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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Addition to the Series

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    ColoradoMan
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    From the start of the game, you are introduced to the same type of play that was seen in "Shadow of Mordor." With a fresh new look and cutscenes that look like they belong in a LOTR movie, I was impressed from the get-go. The game includes customization and skills that build on those of the previous game, and introduce completely new unlocks that are fun and exciting to watch. Riding drakes (dragons) has to be one of my new favorite features of the game, and the drakes themselves also have skills to be unlocked and played with. Besides the main story, there are a variety of different quests that have multiple missions/objectives within them. So you are not bound to play the story mission and some same-old side missions. In fact, each quest has its own purpose in addition to, or completely separate from the main story. These side-quests, in my opinion, could stand alone in the game and I would be pleased with them then. Lastly, building an army of orcs is what the game is known for, and there are new missions including captains, war chiefs, and overlords that vary from orc to orc and keep you guessing about how the game may play out. Capturing and defending fortresses is something that feels like it could be done endlessly without getting boring. Luckily, online conquests (capturing and defending forts of random players) provides us with this. All of which seamlessly fit into the game, no need for wait times or separate menus. If I could hand my Game of the Year vote to Shadow of War a million times over, I would. The game looks beautiful as is, so I am excited to see the advancements on the Xbox One X. (Also the steelbook is a sweet addition that I can proudly display on my TV stand.) I am interested to see the add-ons given by the season pass and I can only hope that they are as great as the base game is. If you are thinking about buying, I highly advise you to do so.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun sequel, great for LotR/Hobbit movie fans

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    OrionSTARB0Y
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    I loved Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and this game is shaping up to be a fantastic expansion. From the get-go, you already have some of the unlockable powers from the first game like Last Chance (a fantastic way for new players to save themselves from death--most of the time). Yeah, if you're a hard-on Tolkien fan, you'll probably take issue with the creative liberties for the lore. But if you like the movies and you're hungry for more LotR action, this is one of the best Tolkien video games you can invest in. If you're also a fan of the Batman: Arkham and Assassin's Creed games, you'll feel right at home with the combat mechanics. I preordered the Gold Edition. I received the in-package Gold War Chest and story expansions bonuses and my Mithril Ring replica is still en route due to shipment rerouting. However, I've yet to receive my preorder-exclusive Orc Tribes or my Sword of the Undying. My printout receipt that I received with the game in shipping doesn't have any redemption codes that I can discern, so I hope the codes are with the Mithril Ring. (I'm not sure how these exclusives work exactly.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Loving it!

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    DTate
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    It's a step up from the first game. Bigger world with plenty to do within it. The difficulty has been amped up, whether playing on easy, normal, or nemesis (hard). I'm playing on nemesis. So you'll need to plan out how you're going to face captains, war-chiefs and the orcs around them. I had to runaway several times to heal up and come back to eventually killing or dominating them. I'm enjoying the challenge tho. The graphics are okay. I feel they could be more polished. However, my opinion on that might change come Nov. 7th when I get my Xbox One X and the enhancements it will be bring to the game. Reason for 4 stars: There is a known issue with the DLCs and the Expansion Pass that comes with the Gold Edition and Mithril Edition for Xbox One. The codes for the Expansion Pass is giving players, including myself the digital copy of the standard edition of Shadow of War instead of the Expansion Pass. Also, players are not receiving the DLCs within the game. Warner Brothers and Xbox are aware of the issue and are trying to fix it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hit Sequel to Shadow of Mordor

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    mrjavascript
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    Personally I never read much of the Lord of the Rings, or played many of the games. That changed a few years back upon release of Shadow of Mordor. The game was created from former brain trusts behind Assassin's Creed, and Shadow of Mordor plays like one of those titles. Shadow of War is a direct sequel to Mordor, and you reprise the role of Talion once again. The game was released with controversial decisions made (notably micro-transactions), however the developers removed these features, re-balanced the game, and added additional fixes to improve the overall game quality. With all this said, I'm incredibly excited to dig into and start playing Shadow of War.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BETTER THAN THE FIRST

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    JUANG
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    THE GRAPHICS ARENT CRAZY AMAZING, BUT I NEVER CARED ABOUT ALL OF THAT. WHAT I CARE ABOUT IS THAT THE GAME HAS PLENTY TO DO AND IF ITS A SEQUEL IT BETTER BE BIGGER AND MORE IN DEPTH THAN THE LAST. IVE PLAYED IT FOR 2 HOURS AND I FEEL AS IF I BARELY SCRATCHED THE SURFACE. IT IS ALOT OF GRINDING AND TRIAL AND ERROR AND RUNNING AWAY, BECAUSE THE GAME ISNT INSANELY EASY, BUT WITH SKILL AND TECHNIQUE YOU CAN GET THROUGH A LARGE HORDE OF ORCS. THERE ARE CHESTS WHICH MEANS THERE ARE MICRO TRANSACTIONS WITHIN THE GAME, I'M NOT INTO THOSE, BUT I DON'T MIND WORKING HARD TO GET ENOUGH COINS WITHIN THE GAME TO GET THE CHESTS YOU CAN BUY.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If you liked SoM, than you will like SoW

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    Mathias
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    I have not beaten the game yet, so this is an incomplete review. Pros: First, hardcover case that came with the gold edition is nice Game play is very similar to the first one Nemsis system is much better. Orcs actually adapt to your fighting style in real time. Eg: you shoot arrows at him, he becomes arrow-proof! Also really enjoy the new gear and gear upgrading Cons: HATE the menu screens and menu navigation story is not that great, did not live up to LOTR HUD clutter (you can turn it off)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shadows of War delivers the pain!

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    ZerotheVillain
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    Shadows of War is the excellent sequel to Shadows of Mordor. This is a game that combines stealth, combat, and strategy in the Lord of the Rings universe. The visuals are excellent, and the Nemesis System (where the foes who defeat you become stronger and gain powers) does NOT disappoint. There are a lot of new features and fun characters as well. I call this game an "Orc stabbing simulator." There will be lots of stabbing. Lots...and lots of stabbing. Heh. The Gold edition gets you a lot of cool in-game perks as well. It's a great help if you plan to play for the long haul.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Deal!

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    Brewin
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    This includes the base game and season pass. I thought there was a price mistake as this normally sells for $100 but I got it at $20. Regardless of price, this is a phenomenal game. The expansions are pretty good, but the base game is more than satisfying on its own. A great game worth a playthrough, especially if you're a fan of Tolkein lore. I loved every second of it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome game

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    dnewc66
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    I loved the first "Middle Earth" game was just amazing. This new one is just spectacular, especially if you have 4K......visually stunning! The game play is very challenging even on normal mode but, that is what makes it so great. I pitty the fool that dies, the orgs remember you when you go back to their stopping grounds and they adjust their next battle against you. If you want a challenging game I highly recommend to everybody.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game

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    PheonixKing1386
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    The game is even better than the first. could do with out the micro transactions but that won’t stop me from playing it. I have played a lot it is fun. beside the gold edition box I got buying gold edition before knowing what gold edition entailed. I have not once bought the micro transactions even with in game currency. The way the new system is set up much better improvement. Very fun like the first.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game

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    Locosiete
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    I have now about 10 hours of gameplay and i am still enjoying the game. If you enjoyed the first one you will enjoy this new one. My only complaint is i preordered the gold edition and now wish i would have ordered the normal version. For the extra money doesn't fell like your getting much more game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the wait

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    Gibapap
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    Shadows of War expands on everything that made Sadows if Mirror so much fun. The main story is fun, but the big open world is great to explore. Making followers and having them do missions is great. Building my own army and undermining Sauron makes my slotted playing time go quickly. I can't wait to get finished with my adult responsibilities and explore the world of Middle earth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My Kind of game

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    SciFyFan
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    I don't always have a ton of time to play games, but this game really allows me to go at my own pace and so far I haven't found it too be too difficult or too easy. Great graphics, yes at times seems a bit slow as you go from mission to mission and have to go back to places you've been a bunch of times, but all in all a good game and not a waste of money in my opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gold edition review

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    Armysolider11b
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    Includes full game, season pass and some additional content. For the price I paid it was a great value. The game is good but did take me a few hours to get use to it. Slightly steep learning curve. But I will say tons of replay value and very satisfied after getting use to gameplay. Very happy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Game

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    Tario
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    The RPG elements have been enhanced & expanded in this sequel & if you're into that you'll really become even more immersed in this return to Middle-earth. The much-complained about microtransactions are not a problem in the campaign & you can safely ignore any concerns you may have had. If you loved the first one, you can't really go wrong picking up this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sequel

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    jpritz
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    If you're not a fan of fan-fiction lore adding to cannon, then loosen up. This game goes on a one-ring tangent not seen since Harry Potter's chamberpot. Accept the lore and immerse yourself in stunning graphics and a combat system that'll drain your controller batteries (since you won't be putting your controller down). Enjoy and watch out for the caragors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stick to standard edition

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    RagingSpider
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    The game is very fun, I want to be clear. But buying the gold or silver edition may be a bit much, as I think you can get plenty from the base game, then decide if you want additional content piecemeal. The addition of sieges and extension of the nemesis system is great fun, and totally glad I played through the decently lengthened story

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is quality

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    Noavailablenicknames
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    This is what a game should be. There is such an in depth system, from the bad guys and all the available options to straight owning them, and the upgrade system to your playable character. It's a great game, one that's comes highly recommended by me. I'm such a LOTR nerd that these couple of games have really given me more of a reason to love the stories.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More Middle Earth is a great thing.

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    jnkenne
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    The first Middle Earth game took the combat from Batman, the exploration of Assassin's Creed, and the universe from the Lord of the Rings series of books/movies and combined them into something awesome. This sequel takes everything good about that first game and improves on it in every way. Get this game. It is mandatory for any gamer in the year 2017.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Now That The Microtransactions Are Gone

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    BowChika
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    When this game came out it had an absolutely horrible end game that required massive grind or additional purchases. Now that those are gone, the game is much much better. If you liked the first game you will like this. It is essentially Assassin's Creed set in Middle Earth.

    I would recommend this to a friend