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.
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
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.
Fun to play, not good graphics
I got this game because my friend had it and it looked almost real and the game play was amazing. but when i got it for my PS3 the graphics are AWFUL!!!! and it gets slow at some points. I think it was made for the next gen game systems. but it still is really fun to play.
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.
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!!!
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.
Still a good Game
It's not as bad as they make it sound! Yes, it could be better. The graphics in Udun are shoddy, but traveling elsewhere the experience is better. I had sound issues until the 1.02 patch and now experience them with minimal frequency. The game mechanics are wonderful though. Sadly, being spoiled with Assassin's Creed climbing has made it obvious that this is not the best free running game out there, but thats not what it is about. The climbing and "free running" fit well into the rest of the game and do not cause frustration. The Nemesis system really delivered though. Multiple times I have gone to kill a single target, and find 2 or more other targets in the same area, sliding the advantage in battle heavily to the Uruk's favor. Also, I have died a lot. This game is a good challenge in battle and you need to change your battle strategy when fighting 1-5 Uruks as opposed to fighting 5+, also button mashing to kill is the slowest way to win a fight, strategy prevails. The story is interesting and draws from some of the grey areas in the Silmarillion and has a few old friends and many new faces in it. And a dwarf that thinks he is funny (you decide if he is or not). All of this to say, it was worth it and it is a good game. I have always wanted an open world Middle Earth game, and although this does not deliver in full on this dream, it does help keep me occupied until someone decides to tackle Tolkien's universe.
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!