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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 391 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Difficult but Fun

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    tommy
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    If you played the first game, this is really just more of the same, but expanded, more complicated, and with lots of new features. Similar to the first, you gain your abilities through playing, but now you're in much more complex environments, and there are a lot more dynamics to the enemies. You really need to build up a lot of your abilities first -- in hard mode -- before you try consistently taking down the captains. Also, now, you get the ability to earn and find new weapons/clothes (there are 5 upgradeable features to your character) that can also have these gem add-on things for enhanced abilities like better XP gain or quicker health recovery and such. It definitely adds a nice depth to let you customize what kind of play style you want to have with your character. If you always wanna run in head first, you probably want more and faster health regen, but also some XP boosting so you can get new powers quicker in the skill tree. The story is entertaining, but immediately non-sensical and very contrived -- why even trust the spider lady to begin with!?!? No justification. But it definitely doesn't detract from the fun. It's a big big big world and earning the fast travel towers is definitely necessary, but you'll still find yourself running around a lot, there really is a TON of stuff to collect and all that, but you could argue that after you make it through the 2nd city, you're probably gonna start noticing a lot of repeating tasks. But that being said, there seems to be a good handful of different abilities and upgrades, so the play style is kinda complex and you need to adjust for the situations or you're gonna die and restart from a tower a lot. Playing on hard difficulty, only played for less than 12 total hours.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bigger and Better

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    ManKorn
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    The team at Monolith caught lightning in a bottle with Shadow of Mordor. Despite low initial sales, the original take on Tolkien's epic universe connected with fans due to engaging gameplay, immersive graphics, and the groundbreaking Nemesis system. I recently played through the original in anticipation of the sequel's release, and I experienced all new characters and interactions. Enter Shadow of War, and the forging of a new Ring of Power. While the storyline is not quite as tight as the original, the gameplay and set-pieces are bigger and better. Orcs are more diverse, Olog-hai are mountainous threats, and the environment is more sprawling than ever before. A lot has been made about online purchases and "pay to win" microtransactions. You don't need to spend a dollar more on this game to enjoy it or get to the real ending. Like many Action-RPG games, there is a grinding element in the mid to late game. Be ready for it, and don't shy away from hunting collectibles or engaging in the Nemesis system. If you only spend $60, you'll more than get your money's worth. Why it can be repetitive, I found the fighting mechanics to be just as fun as the original. There is a real rush when you've taken on 50+ enemies in a sudden ambush only to emerge victorious. If you liked the original, this is a no-brainer. If you didn't like the original, wait for a sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    SOW is as expected

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    GOW2779
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    I've got about 24 hours into the game, and I am taking my time. I've reach level 20, and I've not completed "Act II". I enjoy the combat and story. From the start of the game it feels like you pick up from right where Shadow of Mordor left off. You are slightly de-powered, but have the relative same move set. It would be consider a DLC if not for all of the upgrades. It is significantly more difficult than SOM when playing on the Nemesis difficulty setting. If you take on Higher ranking Orcs and War Chiefs you need to understand there weakness. I've taken down a level 26 orc at level 14, but it was after I learned to exploit his weakness. The Orc interaction is hilarious, it made my wife watch the game as I was getting ambushed and killed and the trash talking orc made her LOL. Thus the upgraded Nemesis is nearly worth the price of admission. The loot boxes and pay to "advance" are a draw back and definitely warrant a loss of a star. If you pay for an orc to be upgraded and the orc dies... well lets just say, I'm not willing to find out if they come back. Otherwise it is a solid bug free game, (so far) that continues a story that I enjoyed. The gold addition is the best buy, or wait for the inevitable GOTY addition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shadow of Mordor V2

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    EviLilMonkey
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    This game is a nice improvement over the SoM game which came out several years earlier. This review is without the DLC added. Pros: Improved Nemesis system. Difficulty selection. More enemy units on screen. Stylized upgrades for different styles of play. Different weapons with flavor text. Online PVP in the form of Fortress Assaults. Orcs (Uruks) can betray you, even "Store bought" ones. Cons: Even on Nemesis difficulty the game is easy. If you do not die Vendetta missions (yours) will not appear and you lose out on spoils. "Store bought Orcs" I put this as a con because most hate micro-transactions. I really do not care about them but I did find it funny when they betrayed me within the first 5 minutes of deployment. Game mechanics: The orcs you are interacting with can disappear or forget their in a fight if you go beyond a certain level in height or space. Like an invisible fence that turns off missions or dismisses friendly orcs. All in all, another great game and I would recommend it to anyone who played Shadow of Mordor (SoM). The game is not challenging, even on hardest mode, if you adapt in a fight the same way the orcs do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth buying

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    TAMUAggies2018
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    The Gold edition comes with a Gold War Chest code, 4 expansions in One Pass code (Slaughter Tribe, Outlaw Tribe, The Blade General, The Desolation of Mordor, and a cool steel case. Pre-Order code came to my registered email 3hrs after I picked up the game from the store, since I ordered it online, next time, I will pre-order it in-store, because they said I will get any codes at the time of pick-up. Playing this on a PS4 Pro, it looks the same as my friend's regular PS4. Gameplay is about the same, just with more venues and the Nemesis system is better than the original game (which you can import...have to replay the first one again because I deleted my saves!) I waited for the GOTY edition on the first game, this one is worth buying and playing at release.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Much Uruk death

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    Broseph
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    If you played the first game, this will feel much like that. But, with the addition of stronghold sieges and the sheer amount of variation in the Uruks, this is not just a copy paste from the original. The depth of creating your own army that rivals Sauron's can feel grindy at times, when you keep dying to a tough Nemesis, which can happen often, but the unique stories you get from those experiences are simply awesome. The addition of a loot system is also very welcome. The main issue I have with the loot system is that your armor and weapon models don't translate over to the pre scripted cutscenes. Now, on the loot boxes. They aren't a big deal. You can completely ignore them if you wish, and you can't get any gear or Uruks better than your current level. It's a fair system, and 100% optional. I can and have recommended this game to friends that were fans of the first and those that didn't play the first.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Domination!

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    Gemini1914
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    OK. Some games are complaining about the whole Orc slavery thing. Not a big deal for me. I like that Orcs have more personality and character than the last time. The gameplay is a little harder at first. I don't like that you have to choose an additional perk per skill (would have preferred a tree format like Dante's Inferno or others). Anyway, the graphics are beautiful, the attack/defend fortress is fun. And I like to wreck havoc in Mordor. YOU ARE MINE!!!!!!!!!! I won't talk about the microtransactions..... honestly you can get anything playing the regular game. THE MARKET WILL NOT MAKE THE GAME SHORTER! The only useful perks are the 2XP and 2x SOW. Jump in enjoy the game, dominate some Orcs, build up an army, kill those who desert, shame them and drive them crazy. Great experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Even Better Than Shadows of Mordor

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    bongojack
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    If you loved the first one like I did, you'll agree this one's even better with a bigger world to explore, more stuff to collect, new combat moves and of course there's an improved Nemesis system that gives you more options to gameplay. Also, this game does offer Loot Boxes that can be bought with real money that give you certain advantages in the game and alot of folks are upset by this. But forget all that. This game can be beat the old fashioned way by putting the work in, or grinding as they say, but if you want the easy way out, that's an option. I bought the Gold edition which includes the season pass and saved $20 as a Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked member, which I highly recommend as well. This game is insanely fun and you should get it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One Game to Rule Them All

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    Exotic
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    Middle Earth: Shadow of War, somehow vastly improved upon the previous, near flawless game, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. I've sunk way too many hours into the previous game, in absolute awe of the depth, mechanics, and world. I find myself doing the same with ME: Shadow of War. Technologically improved, as well as deeper lore, even more in depth combat system, and a story that continues to pull me in. This game didn't need to improve upon an already incredible predecessor, but it continues to redefine and elevate with every new adventure into Middle Earth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Much Better Now w/o Microtransactions

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    BClark427
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    I loved Shadow of Mordor and when I heard they were doing a sequel, I was elated. Then I found out they were forcing microtransactions into the game and putting it behind a grindy-paywall to make sure people used them for "convenience" and to offer "player choice." Well, now that's all been patched out and the game is so much better for it. Well worth the $20 spent to get the Gold Edition. If you enjoyed the first game, like Assassin's Creed, Lord of the Rings, and the Batman: Arkham games, you will LOVE this title.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A lot of fun

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    meridianguy
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    This game is a lot of fun. If you enjoyed playing Shadow of Mordor, you will definitely like Shadow of War. The game is fun and a little challenging. If you follow the reviews, there is a lot packed into the game. I have about ten hours invested in the game and I really like it. You start off with the siege of Minas Ithil which is a Gondorian outpost. Here your stealth abilities get tested and I thought it was a lot of fun. There are a ton of Captain's to kill and I have leveled up very fast and have really good gear so you don't have to get bogged down in microtransactions. You won't be sorry with this game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lots of fun, but got boring

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    Kovty
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    This game is a lot of fun, but the story felt odd at times (why am I doing this? I’m going where for what?). The gameplay is a lot of fun, and killing orcs is a blast. After awhile though I started getting bored. Maybe because I had restarted Shadow of Mordor shortly before playing this, so I got burnt out faster. Or maybe because I get distracted too much and don’t make much progress on the storyline after playing for 2 hours. Highly recommend the game though. Loads of hours of game time. Lots of fun. Micro transactions are not necessary at all and are hardly even noticed honestly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Straight outta Mordor

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    MajorBludd
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    Cry havoc and let slip the Graugs of War. This game is a continuation of it's predecessor "Shadow of Mordor" The game mechanics are very similar and the Nemesis system returns with a vengeance like the Orc you thought you killed. Fans of the Lord of the Rings should give this game a try, especially if they're into Arkham Batman or Assassin's Creed like gameplay. I would avoid the micro-transactions and loot boxes as they are unnecessary, costly & in my opinion detract from the natural course of the game. Otherwise, this game is quite excellent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun, if very familiar, LOTR Game

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    prosperoust
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    Shadow of War will feel very familiar to fans of the first Middle-Earth title in recent years, for better or worse. The amazing Nemesis system is back again, but instead of drastically new elements of it, more ways to take advantage of it are added, which somewhat bogs it all down and makes it somewhat confusing. The story missions vary from amazing to glorified tutorials, and tend to drag on a bit. Still, the moment to moment gameplay is very fun, and when a plan utilizing the Nemesis system comes together, the output is very satisfying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic bit of Fun

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    MovieReview
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    I loved the first game in the franchise; this one builds on that same success. Large atmospheric landscapes that truly immerse you in middle earth; familiar plot lines and characters that still feel fresh; gameplay that adapts to your play style and forces / challenges you to change your tack in order to be successful... A great hack-and-slash game though it doesn’t have the most in-depth plot on earth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sequel game

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    MrMonsterface
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    There are so many different character voices and unique looks to the captain orcs you encounter in this game that keep you engaged. You can mount a flying drake in the game once you unlock an achievement. Visually there are 5 different locations to explore and command an army over. With daily online quests and the ability to purchase "legendary" and "epic" orcs from completing them this game will keep things interesting and fun. Great musical score to keep the mood in the realm of Lord of the Rings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good follow-up to Shadow of Mordor

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    jrone
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    If you liked Shadow of Mordor, you'll probably like this game. A far more expansive world with an improved nemesis system, some tweaks to combat and inventory, a massive, strategic campaign, and the deep lore that made the previous game so good. If you at all thought Shadow of Mordor was too repetitive for your tastes, then this game will not make you feel better about the series. It's still a bit repetitive early on and takes some time to develop into the impressive campaign at the core of the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This game is awesome

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    Aron
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    This game is amazing. I've been addicted since the day I got it. There is so much to do and the game is huge! It's challenging, but not to the point where it's annoying, the graphics are excellent, combat is fun, leveling is fun and the story is great so far. And if you can afford it, get the Gold edition. It comes with the season pass, and a cool, real-life ring that turns you invisible and gives you nearly limitless power! I let my ten year old daughter try it on and I haven't seen her since!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enjoyable Shadow of Mordor Sequel

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    mrjavascript
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    Having enjoyed Shadow of Mordor back in its release a few months back, I was anxious to give this sequel a try. After playing for 10 hours or so, the gameplay is very fluid and graphically it's nice to look at. The world has more variety than it did in Mordor, however the story isn't as strong. And apparently there are micro-transactions needed to complete the "true ending" from what I hear. With all that said, I'm having a blast playing this. If you enjoyed Mordor, give Shadow of War a spin.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Frame rate choppy on PS4

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    FatherOfMunkers
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    The combat (which is the main element of this game) feels like a slow-mo version on a PS4 Pro. The first game felt fluid and felt as polished as Batman Arkham games. On PC the game does play better. Shockingly the graphics engine does not make much of a leap forward. The inclusion of microtransactions in a single player game is greed at its finest. Wait until this one is on sale. Its a solid game for fun action...but it does not improve upon the first one which many reviewers claim.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend