Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Orc Beheadings Galore.
The captain system used in Shadow of Mordor makes for a fresh and exciting visit to Middle Earth. Anyone who hasn't seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy may find the story confusing and uninteresting, but fans of the movies will find many parts of the story compelling. Combat in Shadows of Mordor felt rewarding and each orc head that flew across the screen brought a small sense of satisfaction. However, fighting the constant horde of orcs was the only thing the game had going for it as exploration and character progression lacked any real excitement. Weapon runes were a neat idea that fell flat with nothing noticeable being added to combat. The environment went from gray rocks to gray rocks with grass on them and left nothing memorable for players to take away.
These game was amazing to play at first but starts to dwindle near the end. The story really could have used more work, but thinking the end hints at something big. Where it really shines though is the gameplay, it is what you want assassin's creed to be like. Far smoother and far far less glitchy. The sites and sounds are amazing and breath taking at times. The nemesis system is really a marvel and would be awesome if it was adapted into other games, which it really should be. Being defeated and seeing the one who defeated you improve based on how you fought is awesome, seeing them get body modification depending on how you wounded them, FREAKING AMAZING. After finishing the story and the weapon side quest however you are over powered and will rarely find a challenge in the game.
Alright for the first time I think ever, you are entirely inside of Mordor. I don't mean you visit for a mission, you start off there and stay there. From the second the game starts you are surrounded by enemies at all times and on all sides Its a ton of fun, it does have similaritys to Assassins Creed II but man it's pretty darn different to me. The fighting mechanics are not 100% perfect but I would give it a 90 out of 100. The graphics aren't bad by any means but except for the close ups nothing blows you away. Though its so much fun and you don't really know where the story is going, plus you have all these awesome powers from the Wraith, Gollum makes an appearance. If you need a new game to really light that spark; if you are a Assassins Creed Fan or a LOTR or if you like adventure games period, give this a shot. I'm big Tolkien nerd and I really enjoyed Assassins Creed II, III and IV so this peaked my interest greatly; I have not been disappointed yet.
Good but little cracks in the foundation
This game is amazing very little mistakes good for players that want a good long game to play the only problem I have with it is that it is very repetitive
Best LOTR Game? Perhaps.
Shadow of Mordor is definitely making a huge splash in the gaming world. A lot of people are talking about it and rightfully so. A game with a unique enemy system that was complex at first and took a while to fully understand truly makes this game stand out. Graphics are well done and the Orcs all look different and have personalities of their own. The controls take a little getting used to but once you have it down you will be at this game for a VERY long time. One concern many seem to have is the diversion of the LOTR canon. "How can a man and wraith become one?" "Tolkien never had that in his writings." Well if you remember a game called "Lord of the Rings: The Third Age" none of the events experienced by the heroes in the game were written by Tolkien or ever in the films. It was a creative story and game based in the world of Middle-Earth. The same applies here. Just use some imagination and have fun with the game. Another question is "How is replay value?" For me it is actually quite high. You can do a variety of different things to combat Sauron's army and there are many different orc characters that you haven't seen without a couple more playthroughs that you might go through this game three or four different times. This game is very well crafted. From story, to voice acting to gameplay. Shadow of Mordor has a very, very good chance of being the best game in the Lord of the Rings franchise.
Lives Up To Its Hype
I usually don't go on here and review games because I believe it's a complete waste of time, but I had to review this game on here. It was too good of a game to slip by and I really want to help those who want a new game or are iffy about getting this game. I'm not much of a gamer, I am that one guy who would play games, but never really beat them and much rather preferred online multi-player games, but Shadows of Mordor is a definite must-have game if you are a Lord of The Rings (Casual or Hardcore) fan or if you just like slashing things up. If you like Assassin's Creed then you'll probably love this game because it's also mixed in with Batman's fighting system which is superb obviously with it's 10/10 ratings. I had this game for less than a week, buying it when it was really cheap for 40 after christmas and I played it for 7 straight hours within the first time I put it in. It's that ADDICTING. I can say that the storyline is a tad-bit short, but the optional missions and items you can go search for make the game longer. If you attacked the storyline ASAP, you can finish the game within 20+ hours or a day or two. Honestly, I wasn't tempted to go after the storyline at all until after I got everything because there are orcs, optional missions, and items scattered all over the game. Everywhere you went, you would at least run into a hoard of orcs, but don't worry, there are many herbs scattered around to save you. Within those seven hours I played, I didn't attack the storyline at all. I went around killing orc leaders or uruks and found out I killed maybe a bit too much where I was able to get all my abilities so that made the game easier for me. Would I say this game is difficult? At first, maybe because you have to adjust to everything, but after you get it down, it's pretty darn easy. I'm not surprised why this game got so much hype, because it is absolutely fun to play. Honestly, there aren't many games on the PS4 right now, but if this game is on sale or you don't mind getting it for 60 then it's a definite must grab; one of the best games on the PS4 right now. With DLC coming out for this game, I believe it's going to be even greater with the season pass that they offer. If you're bored and wonder what game to get, and you're feeling like you want to stab or kill something then this game is it. Definite 10/10 in my books and definite or if not the best game of 2014. Recommended to players that are hardcore or casual. Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor is a MUST-HAVE.
Its a great game, ive never really been in this universe or attracted to it. But after playing this game, its time I watch the movies and continue to play in this universe
One of my choices for GOTY
Picked this up from a recommendation of a friend. Honestly, I was very impressed with the game. If you've played any of the Batman Arkham games, the fighting engine is basically the same. One of the coolest things in the game is ability of the enemy A.I. to remember you from a previous combat (if you allow them to flee). The enemy A.I. will remember your combat style & will repeatedly talk trash to you. Also another cool feature is if you are unfortunate to be killed, the enemy who killed you can actually rank up to a captain or etc. Pretty neat feature. I gave it a 9 overall because there isn't anything to the game after you beat the story & what side quests you find. Definite buy!
Fear the Gravewalker!
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a tremendous experience and is well worth the time and the money. The protagonist of the story is Talion, a ranger, and he is accompanied by a Wraith, Celebrimbor. Talion's objective is to exact vengeance on the Black Hand of Sauron because he murdered he and his family. And this is when this orc-slaughtering journey gets underway. For starters the game looks gorgeous. From the barren wasteland of Udun, to the lush green shores of the Sea of Nurn the game brings absolutely stunning visuals to the table on Next-Gen consoles. But the visuals also pass over to the character models that look great and vary to a certain degree. I loved the look of utter terror that an Orc would make when I was plunging my sword between its eyes. Speaking of plunging swords, lets talk about the gameplay. Shadow of Mordor's gameplay really puts the icing on the cake. You feel extremely powerful and agile as you slash through hoards of Orcs with ease. The executions in the game were extremely satisfying and I always wanted to find more foes that I could annihilate with my blade. Along with the stellar gameplay, Monolith games also brought the new concept of the Nemesis system into the gaming community. With this ingenious tool you can take orcs and use many methods to track down Warchiefs and other ranks. You can brand lesser orcs and send them on a hunt to kill a Warchief, have certain orcs give me information about orcs or higher rank, or use the system to hunt down certain orcs was easy and gave a nice tactical approach to the game. Finally, I really enjoyed the story of Shadow of Mordor. It strays from the path that was paved by Tolkien but still delivers a gripping story that makes you want to play until the credits role. It was nice to see Smeagle appear in this game as well as some new faces. I really enjoyed the dwarf Torvin the hunter. He added comic relief to a very serious game and I appreciated being able to leave the seriousness of the main story and spend some time laughing with him as we slayed Caragor together. Overall Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a fantastic game and anyone with a Next-Gen console or a PC needs to pick up the gem and play it. If you enjoyed my review hit that like button and add me on PS4 (TheNewYork97). Now if you would excuse me, I have some orcs to slaughter. Thanks for reading.
One Of, If Not The Best Game This Gen So Far.
Just hopping into the new generation of consoles, I was eager to test my new hardware. My PS4 came with Destiny, and I was interested in this title since its launch. After beating the main story and completing many of the side quests, I can say with much confidence that this is a great game to push people into getting new consoles. The combat and stealth is great and the free-running is fun. The best thing about the game though is the nemesis system. It adds a new and fresh idea to a game that is already fun to play. This is what separates Shadow of Mordor from any other game that has come out in the past years. The game looks and plays great and that is all I could ask for. Sometimes the map can feel too big and empty, but a run in with a group of Uruk followed by a pack of caragors will definitely take your mind off that. Overall, my roommates and I enjoyed our main time with this game.