Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Large and Amazing!!!
This is a very large game and said to be x2 the size of Black Ops 2 campaign. It has a very large campaign with no generic enemies. Any enemy can end up apart of the campaign. This is a large game that takes place after the HOBBITS and the main LOTR series. You play as a Ranger who loses his family from the return of Saron (spelled wrong sorry). You too are killed but instead awaken to find out that you have been banished from death and are tied to a wraith. This wraith gives you many powers as you play you must use strategies like stealth, timing, unit placement, and etc. The game is pretty large and anything you do changes your future. You seek out to take over Mordor, get revenge, and find the identity of the wraith. This game is for all platforms and is rated M. Excited for them game and can't wait to be at stores to get it! ENJOY!!
Good at first, then it bombs
The first time you pop this game in and play it, it seems so amazing and wonderful. But as your progress through the extremely short story line you quickly begin dealing with repetition, every mission consisting of going somewhere and fighting someone or gathering something.
The game tries mixing the play up with mounts and the rival system but it doesn't help at all.
The mount system is good (albeit it could have used more variety but irregardless i wont dwell on that). As for the rival system, you have to almost beat the game to be able to control others which was one of their big selling points, and after you can control them you realize it wasn't was fulfilling as you had hoped, it's the same thing over again, find target, dominate target, get targetted promoted, rinse and repeat.
This game was so unmemorable and such a let down I feel less for even have played this game to completion, but i kept hoping for that light at the end of tunnel but it never came.
DO NOT BUY
Game doesn't even play
So now I've waited an extra month due to different developers between old and new gen consoles, and what to my surprise, disc 1 of 2 is just a nice still pic of mountainous background. No install feature or menu of options. I've spent an hour restarting my xbox 360, deleting the cache, and even loaded the game twice from disc 2 hoping it was just a fluke. Disc 1 will load the rights and developers screens then cuts to a still pic with no other options. Meanwhile disc 2, the playing disc, can't load when attempted to play due to a lack of content from disc 1. I've only read one other review from another gamestop customer and they had the same issue. I don't know if non-gamestop versions are affected, but to pre-order, wait and extra month, pay full price, and then stare at a useless still picture is unacceptable from any game developer currently making half a game this is. Now I guess we will see how long a replacement disc 1 will take to come out and if we get more than just a "sorry" another month down the road.
The low ratings are only there because they are required to post the review. Also please share this so we get enough people to fix this issue asap.
Poorly Synchronized? (360)
Compared to "Next-Gen" consoles, this game seems poorly synchronized. Laggy cut scenes to glitching sounds, the game doesn't feel play tested for older generation consoles. The Worst thing about it is that every time it changes to a new camera view during a cut scene it has to load that shot. Even to open or close the map or military ladder takes at least 15 seconds. I enjoy the game, but I just wish it was better synchronized for older generation consoles.
the best L.O.R game
the action was great and since last gen AC sucked the game was my 3 favorite game of 2014 :) !!!!!!!!!
Next Gen game only, avoid this version
WARNING POST: A fair warning to anyone wanting to purchase Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor for the 360 version ONLY, please read. The game is sluggish and not ported properly for this console. I credited reviews from Angry Joe and ProJared for accentuating my need to get this game. However I neglected to notice they were referring to the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, and did not discuss PS3 or 360 versions. Once I started the game I noticed off the bat that every time I pause the game or use the map, it loads for more 10+ seconds just to bring up the pause menu or to even load the game back up after unpausing. I passed this off as maybe receiving a bad disk, but everyone has echoed this issue since release with no foreseeable plans to rectify this issue. Speaking of disks this version (360) comes with 2 disks, one to install the game and one to play it which I am no stranger to, but I have heard reports of getting stuck on the second disk after install as the screen would not open their pre-paid DLC pack. Long load times aside the graphics in-game show little rendering in the grounds, walls, grass, and sometimes models which comes off as looking like a Gamecube title. The cinematic cutscenes look great... If they load properly. I encountered more than 4 cutscenes a quarter into the game that lagged unbelievably just because I seemed to enter the area or mission too fast. The final kick in the behind has to be the game-breaking glitches I encountered, which haven't been this bad since I played the opening day Assassin's Creed 3 title. The sound cue that initiates when I enter wraith mode never stops at times even after I pause the game. I stealthily kill enemies right in their faces as their AI takes way too long to notice me similar to Assassin's Creed guards which breaks my immersion, and there were two instances where I fought War chiefs (High ranking bosses) only to phase through the floor and die for racking up a fast complicated combo on him against a wall. I am warning people not to buy this version of the game, it is well worth saving up for the next generation copies (PS4 and Xbox One)since they can handle the power this game ultimately requires to even have an experience to begin with.
Not very good.
I was very excited for this game, I just got it and the gameplay was good, but the graphics were awful. Also the loading times were very long. You should just buy the next gen versions instead.
Similar to AC?
Apparently, this game is similar to Assassin's Creed, both in style and even coding and engine. But, is that really a bad thing? I, having played every game except Liberation, think the Assassin's Creed games are fantastic, with a few missteps, such as AC 3, which was almost perfect in nearly every area except the story and the way the story was told, and AC 4, which was a similar story to my opinion on 3. Anyway, I am kind of excited to see how the developers try to recreate the world of Middle Earth, without just making Peter Jackson's LOTR: The Video Game. I'm also very excited about the combat leveling system I've heard about, where enemies level differently every time you replay the game, so you get different enemies every time, not like in Skyrim where you would get different kinds of Draugr depending on what level you were, but the enemies fight differently, look different and even have names that change between playthroughs. This is one of my most anticipated games of the year, and I'm hoping we get exactly what's been advertised.
This game is pretty expensive for how quick and repetitive it is. I rented it for seven days and by day two was mostly finished with it. The concept of Sauron's army was neat and entertaining.
INSTALL PROBLEMS: READ THIS
So to install the disc you have to first disconnect your xbox 360 from the internet, either by unplugging your Ethernet cord or turning off your wifi on the system. After your console is offline, insert disc 1 and the install menu will appear. After install, turn your internet back on. Insert disc 1, set up the screen, play the game. Enjoy, hopefully. Yes it is weird, but that is how WB formatted the disc.