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

General Fixes:
  • Further fixed an issue where maximum save file size could exceed maximum allocated size, causing a crash when user tried to save.
  • Fix for crash that could occur when exiting Trials of War mode.
  • Fix for flickering lights in Nvidia SLI.
  • Fixed displayed memory on AMD GPUs in CrossFireX.


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March 23

Update: Build v1951.11

Stability Fixes:
  • Fixed memory leak when SLI is enabled that could lead to “out of memory” crashes.
  • Fixed crash that could occur when saving if user had >200 uncollected Runes on the map. (Game now only saves 32 best uncollected Runes left on map.)
  • Fixed crash that could occur when closing game on skin selection window.

General Fixes:
  • Fixed an edge-case where Uruks were not re-populating empty spaces in the hierarchy, leading to extremely empty hierarchies.
  • Leaderboards now navigate properly.
  • Improved detection of monitor native resolution.


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9.3/10 – IGN

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

    • 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: 25 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: 40 GB available space
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337 of 370 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
43.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
A no-nonsense fantasy action game where you play a dead man possessed by a dead elf and on a mission to create as many dead orcs as is inhumanly possible.

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498 of 585 people (85%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Took me 24 hours to 100% the game. I'll be brief: the gameplay is pretty solid, fast-paced and brutal, the graphcs is top-class, nemesis system is innovation in game design and I totally fell in love with it, the plot is mature and the final scenes are just masterpiece with no happy-end and no final kiss. For me Shadow of Mordor is among BEST 3rd-person action games of all times. A solid 9/10 and I strongly recommend buying it.
Keep up the good work, Monolith!
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122 of 134 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
+ Excellent graphics
+ Combat is fluid and extremely fun, with lots of options
+ Open World
+ Interesting story in the LotR environment
+ Nemesis system is innovative and fun
+ Stealth
+ Very well optimized - I was worried about this, as my graphics card is at the very low end of the system requirements, but the game looked great and game play was extremely smooth

- A few of the side characters could have been fleshed out more
- Melee combat is extremely fun, but I found ranged a bit underwhelming and difficult to use
- While the combat is excellent, it gets a little repetitive after a while
- Caragors are annoying!

An extremely fun and enjoyable game. This is my personal game of the year, and one of the best games I've played recently. Highly recommended.

Rating: 9/10
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169 of 213 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
It's like Batman arkham asylum and Assassin's creed had a baby.
If you are a fan of those games, and the Tolkien universe.
Then this is the game for you.

I personally feel like this game lived up to my expectations.
I was a little sceptical at first, because it looked too much like Assassin's creed.
But when you actually play the game, you forget all about it.

+ Astonishing graphics
+ Counter Combat system
+ Stealth mode
+ Gollum... Do i need to say more?
+ Detailed environment
+ Wraith mode
+ Photo mode
+ Cape Physics
+ Nemesis system
+ Look mom, i can make a frontflip!

- An Uruk threw his spear into a cliff and it killed me, apparently
- I insta killed a warchief with stealth
- Boss fights are way too easy

It's easy to say that this game has slowly become one of my favorite games of 2014.
Apart from the random spear kill, i really loved this game.
I give this title a 8/10 (9/10 if that spear didn't hit me)

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70 of 84 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Some dead elf had me climbing towers like my name was Enzo. Then I rode a supercharged tiger into a group of fugly orcs while decapitating their boss after a 30 hit combo.

No walking around with a ring for 6 hours or learning a dozen metrosexual elf names and their 40 pages backstory. Just straight up murdering the crap out of everyone.

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55 of 67 people (82%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Shadow of Mordor is an open world third person action game based on the Lord of the Rings franchise. The events take place after the Hobbit but before Fellowship, and the player controls Talion, a ranger of Gondor. Talion and his family are killed by Sauron's Orcs, but instead of dying, Talion joins with the spirit of an ancient Elf, gains magical powers, and swears revenge.

The combat system is fantastic, and its very similar to the Batman Arkham series. You have normal sword attacks, counters, stuns and ground finishers, and when you get a hit streak you can perform an instant kill melee execution or a radial magic attack. You also have a bow that can instant kill with a headshot (it can be used effectively at close range because time slows down while you aim). The bow also allows you to teleport to the enemy's location instead of firing an arrow. The action is fast and fluid, and when you get into a good rhythm, chaining together all these moves feels badass. Its easily as good as, perhaps even better than, the Batman combat.

There's also a pretty good stealth system. The level design allows plenty of opportunities to sneak up close and kill with the dagger, or climb up tall buildings and use the bow. There are usually a few ways to use the environment to your advantage, such as using your bow to shoot an exploding barrel, free a Caragor (an animal similar to a Warg) from its cage to attack nearby Orcs, or drop a hornet's nest to make them swarm the Orcs. You can ride Caragors into battle, and in the second half of the game you gain the ability to "brand" Orcs which forces them to fight for you against other Orcs.

The other key gameplay mechanic is the nemesis system. There are dozens of Orc captains spread around the map, and each time you encounter them they have a couple of lines of dialogue before you fight. They'll taunt you if they killed you before, or they might call you a coward if you've used alot of stealth or ranged attacks, which gives these captains alot of personality.

As you would expect, they're tougher to kill in direct combat than regular Orcs, but if you interrogate a minion first you can learn a captain's strengths and weaknesses, which will then allow you to plan how to fight them. I especially enjoyed taking advantage of any opportunity for an instant kill. Sneaking into an Orc stronghold, locating the captain and positioning myself for a backstab or a headshot, all while remaining unseen, made me feel more like a master assassin than I ever did in Assassins Creed.

The player has alot of freedom to devise their own plans. For example - how to kill a top level warchief. These Orcs usually have one or two captains as their bodyguards. If you want, you could fight them all together. Its tough, but doable. Alternatively, you could kill the bodyguards first, then fight the warchief on his own. Or, you could brand a bodyguard and order him to attack the warchief for you. This game doesn't force you to follow a script. It gives you an objective, a range of abilities, and lets you find your own solution.

The story is okay, but I always find prequels to be less exciting, because I already know what happens next. Having said that, there are some interesting characters and very good voice acting. It took me 22 hours to finish the main storyline and all the interesting side quests, so value for money is excellent.

The graphics are great and my framerate was very smooth even with lots of enemies on screen. My PC has an i7 2600k @ 3.4Ghz, 8GB Ram and a GTX 770 with 4GB VRam, and I was able to run most settings at high in 1080p. I did have an issue with screen tearing even when Vsync was on, and the solution I found from the forums was to disable Vsync and run in borderless windowed mode. After making that change I had no problems whatsoever. I used my Xbox 360 gamepad because of the similarity to Batman/AC, and this worked perfectly.

Shadow of Mordor is one of the best games I've played in 2014 and I definitely recommend it as a full price purchase. The gameplay is so good that I don't think you need to be a fan of LOTR to enjoy it.
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Tl;dr - If you think you want the game, buy it, it's good.

Gameplay- fun
Optimization- the game runs, had no CTDs, found no bugs.

I remember reading a review for Arkham City in Game Informer a few years back that was titled 'The Best Licensed Game Ever Made'. Big name properties like Batman and Lord of the Rings or Xmen or Star Wars etc etc have often times had horrible cash-in/no merit games released in their names. From the side scrolling Batman games in the 16bit era to the complete abominations that were Lotr games on 360 and Ps3 the licesensed game market is a mixed bag mostly full of budget bin cast-aways. The way, for me at least, to judge these types of titles is to ask "if I take away the license is it still a good game?". In the case of Shadow of Mordor not only would it still be a good game it would be a great one.

Shadow of Mordor excels in every aspect. The visuals are pleasing and the art style is spot on for Middle Earth. The combat is brutal, easy to get a grasp on but deep enough to take some time to master. The cllimbing and character movement in general is smooth and enjoyable. The story made me care about how it ended and the orcs made me hate them to the point where my slaughtering of them became a bit of an addiction. The much heralded 'nemesis system' did not dissapoint and succeeded greatly in putting a new flavor of icing on a cake we've all had a few times before. SoM takes a lot of inspiration gameplay wise from the Arkham series and the Assasin's Creed games but manages not to feel at all like a cookie cutter experience or a blatant rip off. Instead we are given the best parts of both of those popular franchises mixed together in a Tolkien setting. Add in the aforementioned nemesis to freshen things up and give us all something we have never seen before and we have the One Game to Rule Them All that Tolkien fans have been dying for ever since WB got hold of the property over a decade ago.

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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 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: 30 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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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Pretty much my favorite game of 2014. Best game of any LOTR games of course.

-Smooth Combat like Batman (My favorite)
-Extraordinary Graphics
-Lore is good and storyline is great
-Added in a female skin for any anti-sexists out there.
-Great movement (Assassin's Creed-like climbing system)
-Haven't encountered any bugs yet.

-Ending was lackluster but the DLC Bright Lord fixes that.

10/10 for me.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4


Nemesis system in a nutshell:

10/10 would man swine again.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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21 of 24 people (88%) 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 Shadows 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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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
69.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Having bought Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor on the strength of reviews comparing its gameplay to that of the Batman series (games which I've all enjoyed and recommend, even Batman: Origins), I can definitely say that although not on such level of quality, this game does produce enough enjoyable mechanics on its own so as to justify purchase.

You should recognize most of the traditional Batman combat features: hit streaks, counter prompts, vault over an opponent to evade, beatdown attacks and Executions instead of Batman's instant takedowns. What's new is the addition of a bow. You whip your bow out, use Focus to slow the game down, do a headshot and that's an instant kill. So why bother with fighting orcs in the first place? Because midway throughout the game, the focus becomes less about killing orcs than it is about using orcs to achieve various goals; whether it's replenishing your stock of arrows and Focus, gathering information, sending out Death Threats or even to dominate them.

Instead of the strategic approach to combat developed in the Batman series (disable guns and gunboxes, batarangs to temporarily reduce number of opponents, comedy smokebomb in dense room of foes), Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, treats enemies as a means to an end, even if that end is to kill more enemies. Strategic fighting comes from hunting the various orc Captains and Warchiefs, who have their own hidden information sheets listing strengths, weaknesses and special attacks to discover. Thinking up a plan of attack is where the funs at, and taking advantage of the orc's weaknesses is a necessary part of getting higher level weapon runes, which are special bonuses for your weapons. This game rewards proper planning, at the cost of treating random encounters as pest-clearing chores.

Sadly, a slew of randomly generated orc chieftans is no substitute for a true end-level boss. The writing is the weakest aspect as you're aimlessly wandering about an open map with a whole bunch of mission icons strewn everywhere. You're Talion; your family is dead, you're somehow undead but looking fleshy, you have an amnesiac ghost elf haunting you and you're wandering around Mordor trying to figure things out and making orcs pay. Meanwhile this game is well-padded with weapon missions, human rescue missions, sigil and artifact collection and even the odd fantasy wildlife hunt with your new found dwarven friend! It's the Assassin's Creed world map device right down to the guard tower/quick travel unlocks, but with even less story structure.

Not having level structures means you're as likely to get bum-rushed by the same 20 orcs early on as you would later but without any of the tools to help dispose of 'em properly. If the Batman series can be chided for too much hand-holding, what with Batman constantly telling you what and how to do everything, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor undeniably has too little. I didn't learn about interrogations until searching for it on the internet. The grab options, similar story. Which missions to prioritize? Hell, if an encounter was too hard I just did something else.

Sometimes you uncover some neat synergy. Brutalize is a stealth takedown variant in which you deliver five fatal blows upon an unlucky victim instead of one. Five is the magic number that unlocks special moves (at least midgame), so you can shoot a special flaming arrow into a fire for a huge explosion kill. Killed five? Use another special move: crowd stun, combat brand, takedowns on fallen foes... your pick! Talion has access to a lot of end game goodies: chain executions, twenty seconds of invisibility, multiple arrow-based teleport-executions! Ride a giant troll-like monster and assault an orc fort Godzilla style! Turn high-level orc bodyguards against their master in the middle of combat! Suffer through the early parts and you'll have no end of fun terrorizing orc chieftains!

Just because a game isn't as good as Batman doesn't mean it's bad, even if it does borrow a ton of mechanics from the Batman series. I bought this on Humble Bundle, maybe got overcharged but no regrets. Play the game, start by doing a bunch of non-essential non-story white missions and if you have any questions about anything, check the internet! You should be having fun about two to three hours in.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
119.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Shadow of Mordor was very close ot being my game of the year.

The first thing I noticed is that the free running, climing, and combat are all very smooth and satisfying. And that's what you'll be doing for most of the time.

The meat of the game lies in the nemesis system. I spent more time hunting down orcs that killed me than I did doing the main quests. There's nothing more satisfying than getting revenge on an orc that has killed you countless times while you were in the middle of a mission. That organic style of storytelling is far more intriguing than the actual campaign story. This made Shadow of Mordor feel more innovative than any game in recent memory.

The graphics are also decently pretty. Textures and lighting look good. The character models for Talion and the orcs also look great. The geometry and level design leave something to be desired however. For a setting as interesting as Mordor, there's not a lot going on. There are no landmarks or setpieces. Just ruins scattered around a relatively featureless map. It still manages to be a fun arena for hunting orcs.

I took several high resolution screenshots of this game. You can find them on my Flickr, as well as a gallery on PC Gamer.

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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I killed a Captain enemy.

He came back and ambushed me. So I killed him again.

He came back and ambushed me. So I killed him again.

He came back and ambushed me. So I killed him again.

He came back and ambushed me. So I killed him again.

He came back and ambushed me. I died this time.
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41 of 60 people (68%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Absolutely incredible game. The game play, visuals, story, artwork, atmosphere, everything! is just so immersive and well done. 10/10
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17 of 18 people (94%) 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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31 of 44 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
This game is often praised for it's unique nemesis system, where you killing orc commanders (or being killed by a commander) will directly impact the whole hierarchy between orcs and make previously weak orcs become stronger and stronger. This makes that you are not the only character in the game that is evolving and becomming stronger. This combined with beautifull graphics and combat that feels like the batman games and parkour skills of assassins creed, I can see why so many people recommend this game. And I feel like i should as well.

I was honestly dissapointed. I was bored, very soon. The combat, although satisfying at start, quickly becomes dull. When you learn how to counter attacks, you can fight 2 Orc commanders and an army of 20 orcs around you all simultaniously while drinking coffee. And on itself, I could forgive that. But there is no variation. You will always be the same character with the same swords and quickly flash your bow to shoot a quick arrow. There are a couple skills when you level up, but there is honestly no real character development, you just become more powerfull and combat becomes even easier as you continue. I want to play as an dwarf or an elf, I want to use an axe, a spear or a shield. But none of that is possible.

I understand that in a scripted game with a lot of story focus, like in batman. you limit the players choices. But the story in this game is really not worth it. Except for one little funny orc, the characters lack charisma and personality. A linear journey of revenge, without heroism or morality.I feel like they didn't want to spend time on the story after creating this big beautifull open world, which is obviously enough too sell a game when people watch gameplay.

So yeah: you like batman and assassins creed, you will have fun with it. But don't buy this game if you want a good Lord of the Rings story or create your own unique hero, because this is something this game doesn't have.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
110.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Ever since this game was released I couldn't wait to play it. I love games that have great fighting systems (notably Batman Arkham series) where you can rack up huge combo's based on your technique and attention to hits coming at you. Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor has taken the crown for fighting! Not only is it impressive, the gore is outrageously entertaining. The main character is a complete badass and has clear intentions of ripping through his enemies in seek of retribution. You only need proof through looking at the hundreds of screenshots I took during Shadow of Mordor - which brings me onto the next point - the camera.

Throughout any point in the game (including in-game cutscenes) you are able to freeze time and take pictures. Through a variation of angles, distance, styles and effects, Shadow of Mordor provides countless moments of pure entertainment in capturing "The best kill" / "The best environment" / "The best death" and so on. Its an incredible feature within the game, something which I have loved through games such as Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer, being able to freeze time and take memorable images. Does the HUD annoy you being in every picture? A simple toggle button to turn it off when taking a screenshot prevents distraction. It really, really is fun.

Another really strong focal point to the game is its enemy ranking system. You will always get the weaker orcs, wildly flapping around Mordor being frightened of near everything within earshot - but they always have the opportunity to strengthen and rank up. This depends entirely on their ability to kill you. Without giving anything away story-related, your character will respawn & respawn & respawn, each time getting stronger per death. As you fall to an Orc, it gains power. Through power comes strength, and that measely Orc that is scared of everything and pushes its body weight around Mordor waiting to be killed - changes. His armor changes, his attitude changes, he isn't scared anymore. He now has bodyguards and roams around Mordor feeling tougher then the Dark Lord himself. This is a common situation within the game, and outlines the quality of enemy progression. Orcs have their own unique personalities & traits, what they are bad at and what they excel at.. you will find this out for yourself through scouting. But no matter what traits they have - Orcs are deadly in numbers. No matter what level you get to or how good you think you are - they can still kill you. Using a combination of tactics & skills will maintain your capability to overhaul the b*$t@!*s and take victory!

There is so much more to go into but I will leave it down to you to find that out through your own gameplay. Its an absolute diamond of a game and I would recommend every single person to play - think of a combination of Hitman/Assassins Creed/Batman Arkham Series, then cover that combination with buckets of gore. I am loving this game.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Freaking buy it

I will be honest. When I first heard about this game, I don't have any high expectations from it. After it came out and after I watched the game-play, I still don't. Ha ha. XD. But after playing the game, I have to say that this game is amazing. Even if I cut out the part that I love LOTR, it is an amazing game nonetheless.

Great and smooth game-play. Nice graphic. The story is bit sad if you have to know.

Killing orcs and Uruks can be so much fun in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

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5 stars
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