: 0/5 stars
Ending: 0/5 stars

Final Verdict: Solid 5/7
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Kierry
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
Nice, there is some good story, aaaand, no, it isn't good story(you know it after 3-4 minutes). Go! skip this cutscene! You can't? Yea, you can't, you must see this. You are in free roam, nice graphics you said, but, don't look around! Go! Kill this orcs, and kill orcs, save orc, kill orcs, kill orcs, save orc, kill orcs, what are you doin'?!?!?!? Go kill orcs! You killed every orcs in this town? OK, all of them will respawn in few minutes, don't worry. Do you need one low-level boss for quest? Okay noob, here is two, three, sometimes four or five another very high-level bosses around him, and you will die you little ****. WOW, YOU DIED? GO KILL EVERY ORCS IN TOWN AND GO FOR THIS BOSS AGAIN! IT'S FUNNY RIGHT? Wait, what the f... *Do you want to uninstall this game?* *yes* Don't worry, this game will find you in your dreams. Good night. Stereotype simulator 2014 10/10 ORCS RECOMMENDED
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Fotti
60.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
As a rpg-lover I had an absolute BLAST playing this game.
PROS:
- The story is very well written and represented.
- Music and voice act can give chills and wet eyes at some moments.
- Graphics are very good even in 2016 if you can bump them up.
- Open world to give you a break from missions if you want to do something else you liked.
- Skills and weapon upgrades to keep you busy doing stuff.
- Challenging achievemnts which make you proud and to brag about.
- Replayability throug challenge missions when you've completed the main story.
- Able to brand and command an Uruk army.
- Develop as a melee warrior or ranged assassin... or both.
- Two separate, well made DLCs, that fill up the main story.

CONS:
- Outcast rescue side missions are too repetitive.
- Easy end-game battle. Some enemies duriug the game are much tougher.
- Some actions tend to hit the wrong enemy, instead the one you intended to hit.
- Game size is about 90GB with HD textures.

I want to note that this is the only game in which I got 100% of the achievemts with a total game time of 60+ hours. IMO this game is worth every penny!
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Rex_3k
41.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
There are no words to describe this game, other than awsome. The only thing wrong with it I found throughout the entire playthrough was that the movement was a little rough around the edges. I strongly recommend it, if you have a controller.
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Hick Rarrison
24.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
READ THIS BEFORE BUYING THE GAME
Actually a pretty good game. The performance is perfect (No lags and FPS drops and no crashes).
Gameplay is nice.
Graphics of important Characters and Enemys are very good.
The graphics from the enviroment could be better (the rocks and cliffs).
It is very hard to climb in this game, and jumping off from a edge and the game takes you to places where you didn´t want to go.
There are not much enemy types (normal Uruks, Uruks with 2 axes, ranged Uruks and Uruks with a shield... that´s it). Not even the Bosses are diffrent.
It gets a little bit boring when you have played more than 2 hours( you almost saw everything expect the Bosses)

Pros:
Graphics
Performance
Combat and Fights
Nice Cutscenes
VERY good Story
Stealth Gameplay
Lots of ways to end a quest (Not all quests)
Uruks have diffrent personalitys and weaknesses.

Cons:
4 Types of Uruks
Boss fights are way too EASY
The Finaly Bosses are literally 10 second fights
The End boss literally takes 5 seconds and you just have to click ONCE
You don´t really know much about the other characters in the game.
Not much to explore...
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NexusSix
17.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
To start with Shadow of Mordor is the LOTR game that everyone has always wanted to play. Fast sleek combat mixing Batman style combos and fluidity with Ryse son of Rome executions the game is a lot of fun to play.
That said the format is very much collecting items and powering up weapons, skills and ability. I only discovered you could actually increase your characters health and ammo about 70% through the game! Whoops.
Enemies are quite varied and have different combat patterns which keeps the game fresh, as does the warchief system and later the branding system.
The story was very good, I loved the links to Gollum,Sauroman and the story of the wraith (I wont spoiler) but despite this aspects seemed forced. Especially in the second part of the game. They did however try to keep faithfull to the characters back story which was cool.

I did have a few issues with the game through. Oddly the story, it seemed disjointed and rushed with the game flitting around not explaining everything. The main plot and the wraith was superb making me think Talion (the ranger main character) is more of a back drop for the wraith.
The rune system was a bit naff, I basically played trhough with making very minimal additions to my characters weapons. All the +10% to health when using xx ability, or make guy explode if xx ability used, were a bit redundant in my opinion.
The whole game leads up to attacking the hand of Sauron, so I was vastly disapointed when the last 2 missions of the game essentially were go to x point and play the mini game rather than duking it out with a boss. Its a real personal hate of mine when you end up having to do a simple press x button to dodge or counter to see the next cinematic, I find this lazy on the developers part.

The issues I have aside, this game was a lot of fun and I would recomend it if your a LOTR fan. Or if its on sale.
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45 of 53 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Overall:

+ Action
+ Combat system
+ Graphics
+ Open world
+ Optimization
+ RPG skills
+ Sauron's Army

- Story

Ratings: 9/10
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
TL;DR: Good game all around, well optimized; don't need to be a LOTR fanatic to enjoy it.

Shadow of Mordor does many things right and has few drawbacks for gameplay. As many people have referenced, the gameplay is eerily similar to Assassin's Creed + Far Cry in terms of stealth tactics, parkour traversing, and stronghold warfare.

Combat is very fluid; fighting huge groups of enemies at once is enjoyable as you slice them back and forth while trying to avoid getting hit and maintaining a hit streak in order to unleash special combat finishers and executions. My only gripe about the combat is that the final boss encounter is a QTE sequence.

The visuals and graphics are very nice. Game looks beautiful in pretty much any situation whether it is sunny, raining, or nighttime. Cutscene video packages are well done and execution scenes are gorily satisfying.

As for the story, (from the perspective of someone who knows next to nothing about LOTR) the main storyline doesn't feel very fulfilling as time progresses. I expected a story of revenge to end on a more satisfying note, but that is my personal opinion. The DLC stories expand upon the main campaign through expeditions with the other characters as seen in the main story.

If game is on sale, I would recommend a try at Shadow of Mordor.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Easily the best game based on the Lord of The Rings books/movies that I've played in my life. Main game review; I haven't played the DLCs yet.

Pros:
-Fluid gameplay
-A rather easy combat system that echoes Batman Arkham style
-Vibrant open world
-Skills and weapon modding to tailor your play style
-Story and lore is pretty good
-Every captains or higher rank has unique advantages and disadvantages makes each of them a unique mini boss to play with
-Sauron's Army including Nemesis/Rivalry makes each almost every enemy unique. (Those normal orcs that kill you can 'rank up' and could possibly be your new nemesis)

Cons:
-Not enough enemy types. Sure there are captains or higher rank and spear throwers or big cats, but honestly i expected a lot more types to challenge myself.
-Boss battles doesn't really appeal or feel very unique. That fight with the legendary graug is a too typical 'dodge and hit' fight and the black captains, tower of sauron oh god they feel like the normal sauron army captains. The hammer of sauron is pretty good for the first time you do it and the black hand/Sauron final boss was just too bland. It was all reduced to quick-time events button clicking. I expected A LOT MORE when freaking Sauron is fighting you.


Overall though, the awards and critic review it has proves that this is indeed a good game if not your own experiences.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Decapitation never gets old
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Bought this game for 5€ and it was definitely worth it.
It's a good game. The orc leader system is fun and I spent the first few hours of my game time just killing the leaders.

Well optimised, good graphics. Characters are beautiful and well animated. I had some weird FPS hiccups ever now-and-then but it wasn't anything serious.

The levelling system is very bland. It felt more like "gathering the necessary" than actual progression.
Weapon upgrades even more. You cannot swap your weapons, you're stuck with a sword, dagger and a bow for the rest of the game. No axes or maces, no shields or sabres, and upgrades just alter the stats of your weapons.

Very good game in general, but the beginning hours were much better than the mid/late game.
As soon as orcs with shields started spawning, the game became annoying. Due to poor controls, it was hard to control my character's moves and many times I ended up slashing the wrong enemy, killing a person who has information or orcs, but most of all I kept stunning the wrong enemies and/or not killing stunned enemies (but attacking an enemy who is immune against regular sword attacks INSTEAD of attacking a stunned enemy who is right in front of me).
Or an orc who is mind-controlled and is helping you, mind-controlled orcs are not excluded from the randomised attack targeting and I think I accidentally killed quite a lot of them because of this.
Even worse, the berserk enemies who revert all your front melee attacks towards you - my character keeps attacking those even though I'm pressing keys to attack enemies who are in a different direction. It's very wierd because you are getting punished for attacking a wrong enemy, yet you have no control over the targeting.


Another feature I didn't like is the hunting. Animals are impossible to block and you must jump away from their attacks. However, the game seemed to lock me away from controls as soon as the "jump away" button appeared, and it never actually did anything and I recieved damage even though I did press what I had to.

Side missions (slave rescue and challanges) feel very unsatisfying and repetetive.

The final fight was very disappointing aswell, but I don't want to spoil anything more.

Overall, good game. Feels and plays like Assassin's Creed, but actually fixes many problems I hated about the AC series. Very good story and visuals, satisfying combat. Suffers from bad controls just like Assassin's Creed.

Plays best with a gamepad by the way.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I play as a beautiful, orc slaying elf lady with the voice of a man.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
One of the best games I've ever played.

This game, while it has just an ok story, and it can become a little bit repetitive, has an amazing combat system with a lot of great abilities and combos that you unlock throughout the game, and most importantly, the nemesis system which makes it stand out.

The nemesis system is amazing. It makes the game more personal, you fight for own vengence. I really like it.

So, I'll list the pros and cons, because I like lists:

Pros:
1. Great combat, extremely fun.
2. The nemesis system. Simply amazing.
3. Great graphics, still looks good after 2 years.
4. Great performance.
5. Large map, lots of things to do.
6. Good controls, best played with the Steam Controller, since you need to aim a lot and normal controllers suck ♥♥♥ for aiming. KB/M is good too but I think controller is better for the kind of combat this game has.
7. Great voice work.
8. Good score.
9. Lots of fun abilities to unlock.

Cons:
1. Kind of a VRAM hog.
2. Uninspiring boss fights. The combat is great... but the boss fights were really underwhelming.
3. Not that lore-friendly to Lord of The Rings, but that's just being nitpicky.
4. Can become a tiny bit repetitive. Thankfully killing orcs is so much fun.

It's well worth the current full asking price of 40$, which also includes all the DLCs, but as of this review, it's on sale for 10$, which is a steal! Go for it!

Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
It's like Assassin's Creed if that game was even remotely enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
There are plenty of professional and other types of reviews of the game out there. But in a short summary it's an open world action rpg with activities to do similar to the batman games. It does feel repetitive after 30 minutes of playing even but if you like this type of combat and this type of gameplay you won't mind the repetitiveness. After all you are a warrior within the LoTR universe out to seek revenge on those who killed you and you need to do anything to disrupt their work so this implies limit to the gameplay, you won't be flying in space or w/e. I'm giving it thumbs up because I'm enjoying the game and I recommend playing it on the hardest difficulty possible else it will be too easy. Also wait for a sale as well, even though it is a good game in my opinion it's not worth the full price unless you swim in money.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Shadow of Mordor is a very solid, if not quite outstanding, experience. The highlights for me were the solid Arkham-style combat, Troy Baker's voice acting, the graphics and the Nemesis system.

However, the Nemesis system is not given enough prominance by the mechanics, much as the campaign tries to emphasise it. Sure, you could engage in a crafty plot to gain an ally, build their power and then set them against your foe - but why go to that effort when you can just face your foe and beat them in standard combat? I was able to beat even the toughest enemies by spamming the one attack they're vulnerable against.

The DLC is a tougher challenge, but the task of beating five warlords, having already done so twice in the main game, gets a bit wearing when you have to do it again and again in the DLC.

The Bright Lord offers only small tweaks to the mechanics, but that combined with a self-contained storyline is enough to make it worthwhile.

Lord of the Hunt is a mixed bag. Baker's voice performance is really off at times, compared to the fine work in the main game, but the banter is generally decent. The main problem is that the game is not well-designed for the beasts you ride - clipping and cinematic issues abound, and are quite distracting.

All up, a very solid and enjoyable game, but falling frustratingly short of greatness. A sequel which builds on the promise of this game would be very welcome.
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