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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: WB Games
  • SKU: 3119003
  • Release Date: 11/18/2014
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood and gore, Intense violence
$19.99
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (180 out of 199)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Monolith Productions
    • Publisher: WB Games
    • Platform: Xbox 360
    • Genre: Action and Adventure
    • Release Date: 11/18/2014

    Synopsis


    You are Talion, Ranger of the Black Gate. For what seems like eons, you have guarded the entrance to Mordor, keeping watch over Sauron's undisturbed dwelling place with relative uneventfulness. But in the blink of an eye, everything you hold dear is snatched from your grasp. Your family, your friends — even your very life is taken from you in one fell swoop that leaves your soul desolate and filled with an eternal rage. Resurrected by an unforgiving spirit, you have one purpose to your life, one thing that keeps your heart pumping and your mind from giving in to the relentless grief — vengeance. Prepare yourself to embark on a dogged vendetta that calls upon you to fight your way through Mordor and uncover the truth of the spirit who compels you. This epic tale of revenge and redemption transforms you into the most feared force in the land — the Shadow of Mordor.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron's return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. Based on the player's actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. As Talion's personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.

    Features


    Pre-order Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor to receive the Best Buy-exclusive Flame of Anor — the Rune that allows you to ignite your blade and incinerate your enemies by achieving a high combo count

    Shadow of Mordor

    Pre-order also includes the Dark Ranger character skin for Talion and the Test of Power challenge mode to expand your experience

    Middle-earth

    Dive into a new chronicle, set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, in an epic tale of revenge and redemption

    Become the resurrected Ranger of the Black Gate, Talion, on a relentless vendetta against those who ruthlessly took everything — your friends, family and even your very life — from you

    Fight to discover the truth of the vengeful spirit who resurrected you as you uncover the origins of the Rings of Power

    Build your legend, develop your powers and ultimately confront the evil of Sauron — your ability to exploit weaknesses and fears in your enemies is your greatest weapon to dismantle Sauron's forces from within

    Unleash the other-worldly Power of the Wraith to master powerful skills and weaponry, then inflict brutal and deadly combos as you harness the Spirit of vengeance

    The Nemesis System affects how the stats, appearance and personality of each nemesis are different for every player — no one else will have an exact same nemesis, as the game generates unique, dynamically created enemies

    Turn your foes against one another by forcing them to assassinate, terrorize, sacrifice or spy as you bend Mordor to your will

    Defeat your enemies to earn rune rewards that help you advance your skills and abilities and upgrade to more powerful weaponry

    Battle against three types of Uruk, including Warchiefs, Captains and Grunts, as you progress through the action-packed landscape of Mordor



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 199 reviews

    90%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Addition to the LOTR Universe

      Posted
      Assassino37
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I'm sure you heard it before but if you enjoy the gameplay in Assassins Creed and the Batman games you will probably enjoy this. Not only is it a ton of fun but it follows an interesting story that takes place in Mordor which is a lesser explored area of the universe. Although it's an original story, It has plenty of information (much like the animus in AC) that tells you all about the history of the darker side of middle-earth which is a wonderful change. The best feature about the game is the Nemesis system without a doubt. It really adds a truly unique element to the game and really adds to the overall very rich and lively world of Mordor. Unlike other games where the world progresses through you, in this game the place feels alive and like it's really happening around you, regardless if you had anything to do with it. Because of this system and the ever changing world, it autosaves constantly with no option to re-load. There is also no difficulty setting. At times it can feel easy but other times it can prove to be a challenge if you don't play your cards right. If you die, you don't lose progress however the world will change accordingly. The orc that killed you gets promoted and the rest of the them fight amongst themselves attacking each other, getting killed or getting stronger. Because of the constant autosaving, there IS quite a bid of loading. It takes a few extra seconds to go from the pause/map/skill menus and back to the game. I suppose that's the only downside but not worrying about saving and losing progress leaves you to simply enjoy the game rather than worry about reloading games to try to progress.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Epic game, despite a few bugs

      Posted
      ancientgamer68

      Excellent mix of Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia, and the combat of the Arkham games, all set in the lore of Tolkien's Middle Earth. I had the initial problem of my 360 not recognizing my pre-order codes, but a patch fixed that and I had no problem with the initial install. Some of the cutscenes begin and then just go black which is a little frustrating. I love the "Nemesis" system of Orcs that defeat you and remember how you hurt them in previous battles. Not sure why some think this is short, unless they are only playing the story missions...I have 35 hours of gameplay in and I am only at 24% completion. I personally like The War in the North better as an overall game because it has a larger variety of environments, enemies, and gameplay options. Overall though Shadows of Mordor is an impressive game for any 360 owner or fan of the Lord of the Rings.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great game... if you can get it installed

      Posted
      acejavelin
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The 360 version of this game is broken, and not in a good way... You cannot install this game if you are logged into Xbox Live, it will fail if you even get the option, you have to log out, install the game and log back in to actually play it. The game play is very laggy with lots of disk access even after installing both discs, and sometimes the auto-save feature seems to fail and not save correctly. These issues do not seem to effect the PS4 or Xbox One versions though. All that being said, the game is fun to play and quite beautiful visually, and he controls are not difficult, and the enemy "remember" feature is pretty cool.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Great Game Poor Development

      Posted
      Colby
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The design of the game itself is great. Very close to an assassins creed style of game but with some additional elements that make the game much more enjoyable. That being said the port over to the xbox 360 from the original design for the next gen is extremely poor. The load times from the start menu to normal game play take 5 to 10 seconds and the cut scenes rarely complete without having to reload. I have heard the next gen consoles all address the issue of load times and degraded graphics but on the xbox 360 the game is sub par. Recommend that you either buy the game for the next gen or skip it all together.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fun

      Posted
      MBnPhoenix
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The gameplay is amazing and there are many ways to encounter and kill orcs. The skill ups and special ability features really make the game fun because unlocking new ways to kill orcs is always satisfying as is mad controlling them. You can roam around as you please, and choose which order to complete your quests. A bit confusing at first but once you get the hang of it it's not hard to learn the ropes. The biggest downside is that loading times are pretty slow and the textures struggle to load.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great game, but not what I expected

      Posted
      compuser
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The game is a lot of fun and the story line is very. Cool. I do expect with any game to be ale to choose what level I want to. Play at which does not appear to be the case with this game. I am a casu al gamer that likes to keep things simple and this game you have to get good at otherwise you do die a lot. Still worth it to me as I am a huge LOTR fan and this game fills the need there. I would say that this is the first decent LOTR themed game for adults. The Lego games are also good.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Violent, but not too bad

      Posted
      Megacolon
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I was a bit worried about the violence level of this game, but my daughter is a LOTR fanatic. Based on other reviews and feedback from friends I decided she could handle it for her 15th birthday, and after watching her play it seems tame compared to my expectations. She absolutely loves the game, and the rest of us are hypnotized watching her play. I would probably drop the rating to "T" personally, but maybe our family is just desensitized...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      decent game

      Posted
      socal44
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      Not a big fan of lord of the rings but took a chance on it. I was pleasantly surprised the story is decent and game play is pretty straightforward. Upgrades add abilities and some enemies drop bonuses. That being said enemies regenerate, ex clear out a patrol wait a minute and the patrol comes down the road again. Clear a "base" leave the immediate area come back and it's fully manned. Overall its worth playing even if you're not into LotR

      I would recommend this to a friend


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