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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Windows

Model: 1000381353SKU: 3025004

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 91 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you love LOTR, you will love SoM

    Posted
    LozTwilightPrincess
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    Shadows of Mordor is not your typical roundabout LOTR game. It takes place about 80 years before the time of The Hobbit and pits you against the murderers of your son and wife as you battle your way up through the ranks of the ever evolving and adapting enemy thanks to the nemesis system to get to face the Black Hand of Sauron. You may feel all powerfull when you first start out hacking and slashing your way through his army of orcs, but once you see the death animation you will find out very quickly what once was a trivial encounter with an enemy is now an uphill battle with an arrow in your knee. For every death you have in Mordor your killer will gain power and become a captain, now he will be harder to kill he may sport new weapons or armor or be immune or strengthened to the tactics you used in your previous encounter. There are also power struggles within the game which can happen when a captain holds a feast or a duel. Prevent this and you can shape the outcome of the event and stop them from gaining power but decide to not intervene and saurons army will become bolstered any Captain you eliminate will be replaced with new initiates all at each others throat and your own trying to clamber to the top of the food chain. In the first 15 minutes you will undoubtedly become distracted by side missions and errands and become ingrossed in the game . Ever so often you will stumble upon a main mission and the beauty and poetry that the developers sewed in with ever stitch will shine as this truly unexpected and intricately well designed masterpiece throws you into the barren yet beautiful land of Mordor. I strongly encourage any LOTR fan to check this out it will sate your taste for lore in the original spirit of Tolkien's novels but with a depth and feel that you could never before experience 9.7/10 for me because of a few graphical mishaps that I rarely noticed. These are sure to be patched soon in an upcoming update which will make this game as flawless as it is enjoyable. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good game and good story line

    Posted
    Zeta30
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    This was a Christmas present from my wife and to be honest the first game I received for a long time, (remember Command and Conquer 3?) The game is 5 DVDs and it took 90 minutes to install. At first I thought I would not like the game because of all of the different commands you had to memorize to be proficient. But once I hurdled the learning curve I enjoyed the game a lot. The game is the story of a man, Talion, who's wife and daughter were killed by the Black Hand of Sauron. It isTalion's journey for revenge. He is possessed by a wraith, Celebrimbor. We find out about 1/3 into the game that Celebrimbor played a very important part in the Middle Earth world. (If you have read the Silmarillion you already know who Celebrimbor is). It seems as if the story takes place between The Hobbit and Lord of the Ring. Gollum makes a brief appearance in the game still looking for his precious. This is an over the shoulder slasher game. The graphics of the game were very good. The story kept my interest as well. I usually don't watch the cut out scenes but the ones in Shadow were very good and held my interest. There are plenty of side missions too that will earn you extra XP and gear. The only part that got a little old was when you battled the chiefs and captains. They always talked trash adn their trash talk became repetitive, unfortunately you can't just hit Esc and cancel out of that. One thing I really liked is if you fight a captain or warchief and lost the they will level up making them even harder to kill the next time you see them. The game is very violent, a lot of Orc and Uruk blood and beheadings. It took me about 40 hours to beat the game, but there were still some side missions I will go back to and finish. I think that even if you're not into Middle Earth you will still enjoy the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is an amazing game!

    Posted
    AHeroOfShadows

    I pre-ordered the game in July and I counted down the days. Finally it was released and I was super excited. It got here in a couple of days after the release and when it arrived I opened the package. Instantly I went to the system requirements to check to see if the game might run on my PC. I was really disappointed when I checked the back of the game. The processor that it needed to run was a Intel Core i5 and I only had a Pentium 4. So I set it in with my other games, still in the original packaging, and wrote it off as an waste of money. Well a day later my brother convinced me to try it. So I installed it and was seriously surprised when it ran pretty smoothly. I had a NVidia Geforce graphics card in my rig, but I didn't really expect it to help very much. Anyway. I set the graphics to medium and tried to play it. It ran nicely, a little lag every once in a while but nothing to extreme. I just beat the game on a new computer I got that still only has a Intel Core 2 Duo, but it runs even better than before. So I want to encourage anyone who thinks this won't run on their comp because I thought the same thing and I love the game!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not up to par for 2015

    Posted
    Christopher262
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    I bought this with my rewards points. Even being a year old, I would have figured the graphics quality would be great for a windows PC. It was not at all that great. It was very generic for any PC game today. Poor movement controls,turning and climbing and using the spacebar to avoid hits and dodging.. Third person point of view was too close to character to see anything in front of your character. There is no first person view in this game. So, the character will be in the way a lot of times. At times you get overwhelmed by mobs of Wargs and Uruks, dying alot or trying to run away. Gameplay was horrible. Way too many cutscenes during missions and loading. Very worse con of all, you have to have a Steam account to play this game on a Windows PC. Which this information is nowere to be found on Bestbuy.com about that. So buying it from there website, I was unaware of this key piece of information. Games should not require third party software to be installed to play. If so, they need to be placed in the information section.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Assassins Creed + Batman Arkham

    Posted
    AngelOfProgress
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    This game has been pretty sweet so far. It's like assassins creed with the sneaking and climbing side of things, as well as the collectables and the map. Then it's like the batman Arkham series with the combat. Throw in Lord of the Rings lore, and you have an amazing game. Also, the Nemesis system is pretty amazing. You can target certain captains and warchiefs, and if they kill you, they gain power and get promoted. You can also send death threats which up your chances of getting better loot, but they get more power and a gang to protect them. Each captain/warchief has their own strengths and weaknesses, and you have to get info from other captains or rescued slaves to get that information. There are also plenty of side achievements as well. Overall, a very polished game. I'm playing on PC (new macpro with windows 8 in bootcamp).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Plays really well

    Posted
    Mike
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    I really like the game play here; you can "run and gun" or sneak around, and you can switch between the two in a way that feels natural. The story is interesting, voice acting is very good, and I have yet to get annoyed by repetitive "arrow to the knee" comments from the NPCs. I really like the dynamic enemies and the fact that they remember your previous encounters. My only complaints so far are that captains sometime show up out of nowhere when you are engaging a handful of enemies in a manner that seems unnatural, and I don't like "run from the baddie you cannot possibly fight" type missions - thankfully there's only been one of those so far (and it was at least not an exercise in click a button at exactly the right time).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not to good

    Posted
    Jeremy
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    So i pre-order the game, had been counting down the days then when i go in get my copy of the game the code dosn't work for me. I take it in with my laptop to make sure its not me. And they can't get it to work as well. They didn't have any other copy's so i could drive 20 min further away to get or get a refund. i had now spend over 1 1/2 hours trying to get this game to download. I had to work soon, so i just got a refund and got it from another game provider. BUUTTT since its not a pre-oder i lost all the pre-order in game items was going to have. Needless to say, i will most likely never pre-order a game from Best-Buy again. On the up side the customer severs was very good

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Skip Assassin's Creed

    Posted
    Smeagol
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    The Assassin's Creed series spun out of control a long time ago. Would you like to feel like an invincible swordsman that can take on entire armies alone? Yes - Get this game, No - Do you also hate fun, sunshine, and ice cream? Plus who wants to kill ordinary men one or two at a time when you can kill endless hordes of Uruks. SoM has all the same mechanics (-boats) without any of the insane nonsensical "story". Fun mechanics, decent short story, good voice acting, plenty of collectibles if you need to spend a little more time in the world, doesn't overstay it's welcome or start inducing compulsive eye-rolling.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid game with lots of replay value

    Posted
    GhostFenix17
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    After logging 20+ hours on the game I can say It's a great game. The story and characters are well written and missions are always fresh with the nemesis system. While I've spent a lot of time just running around collecting things and fighting orcs, the game has a lot of content even for the story. Expect yourself to be fighting skirmishes even when you could be well off completing missions simply because the gameplay is a lot of fun. With stealth, ranged and sword fighting you will want to try everything when doing missions which is refreshing to not always be limited to one approach.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Game of the Year!

    Posted
    TheManPR
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    This game is like a combination of both the games Batman and Assassin's Creed set in the Lord of the Rings world.. There are loads of missions you can do and just the battle system alone had me blown away. Also something I have never seen in any game is the Nemesis System which I enjoy..This is by far my game of the year. I would so recommend this game. Just not to kids though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A lot of freedom, great mechanics and story!

    Posted
    Benbrada
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    Playing through the initial stages of "story mode" I was floored by the graphics (PC) story-telling and sandbox mechanics. The Nemesis system is wonderful. If a captain beats you he ranks up and then overthrows another captain in Sauron's army. Also love the "interrogation system", while in "wraith mode" you can drain and interrogate a henchman which helps reveal the identity of someone on Sauron's army's captain "ladder". Wonderful design!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding good fun

    Posted
    TheMinnesotan
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    My initial impression of the game play is that the developers took some of the favorite elements of Assassins Creed, Far Cry, Dishonored and a few others and incorporated them into this game. The result is spectacular fun. A game where side missions actually mean something and are of great benefit. I was actually ready to finish the game a few weeks before I did but I wanted to keep playing. My one disappointment was that the End Game was ridiculously easy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bloody and gore filled game, awesome!

    Posted
    Magoxr
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    This game is is great. It features an open world and lots of side quests. The quests get repetitive, but they help in getting upgrades for your abilities. Also, the gameplay is similar to that of assassin's Creed and batman arkham series. This game also features the nemesis system. This system makes it so that there are consequences for losing to enemies (they get tougher when you respond, ex. They too get experience from winning). Great game!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tough to play, fascinating graphics, limited story

    Posted
    BallisticAJAX
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    Just incredible for DirectX 12 graphics and wide arena of game play outdoor maps, hard for anyone but Batman series experts, serious levels of one on many enemies. Graphics exceed even Titanfall significantly, definitely sets the graphics standard for the future until release of Batman Arkham Knight apparently. Enjoy the show, and be defeated. Get it if you want to see the best on a NVidia GTX 750 Ti for $150, on the PC, or Xbox One.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Beat Em Up Game set in Middle Earth

    Posted
    chizow
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    Lots of fun, if you like Batman Arkham games and Assassin's Creed, you'll enjoy this hybrid offering set in Middle Earth. It's very open world and sandboxy, and does a bit of extra flavor by adding in a Nemesis system where Orcs actually climb a hierarchy that changes based on your actions. Definitely a good start to a new franchise, check it out if you're into hack n slash 3rd person games, and use an Xbox Controller if you have one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!

    Posted
    BatmanShady
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    If you enjoy Assassin's Creed, stealth, crazy combination moves and kills, and loved the Arkham series and combat, then this game is all that and more! The nemesis system is so incredible that, for the first time ever, I'm playing a game and not even all that interested in the story. The story is really good too though so far, but the nemesis system is a game all on its own!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Middle Earth Game Yet!!

    Posted
    Jdawg6347
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    I am a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, and have enjoyed a majority of the video games released thus far. This game is the absolute best LOTR based game yet, and even borrows fantastic elements from the Arkham and Assassins Creed series. Lots of exploration, and the nemesis system creates unique enemies to hunt. Easily an addictive game, and already hoping for a sequel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value and customer service

    Posted
    lawnarjax
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    This title was on sale nationally at Best Buy, however my local stores did not have a copy, which has become more common for PC games recently. Best Buy customer service located a copy for me in another city that I was traveling to the next few days and had it ready for me. The game is great, not a huge LOTR game fan, but this one got better reviews than most.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Can't Play Because NVidia

    Posted
    The0lson
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    The game fails to load fully or crashes just after load due to NVidia/Game compatibility issue. I opened a ticket with NVidia and WB Games. NOTHING. Look it up online (which I should have done before buying) Tons of people are having this issue and silence from the game manufacturer and NVidia. $60+tax, may as well have burned my money for all the good it did me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun with little replay value

    Posted
    bendrigar
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    The game held my attention quite well. It took a little while for me to get into the game really, but once I was I played it straight through. I was able to complete the story and the collectibles in 24 hours of game time, with over half the achievements. The game is not overly challenging, but it is fun. The nemesis system is really what makes the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend