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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“AMAZING”
9.3/10 – IGN

“Revolutionary”
5/5 – Joystiq

“Remarkable”
4.5/5 – VideoGamer

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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

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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blackman
( 36.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
i run this game on G1610 holds 60fps on high sick bro
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Rebel
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
damn this game really addicting, overall great gameplay and graphics are totally sick


wigle wigle wigle
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Fye DX
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
A nice "Action/Adventure" that does nothing new but what it does does right. A Lord of the Rings Assassin's Creed so to say.
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kingdranix
( 50.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
The Good:
Story, Voice acts, Boss battle theme, Cool moves for different play styles, The Uruks (yes them)

The not so good:
Enemy spawns, Past memory of how Sauron won

Nitpicks:
Unable to do certain moves if not on the same level as enemy
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A Very Concerned Fruit Bat
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
My gripes with this game is the length for the cost and the ease.

I had my eyes on this game for quite a while, without having seen much video or anything about it. I caught this GOTY game on sale for about $13. Had I paid full price, I would have been quite disapointed

The short and sweet review of the game is that it just wasn't long enough or challenging enough for the cost associated with it. At $13, I'm not disappointed, but I can't reccomend the game at full price. By exploring and killing captains first thing, I ended up overpowering myself in both unlockables, runes, and knowledge of map exploits. This made the game unchallenging and tedious since the objectives were to do things I had already been doing over and over again, only now I get a congratulations at the end.

The game can be beaten by click mashing the left mouse button, while keeping an eye out for quick-time alerts of right click counters, or rolling/jumping over people (same button). In a Dark-Souls-sort-of-way, it's all about paying attention to dodge moments. But unfortunately, there isn't much variety to that since they're just quick time events =/. Sure you can use throwing daggers or even the ground pound light thing, but you simply don't NEED it. You really can beat the game through mashing, and that bummed me out.
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kitsune-aku no fosakuサクラ
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
One of the best game ever
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tyrantXtoast
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
The story may be a little lackluster towards the end, but definitely a must play for any LOTR fan.
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ManTurkey
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This is defenitly one of the best steam games
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Afh
( 25.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Mordor Longsword massacre
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[NAS] Mercury
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Wannabe Assassin's Creed with a story I could care less about.
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Mizuchí
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
One of my favorite games, after Tomb Raider and Devil May Cry 3,4 and 5 also.

The story is really amazing and the cut scenes are amazing as well. The fight style is great, skills are very impressive and so on.
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Scorpion wins
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I don't know yet if LMB is set to attack or to spawn orcs
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Dirt McGirt
( 33.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
not a big LOTR fan but this game is fantastic!
10/10
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thrAsher
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Even right out of the gate, with no idea how to play, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Combat is rarely this much fun in any game, and the fact that you will be in the thick of it for the overall majority of your time with Shadow of Mordor makes this a no-brainer for action fans. Not quite sure it's worth full price (I can already see it getting pretty repetitive) but it's easily worth 30 or 40 bucks. Great use of the Tolkien license, and the Nemesis system is something I hope to see other developers riff on.
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Evil Eye
( 27.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Great Gameplay and optimization, havent finished the game yet but the story is good so far. Too bad it doesnt have co-op
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Nick Cage The Science Mage
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Feels great to be a badass. Great combat and graphics.
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IBadGrammar
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
assin creed mix dark souls with lord of ring lore can you hate it i guess not
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Mannerheim
( 24.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Absolutely gorgeous, smooth, figths feels like fights. A bit on the short side maybe, but also has some extra content which helps. Absolutely recommend if your rig can handle it.



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chin
( 28.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
One of the best games i've played in a while. Stunning visuals and an all around great campaign filled with lots of bonus missions and side quests. After about 25hrs of gameplay I beat all main missions but the game itself is only 47% completed.

10/10 When's the sequel?
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OGDolphin
( 20.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
When's part 2?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Loved the game on console and even more on PC. I have encountered zero bugs or glitches, and it runs smoothly. I enjoy the style of the game and the rich lore from the "Lord of the Rings" novels.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Already finished the main campaign. Thankfully, there's 3 more campaigns that come with the DLC.

The gameplay has ups and downs. Combat is incredibly satisfying and really makes you feel like a badass. The wall climbing gets really annoying. You'll find yourself constantly climbing on crap you never meant to or jumping off walls and alerting a whole camp of Uruk. At first I was upset with the map size, then I learned there's 2 maps, both of which are very well made.

Don't let the beginning grind turn you off, this is necessary to learn the game since things can get pretty complicated, especially when you start messing with the politics of Sauron's army. So satisfying.

The main story started out really amazing and emotional, but the ending is totally rushed. The final battle is against 2 of the most powerful forces in Mordor and they're fricken QTE events. It's anti-climatic and very dissapointing.

Still, the game is so much fun and I can't wait to weild the One Ring and fight Sauron in the DLC.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Great game. Takes my favorite aspects from Assassin's Creed, adds a great combat system and perks/abilities that make killing orcs so much fun. Very immersive story and bosses. Great voice acting, and a nice soundtrack. If you pay attention to the lore as well, it can immerse you. If you just wander around it can be boring at times otherwise it's great. ☆☆☆☆☆ 5/5
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Don't play for the story. Play for the enjoyment of slaying hordes of orcs and looking stylish while doing it.
Seriously though, something about the way you fight is very satisfying and if running around Mordor and Nurnen gracefully slashing at every orc and beast you see sounds like fun, then don't hesitate on buying this game. If you are looking for a more in-depth LOTR game to live out your adventure fantasies of exploring Middle Earth and completing a diverse array of activities and battles, I would wait for a sale and still probably pass on this one.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
In the 24 hours that I played this game, I beat the campaign and completed a substantial amount of side content. I don't believe I touched any of the DLC content. I played it exclusively with a gamepad.

Shadow Of Mordor is a game that starts very strong and slowly wanes in quality. On PC it's a technical accomplishment, the game looks gorgeous and runs like a dream on my high end PC, thanks to a broad selection of graphical settings.

Have you played an Arkham game? Then you've played Shadow Of Mordor. The gameplay is a mixture of open combat and stealth takedowns, both of which are almost entirely cloned from the Rocksteady Batman games. The only differences are minor improvements: SoM allows you to run while crouched, to perform brutalisation attacks which terrify nearby enemies, and to drain health and energy from vulnerable enemies. It also lets you to include archery in your combos without losing your hit streak, which makes for a much more lenient hitstreak system than Arkham Knight.

Early on, Shadow Of Mordor is a lot of fun. You're free to roam around the flat, desolate plains of the black lands and hunt enemy captains, who can be spotted from a long distance using this game's version of Detective Mode. The combat mostly consists of mashing X towards your chosen target, and then pressing A to hop over them when they try to guard or attack, but this becomes difficult over time. Each hit landed on you drains your energy, and if you don't manage to kill your target you're left to either flee (which often means catching a crossbow bolt in the spine) or to die in the attempt, which means your target gets a promotion and will be harder to kill next time.

As intended, the Nemesis system encourages you to develop a personal rivalry with these randomly generated Uruks. Some of these fights were surprisingly challenging and required me to think strategically before I attacked, often interrogating orcs for information on my target and then baiting them to places where I could exploit their weaknesses. That aspect of the game is what people in other reviews have praised, and it deserves applause. It's a good first implementation of a very promising idea.

Sadly it all becomes rather pointless once you start gaining XP and unlocking abilities. The Shadow of Mordor skill tree has the opposite problem of the Arkham Knight skill tree: instead of having 100 useless upgrades, it has roughly 20 game-breakingly useful ones. I think I can narrow down the problem to three really bad options: the ability to take a hit without losing your hit streak, the ability to stun enemies by jumping over them, and the ability to spend your hitstreak multiple times.

With these I could jump into a group of powerful Uruks, leap over one, quickly kill him and then spend that killstreak to effortlessly kill two more. After you unlock these abilities, there's no more tension, no more strategy, no more use for intelligence and planning, no more investment in your nemesis. Everyone and everything becomes laughably pathetic compared to your skillset. It's disgustingly easy and, after the initial fun of being overpowered wears off, dreadfully boring.

You'd hope the game would ramp up the difficulty to keep up with your new skills, but it never does. You remain overpowered for the rest of the campaign. The introduction of "Branding" as a late game ability only exacerbates the problem. What was once a fun adventure, suddenly becomes a repetitive slog through dirt brown levels. The game has 4 boss fights, and each of them showcase the limitations of Arkham-style combat as you repeat your most effective combo against endless goons and wait for the QTE button prompt that hurts the boss. It's horribly disappointing.

The story has received a fair bit of praise, and I'm not sure why. In spite of paying attention to the dialogue and doing a lot of side missions, I honestly have no idea what happened in the end. My characters motivation was never clear: as a "gravewalker" he talks a lot about ending his curse and being "at rest" with his murdered family, but his existence doesn't seem particularly torturous, and he enjoys using his new undead abilities to pursue bloody revenge. Ostensibly the villain of the story is The Black Hand, but what exactly that is never gets clarified. In the last act of the story this problem reaches a fever pitch, where I found myself doing things without any context as to why they were being done and exactly what they symbolised. It's a frantic, hurried mess.

This game has no difficulty settings, nor any potential for modding that might make it more difficult. Some people might recommend that you play with self-imposed restrictions, and I imagine that it might be fun to play the entire game without spending upgrade points, but I don't feel tempted to replay Shadow Of Mordor just to find out, nor I do want to play any of the DLC I got as part of the GOTY package. The lack of challenge is a huge problem, and no amount of graphical fidelity can make up for it.

I bought this game for £10 during a sale, and it's currently available for £30. I'm going to recommend it based on the fun I had in the first 12 hours, but I'd discourage people from purchasing it at full price unless they absolutely love the Arkham games and don't have a problem with games that fail to challenge them. I think this game is sadly over-rated, I bought it based on the hype and while I agree that the Nemesis system is a great idea it only remains compelling for as long as the game is difficult, which isn't long at all.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
I'll sum this one up in a haiku:

Killing stuff is fun,
but when that stuff gets bigger,
the game won't change much.

Honestly, a very good game, story is quite sparse and feels a little like it was put together in an afternoon, but, as I've said, killing stuff is fun. At first, getting used to the gameplay is slightly challenging for like five minutes, but very soon your avatar is extremely OP, and although mindless killing is surprisingly cathartic, one does tire very soon.

The orc ranking mechanic is actually a nice touch and I did enjoy the branding feature to raise my own army but not enough to salvage a mediocre game.
Still pretty fun. Would rate about an 8...



Out of 16. I would recommend only if it's in a sale, really.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
A warchief, who was immune to Melee and Stealth, died to a single flying axe to his toe.

Pure amazement.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
108.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
It's a really good game. I'm one of those players who likes to play and enjoy for a bit longer so don't follow the main quests. There's a lot to do in sight quests and uruks to be killed. I just love it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
The combat system is fluid and great to behold (being based on the same system as Batman) and the options for tackling the open world are huge; from brainwashing an ork captain to attack his superior to teleport-executing a sentry from 100s feet away.

Viceral, solid entertainment and the kind of game I pick up not to make further progress or level up, but simply because it's fun. I can spend ages just hunting for large groups of orks to jump into the middle of and dispatch without taking a hit; lobbing one through a camp fire, skewering another through the throat, leaping over another to stun them before making their head explode - all the while effortlessly parrying and ducking.

Great fun and an excellent title to show off your graphics processor!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
78.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor é um jogo de RPG de ação ambientado no universo da saga "O Senhor dos Anéis" do autor J. R. R. Tolkien, desenvolvido pela Monolith Productions e distribuído pela Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.A história do jogo acontece no espaço entre o "O Hobbit" e "O Senhor dos Anéis" e foi lançado em 30 de setembro de 2014

Modo aventura voce viaja com Talion na Terra de Mordor pelas encostas da Montanha da Perdicao em busca de vingança fazendo missoes principais e secundarias, tenha cuidado com soldados e capitães orcs ou uruks pois sao de varios tamanhos eles sao infinitos rs, e tenha cuidados com os Graugs e Caragors.

  • O sistema de luta e bem tranquilo bem facil e lembra muito batman, a jogabilidade para andar, corre e esconder-se assassin's creed.

  • No aspectos de desenvolvimento do jogo foram encontrados todos tipos de orcs ou uruks, esquiva finalizaoes o game mostrou execelente.

  • Seus gráficos e trilha sonora muito ♥♥♥♥ feita com muita qualidade dublagens muito boas ate com sotaques.

    O Game e muito bom foi pegado elementos de varios outros games eu me divertir muito.

    Mais uma vez a Warner Bros, esta de Parabenz. Excelente jogo
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
simply everything you could ask for, sollid grapics, amazing story line and voice acting. if you want a game you can have endless fun in, here you have it. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is probably the best Lord of the Rings game around.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Brawler masterpiece. I feel so powerful playing this game, but it's still dificult.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Great game overall, decent story. Some of the best combat I've seen in a game in terms of entertainment value. I could slice up orcs all day, and I have. Most of my hours were put into the main story, the DLC is sort of meh in comparison but still worth a few hours. Get this on sale and you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Best orc killing simulator you can find.

Played the game for 2 hours and have already killed thousands of orcs before remembering theres a story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
151.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Have this game for the XB360... didn't play more than 1 hr before i stopped.

Downloaded on Steam sale and started playing less than 5 days ago, it's consumed my life. PC master race is valid.. this game just looks and plays so much better and fluid on my rig than on the 360, all detail level up. And it's so much fun too, just as much as the Batman trilogy of games.

So glad i bought this on sale, that's why i'm fully Steam now rather than consoles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Best LOTR Game Ever Made....Please Create Shadow of Mordor 2 .
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
If you like Lotr and arkham-like games this is what you need
plays a bit too fast close to the ending, but it's a very nice game none the less
I recommend it for some good fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
This is great game, the combat is fun but it takes time to gets the skills to make it so. I played 4 or 5 Story Missions getting my ♥♥♥ kicked so I started to make side missions and it made a big difference.The story took a lot of time to get insteresting for me but maybe is why because I played side missions for about 8 hrs xD, still felt it was a little short.

COMBAT:
The combat was great but in the start is basically smashing the X and Y buttons but then you get the skills and if you don't use them and just keep smashing you're gonna have a bad time, and you'll feel like a badass for killing them with many techniques.

BOSS FIGHTS:
The weren't many of them (besides the obvious fights with the warchiefs), many of them were meh but there were some pretty good ones.

NEMESIS SYSTEM:
The Nemesis System is really interesting and for me it succeeds in making you hate the Uruks when they kill you many times and they get Power and you feel the satisfaction of killing them. But I got to admit it was kinda annoying sometimes having to get information from the Uruks.

LEVEL DESIGN:
The map I got to say was kinda disappointing, It felt very same at times and only certain areas had room for strategizing, and talking about the map there were certain wall where you could get kinda stuck, you have to climb down and then climb up again.

RESUME:
For me this game was great, the story was good and the combat excellent. It is worth every penny because I did 22 hrs and made 68% and I am planning on playing it again. I would give it an 8/10. The things holding it back were the lacklockster boss fights (not all of them) and the story being kind of weak at times, specially being LOTR related could have been better.


SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

Even though the final battles were amazing and felt epic I think they could have been harder and don't even get me started with that freaking final boss battle with the Black Hand of Sauron, it was bullishit. The fact that you were (kinda) the forger of the Rings of Power was pretty awesome because I haven't read the books (and not sure if this is them), only seen the Extended Edition of the LOTR trilogy (like 8 times haha) and it let me seem some of the back story of the forging of the ring and of couse the one ring but still felt Golum was a little bit forced in the story.
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