Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
I looked at a preview video, and am AMAZED. The new enemies in each play through impresses me. The graphics look incredible, and the combat looks very smooth. I plan on buying this the second I can.
Do not buy, do not buy, do not buy! I was so hyped up for this game, it looked so cool with the trailers and gameplay videos that I HAD to preorder it. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed. First thing I noticed was the extreme lag it had. I couldn't walk off a path and explore around without it giving me trouble, not that there's much to explore, Duke Nukem had more detail than this mess. And Lord help if you end up surrounded by orcs. Not only will it lag, but the audio will end up skipping on you and eventually be replaced by a wonderful SCREECH.(That became the straw that broke the camel's back). Then I read up that the Nemesis System,(the main focal point of the game), doesn't exist on the PS3. Now, I can tell this game can be extremely fun, but the cardboard graphics and the lag along with the horrible audio, I swear it isn't worth the $60 one bit. Better off getting it on a ps4 or Xbox one than getting this neglected excuse.
Dissapointing, game not meant for PS3
Never written a review before, but I feel like I must share my brief experience with the game. It is unfortunate but if you plan to play Shadow of Mordor stick to the PS4, Xbox1, or PC the PS3 is not able to handle the game. During my brief few hours playing I have had to deal with excessively long load time (2 minutes or more), very bad and noticeable audio skips during dialogue, and two crashes (by crashes I mean my ps3 is frozen despite wiating over 5 minutes and unable to bring up the PS menu while in game). With that said the gameplay that it offers is great and I enjoy the nemesis system that was created. I highly recommend playing this game on a different system other than PS3.
Great Storyline but gets boring
When I first got shadow of mordor for the ps3, the main problem i had was that there is no definitive save function, what i mean by that is You are not able to save intermediately when playing the game; which means when you turn your game off after a freeze(it happens) , it will make you restart the entire game from the very first mission.
Gameplay- the game is very well made, that is heavily apparent as soon as you get to kill your first captain; but the gameplay does get very repetitive because when you have finished the game there is no dynamic quests after you complete the game; you can continue to kill captains and other enemies but the satisfaction of killing a big-horned graug is dwarfed(Torvin reference,hehe..) because they barely spawn in regular gameplay.
Graphics- the graphics on consoles are definitely scrutinized by PC gamers, but Shadow of Mordor really delivers with the hardware that it does have because it focuses on the environment first and then the character. The graphics on the PC version of shadow of mordor is at a better quality but i feel that you can get a good experience without good graphics.
Sound- Sound is really decided by the equipment that you have but it seemed like a really good sound team built the audio very well on this game.
Repeatability- Shadow of Mordor gets a 6/10 from me in the amount of content that is present within mainly because the game sports no real dynamic quests after the main quest is finished; you can obtain Full Completion 100.0 in 32 hours of solid gameplay; which is relatively low for a triple A product.
Things I Would change:
1. Dynamic Quests- Quests that don't seem the same after the main quest; any quest that says " kill/brand (x) Uruks" is not a dynamic quest.
2. Legends that add effects to weapons- After completing 5/10 sword legends; the sword now has a 10% chance to kill any adjacent uruk when the uruk next to him is killed, After completing 10/10 sword legends the sword gains the ability to activate The Flame of Urzael Twice. This and other " powers" could be a big reward for completing the legends.
3. More impact-ful choices- this game needs more choices that change the environment of the game after the main quest; one example is making the mordor area more lush and green if you have done all outcast quests before you kill sauron.
Looks amazing and I'm super excited but....
I'm a huge fan of the middle earth mythos. I have been looking forward to this game since I first learned about it. I cannot wait!! But about a month ago I preordered the ps3 version here on gamestop. The release date for all versions of it was September 30th. Now for the ps3 version, the release date in November 18th!!! Now simply because I am in college and cannot afford a next generation console, I am penalized with having to wait well over a month for this game. It upsets me quite a bit. This has been my most anticipated game of the year and now when it is less than a week away from the release date I was promised, I have to wait over a month because of what? They are trying to push the ps4 when there are still tons of last gen gamers? This is bull.
I think the critics are being too hard
But they are being hard for good reasons.
Ever heard the saying "Something's gotta give"? I believe that is the reason the critics are being hard on this game. I keep seeing the bad reviews that are givin to this game because it is being compared to the PS4 and XB1 versions, and those are obviously more powerful then the PS3 and XB360 and therefore more capable of handling the huge open world, graphics, sound, and the many other aspects this game has to offer. So when the game is ported to the PS3 or XB360 from those systems, well...something's gotta give. For those of us that are still enjoying our XB 360 or PS3, this game is definately not without flaws - texture pop, long load times, broken cut scenes, and broken sound bits. I haven't run into any freezing yet as others have complained about and I'll tell you that if I did I might rate this game with a much lower score depending on how constant the occourence. So I have to say that none of the flaws I have run into are game breakers for me, so when I look past them I find the game to be really entertaining. it has a great story, the controls work well, and it's a fun and lengthy campaign. For that I give the game an 8/10.
An utter train wreck
DO NOT GET THIS GAME ON PS3!! I have a friend who has the game on PC and couldn't say enough good things about it. Unfortunately I don't currently have a PC that is up to snuff for gaming and haven't gotten a next gen system since the wife and kids seem annoyingly addicted to this whole food and shelter thing so that's where all my money tends to go. I got it about a week ago and have regretted it ever since. There is a huge problem with texture pop so most of environments look like they're made of play-dough until they show up, the sound is dropping in and out constantly, and it has a tendency to freeze. Sometimes it will freeze briefly and then sprint to catch up to itself and other times it just locks up the whole system so that I have to restart. The last time WB published a game that got a reputation for being sub par (Arkham Origins) they actually issued an apology. That game was a work of technical perfection and genius compared to this. If you want the game do yourself a favor and go for the PC or PS4/XBOXONE version. Do not get this one.
All New Adventure in Tolkien's World
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a tale about a ranger Talion who is given powers from a Wraith after he and his family are slaughtered by uruks. He has set forth on an adventure across Middle Earth for revenge and decimating anybody who gets in his way in a bloody flurry. The game looks amazing and is a lot better than what I first expected. Now I can't wait for this game to hit the shelves. It looks like a Lord of the Rings inspired game that will be very good and will be in contention for one of the best games that have come out this year. The combat of the game looks extremely fluent and Talion can mow through uruks with ease. The combat looks to take aspects from games such as Assassin's Creed and also uses its own game mechanics. You can scale buildings and possess enemies to do your bidding with your Wraith powers making you feel powerful. My favorite thing that has been brought to the table is the nemesis system where your enemies will actually remember there last encounter with you and will feel emotions and react to you that can give you the upper hand in a battle. Say you burned an enemy uruk in battle before and he survives, that uruk will remember what you did and develop a fear of fire and will have burns on his body from his confrontation with you. In my opinion this game has a lot of promise and I cant wait for it to be released in September. If you agree with me and can't wait for this game as well hit that like button. Thanks!
Summary of this: Is the Game Playable? Yes, Is this game meant for PS3? No, Should I get it for PS3? No, Is the Nemesis System available in the PS3 Version? No (I got confirmation to this question when i personally called the WB contact us).-------------Now onto what i want to say----------my brother bought me this game for christmas, he knew i wanted it badly, none of us watch specific gameplay (first and last time i dont see gameplay before buying, i always do, but this time i didnt), the only reason why i havent sold it to GS for 5dollars is because it was a gift and im grateful. -----------------------enough of that------Ok, so as to this game, the story is there, you can play the campaign and probably get about the same experience as other systems (note: only campaign, as in do all yellow missions), Do not buy it guys, its absolutely terrible, im not a graphics kind of person, i personally dont care if the graphics look like garbage (seriously it looks worse than a ps2 game), but when graphics get in the way, as in invisible walls (part of the wall is there, you can see through it), thats when it starts getting troublesome. The most important thing, the very thing that made this game unique, the Nemeses System (Nemesis, depends on plural or singular), Its not in the PS3 version, i called WB support and asked them, and they said that it is just a random boss generator. There is no real nemesis, like in all those awesome Youtube videos, where you scar one of them so badly, their face is being held by a bag (look it up guys). Unfortunately this is quite literally an empty shell game, meaning the outside its there (story, setting, some gameplay), but the inside (nemeses for the most part), is completely missing. To me there is absolutely no replayability to this game. With that said, if its like in 3 to 5 dollars, you can buy it, but honestly, i wouldnt... Thats my Honest review, like i said, its playable and the story is there, i barely lagged, only froze 2 times, single player campaign is doable and easy. Core game characteristic is minimal and with stuff missing. For those who say, that this game was meant for current gen consoles (PS4, Xbox1), that you cant expect anything good from current gen on old gen, just Know, FarCry 4 plays awesomely on PS3 and stuff happens there all the time, Hate it or Love it, the overhyped WatchDogs, plays a heck of a lot better than this game, and that one has tons of roaming NPC and the map is like twice (or more) the size of mordor's. (yes i know there is the PC version, which is always better, but i dont have a gaming PC, so idc)---Thanks for reading, and use this review wisely, I was very disappointed of this game
A Lord Of The Rings Game Worthy of A GOTY?
As we descend into 2014, I see many games based off of best selling franchises, such as Star Wars or Lord of The Rings, receive a mixed appeal among fans alike. The latest installment of a Lord of The Rings Video Game, titled Lord of The Rings: War In The North, left a mixed impression among audiences, which left the future of video games in doubt for the Lord Of The Rings franchise. However, with Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, the newly implemented Nemesis system is very unique to the gaming experience, as I can't wait to see how the AI transforms numerous variables in the game in order to craft multiple enemies to go against the protagonist, Talion. This, coupled with next-gen graphics and similar mechanics pertaining to the Assassin's Creed series, have piqued my interest as I eagerly await for Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor to be released on June 10, 2014. Lord of the Rings is coming back to video gaming. Let's see if they can get it right this time