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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Return to middle earth.

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    Nitmare64
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    I was a massive fan of the first game and it was without a doubt one of the best games I’ve ever played, so to say I was looking forward to Middle-earth: Shadow of War would be a massive understatement. Thankfully the game delivered in all areas and I would go as far to say that it’s better than the first game, which I didn’t think they would be able to do. The world in the game feels alive from the get go and it has so many things for you to do that you’ll be sinking hours and hours into the game. The story accompanying these hours of gameplay is fantastic and the best thing is that they keep things gripping and interesting throughout. The combat in the game is better than the first game in my opinion, and the main reason for that is because it just gives you more of a satisfied feeling. I was also very impressed with the skills and abilities that presented themselves and the game definitely gives you a rewarding feeling, which in turn makes you want to sink even more hours into it. The battles in the game have you sweating and keep you on the edge of the seat at all times, and I must admit that I’ve never had so much fun being in a battle on a game. The presentation side of the game makes Shadow of War stand out even more, and that’s because the visuals and sound design make you become even more immersed in the game. At the end of the day fans of the first game will fall in love with this game almost immediately. They’ve kept everything that was good from the first game and in some cases they’ve improved in some areas, which is absolutely fantastic. What really stands out in the game though is not once did I get bored when playing, and that’s amazing because I’ve sunk in a massive amount of hours. Without a shadow of a doubt Middle-earth: Shadow of War is one of the best game’s I’ve played this year and I can see the game being up for a number of awards.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must for all action game fans.

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    Xenu
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Muddy
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    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.

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    BEYR
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    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

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    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

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    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!

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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but with glitches.

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    Sayjay39
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    So much more to do in this newest version and that's great. The game has the potential to be awesome but the controls and the camera hamper the experience. The original "Shadow of Mordor" movement controls were precise and responsive to input. So stringing combos were fluid and satisfying. In "Shadow of War", sometimes button presses lag to input and Talion seems to perform autonomous strikes at certain times. It can really be annoying. The camera can also have a tendency to be misaligned with the combat. Hopefully a future update will fix this but thus far it appears that the gameplay was better in the first game. Btw.....playing on a Samsung MU6300 so it's not input lag. The game is still fun though. Does anyone else experience this?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent continuation of an excellent game

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    Travis
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    I played through the original and am about 20% done with this game currently. So far the mechanics are pretty much the same. I had a stint of about a month I couldn't play the game and picked up everything again really quick when i played it again recently. The story is a continuation of the first game's story which I really like. It has also done a great job of expanding the world and making it feel like you're fighting a whole war rather than just a battle with multiple cities to take over. Overall I am enjoying it a lot and would recommend anyone who bought the first game to give it a go. I do think the first one is important to play to get the back story before you play this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good & Fun Game ... Not as Good as the First

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    Panndor
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    The game plays well and looks beautiful, and as 4K and HDR are added I'm sure it will look even better, however the game fails to live up to enjoyment of the first one so far. I'm only about 20-30 percent of the way through the game, but I believe the addition of micro-transactions (in-game purchases) have led to the game not being quite as enjoyable. This is not to say the game isn't fun, it is fun and it has a very good story and will still probably be one of the best games based on Tolkien's works. If you haven't played the fist one, buy that one first and by the time you finish all the content in that game the price of this one will be lower and you'll enjoy it even more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sequel

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    Alex
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    Played the first game and was one of my favorite games of this generation. Was blown away with this sequel, didn't expect the game could look even better on the Xbox box one x. You have the choose of choosing to play the game in two different graphical settings. The first is in full native 4k 30 fps. The second is in 1800p but increases the frame rate to 60 fps so the game runs smoother and might I add that the game still looks stellar at 1800p. Personally I play it at full native 4k, but that's just my personal preference. Either way you can't go wrong with either one. There's a setting for everyone and I highly recommend this game if you own an Xbox one x.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great follow-up to kick off the AAA season

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    srauhala
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    I have played about 4-5 hours and so far it is a great follow-up and a great start to the AAA title season. I probably rate it closer to a 4.5 than just a 4. Just about everything was tweaked from the first game improving gameplay. Action has been very smooth and it looks great on my original Xbox One so I can just imagine what this will look like on Xbox X with 4K/HDR. Looking forward to that! My only complaints so far is the map/menus can be slightly confusing at first, occasional difficulties climbing things, and respawning of enemies in an area just cleared out. Looking forward to getting back to killing some more Orcs!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game for all LOTR fans.

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    Brandon
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    Very good game, proper sequel, the siege missions are amazing.If you played the first one you will notice a lot of QOL changes but notice how the skills are sort of tiers now so you can change them all out to sort out your play style. Season pass details are looking very good for dlc. Ignore people on loot boxes they are not required in any way they are only there if your to lazy to go get orc captains which going after them is one of the more fun parts in the game imo. Overall I loved it more then the first the nemesis system is amazing making every orc encounter different and always got you guessing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Game!

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    JCee
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    This is a great game for those of you who love Lord of the Rings and open world environments. I enjoyed managing and leveling my orcs although it may be tedious for some (especially during the Shadow Wars). There is nothing like dominating an army of orcs in your quest to defeat Sauron! The much touted nemesis system lives up to the hype. Orcs will ambush, betray, and even save you when least expected! My very first legendary orc ended up saving me during the last fortress defense of the Shadow Wars. What a way to end the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The next great step!

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    CaliKing
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    Most people know that Shadow of Mordor is a great single player experience with the addition of its amazing Nemisis System. That being said, they took all that and just packed on to what made the first great. I’m only about 25% of the way through but I’m blown away. And with 4K consoles available and the graphical enhancements provide it’s also extremely beautiful. The negative point to this game I and many would say is the unnecessary loot box addition. I would recommend avoiding them, but it is your money do as you please. Get this game you won’t regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool game. ..

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    Stangirl
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    The sequel to the critically acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War features an original story with the return of Talion and Celebrimbor, who must go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron. Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of War offers a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, even more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    As good as the first but bigger in every way

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    BestbuyGuy
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    First off this game came to 38$ with the Best Buy gamers club access pass and the 10$ back pre-order bonus. It also came with a wearable ring of power. Now it doesn’t turn me invisible or give me actual power but it’s a nice piece of memorabilia from the movies. The pre-order and pick up in store is a flawless experience and the discounted price is a no brainer. This is the best way to buy a physical copy of game. My review will be basic, if you liked the first you will like this sequel. Waiting on the Xbox x to be released so that I can play this in glorious 4k.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great follow up to original and hours of fun

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    Steviebella
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    Purchased Shadow of War after playing through all of Shadow of Mordor. There have been some changes, but still love the follow up. I have about 30 hours in so far and lots of missions and fun. You do not need to do the micro purchases in the game to play it (and I don't). It can be a bit repetitive with the hack and slash, but enemies level up when you don't finish them off and makes game fun to have them taunt you. If you like Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit, RPG or just a great story and graphics, then this is your game.

    I would recommend this to a friend