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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Hellhound
( 32.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
best lotr game ever made 11/10
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YiggityYuh
( 30.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Buy this game. End of story
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MonkeyEmperor
( 42.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Batman got bored in Arkham Asylum, read Lord of the RIngs before calling it a night and dreamt this game.

'Nuff said
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Woz
( 25.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Was not that impressed when I started to play this. It felt like a grind and I thought it was limited to the initial environment. Worth fighting through :) the first stage though as the game opens up as you level and get to the second area.

Combat is very batman like at first but feels different later as the skills open it up more in ways and makes combat more brutal with good finishing moves. Lots of diversions to keep you going

Getting closer to the end now but enjoyed more as played deeper in.

On sale a lot so grab when this is the case :)
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Arkanos
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Gimub / 20

Best name I've never seen in the Middle Earth !

Worth it !
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Giggerty
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
It's like assassin's creed but less story more killing
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Rul
( 25.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
I only play this game for 25 hours to complete the achievements. nothing more and nothing less. for the gameplay, it is fun. but only AT FIRST. but after a while, it is kinda boring. it is repetitive. and the story is SUCK. if u want to play this game, dont buy it. instead, download it free. or at least be like me, only buy this game during summer sale so it doesnt feel like a total waste cause it does not worth it.
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mikus
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Playing this with Linux, I was joyed to see it start beautifully, but I noticed something not quite right as the game launched with a loading time, and most of the dude didn't render.

I get past the animations sequences, and realize most of the mesh objects in the game aren't rendering, including my body and clothing, making me mostly invisible save my arms and weapons. Getting past the intro fights, most of the map isn't rendering, or me, but remains mostly playable. I dig the game, but with most of the baddies, map, and myself not rendering right, sort of defeats the joy of a pretty game.

Going to look up reviews and faq's for the game, it seems they don't support AMD cards under Linux, which of course mine is. Seeing that I play everything from Tomb Raider to Postal 2, and don't see this sort of effect just tells me they used a crappy porting studio that doesn't know how. Namely they can't do it, so it must be crap hardware, even though everyone else does. Don't buy me, we only figure out half the problem!

Suck it up, fix this, it really shouldn't matter Nvidia or AMD. You have a nice game, don't ruin the experience for half the video card market on a platform because you can't figure it out like all the other porting studios do.
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Shinkuchou
( 38.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
I marathoned this game over three days. Everything I loved about Assassin's Creed mixed with Arkham Asylum style combat. Enemies start to discuss rumors about you as you develop a specialization too. Dominating and strategically dealing with the different Uruk commanders is a blast too.
Some of the randomly generated combinations are nightmarish (Can't vault over, uses a shield, and immune to stealth and ranged for example), but when you finally kill the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ it's a glorious feeling of achievement.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
87 of 111 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 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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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
GAMERS! Allow me to present you...

URUK-HAI: Gotta Brand Them All

The first part of the game you train yourself to handle all manners of Sauron's cronies with 3 distinct tools: Your sword, Your broken sword and Your bow. Wield these with master-stroke capabilities, you will be deemed the unbeatable pokem- I mean Uruk-Hai/Orcs/Caragors/All manner of wild untamed creatures master.

  • Sword: If you do not fancy sneaky-beaky procedure to dispatch a horde of these creatures, your chance to die will increased greatly, but there is where fun is. You, as a trainer are equipped with an array of head chopping, heart stabbing, gut spewing and many more abilities to counter their onslaught for your pink-skin guts. Do lots of combos and you will be rewarded with wide choices of insta-killing skills to satisfy your bloodlust.

  • Broken-sword: I know what you are thinking, "Why would I bring a broken weapon to a slaughterfest?". Well, you could still stab their craniums and slit their throats with it like a dagger, thats right a DAGGER! No dagger is as badass as a broken sword treated like a dagger! Oh look some Uruks having a cooking up some smores around their campfire, NOPE! Use your brutalize skill on one of the poor sod in front of their comrades and watch them drop their half-cooked marshmellows and flee in terror as you repeatedly stab him in each and every part of their vital organs.

  • Bow: So, trainer, you are the center of attention of a blood hungry horde and tired of some cowardly Uruks throwing spears at you and breaking your combo? Fret not, enter the Matrix and you will have a vision of everything that tries to kill you. With this you will be able to spot ranged cowards and dispatch them in slowww-motioooon. And what is that? The campfire is not burning hot enough for their marshmellows? Shoot the campfire and it will burn as bright as the sun and the Uruks will not need anymore heat for the rest of their living life.


"But what about this training creatures I heard?"

This is where the fun really gets funner. As you battle throughout the blooddrench lands, you will find yourself encountering Captains and Warchiefs(Tougher and deadlier than captains). These guys have varied strength and weaknesses for you to be aware of and to exploit. They control the horde groups around them as well. In the 2nd half part of the game, your wraith companion will allow you to brand them and bend to your will afterwards.

Brand the captains once you had weaken them in combat and you will see and help them rise through the ranks. Troublesome Warchief with a handful of captains of bodyguards? No problem, brand them and the warchief wont see 3 axes coming from behind them. Once the chief had been defeated, your pokem- damn it, branded captains will take their place as a warchief.

So what are you waiting for? RULE MIDDLE-EARTH, BRAND THEM ALL!
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
11 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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16 of 17 people (94%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) 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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153 of 275 people (56%) found this review helpful
7 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
25.9 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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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 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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