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Middle-earth: Shadow of War - Xbox One

  • Publisher: WB Games
  • SKU: 5784601
  • Release Date: 10/10/2017
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood and gore, Intense violence
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1046 out of 1066)

    Product Details


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

    Synopsis


    Forge a new ring, build an epic army and defeat the Dark Lord, Sauron, when you play Middle Earth: Shadow of War. Explore a virtual world and use a variety of tactics, including cunning and brute force, to achieve victory. A rich storyline and stunning graphics make Middle Earth: Shadow of War a compelling Xbox One gaming experience.

    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 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1066 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A must for all action game fans.

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

      This game is an obvious sequel done right with every mechanic from the first being streamlined and expanded upon. The stealth mechanics were given so much attention through upgrades that it's entirely possible to stealth run entire strongholds with chained executions and elven swiftness closing any significant gaps. The mounted combat sytem was vastly improved upon with options to mount not just caragors and graugs, but drakes and ulugs too. Each has their own unique abilities which can the tide of an unlucky 1v5 invulnerable captain duel surrounded by a horde of orcs, if you happen to be so unlucky. Every orc you come across has such unique person that translates both into their aesthetic and fighting style, every fight can challenging or empowering the player to get creative in his strategy to topple them. I think the most understated mechanic in the first game that didn't really occur until after the captain killed you is the "Adaptation" system which allows the uruks to learn your tricks and counter them accordingly making a whelp into a threat and a menace into an abslolute demon. The quest system is also much more open alongside the more varied world design containing dense forests, tundras, caves, and of course the volcanic lands surrounding Mt. Doom. The joke voice acting lightens the heavy atmosphere and helps lighten the mood no matter the odds. I also appreciate the ability to do more than just kill or dominate the captains. Tossing them off of cliffs, shaming them and maiming them really extend the fun. If I had to recommend a game to buy this season, this game I cannot recommend enough.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Number two works for this game

      Posted
      Archeim
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      I find that second entries in things (mostly movies) are normally pretty lackluster. This isnt that. Shadow of War continues the story of Talion from Shadow of Mordor and does it while introducing some more of the same (it wasnt broken, it didnt need to be fixed) and some new elements that work really well together. (Hint: Siege Battles) The Nemesis System of the previous game returns where if an enemy kills you, and you face them again... they will remember you and taunt you. Or you could be making your way to another objective only to be randomly ambushed by a foe you long thought vanquished. This is a fantastic system and i'm surprised that more games dont make use of it. The graphics and sound are Epic, and i can only imagine what playing this would look like on a 4k tv with an Xbox One X is going to look like. The voice acting is solid as well. There is an online component where you can eventually lay siege on Online players, but they can do the same to you. (You go into their world while they arent there to face their Warchiefs in their castles) The game is a lot of fun and i eagerly await the DLC. I suggest you play the first game (Shadow of Mordor) first because it's awesome and the story ties into this game.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An improvement over the first

      Posted
      Philtut86
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      If you loved the first, you'll love this one just they same. They've added more abilities to make traversal of the expansive even more entertaining with double jump, high leaps when climbing, and even the ability to ride dragons! The nemesis system has vastly improved with the ability to learn your combat techniques mid battle and instantly apply them, making you change up your game. Even dying is ok, as it gives you a chance to go after the orc that killed you, and nab some upgraded loot! Speaking of loot, this game has added microtransactions loot box style. While I am definitely not a fan, they haven't done anything to shove it in my face, and they really did do a good job balancing the pace of the game without out them first. Finally, the graphics are great across all systems, and play pretty smooth. I've only noticed some texture glitches here and there where the texture didn't render properly, and it suddenly looks like a piece of work from a Nintendo 64 game, crash landed in front of me. This game is Xbox one x enhanced with hdr support, and I can't wait to try it out once that console launches later this year. This game is worth the full retail price imo.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      As good as the last, maybe better

      Posted
      Muddy
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Quick overview in case you haven't played the last Middle Earth game - it's a mixture of Assassin's Creed + Batman Arkham Series all set in the Lord of the Rings universe. Great controls. Great leveling up. I love that they've upgraded the nemesis system to allow for a deeper experience in controlling your orc henchmen and now you can fight alongside and storm a castle of an orc overlord or even try putting a team together to storm somebody else's online (you don't actually fight against someone, just their version of their castle). Oh, and they added daily challenges as well which make things fun - so they really made the game more social, which I really enjoy. The one caveat are the microtransactions (loot boxes). It seems that you might need to shell out extra cash if you want your character to progress quicker, but for me, I love to battle orcs without worrying about the story, so I don't mind spending the time. So if you are someone who wants to get through just the story and not put in extra time or money (I've not spent an extra cent and refuse to) then be warned. But I'm really loving this game. It's a game I'm going to spend a lot of time with.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Somewhat insane.

      Posted
      BEYR
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Right, so, first go at Shafow of War: I stalk and plan out an attack on an orc captain. Just before I leap from a building to (hopefully) stealth kill him I'm ambushed by another captain. He knocks me off of the building to the feet of the first. I get into a brawl with him until I have to climb back up to the ambusher, who's firing arrows at me. I get him to about 1% and find out he gets enraged by "mortal wounds." He proceeds to one shot me. During the "last chance" QTE the ambusher gets stabbed through the chest by an ally I randomly saved earlier. I then find out that the first captain is enraged by ally deaths. I then basically run around avoiding him looking for arrows until I'm ambushed by TWO MORE G/D CAPTAINS! I somehow managed to kill all three of them. The new nemesis system is borderline insane. Also, I'm hooked.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good Game & Graphics but Eh on Story

      Posted
      CaliGrlAtHrt
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      Graphically this game is a nice feast for the eyes in 4K and/or Xbox One X consoles. Fans of Shadows of Mordor and LOTR won’t be sad to own this title. The story is good and has good options for online play including helping other players out. It’s also not a micro transaction heavy game which is always a plus. The frustrating part for me is that without spending real $ progress can be slow plus I am not a big fan of online/interactive content the way it is done for this game. Things get a bit repetative very quickly with the story progressing but how you proceed not changing by much other than the scenery. Got is on the Black Friday sale which is what made it worth the cost. Get it used or watch for sales unless what I didn’t like are things that you love.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Shadow of Monetization

      Posted
      EricMPereira
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      This game is a great LOTR game. It contains copious amounts of content: colllectibles, nemesis, army, rpg, and loot systems along with a captivating story. The issue arises when you reach act 4. In short, it's a grind designed to have you spend money on their market for orcs. It is frustrating at times, but never did it feel intrusive to the point I played the game only for the endorphin rush of chest openings, which happens in some other games **cough** Madden **cough**. If you like the game's content and gameplay, find it addicting to build your army and equip better loot, and explore Middle-Earth, then this game's gonna be great for you, with no real pull to spend any cash. If you're just in it for the story....then be prepared for a grind.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Game, Awesome Preorder!

      Posted
      Xanaral
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      I preordered this game a few days before release once I couldn’t decide if I would then saw the preorder bonus of the New Ring, it is amazing! The game itself is really fun, similar to the first but you get most of the abilities you had a lot faster then start adding more, like more abilities from a distance and of course riding Drakes! This game is also very easy to stop at almost any point to resume later, great for multitasking. There are a lot of additions that can be overwhelming, but it’s fine if you ignore some of them, you don’t have to do everything the game tells you you can do. The loot system is slightly annoying like any game, you have to balance between higher powered, good-looking, or special abilities associated with each armor piece or weapon.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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