Rated 1 out of 10 by Heyo30 Utter Trash
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.
Rated 0 out of 10 by DMC7500 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
Rated 1 out of 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.
Rated 1 out of 10 by Destitutione Horrible, Cheap Port
The game looks amazing on the cover boasting "over 45 E3 awards". Those awards cannot possibly be for the PS3 version because it is glitchy, poorly crafted, and overall more frustrating than enjoyable. More often than not I end my anticipated game session after 15 minutes due to poor mechanics. DO NOT BUY THE PS3 EDITION.
Rated 8 out of 10 by SlayerOfEvil 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.
Rated 8 out of 10 by EvergreenZach 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.
Rated 1 out of 10 by cbsstone 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.
Rated 1 out of 10 by Blizzardofsnow Epic fail!
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.
Rated 0 out of 10 by XxsasukerulezxX 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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by dakninja7 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...