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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big Surprises in store fo you!

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    MichaelGTDriver
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    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. This Game of the Year Edition includes a host of Story and Warband Missions, Challenge modes, Runes, Skins and more to enhance your Shadow of Mordor experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Slash 'Em Up Fun

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    Blozero
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    I was looking for an action adventure game to play during the holiday season. For a long time, I had my eye on Shadow of Mordor. I like the action of the game. It took me a few hours to get a feel for the game. The graphics are great. I am still playing so I am still trying to get a feel for the story line. As with most games these days, you can do side missions and digress from the main story. I like the slash and move tactic to eliminate foes. Therefore, the battle system works, especially when you are fighting 20 plus foes. It was a lot at first, but you learn tactics and gain abilities to help you eliminate them all. Leveling up your character is interesting and fun. You can use points to obtain various abilities that you can use in battle. Weapons are automatically drawn so you do not have to waste time doing that. You have the ability to climb walls, assassinate enemies from above, interrogate foes, threaten bosses, ride beasts, etc. I can see the comparison to the Assassin Creed series. I do like the fact that you eliminate one enemy, another one rises up. There seems to be a boss hierarchy system, so there is no shortage of these bosses to fight in the game. The game is fun, but it can get a bit repetitive at times. There are in-games challenges that you can complete for points that you can use to level up. I am half way through the game and though it is a bit repetitive, it can be fun. As I continue to progress in the game, perhaps the story will become more prevalent. If you like action/role playing games, then I do suggest that you give this one a chance. It was on sale for nearly $20 so the price is not bad at all. If you are a Gamer Club member, you will get a discount on the game. Also, this is the game of the year addition, so there are some extra missions that come along with it. I hope this helps.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely Worth the Purchase

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    Evan
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    Shadow of Mordor is insanely good. Right off the bat the story feels extremely fresh and fast paced, but on top of that the combat system is very innovative with some awesome killing techniques that keeps your eyes glued to the screen. I won't get into the story in order not to spoil it, but just know it's dark and intense. I can already tell that this game will keep me busy for a while with its huge open world, main quest, vast upgrading system, and tons of side quests. Furthermore each time you die, the enemy who killed you gets promoted and stronger. Not only does this keep the game challenging and fresh, but it's also a change of pace from similar games. Shadow of Mordor has so much to offer, and I've only began to scratch the surface of it, so the bottom line is if you like Lord of the Rings, and dark role playing games, then this is the Next Gen game for you. It's Awesome! Update: Upgrades: There's a wide variety of up-gradable abilities in Shadow of Mordor. A total of 39 abilities are unlock-able, and some of them are super powerful, and makes the game that much more fun. You can also upgrade your attributes of your resources and weapons. They include your Max Health, Elf-Shot strength, Focus, Sword Rune Slot, Bow Rune Slot, and Dagger Rune Slot. For each Rune Slot you can unlock special perk that will help you kill more captains and war chiefs. In the beginning I was dying a lot, but after I started to unlock more of these perks, the game started to get easier and more enjoyable. If you're completest then this game will take you well over 20 hours to complete if you include all the side objectives. After many hours of gameplay I've finally beaten the main story. I'm very satisfied with how it ended, and I can't recommend this game enough!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What a Great Journey Through LOTR Lore

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    AaronFamilyReno
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    Shadow of Mordor offers a refreshing take on the action/adventure genre, and has been an absolute 5/5 during my time playing it. The combat system is truly incredible (once you get past its awkward learning curve), and there are many dozens of ways to hack, slash, and execute the enemy orcs and Uruks. Combat primarily focuses around your sword (general combat), your dagger (sneaking), and bow (ranged). Each weapon can be upgraded with runes that offer unique powers/abilities, and eventually you gain access to an ultimate attack for each. The story will feel right at home for LOTR fans, and is tied in nicely with the lore without going overboard. Perhaps my favorite part of the game is the nemesis system, where regular baddies you encounter can be reward with promotions for killing you. They grow in strength, change in physical size, and gain new powers and even bodyguards as they become more of a badass. There are different ranks of the bad guys you encounter, but you can find ways to exploit their weaknesses by interrogating orcs that you fight in combat or by picking up intel from around the map. Very cool system, especially when you are finally able to behead your Revenge Target! :D This game is a must play, and the added DLC adds tons of fun to an already entertaining game!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game marred by terrible ending

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    fivecatsclub
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    This game started off kind of slow for me, almost to the to the point that I thought I was going to regret the purchase. In fact, I took a long break from this game to play Arkham Knight. Honestly, I think my experience with that game enhanced my enjoyment of this one. Very quickly after returning to the game I was hooked! There is something very satisfying about going around and killing Uruks, especially the ones who have killed you. Speaking of which, one of the things I enjoyed most about this game was that there was a logic behind why your character, Talion, can die and come back stronger than before. But, on the flip side, there are consequences to dying: your enemies will be stronger as well. After spending many nights getting immersed in the story and leveling up Talion, I found myself very unsatisfied with the ending. ** MILD SPOILERS AHEAD ** You spend a lot of time developing abilities, none of which are used to beat the end boss. Instead, when the time comes, you just have to press whatever button on your controller corresponds to the one flashing on the screen. A couple of rounds of this and the boss is defeated, the story over. I was anticipating a hard fight, one in which I needed to use a combination of the special abilities I had spent hours and hours honing, only to be very let down. In spite of the lackluster ending, I'd still highly recommend the game for fans of LOTR or fans of this genre of game.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very fun take on LOTR universe

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    Saynac
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    This game is a great mix of LOTR lore and gameplay reminiscent of Assassin's Creed. Moving around the various maps is a treat. Learning skills incrementally and gaining power for your character feels smooth. The last act has some interesting mechanics I haven't seen in other games; in particular, turning enemies to be your hidden allies while they continue on their Orc-ly duties. You can activate them to turn on their allies with the push of a button... then crush their brain once they are done wreaking havok. There are a couple wonky bits with flowers/herbs scattered around the maps but nothing too crazy out of place. It's a good game and will give you a lot of fun. I believe I put about 35 hours into the main game (no expansions) and had about 10 more hours ahead of me to get most of the achievements. Well worth the price. Look up some videos, see if the setting and graphics are your style, then give it a try. The game is smooth and great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game, great deal

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    Adam
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    I got an awesome deal on this, especially with all of the GOTY edition add-on content. Extremely fun game. Similar to AC series, but way more fun in my opinion. I've played AC a few times but never got into it, but this game seems to have everything that AC has plus more to make it a real pleasure to play. Great combat, pretty good story, and a nice open-world with a manageable amount of activities and side quests to keep you busy but not overwhelmed. It's extremely fun fighting, stealth-killing, and bow sniping orcs and the character development has a nice balance of options and specializations. Great for hardcore and casual players alike. I own Witcher 3, DA: Inquisition, AC Black Flag, and a few other Xb1 games and I would definitely say this one seems the most fun to play. Just feels "well-balanced". Not the most amazing at any one thing, but just very enjoyable all around and definitely worth $50 for the GOTY if you enjoy any similar genres or titles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The complete version

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    Chujo
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    The DLC campaigns that are now on the disc for this edition and add very interesting twists to the gameplay of Shadow of Mordor. Frankly, it would have been nice to have some of these elements in the main campaign, but this would have changed the game significantly, so its understandable that the developers didn't do this. The stories in these campaigns aren't deep, so lore fans may be disappointed. In addition there are challenging "Test of" modes that make you complete certain tasks within a time limit. I found these tests very compelling despite how long they took and how difficult they could be. I enjoyed mastering the techniques needed to do well. Others might find it frustrating. All together, I'm glad I picked up this version of Mordor with all the additional content, especially at the great price I got it from Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great slasher RPG

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    Puck342
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    Shadow of Mordor: GOTY Edition is like Assassin's Creed, except taken onto the battlefield. Motion is fluid and basically intuitive (the exception being the timing on execution and other finishers, which is pretty easy to get down in the first 1-2 hours of gameplay) the story is compelling, with fun little nuggets of lore for the hardcore LOTR fan, and a good linear narrative for those who are either casual LOTR fans or just gamers. Titles like this, working within an interstitial timeframe in an already established Universe can often go awry (Remember the Matrix games from the mid-aughts?), but this game stuck to it's little corner of Mordor, which, in conjunction with the Nemesis engine that hints at more procedurally generated enemies in games in the future, comes out to a great game overall. Getting both DLC's for free in the GOTY Edition was just the icing on top.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Open World Action Adventure

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    SpiderMan1962
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    The Game of the Year Edition of Shadow of Mordor comes with all of the DLC so you are getting plenty of content well worth your money. As for the game itself, it is great! If you have previously played and enjoyed the Batman: Arkham games and the Assassin's Creed games, then you will probably like this game. Its gameplay elements are a great mix of these other two game franchises' game mechanics.However, the developers of this game have added their own unique take as well as plenty of in-depth RPG elements, If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings films and universe, then this is a "must-buy". Overall, the gameplay is fun, there's tons of content, and the graphics are very enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy It. Play It. Conquer Mordor!

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    Kinkoman
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    Overall this gets five stars because you can get lost in the realm of Mordor and play the game for hours on end. If you are like me, you wanted to unlock all of the achievements and collect as many artifacts as you can. Gameplay is definitely hard at the beginning because you don't have a lot of the moves you need to fight the orc leaders. As time progresses and you upgrade you are able to fight off large groups of strong Urukai and Warchiefs. MAKE SURE TO RUN AWAY! People complain that the game is too hard and they can't win because they don't run away and heal up. I still run away in sketchy situations where I am outmatched and I have maxed out my character. Overall it is a must buy for LOTR & Tolkien lovers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A game that didn't disappoint in 2014

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    TubofProtien
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    This game like many other triple A titles in 2014 had lots of hype some more than others. But most top games of that year where disappointments or didn't meet the hype. This game however was one of the few that probably surpassed everyones expectations. This has so much content that even when you beat the main story the nemesis system and combat in the game is enough to keep you coming back back for more. This game's carnage is so unbelievably satisfying I believe it's up to par or more with the God of War series. All in all this game is amazing and especially if you obtain the Goty edition it will give you endless hours of fun. I would also like to add that I am not really a lords of the rings guy and I still enjoy it to the fullest till this day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shadow of Mordor: One Game to Rule them All!

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    Viceroy
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    If you love Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, then this is the game for you. As a fan who has played previous LOTR video games, this game is far superior. The developers really put a lot of effort into it. If you love Assasins Creed or Batman: Arkham games, this game will not disappoint. Dive into the lore of Middle-Earth as Talion, captain of the Black Gate to Mordor, who journeys and fights through armies of Orcs, with the power of the Elf-Lord Wraith, Celebrimbor! Collect artifacts containing the histories and mythologies of Middle-Earth. Witness the encounters and memories of LOTR characters like Gollum, Saruman, Galadriel, and even the Dark Lord Sauron himself!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My new favorite game

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    paulm
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    This game was amazing to play. The fighting style was engaging and fun and there was a great balance of needing to follow the story vs. just goofing around killing orcs. There are also a ton of different side missions that can be even more fun than the main story line which has kept me continuing to play the game even after the main story line was completed. The fighting combinations were fun, and not overwhelming or hard to remember. My old downside was that once you've maxed out your skills the game does get pretty easy as the AI doesn't scale your enemies as quickly as you're able to improve.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A short but fun game.

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    RMichael
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    It’s an open world game so length depends on how many side quests a person wants to do. The main story is fairly short, around 15-20 hours. It also isn’t for purists who do not like deviations from Tolkien’s books. The story is fun but is very different from the books and even movies. While Gollum is the same interpretation in this game as the movies, it is difficult to see this fitting nicely in that universe. Overall it is an excellent fantasy game, but makes questionable changes to the Middle-Earth lore that don’t always fit nicely in that world.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing game set in the world of Mordor

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    BobbyBlane
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    Shadow of Mordor follows Talion as he seeks revenge on those who killed his family. The gameplay is a mix between the recent Batman series (free flow combat) and Assassin's Creed. The game does a great job of immersing you into the world of LOTR, and does a great job of telling a solid story. You won't quite find the combat up to Batman standards, but it is a lot of fun. The open world experience is really where the action stands out. There's plenty of quests to enjoy and with the game of the year edition, there's probably 40+ hours of content if you want to experience everything.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid, medium paced game for LOTR fans

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    As a big LOTR fan, I've wanted to play this game for a while now. This game is quite fun, but make sure to pay attention to all the things you can do at the start! I didn't and the combat got stale until I realized I was doing it wrong. It's maybe a little to slow for some, but I'm not too hard to please and ended up playing it for over 6 hours straight multiple times. If you enjoy some combo of open world stuff, assassians creed, and/or LOTR, this game is worth a shot for the prices you can find it for now. **Have not played DLC content yet**

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Game

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    Mike
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    Shadow of Mordor is unbelievable it plays similar to games like farcry or assassin's creed in the sense that you try to take over strongholds around the map stealthily or go in blades drawn but the game has way more you can ride monsters and take control of orcs minds if you take control of commanders you get them and their troops to fight for you they all have a rival and most have an enemy or monster they fear you must make sure you think before you send units to fight for you eventually you build a massive army and storm into battle.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth checking out

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    This is an open world game that sets you int he Lord of the Rings universe. It uses many mechanics invented in other series and isn't the most original game because of it, but does put those systems together well that make a good experience. It's worth noting that if you are an achievement hunter this game of the year addition has a separate set of achievements from original release and you can earn them again for this game if you want to. It's the only title on Xbox One that you can earn achievements for both versions of the game released on that same platform.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not what I was hoping

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    ApeWild
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    Maybe I should have done more research before purchasing this game. Shadow of Mordor is the reason I bought an Xbox One. However, I was disappointed to discover it follows the Arkham Asylum-esque battle systems we see so much anymore. That may make me biased in my review since i absolutely hate that system as it's always so slow and clunky but I failed to get very far into the game because of it. For fans of the fighting mechanics of the Batman games I would definitely recommend this. Anyone else I would say to give it a pass.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend