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.
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.
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.
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.
Great game but some problems
This is a awesome game because the free roam graphics are amazing. the cutscenes are also amazing but the problem is that the sound is way off some times when your fighting say a caragor. And don't listen to those people who say the game crashes, they pathed it up cause when I got the game it never crashed.
Save your money
When I saw this was delayed and they (Monolith) were going to 'improve' this game so last gen gamers could get a great experience with this game I was excited. I gave this game about 12 hours of my time that Im never going to get back. This game is one of the worst games I've ever played. I've been a gamer since the days of the Atari 2600. Graphics. Muddy low resolution unfinished textures. You will be playing the game for over 30 seconds before all the textures will even load up. Animations. The orcs don't move their mouths when they talk. They must all be ventriloquists. The death animations are but only a handful & they repeat a lot. The sound. The sound was horrible. It kept cutting out and sometimes wouldn't start at all. Menus. Whenever you paused the game, it went to a pause menu. It would take sometimes as long as 25 seconds for this pause menu to load up. Then when you unpaused the game it could take as long as 30 seconds for any graphics to load up then when you got back into the game, it would take another 30 seconds for the rest of the graphics and low res textures to load up. This game never should've seen the light of day. I traded it in , got $30 credit and picked up Crysis 2 & 3. A couple great games.
DO NOT BUY
I bought this game figuring that, even though i didn't have a next gen system, it would still be a very enjoyable game, as i was very excited for the release. BOY WAS I WRONG!! Within the first 5 minutes, it crashed. Once i got it working, the lag was unbelievable. I have attempted to restart it multiple times with no success on the matter. I sincerely hope a patch is sent immediately, otherwise i most likely wont touch this game again due to the astonishingly poor quality. Im sincerely disappointed and i hope to save you from my mistake!!!
Great game, just needs patches
This game actually has a great base, and I can see the underlining of a great game. But, I can tell it was rushed on the ps3/360. This should have been delayed either a few more weeks, or a month to do some quality assurance. I know that the rush was due to the holiday sales push, but even if the game came out december 20th, it would have still sold great on ps3/360 if it was solid. At its core, this is a great game, and that's tough for me to say because I have seen many games over the past almost 3 decades. If wb games and monolith can aid the study they had port this game out with patch work on the framerate, audio, fade in-out, skip, and rain, this game will be solid as a rock. Im giving it a 10 to just boost the rating. The game isn't that bad, yeah the framerate and audio lag can be a downer at times, because the frame lag can you make you miss a beat in a battle, and fail your mission. Hopefully the publisher and developer correct this issue, because this could, can and will put a huge damper in future sales for them. Especially since there are only about 15 mil ps4's and 12 mil xbox 1's in homes, in comparison to over 80 mil ps3's, and close to 80 mil 360's...gotta really pick and choose from a business mindset where your money is really gonna be made...
I was so looking forward to this game...the concept, the story, the previews, all of it. But the graphics and absurd loading times and amounts just make the game worthless. It reminds me of playing original Playstation games when you could start a game, go fix a snack and be back before it was done loading. If they aren't going to make a game that can run on PS3 then don't sell it, make it next gen only.
Such a let down that it may have turned me off of video games all together. It could have been a good game if the game doesn't excessively lag. The audio rarely matches up with the video and it freezes constantly. If you finally get the game to run without lag don't do anything because if you do then you will be staring at an annoying loading screen for a couple of minutes each time something needs to load. The only cut scene that loads properly is the title scene while others just flash by quickly. With the extra time they took to release this version (ps3) you would think the developers would make sure it works properly but instead we are left with something that I wonder if they even tested this version prior to release. Such a disappointment, save your cash.