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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GREATERIOS
6.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
GJ great game
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Malli
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
waste of $ horrible game
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Grizfuar
17.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
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✪B0BI✪
21.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
Better than the Hobbit trilogy.
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CrazedInferno
12.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
My Favorite AC game
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NepNep
19.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
The Nemesis sytem makes for some fun moments, although some of the later abilities make you into an unstoppable killing machine that makes everything trivial.

Get it when it's cheap.
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IzeWizard
6.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game is amazing as you can have different angles on how to tackle the challenges with. You can be all sneaky peaky like or just charge them on head on. I find stealth to be easy so far but I am not that far in to the game. Only done a few missions so far. The elf shot seems a bit OP but later on, I bet it will even itself out with the more difficult bosses
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peanut butter & honey sandwich
27.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
Amazing game.
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bholt3
41.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
The artwork on this game was fantastic. I very much enjoy the Lord of the Rings world. At first I thought it would get repetitive, just sneaking up on uruks over and over again and killing them, but there is plenty of story development, skill development, and tactics requirement for various missions, that this was a great game all the way through. I especially loved maxing out the elf-shot and focus and using that to take out large groups of uruks quickly. The takedowns are epic and the boss fights are enjoyable. I love the slow motion screen shots all the time. I highly recommend this game.
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oooTriggsooo
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Played The Game on Console no issues. Decided to play on my pc now that the GOTY Edition is out and cant even get it to launch. Press Play Black screen loads up and then the game crashes and back to the desktop. Tried every fix out there from the 2014 launch issues none of them helped. Pc is more than capable specs below. If anyone knows something i dont im open to suggestions.

GTX 1080
I7 5930K
32GB DDR4 2666
WINDOWS 10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
81 of 90 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
It’s been said once, and I’ll say it again. We need a middle ground between yes and no for recommending games in reviews. This game is fun if you’re into the whole mindless slog of being able to kill entire garrisons with just two buttons.

Shadow of Mordor suffers from the same illness that seems to plague most games of this genre these days. That is, it gets easier as you continue to play. All the nifty tricks you unlock eventually make you into a fighter capable of making the big bad bosses of Mordor into your ♥♥♥♥♥.

Which isn’t completely awful. There is some fun to be had annihilating strongholds; stealthily killing and branding Uruks until all that’s left is dead bodies and turncoat Uruks.

If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, Its neat that it talks about the creation of the rings, but it also completely rewrites the story of Celebrimbor’s involvement. That’s some heavy-duty nerd ♥♥♥♥ that will only bother the die-hards, though.

While it may be a bit mindless, it does what it sets out to do and does it correctly. If you enjoyed the Assassin’s Creed games, you’d like this.
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42 of 52 people (81%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Boromir was wrong, One does simply walk,and kicking asses, into mordor
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 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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64 of 103 people (62%) 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.

Positives
-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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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
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
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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