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Middle-earth: Shadow of War - PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: WB Games
  • SKU: 5784602
  • Release Date: 10/10/2017
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood and gore, Intense violence
$29.99
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Middle-earth: Shadow of War

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1070 out of 1107)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Monolith Productions
    • Publisher: WB Games
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Action and Adventure
    • Release Date: 10/10/2017

    Synopsis


    Embark upon a new quest and follow the adventures of Talion and Celebrimbor with Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Overflowing with stunning graphics and a rich storyline, this PS4 game lets you explore an epic world full of legendary warriors, magical creatures and dark forces. Forge and army and defeat Sauron when you play Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

    Features


    Pre-order Middle-earth: Shadow of War now

    To receive four legendary Orc Champions and exclusive epic Sword of Dominion.

    The sequel to the critically-acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the winner of over 50 industry awards

    The continuation of the original story of Talion and Celebrimbor, who must now go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron

    A monumental story - Immerse yourself in the epic scale of Middle-earth as you forge a new ring and siege epic fortresses to face the Dark Lord and Nazgul

    Nemesis system evolved - Experience a richer and more personal world full of new enemy types, strong personalities and deeper stories

    Anyone you face can now evolve from a lowly soldier to a mighty overlord, personal nemesis or ally

    Turn Mordor against Sauron - Go behind enemy lines and use strategy, cunning or brute force to conquer Sauron's fortresses and turn everyone against him

    In Middle-earth: Shadow of War nothing will be forgotten



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1107 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding fun!

      Posted
      wyldefyre72
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      If you loved the original Shadow of Mordor you will love this game. The game mechanics are very similar, and all the familiar characters plus new ones. There are upgraded skills with a new, more customizable skill tree. Some of the animations have changed, for the better in my opinion. A new armor setup provides more customizable upgrades and different looks. The mobs have different skills also so gameplay maintains a respectable challenge, plus the addition of DRAKES to interact with!! Fighting Nazgul is pretty good too. The game world is much bigger than the original game. I have not completed the game yet so I don't have all the info, but it is definitely fun to spend some time slaughtering orcs or bending them to my will! I think the development team did a great job keeping all the things we loved about the original and adding enough new stuff to make it interesting. Good job on a sequel game! One thing I have heard mixed reviews on, and have not experienced, is the new online interaction features. There's now a market to buy special upgrades, characters, kits, etc... kind of like the supply drops in COD. You can spend real money, or in game money to purchase. I am not a fan of this feature, so I don't use it and it's not intrusive to the game play that I've noticed at all. Another online feature is the ability to avenge other players' deaths at the hands of orcs, and attack other players' fortresses. These features are pretty neat, even if there is no direct interaction with the other players, their game environment can feed your storyline. There is no negative impact to their game or yours when performing these interactions.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A great sequel, marred by a poor final act

      Posted
      TheDoppelganger
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      Fans of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor will be likely to enjoy this sequel. Shadow of War improves upon many elements of the previous installment. You will find new ways to power up your character such as finding higher level weapons and armor, and stones to add bonuses to said items. You can also build up your orc army's power in a number of ways in order to improve your chances of success in the attacks and defense of each region that will occur throughout the game. Combat is very similar to the previous installment, which is a good thing. You'll dodge and counter attacks by pressing the corresponding button when on screen prompts appear throughout combat. You'll have a variety of different special attacks which will increase as you level up your character, including fire, frost, and poison based attacks. This keeps combat fresh throughout the game, as well as giving you more tools to defeat tougher opponents. By far, the worst part of the game is the final act of the game. During this act, you will defend the regions you've conquered throughout the game numerous times. So many times that it becomes a boring grind. I'm not sure if this act was included to extend the hours of gameplay, or to increase the chances that people will spend real money on the game's infamous loot boxes, but either way, the whole act seems quite pointless. Overall a solid game, and I would recommend it. Honestly the final act of the game is so poorly done that I considered giving the game a 3 star rating instead of a 4 star rating, but I thought that would be a bit too harsh.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mordor is even more awesome when war is imminent.

      Posted
      bee4real
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      You know, there's been a change in gaming. The age of people fussing over sequels not being as good as the first of things can't apply to gaming. Shadow of War is further proof of that fact. It expands on everything that made Shadows of Mordor great, without overwhelming the player with a lot of foolishness. Every quest, whether it be a main quest or side quest, feels important. Gravitas that has the player really feeling like the world is closing in on them. The ork soldiers in this game are both hilarious and frightening. They ambush you whilst you're trying to move from one section of the map to another. They are each very tricky and have a set of weaknesses and strengths that players can use to turn situations to their favor. The recruitment system is great as well, giving the player the choice to utilize a new recruit to fight for them immediately, retreat to their base, or even spy on their current ork war chief and betray him when you attack. It's a really cool concept that provides all manner of treachery happening throughout the game. The music is fantastic as well. Chill-inducing soundtrack. The story it carries, in my opinion, could easily be made into a series for television that would rake in the dough. Combat feels great, with the execution attacks leaving foes with limbs and heads bouncing across the terrain. Other enemies flee in terror at the sight of their captain falling from player's blades. Very satisfying game. If you've played the Shadow of Mordor entry, you owe it to yourself to continue the story. This game is awesome.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Good Game But Has Defects

      Posted
      majario
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      There's a lot going for this game and the first two acts are pretty good. Unfortunately, the final half of the game is an enormous, tedious grind to collect more and more Orcs and level them all up. There are loot box micro transactions and the developers assured everyone before release that the game had been balanced/designed around NOT using them but having played the game, I can now confirm they lied. That horrendous, boring grind at the end of the game is clearly there to strong-arm people into buying those loot boxes. There is also a multiplayer mode but it is basically unplayable unless you're sinking lots of money into those boxes because your Orcs can permanently die in that mode so without the loot boxes, you'll need to do hours of grinding in single player between multiplayer matches to replenish your Orcs. First few hours were great but I got the game yesterday & I'll probably be selling it back come the weekend because I'll be done with it by then. Knowing what I know now, I would have given this one a miss.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Play on hard

      Posted
      Thebrightlord
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      On the highest difficulty the game becomes a real game in my veteran opinion. I’ve gone through more than half the game fairly easily on the highest difficulty, the challenge begins to happen when the nemesis system takes its effect and levels of your enemies to be able to give you a sense of a struggle. Especially when certain enemies are combine with captains with difficult counters to get past. The game will give you a great sense of accomplishment and achievement once you pass obstacles that took you more than 1 try and it feels even more rewarding knowing the game is on the highest difficulty, as if you’ve transcended into greatness or into a new form. This game goes above and beyond at some points. The so speeches do get bothersome at some points as some so drag out the speaks with long pauses or pondered pauses to spew illogical distorted sentences due to being drunk or just plain stupid. The auto pull up of some of the pick up items is also an annoying feature, but manageable as long as you don’t pick them up in the middle of battle.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      What Ring Rules who?

      Posted
      Kingsberry
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      Awesome game for fans of Lord of the Rings or for action RPG games. The game has plenty of content and will keep you busy for hours in a good way. The only gripe I have is the orc cut scenes that play every minute when facing multiple captains. These scenes are very similar to the first game and should have been skippable in this game especially since some of them can be frustratingly long in a game that's supposed to be fast action paced. The story is not as strong as the first but is still entertaining none the less. There is also plenty of side and Fortress quests that will make this game entertaining for a long time. The loot box economy is not game-breaking at all. I spent $0 in the game and still feel satisfied with the economy. You can earn plenty of in game money to purchase loot boxes and still be successful. If anything it just takes a little longer to progress and/or to buy good quality Orcs but that is all fine in a game that is fun to play regardless. A must-have game.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better than Shadows of Mordor

      Posted
      Clanker
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      Yes, there are microtransactions if you want to use them, but if you don't want to spend real money to progress your character then just grind through the story and side missions and you can get what you need. I'm not through the story yet, because I'm grinding through side missions, but over 50% through and the story is good thus far. The visuals are better than SoM and the new skills are cool. Flying on dragons!!! Freeze skill is hard to learn, but once mastered is very helpful. Staff blade strike [hold square on PS4] is nice when you can get ready to fight, but is worthless in a mass battle because it takes too long. Several other new skills and the gem crafting aspect are better than the last game. The button push to reaction time in fights is a bit slow at times and the game is grindy to get skill points early on, but it visually better and there are more fun skills than the SoM.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good successor with minor quip at the end

      Posted
      Lupo
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      If you're already familiar with the series, and the praised nemesis system and gameplay, than you'll almost surely love this game, as it is an added improvement with much more content and things to do. The story wasn't as good as the first game, but there are tons of added side quests and collectibles, etc to get that actually do allow for added powers or abilities. The only gripe is what I imagine what a lot of people will comment on, with the last mission being a huge grindfest. But the main story and everything you wanted to do in the game had concluded to that point already, so it is recommended to just skip it and youtube the secret added ending, rather than grind for hours just to see it. Nevertheless that one bad point, does not drag down the rest of the game which was a noted improvement in nearly all facets compared to the original.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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