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.
User reviews: Very Positive (11,457 reviews)
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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November 19

Update: Build v1636.37

New Features:

  • Lithariel Skin available.
  • Lithariel’s Trials of War “Test of Defiance” available. (Main Objective: Kill 6 Warchiefs and 15 captains. Lithariel has only one life. Death results in failure. Lithariel does more melee damage, but has less armor. You cannot save during this challenge. Quitting results in failure.)
  • New Epic rune granted to player’s inventory “Defiant to the End”. (Additional last chance given to player when equipped.)

PC Specific Features:
  • Nvidia SLI support.

Bug Fixes for all platforms:
  • Photo Mode: The controller drain/brand SFX persists when Photo Mode is up. Brand SFX no longer persist when pausing through photo mode during a drain or brand sequence.
  • Power of Shadow: The hood of the Black Hand's cloak in the front end appears covering half his face. Eye FX issue fixed for the Black Hand skin in the front end menu. Glowing eyes effect misplaced on Black Hand's face when dismissing title screen.
  • UI/VFX still show Talion as poisoned when One With Nature (Epic) Dagger Rune is equipped.
  • Player can receive duplicate Epic Runes by killing multiple captains with dispatch.
  • MOTD is not cycling after one rotation.

PC Specific Bug Fixes:
  • Improved messaging when game fails to launch.
  • Fixed issue with incorrect aspect ratio being used when changing resolution through the video options in windowed mode.
  • Added an option to expose FXAA as part of the motion blur settings.
  • Fixed issues with native resolution detection. The game will now use Windows “recommended” resolution.
  • Fixed issues with custom resolutions specified in Windows. Users no longer have to delete them.
  • Fixed in game benchmark starting too early.
  • Fixed not being able to skip benchmark load screen.
  • Improved benchmark output files located in “My Documents\WB Games\Shadow of Mordor\*.csv”.
  • In game VSync will now use NVIDIA’s adaptive sync when turned on. It will use NVIDIA’s Control Panel settings when turned off.
  • Fixed save game issue where starting new game on top of existing data didn’t clear skills purchased.
  • Fixed issue with WB Play where entering age under 18 on accident prevented player from ever accessing WB Play.

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October 16

Update: Build v1636.29

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, build v1636.29
Photo Mode:

  • Photo Mode added to Shadow of Mordor. For more information, check here.
Updates:
  • Various bug fixes and improvements

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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

    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
    • Hard Drive: 25 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
    • Hard Drive: 40 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
117 of 123 people (95%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
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Graphics:
+ detailed game world
+ high foresight
+ good cutscenes
+ usually sharp textures
- muddy ground textures

Atmosphere:
+ dynamic and lively world
+ flowing day and night cycles
+ gollum!

Sound:
+ very good speakers
+ good sound effects
+ quiet atmospheric music

Balance:
+ easy for beginners
+ no overpowering counter
+ some tricky missions
- but in the story missions a bit too easy

Level Design:
+ different approaches possible
+ short distances
+ flowing exchange between crawl and climb, good stealth missions

Weapons & Extras:
+ three main weapons can be upgraded
+ more than 30 unlockable skills
- not all skills useful

Story:
+ principally interesting revenge story
+ exciting spirit-figure
+ some interesting minor characters
- hardly highlights
- open end

Game Size:
+ two large sections
+ many side missions
+ upgrade system
+ around 30 hours playtime

The action takes place between the events of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The focus is Talion, a Ranger of Gondor. His family is slaughtered at the beginning of the match. Talion survived the bloody ritual of initially unexplained reasons, his body must be shared with an ancient spirit. Both - spirit and Talion - muse for vengeance.
The story (so far) seems really good and sad.
The only thing that throws me off is that I can walk in the middle of the map and not a single orc can see me. The other thing that might be a pain later is the constant respawning of enemies. I clear an entire area and 5 seconds later it is infested again.

It is an outstanding action game, offering a satisfying mix of stealth and melee combat that series like Assassin's Creed or Batman: Arkham have perfected.
But the Nemesis system, which cleverly makes enemies grow and evolve along with the player, is what elevates Shadow of Mordor into the upper echelons of open-world excellence.

The intricacies of combat could've simply consisted of fights against plain grunts using your supernatural abilities, and Mordor would still be a ton of aggressive fun. But the Nemesis system turns every duel to the death into so much more, giving the villains just as much personality as your hero.
You can get this free range, easy and fun battle system that allows you to take on multiple enemies at once, while protection against attacks.
The 20-to-1 scenario really never gets tired of this kind of flexible attack mechanics.
As you start leveling up in Shadow of Mordor, you gain both human and wraith special attacks. For example, you can wraith punch an enemy, which knocks them for a loop, then press the attack button multiple times to charge up to a life ending attack that has the enemy’s head explode right off their body.
The leveling system in this game is a bit deeper than what you might expect. For typical third-person action games I expect some sort of upgrades, be it in the form of purchasing upgrades or with gradual, simple leveling up. The abilities tree is split in two to accommodate both characters. Talion’s abilities include delivering massive death blows to characters, throwing daggers, dealing a decisive blow at the end of a fight, as well as poisoning the drink of orcs (yes, you read that right).
There are a lot more abilities to gain in this tree for our ranger, but you get the drift. The wraith has the abilities to to pin people in place, deliver a wraith flash and do a stealth drain.
These are neat items that you attach to your weapons (initially the sword, bow and dagger). They are modifiers that you can collect as you dispatch mini-bosses, significant characters and/or bosses. These modifiers have a certain numerical level attached to them that can be mixed and matched to create a cornucopia of powerful ranges for your weaponry.

Charging through the decent but less-exciting story missions would probably take around 10 hours, but the goal of killing or dominating the Warchiefs is much more time-consuming and interesting. The sidequests like stealth challenges that task the player with killing a certain amount of enemies undetected, ranged exercises or combat skirmishes, the rewards are great.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a beautiful third-person action title that has deep role-playing game elements embedded firmly into it. This is a great game in its own right, narratively disjointed but mechanically sound, made up of excellent parts pieced together in excellent ways. The savage combat and satisfying stealth are just the means to exacting your ultimate revenge.

Score: 84 / 100


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356 of 490 people (73%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This new installation of Assassin's Creed really brings a new atmosphere. Ezio has gone into witness protection and changed his name to Talion. As a measure of self defense, he trained with Batman to expand his knowledge of combat and martial arts. Occasionally throughout the game, Ezio does an assortment of drugs, causing him to think that he has wraith abilities, such as jumping from extremely high heights and not dying, which in reality, is because of the wagon full of hay that he falls into. Thankfully, we don't have any of the "present day" ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ story that nobody really cares about, so the game does have some improvements on its predecessors.
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50 of 60 people (83%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Despite its initial detractors, J. R. R. Tolkien's novel, The Lord of the Rings, is revered by many fans and is one of the best-selling novels of all time. It's an extraordinary story that has spawned three extraordinary movies, but managed only a few ordinary videogames. Until now.

On the surface, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor owes a lot of its gameplay to the inspiration derived from the successful Batman: Arkham and Assassin's Creed series of games. Players are given an open world setting within Mordor to explore, and innumerable Orcs and Uruk-hai to battle, and it’s these battles that set Shadow of Mordor apart from its influences.

The combat mechanism is a familiar combination of hit and counter, but with an added “last stand” mini-game that allows the character to parry a deathblow to remain in the fight. Winning the mini-game and surviving feels truly epic.

What’s more, Mordor introduces a fascinating "Nemesis" system for players to contend with. Enemy combatants stand to gain promotion (and effectively level up) from defeating you, or from the death of one of their rivals. If you flee from combat, which is a perfectly valid option when faced against a dozen enemies, you will also be taunted should you face the same foes again.

While not perfect--dead Orcs should remain dead--it can be enthralling, especially as more abilities become available.

Outside of the gameplay, there’s also something for the screenshot enthusiasts out there. The most recent update has added a Photo Mode, which is quite fun in and of itself with the options available to tweak shots. Check out the Community Hub for some great examples of the shots being produced from within the game.

It seems like the gaming industry has turned a corner with respect to licensed products. The Batman series is exceptional, and from what I understand, there’s even an Alien game that’s actually very good.

And now, at long last, we’ve got the one Lord of the RIngs game to rule them all.
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
53.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Where to start with this game? There are a lot of things I like about it.

The open world aspect is really great. There is always a place to go and something to do, mainly kill everything in your path though after I got the brand ability, I just ended up branding half of Mordor instead of killing them. Seeing half of Udun or the Sea of Nurnen having more blue markers than red ones made my day, especially when I either a.) made them all attack the other bad guys or b.) killed them all with a button press. The scenery was also beautiful even though I had most of my textures on low (this game made me realize that my once beastly PC needs an upgrade). Its a pretty intensive game, so you'd need some decent/good hardware to run this at maximum settings.

The gameplay is pretty good, its easy to pick up and its not convoluted either. Its like Assassain's Creed, but, imo, better and not so annoying since you are, basically, a ♥♥♥♥ed off warrior who is out to slaughter everything for VENGENCE. Killing everything and almost everyone you meet is a very fun/good option. Fighting captains and warchiefs was pretty cool, but I really liked how I could make an ordinary orc into a warchief by simply dying to them and then directly (or indirectly) helping them in their challeges and freeing up spots in the the Uruk ranks, making them the strongest baddie in all of Mordor and then getting them promoted to warchief. You don't even need to brand them to do this, they can still be an enemy and there is some sick satisfaction with making them the top dog then breaking them.

I also liked the Nemesis system and how some orcs would come back from being "dead" just to fight me. Although this was more prominent at the begining of the game (mainly due to the skills I acquired later on that, I guess, made it impossible for this to happen) but it was awesome. There were a few orcs that followed me in an attempt to avenge their disgrace, but the one I remember vividly was Duraga the Poet. This one orc was pretty much following me around and attacking me at every chance it had. I fought this orc about 15 or so times before I finally beheaded the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and it never bothered me again (I guess having no head kinda kills the aspiration for vengence). But it was cool because it made the game more interesting. Yeah, you can expect some orc captains to hunt you down, but these ones came out of nowhere and ambushed you at the worst of times. I was in a city and the alarm was sounded when Duraga attacked me once and it was a nightmare trying to escape and fight him at the same time, lol.

With all the good things to say about the game, I do have my complaints:

1.) There needs to be a difficulty setting for the game. At first, it wasn't as easy just starting out, but it became far too easy to kill and wreck everything by the end of the game due to the abilities you can unlock. Stealth was just easy mode and, aside from captains/warchiefs who were immune to it, stealth attacks are basically a one shot kill for everything or do a significant amount of damage. While it is nice to reward the player for not going in swords blazing, I also think that I should have a challenge outside of the warchiefs by the end of the game. I would like to see more aggressive AI in regards to this so that it keeps things more interesting as I could easily get into an area and NOBODY was hunting me down or trying to find me. I just went to them and killed everyone.

2.) More content. You mainly go into two big areas throughout the game. The main quest is really short and also necessary to unlock certain abilities. By the time you have unlocked all quest abilities, you are pretty much 75% through with the game. Most of my time in this game was spent killing things and causing havoc. If I had went for the main quests first and not bothered with the optional quests (there are a lot more optional quests), I would have been really disappointed in the game. There just needs to be more content added to this game, more areas, more missions, maybe even more bad guys with different abilities that kept me from being so stealthy and such.

3.) Nemesis sytem needs to keep up with the player. Above I had stated I was getting harassed by orcs that came back from the dead and some orcs would also come after me/try to find me in order to kill me. But that pretty much stopped not very long after I unlocked a few abilities. I want more Duraga the Poets coming back ♥♥♥♥ed off at me because I humiliated them so much. I would also like to see them come back stronger as well.

4.) More aggressive AI behavior. In point 1, I stated this, but I really think that the AI should be trying to seek me out as well. In the beginning, sure, you aren't well known and you are just this silly "Tark" to the orcs. However, by the end of the game, these guys are practically telling stories about you, yet there are no hunting parties of orcs looking for you and no captains trying to claim you head for fame and fortune. Why is that? Shouldn't they be at least trying if you are that amazing? I guess I'm too scary to find by the end game to actually come after...

Aside from those complaints, I feel this game is still great and very deserving of the praise it has gotten so far. This game is basically one of the fabled "good" games that spring up every so often and actually keeps you entertained. If you liked Assassains Creed, enjoyed the Lord of the Rings books/movies, or like open world game where you kill things, you'll most likely enjoy this game.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Shadow of Mordor repurposes ideas to create an outstanding action game set in the Middle Earth universe. It takes the melee combat from Batman and mixes it with an open-world structure of Assassin’s Creed. Two large areas are populated with hilarious Orcs that are satisfying to kill and fight. The Nemesis system presents you with random Orc captains that have varied appearances and weaknesses. Gaining intel on these captains allows you to plan ahead and engage at your own choosing. You can even assume control over captains and help them ascend to the rank of Warchief, or just watch them fight amongst each other. Fighting dozens of Orcs in a stronghold is just as exciting as sneaking through ruins under the moonlight. The breadth and execution of mechanics ensures Mordor stands out from similar games and remains entertaining for dozens of hours.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This game does not bring a lot of new things to the table, except for the Nemesis system, which makes it really stand out.
All in all, this is a really good action/adventure game and beneficiates from the LOTR Universe.
Feels like an Assassin's Creed game but not as boring in my opinion.

Unfortunately the game is a bit too short and sometimes repetitive, but it's a good game if you want to enjoy some epic action from time to time.

I do not regret buying this game in the slightest, but try to buy it for cheaper than it is right now, because the game is really too short for my tastes.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
72.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I'd like to start out by stating that I am NOT that into the LOTR or it's universe. I've casually watched the series (and the Hobit), but I don't know much about it's lore. This game, however, has really changed my views. I find myself more interested in the origins of the story having traversed the open world of Mordor. It's been... interesting.

The Nemesis system is what makes this game unique (in my opinion). And while the main story is relatively short, I spent hours hunting down captains while simultaneously manipulating the Orcish hierarchy. The pure satisfaction that is seeing one of your minions overthrow a Warchief is something rarely experienced in a video game. Take note: Nemesis is a success.

Mordor may be Mordor, but the game itself looks absolutely stunning - especially when you get to see the later half of the game. Ruin and destruction turn to vibrant oceans with picture perfect sunsets. Animation and sound (especially voice acting) is straight on par with my expectations... and that haunting hum from the opening moments has a way of staying in your mind.

AI has it's issues at times, but that's to be expected in any open world game. Surprisingly the game is relatively clean (bug wise), though clipping through walls and other minor annoyances do occur. It does seem to be a solid port running the game with everything maxed on an GTX 760/Win 7.

All in all I am pleasantly surprised by this game and I can't wait to see what they do with the Nemesis system. The story may be rather shallow, but there is plently to do and see in Mordor and it's well worth it's purchase price. BRING ON THE DLC!

Solid 8.5/10

On winds and waters may you cross, see mountains white and blue.
But on your road, lest not forget, the love I have for you...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n64zqo-Kzy0
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This game came as a surprise.
A very Batman-like game where the map is filled with enemies and you get numerous options to take care of them.
The story is rather short but very well developped and you get an interesting story packed with a nemesis system which never gets old.

It could be repetitive for some.

Probably the best Lord of The Rings game at the moment.
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Genre - Fantasy Action/RPG
This game is set in Tolkien's world and is brave enough to add a new story. The story seems to tie in well thus far and the characters/monster you meet seem true tio the universe, otherwise I'd be an angry fan boy! The gameplay is a cross between Batman (smooth stylised fighting with skill unlocks) and Dynasty Warriors (battlling armies and their leaders). This actually works quite well and you will be hunting Orc Chiefs across athe open map before you know it. There are also challenges and items scattered across the map to find and complete, The fighting flows and you unlock various skills to use in combat that are useful and also look cool. The world is fairly dark and savage (you are in Mordor) but there is still some nice stuff going on (poncy Elves etc.). This is one of only four LOTR games I would recommend, including War in Middle Earth, The Third Age, and War in the North.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I am a fan of The Lord Of The Rings and this game gives me recall of this tremendous novel! The playing method of this game combined the way of playing assassin creed and batman but in the world of middle-earth. It is really fun to stealth the Orcs and use the upgrade system to upgrade yourself to keep you fighting. The nemesis system makes this game more realistic as each time u are killed by Orcs or enemies, those enemies will be powerful than before. In other words, you need to strengthen yourself before encountering them next time if you want to secure a victory. Overally this game has a epic and historic game setting which can make you indulge in it. I would recommend this game to the Fan of the lord of the rings!
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24 of 37 people (65%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I'm not sure if anyone has said this but THIS IS GONNA BE THE BEST GAME OF 2014 imo.
If not, the bar is definitely set by this game for the upcoming AAA titles to be released at the end of 2014 (I am looking at you Unity and Dragon age).
I mean seriously, graphic looks awesome, gameplay is a combination of batman arkham's and assassins creed's, which I tought was incredible.
Secondly, No bugs, no glitches, no shenanigans that interferes with the smooth gameplay.
The Price is definitely justified for such a quality game.
Note: Throat Slicing might get addictive. beware!!!!!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
+ Combat flows well with new unlockable skills
+ Interesting story that doesn't outstay it's welcome
+ Nemesis system is a fun way to hunt or mess with the enemy ranks
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This is the awesomest game of of recent times, just mind blowing. There is simply no flaw in this game and if you don't buy it, then you are missing out a great experience, Don't hesitate to buy it and immerse yourself in the amazing gameplay that would keep you enthralled for hours. 10/10.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
One of the Best Games in a Long Time.

Shadow of Mordor has a Very Good StoryLine, Eye Pleasing Environment where you just want to stroll around enjoying the scenery.

That said it has a Very Fluidic Battle Style with a SeamLess Animation and Very Bloody Kills/Executions.

The Quest can be fulfilled in multiple ways thus providing us(players/gamers) good feeling upon the completion of the Quest.

The Graphic Standard is Pretty High as its a NextGen Game. Evem with High Texture Quality(All Other Settings Set to Ultra;Except Texture Quality) Set which requires a 3GB or Higher Video Memory The Texture Details are Very good. I just have to imagine the Ultra Texture Quality.

The Story is Very Well Made except some missing information or to be said Less Introduced Boss Battles .

Nevertheless Great Game.

Must Play. +1

Cheers!


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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
91.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
If Batman ever decided to take up arms and kill people. He'd nickname himself Talion. I dropped poison in uruks beverages, threw knives like Batarangs, even made 4 uruks out of a group of 5 turn around and beat the hell out of the 1 remaining uruk then I walked away without looking back like a boss. 10/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This game is worth it. Gameplay is similar to Batman Arkham games and Assassin's Creed games. Story is wonderful. Graphics are B-E-A-U-tiful. DLCs...idk about that. I'm still waiting for them. Overall, this game is a MUST OWN! I think. Just get it already :D
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Pretty fun, beat the game at 27 hours, 60% complete, i wasted a LOT of time goofing around.

Story 7/10
Combat is awesome early-mid game, once you have the higher level skills its barely even about timing, and becomes boring.
Voice acting 10/10, it's awesome.
Generic game made better by gimmicks and setting. Worth max 7.50 usd or equivelent.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
+Better than AC Unity!
+Really good gameplay and graphics
+Well optimized
-Lame story imo
-Too easy and boss fights are a joke
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+Better than AC Unity!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
There is nothing more satisfying than slaying Uruks...

Except riding a caragor and slaying Uruks.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
It's pretty good, but be warned that the story is kind of short and not that great.
The Nemesis system is fun and improves through the course of the game.
There's not a lot to do when you finish besides getting the achievements. You end up killing orcs over and over again until they're all under your control, then you have to kill them all and start over.
Having said all this, the game is fun and I'd say it is worth the £30.

7.5/10
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