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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Xbox One

Model: 1000381332SKU: 3025022

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful,smooth and polished game

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    rockalittle
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    This is not your typical movie franchise game! This game has beautiful graphics that make the time spent wandering a real pleasure. The open world design and numerous side quests leave lots of room to wander and explore if that's what you're into. Speaking of which, there are loads of challenges and side quests. They are not mandatory, so I don't know why people complain about the side quests. If you don't like them , don't do them. But if you don't do the side quests, don't whine about the game being short. You can't have it both ways. The enemies remember you on subsequent encounters and it's a fun aspect of the game. After you beat a guy, he will come back looking quite a bit uglier thanks to the beating you gave him. He will threaten you and talk about how this fight will be different. If you ran last time, he will mock you. If you died, he will ask "why don't you stay dead "? It's entertaining. The enemies also work at moving up their own ranks and when you kill an enemy captain, he will be replaced be another. You are able to check their current ranks at any time. You are also rewarded for using the enemies weaknesses against him. Early in the game it will be the only way to beat some opponents. So it's important to learn this lesson early. Study your opponents. If you happen upon an enemy captain unexpectedly, you can pause and check if you have the intelligence on him. Any reviewer who told you he got lost must have been lost when he started. You have a map! Right at the very beginning you start with a map. As your explore, new areas become visible on the map. There is always info on your current mission and markers to guide you. If you can read a map you won't get lost. People say it plays like assassins creed and I agree, it's very similar game play to assassin's creed but, I did much less running up useless walls on this game. This game has much tighter controls and polished game play. Ever been running on a roof or ledge in Assassins Creed and died because the guy jumped in the wrong direction? That's not going to happen here.The game also has fast travel which can save a lot of needless running. Even the collectibles are marked on the map. I do have some minor quibbles with the game that cause me to withhold the 5th star. At the very beginning you can choose to play as the male or female character. If you choose the female character, you still get the male in all the cut scenes. This is also true for the characters voice. Even if there isn't a cut scene there are lots of instances where he talks to a spirit. The voice is always male even if you choose the female character. I changed back right away because it made the game play feel awkward and disjointed. There is also bit of a learning curve when using the heads up display and checking stats and information. It took me a bit longer than it should have to get a solid grip on all the map symbols. It took me way longer than it should have to figure out where I could see my money total. I'll take most of the blame on that one because, I should have studied the info menus a little more. So basically the menus could be a lot more intuitive but, I should have compensated for that sooner. Which leaves us with the most annoying thing (for me anyway). You will get runes after defeating certain enemies. You can equip them to increase certain skills. Let me tell you, manipulating those darn tiles to get the 5 you want in the active slots is a royal pain. As far as I could tell there was no rhyme or reason to it. When I finally got to a point where I could sorta kinda figure out which one would move where when I moved one out, I was almost done with the game. So in closing, a beautiful, smooth and polished game. Highly recommended but, not quite 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun Game

    Posted
    Rayc
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    Let me start by saying this is a solid, fun game. If you are considering it, you probably won't be disappointed. But while everyone and their grandmother seems to love the game, I think the game shines more like aluminum than silver. PROS * Combat is fun * Not too long or short * Good balance between stealth, combat and ranged fighting * Planning your kills according to the enemies' weaknesses * Plans going awry when some other captain/war-chief (or 3) interrupts you current battle, requiring you to stay on your toes CONS * Nemesis system is forgettable * Too easy * Finding artifacts is also too easy * Most captains/war-chiefs can easily be killed with stealth, or with the special ability that allows unlimited combat finishers * Sometimes I was defeated by the controls * After finding dead bodies, uruks will stop hunting you in about a minute Ok, the nemesis system. Some people love that you keep fighting the same uruks over and over, but I don't get why. I didn't even notice I was fighting the same ones because they are all mostly interchangeable. I only cared about the weaknesses of my targets. Is the little bit of changed dialog really that cool? Between stealth kills, the ability that allows unlimited combat finishers, and the ability to leap over your foes, combat was not much of a challenge. I died several times in the beginning, then almost never after these abilities were unlocked. Oh, and a bit of a spoiler here, after you get the brand ability... fuggetaboutit! Nothing can stand in your way. This was all very cool and made me feel powerful, but I still like a challenge. Oh, and a couple of times I had some control issues, but I guess that is what comes with the ability to fluently hop onto and climb walls. Anyway, like I said I had lots of fun playing the game, I just hope the game offers more of a challenge next time around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not worth 60 bucks

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    User101
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    Was excited for this to come out but it feels like I'm playing batman and assassins creed. Only pro for the game is the graphics. Thought I would like the story but there is not much to it.Your main task is to run around killing orcs and captains and such to find out what happened to your family. I spent more time trying to find the intel on these guys and endlessly killing them that I didn't even get much out of the story. The leveling is a joke as you get points from xp to put into skill unlocks but cant use them until you kill a certain number of captains or play them against each other to get power points as they remain locked until then. Never seen a game like that before as others you level and can use them. Combat is exactly like batman. The climbing and wall hang is just like assassins creed. Get to close to a wall and you cling to it, try to climb and you can just hang and not move like assassins creed while the enemy is bashing you. Enemies will just spawn from no where and overwhelm you. Killing a captain is not tough its just having to deal with him and his orc pack and then they random spawners. You get a last chance block before you die where you have to use the left stick to put in the circle and press the x,y or what ever button is flashing on screen and most times it takes the stick to long to get there and your killed and have to start over again. Over hyped game with good graphics and poor mechanics and story.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An amazing sandbox game.

    Posted
    savy85
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    Let me just up and say that Shadows of Morder is THE best sleeper hit of the year. Forget Destiny, forget CoD. This game took the cake in sheer gameplay value over anything else I've played this fall. If you know anything about the game than you won't be disappointed in the purchase. The Nemesis system that they've boasted during production is absolutely awesome. No two encounters feel exactly the same. Each orc has its own personality and particular fighting style. They also all have different traits, from the lowly peon up to the battle hardened war chiefs. The combat is also top notch. Taking the best aspects of Assassins Creed, and combining it with the free flow combat of the Batman Arkham games. Stringing together brutal combos and deadly execution moves from stealth or open combat is a real breeze. Despite the ease of usage, the combat itself contains a fair amount of challenge. You need to pay attention to prompts and the enemies around you as the right hit can kill you very quickly. I could likely go on and on about this game. But you just have to play for yourself to see how great it turned out to be after the long production timeline.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Game!!!

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    RayK1981
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    I am about 7-8 hours into the game right now. So understand where that review is coming from. I've read other reviews from about 20 hours in that state it gets more into the story, so I'm looking forward to that. The graphics are really great. I got this game primarily because I heard it was very similar to Assassin's Creed 4 (AC4). It is very similar, but the graphics are noticeably better. The fighting is very similar, in that it isn't your two-hits-to-kill an enemy. You will be striking, countering, dodging as you kill your enemy (most likely enemies). If you are okay with the combat in AC4, you will be fine here. The story line is interesting. I love the LOTR movies and Hobbit, and don't know if this follows from the Middle Earth Universe Tokien created, but it is made to fill in the gap between Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy. It makes sense, defeating Sauron's army and everything, so that's fine. I've got no problems. It is definitely an action game rather than an adventure. You are primarily fighting and completing quests/missions rather than exploring like you would in the Elder Scrolls games. Overall, very pleased with the purchase!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game, but not without its flaws.

    Posted
    Maxdoggy
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    Warner Brothers must have been giddy when they started developing their own Batman game based off of the Rocksteady instant-classics of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. It allowed them to use all of Rocksteady's assets for their entry, Arkham Origins, and allowed them to basically copy+paste the fantastic combat system directly to their newest game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Shadow of Mordor, at its core, is a Lord of the Rings-skinned copy of Arkham Origins, with its combat system and open-world bringing a decently-cohesive story together and having drawn inspiration from every AAA third-person title of the last five years. One original feature is the game's Nemesis System, which actively shows how the "big bads" that you're killing rank hierarchically and effect the realm of Mordor. It's surprisingly satisfying to take down a War Chieftain that has evaded you countless times before, growing stronger each time he did. Overall, this is a great, not-terribly original game that just simply works. It's a must-own on the now-current generation of consoles, and I would definitely recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Game!! Don't Have Like LOTR to enjoy!

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    BuffyLadySlayer
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    This game is amazing. It is a mixture of the traversal of the Assassin's Creed series and combat from the Batman Arkham games. The story isn't much, but the game is so addictive you'll hardly notice anyway. The fun part comes from your enemies the orcs. They each have their own personality and remember how you react to them. For example, I currently have an orc who refuses to kill me because I am not "worthy" enough to receive a death blow by his hand. Every time I run into him he taunts me about not being good enough. It has become a game between us. These captains and warchiefs you meet up with also interact with each other. If you die, they may take each other out and the rankings will change. You don't have to kill them all. You can also play them against each other and get help with taking out tough enemies. There are also wild beasts roaming the map that add an element of surprise. They don't care who is human or orc. They just see food. Pick this one up. It's worth it. The story ends up being the one you make through interaction with the orcs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Time Sink of Mount Doom

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    LionInTheDark
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    It's good. I got so many hours sunk into this title. The Uruk nemesis system is simply amazing. The story is decent but the action is Epic! I generally set out to progress the story but get sidetracked with the various Uruk elites that routinely taunt you. There is a lot of side quests and it basically reminds me of a MMO. But without the grinding required. You get loot drops in the form of runes to upgrade your weapons. The environments are rich with inhabitants friendly and hostile. You can ride various beasts. unlock numerous skills and you can wreck havoc on the the dark lords kingdom. Many compare this game to Assassins' Creed and Batman Arkam. It's just a genre. I've never seen many of the skills employed here from the Tolkien world. But it's a good flight of fantasy. This is a very addictive game. I like to rank up my Uruks by helping them come to power. You have to play the game to learn the system. But it's a load of fun. Probably more tilted to more mature audiences who can understand and appreciate the details. Great title.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Game Set In Middle-Earth

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    besmeses
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    This game basically takes the stealth and fighting from Assassin's Creed and Batman, but improves on both. Assassin's Creed makes you run around spending more time gathering collectibles than fighting in combat. The recent Batman games have a great combat system built around counters and special moves. Shadow of Mordor focuses on the combat and Nemesis system (Orc Captains and Warchiefs) instead of making you track down 100s of collectibles (boring). I have killed many Orc leaders in my 25 hour game time and not one looked the same nor had the same name. Every captain and warchief feels unique, and I think that is awesome. The story line of the game is interesting, and if you do all side quests and battle it out with the orcs, then this game can easily take you 30+ hours. The graphics look pretty good, especially the close up shots of the orcs. I am very pleased with my purchase and highly recommend this game, especially if you like the lore of Middle-Earth..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Borrows from the best to make a great game

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    Phantomsaber
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    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a game that borrows from some of the most well known games. Combat, x-ray vision, and stealth from the Batman Arkham series, check. Movement, climbing, and syncing from the Assassin's Creed series, check. Various other features that are par to the course for any open world sand box type game, check. Though Shadows of Mordor does introduce a procedurally generate enemy system (known as the Nemesis sytem) that is refreshing and adds a experience that differs for each person. Even though Shadows does borrow from various games, when it all comes together it is a game that is engaging and fun. Graphically and story wise the game doesn't disappoint or astound. For the Tolkien buff this may not be their cup of tea though, due to the developer taking some license with the story. But for anyone looking for a genuinely fun and fresh take on some ideas you have seen before, Shadows of Mordor delivers just that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A wonderful playing experience

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    bigtman
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    I had a ton of fun playing this game. I personally struggle with RPG's because i usually hit a stalemate of boredom that i can never seem to get out of. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor kept me wanting more though. The fight sequences are spectacular and it's very satisfying to see your character perform a new execution move. There are numerous upgrades for your character and are very rewarding once you have unlocked them. I also enjoy the Sauron's army feature where you take out Uruk Captain's and slowly deplete the enemy's power (this gets better as the game goes on but i won't spoil what happens). For those who like the Assassins creed series, this game is very similar but not as boring. This is a fantastic game that i recommend to any lord of the rings fanatic, RPG lover, or just over action junkie. Wonderful game at an even better price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Addicting

    Posted
    MIKEYM
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    If you enjoy Assassin's Creed titles and the lore of Lord of the Rings, then this game was designed with you in mind. The game is loads of fun and has tons of side missions on top of an exciting campaign that makes you not want to put the controller down. Some parts of the game can be difficult if you go run in and start hacking away at everything, which modern gaming often encourages. This game pushes you to think tactically before going into situations. An interesting aspect of the game is the Uruk Captains, which all act as mini-bosses. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses and learning of those before hand becomes an almost essential part of success in this game. Overall I am still loving every aspect of this game. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves hack and slash games that don't mind putting some thought into their playing experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great game

    Posted
    CliveStaples
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    Shadow of Mordor is a great game. The control takes some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it you'll be hacking and slashing your enemies to bits like it was second nature. The game includes some interesting storylines and characters. The environments and the unique enemy heirarchy systems - with named nemises from the orcs who have 'killed' you the most and who gain their own experience levels - are two features that really make the game. The combat has been compared to Assassin's Creed games and/or the Arkham games. I haven't played most of those games so I can't really confirm or deny that, but the control scheme definitely works once you get the hang of it, and you can do some pretty cool things with your character. Overall, this is definitely a game worth buying and owning.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Game!

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    tecbuz
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    I'm not a huge fan of LOTR, but decided to preorder this game after all the positive press it was receiving. I preordered and got the $10 RZ cert for the GCU. I was shocked at how good the game is. It's exploration and layout similar to the Assasin's Creed series (to include the special vision) and the combat is identical to the Batman Arkham series. Very good game. The Nemesis system, where the enemy encounters are unique, and change after each encounter and death, is very cool and leads to some funny exchanges. The game is a little difficult at first, so be prepared to die some. Overall this is a fantastic game. Even if you're not a LOTR fan, the game is fantastic. if you are - this is probably the best LOTR game out yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Light on story heavy on combat

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    Adisa
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    Shadow of Mordor actually adds a lot to the understanding of the history of the one ring that will be interesting to Lord of the Rings fans, but only if you spend the time to gather the artifacts and read the artifact histories. Most of the game is about killing lots and lots of URUKS! The tools in your arsenal are formidable and you usually have about 6 different ways to kill anything in the world. At the beginning, you will die alot, but towards the end of the game you become all-powerful. The mechanics will be very familiar to the Assassin's Creed players. The story seems like an add on to the carnage, but the game mechanics are good and future installments with a better story and more characters should be better just like AC got better. If you like LOR or AC then you'll probably like this game...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the wait!

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    LightBringer
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    I have been waiting for this game since I heard about it. As a big fan of Middle Earth - I have played pretty much all the previous attempts to create an immersive, yet playable game based on this world. Although some weren't bad, this is the first one that knocks it out of the park. I blew through 6 straight hours after putting it in my Xbox One last night. Plenty of action with the role playing elements that allow you to play to your own style. The nemesis system is a great addition and creates a unique undertone to your game. I found myself developing personal dynamics between myself and the characters (especially the ones that killed me more than once! I want revenge!). Great gameplay, great graphics, immersive and engaging world and characters - in my opinion, it's the best Xbox One game yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT GAME

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    RedZodiaK
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    i am not a fan of lord of the rings or the hobbit films or books. i know nothing of the lore. so when i found out this was a LOTR game i was hesitant and not interested because again im not a fan. BUT after trying the game out recently i love this game. i dnt care about LOTR or hobbits or any thing but as a game this is a really fun game. excellent combat system and challenging enemies and plenty of things to do throughout. the nemisis system is genius and i hope more games steal this idea. this game is batman arkham series meets assassins creed series. brilliant. this game is a bloody good time if you like action pickn this game up and if your like me and not a lord of the rings fan play it anyway this is a really good well done game wish i would have played it sooner/

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome open world brawler

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    Jonas
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    Great open world adventure game set in the Lord of The Rings universe. It follows the story of Tailon, a Ranger from the Black Gate and his quest to find out why he and is family was killed. He is aided by the ghost of an elf, Celebrimbor, who shares Talion's body granting him combat abilities. The combat is fluid and similar to that found in The Batman Arkham games. The game also features a robust enemy progression mechanic called the nemesis system. This means that enemies in the game can rise up and become more powerful in the world if they manage to defeat you in combat. It's cool because you could have an low level enemy rise up in the ranks to become a boss. I would recommend this game to anyone looking for an open world brawler and anyone who is interested in LOTR lore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Just OK

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    FluxCapacitor
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    Initially I enjoyed, but several things combined caused me to terminate play before finishing and trading-in for credit. I could never figure out how to perform the special finishing moves / combos. I would follow the onscreen guide (e.g. push A + B etc) and 99% of the time, nothing different happened. Accordingly, it was essentially impossible to win the key battles and continue on into the main game story path. As a result, I essentially continued to ramble around slaying various captains etc all of which became quite repetitive. In the end, I stopped at the point where you're suppose to kill the Black Captain (just couldn't get the hang of what ever it was I was supposed to be doing), and just returned the game for Trade-in credit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I loved this game!

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    texs24
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    This game was awesome. I'd describe it as a cross between Batman and Assassin's Creed. It's similar to Batman in that the game rewards you for putting together combinations of hits. The more hits in a row, the more power subsequent hits have. It's similar to Assassin's creed in free roam and tower climbing to open up maps to other areas. I like the fact that you can play in stealth mode too if you choose. There were so many different ways to approach each mission too! The Nexus engine used to control the warlords and chiefs if very original, and in my opinion whoever thought of it deserves an award. I played Destiny and quickly got BORED. I switched to Mordor and never looked back. This is one of the best games I've played in years!

    I would recommend this to a friend