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Middle-earth: Shadow of War - PlayStation 4

Model: 1000640755SKU: 5784602

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1141 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding fun!

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    wyldefyre72
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    If you loved the original Shadow of Mordor you will love this game. The game mechanics are very similar, and all the familiar characters plus new ones. There are upgraded skills with a new, more customizable skill tree. Some of the animations have changed, for the better in my opinion. A new armor setup provides more customizable upgrades and different looks. The mobs have different skills also so gameplay maintains a respectable challenge, plus the addition of DRAKES to interact with!! Fighting Nazgul is pretty good too. The game world is much bigger than the original game. I have not completed the game yet so I don't have all the info, but it is definitely fun to spend some time slaughtering orcs or bending them to my will! I think the development team did a great job keeping all the things we loved about the original and adding enough new stuff to make it interesting. Good job on a sequel game! One thing I have heard mixed reviews on, and have not experienced, is the new online interaction features. There's now a market to buy special upgrades, characters, kits, etc... kind of like the supply drops in COD. You can spend real money, or in game money to purchase. I am not a fan of this feature, so I don't use it and it's not intrusive to the game play that I've noticed at all. Another online feature is the ability to avenge other players' deaths at the hands of orcs, and attack other players' fortresses. These features are pretty neat, even if there is no direct interaction with the other players, their game environment can feed your storyline. There is no negative impact to their game or yours when performing these interactions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great sequel, marred by a poor final act

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    TheDoppelganger
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    Fans of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor will be likely to enjoy this sequel. Shadow of War improves upon many elements of the previous installment. You will find new ways to power up your character such as finding higher level weapons and armor, and stones to add bonuses to said items. You can also build up your orc army's power in a number of ways in order to improve your chances of success in the attacks and defense of each region that will occur throughout the game. Combat is very similar to the previous installment, which is a good thing. You'll dodge and counter attacks by pressing the corresponding button when on screen prompts appear throughout combat. You'll have a variety of different special attacks which will increase as you level up your character, including fire, frost, and poison based attacks. This keeps combat fresh throughout the game, as well as giving you more tools to defeat tougher opponents. By far, the worst part of the game is the final act of the game. During this act, you will defend the regions you've conquered throughout the game numerous times. So many times that it becomes a boring grind. I'm not sure if this act was included to extend the hours of gameplay, or to increase the chances that people will spend real money on the game's infamous loot boxes, but either way, the whole act seems quite pointless. Overall a solid game, and I would recommend it. Honestly the final act of the game is so poorly done that I considered giving the game a 3 star rating instead of a 4 star rating, but I thought that would be a bit too harsh.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mordor is even more awesome when war is imminent.

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    bee4real
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    You know, there's been a change in gaming. The age of people fussing over sequels not being as good as the first of things can't apply to gaming. Shadow of War is further proof of that fact. It expands on everything that made Shadows of Mordor great, without overwhelming the player with a lot of foolishness. Every quest, whether it be a main quest or side quest, feels important. Gravitas that has the player really feeling like the world is closing in on them. The ork soldiers in this game are both hilarious and frightening. They ambush you whilst you're trying to move from one section of the map to another. They are each very tricky and have a set of weaknesses and strengths that players can use to turn situations to their favor. The recruitment system is great as well, giving the player the choice to utilize a new recruit to fight for them immediately, retreat to their base, or even spy on their current ork war chief and betray him when you attack. It's a really cool concept that provides all manner of treachery happening throughout the game. The music is fantastic as well. Chill-inducing soundtrack. The story it carries, in my opinion, could easily be made into a series for television that would rake in the dough. Combat feels great, with the execution attacks leaving foes with limbs and heads bouncing across the terrain. Other enemies flee in terror at the sight of their captain falling from player's blades. Very satisfying game. If you've played the Shadow of Mordor entry, you owe it to yourself to continue the story. This game is awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Good Game But Has Defects

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    majario
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    There's a lot going for this game and the first two acts are pretty good. Unfortunately, the final half of the game is an enormous, tedious grind to collect more and more Orcs and level them all up. There are loot box micro transactions and the developers assured everyone before release that the game had been balanced/designed around NOT using them but having played the game, I can now confirm they lied. That horrendous, boring grind at the end of the game is clearly there to strong-arm people into buying those loot boxes. There is also a multiplayer mode but it is basically unplayable unless you're sinking lots of money into those boxes because your Orcs can permanently die in that mode so without the loot boxes, you'll need to do hours of grinding in single player between multiplayer matches to replenish your Orcs. First few hours were great but I got the game yesterday & I'll probably be selling it back come the weekend because I'll be done with it by then. Knowing what I know now, I would have given this one a miss.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Play on hard

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    Thebrightlord
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    On the highest difficulty the game becomes a real game in my veteran opinion. I’ve gone through more than half the game fairly easily on the highest difficulty, the challenge begins to happen when the nemesis system takes its effect and levels of your enemies to be able to give you a sense of a struggle. Especially when certain enemies are combine with captains with difficult counters to get past. The game will give you a great sense of accomplishment and achievement once you pass obstacles that took you more than 1 try and it feels even more rewarding knowing the game is on the highest difficulty, as if you’ve transcended into greatness or into a new form. This game goes above and beyond at some points. The so speeches do get bothersome at some points as some so drag out the speaks with long pauses or pondered pauses to spew illogical distorted sentences due to being drunk or just plain stupid. The auto pull up of some of the pick up items is also an annoying feature, but manageable as long as you don’t pick them up in the middle of battle.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    What Ring Rules who?

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    Kingsberry
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    Awesome game for fans of Lord of the Rings or for action RPG games. The game has plenty of content and will keep you busy for hours in a good way. The only gripe I have is the orc cut scenes that play every minute when facing multiple captains. These scenes are very similar to the first game and should have been skippable in this game especially since some of them can be frustratingly long in a game that's supposed to be fast action paced. The story is not as strong as the first but is still entertaining none the less. There is also plenty of side and Fortress quests that will make this game entertaining for a long time. The loot box economy is not game-breaking at all. I spent $0 in the game and still feel satisfied with the economy. You can earn plenty of in game money to purchase loot boxes and still be successful. If anything it just takes a little longer to progress and/or to buy good quality Orcs but that is all fine in a game that is fun to play regardless. A must-have game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than Shadows of Mordor

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    Clanker
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    Yes, there are microtransactions if you want to use them, but if you don't want to spend real money to progress your character then just grind through the story and side missions and you can get what you need. I'm not through the story yet, because I'm grinding through side missions, but over 50% through and the story is good thus far. The visuals are better than SoM and the new skills are cool. Flying on dragons!!! Freeze skill is hard to learn, but once mastered is very helpful. Staff blade strike [hold square on PS4] is nice when you can get ready to fight, but is worthless in a mass battle because it takes too long. Several other new skills and the gem crafting aspect are better than the last game. The button push to reaction time in fights is a bit slow at times and the game is grindy to get skill points early on, but it visually better and there are more fun skills than the SoM.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good successor with minor quip at the end

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    Lupo
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    If you're already familiar with the series, and the praised nemesis system and gameplay, than you'll almost surely love this game, as it is an added improvement with much more content and things to do. The story wasn't as good as the first game, but there are tons of added side quests and collectibles, etc to get that actually do allow for added powers or abilities. The only gripe is what I imagine what a lot of people will comment on, with the last mission being a huge grindfest. But the main story and everything you wanted to do in the game had concluded to that point already, so it is recommended to just skip it and youtube the secret added ending, rather than grind for hours just to see it. Nevertheless that one bad point, does not drag down the rest of the game which was a noted improvement in nearly all facets compared to the original.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bigger, longer and better

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    AmbientEDGE
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    If you played Shadow of Mordor then you know what to expect. This game picks up immediately where that game left off and continues the story between Talion and Calibrimbor. The world is bigger, the nemesis system is more robust and the gameplay hits all the right albeit familiar notes. While not deal breaking for me some people might feel otherwise my issues. The rune system is gone and we’re left with a gem system that isn’t as varied. The graphics while still looking extremely good aren’t as detailed as Mordor. The cutscenes also suffer degradation of quality over the previous game which is surprising since everything else is done so well. Fatal strikes and death blows in your enemies have been toned down and aren’t nearly as visceral as the previous game. Despite it’s shortcomings, Shadow of War is worth owning if you are a fan of the original.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Improvement from Shadow of Mordor

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    BoringW
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    I’ve enjoyed playing Shadow of War just as much as Shadow of Mordor. With SOW they definitely improved the graphics (4K), leveling system, and voice acting. However there are some moments where it feels like a an assassins creed type grind (run here, assasinate him/her, meet an informat). I’m pretty sure everyone knows that WB just lifted the fighting system from the Batman:Arkham series and also lifted Assasins Creed gameplay/type (assasinations, stealth, follower building). Most people don’t mind because they enjoy the LOTR lore which is understandable as it’s pretty good. All in all I rated it a 4 as the running around the map can get annoying as the fast travel spots are far and few. However, as long as you don’t try and sit and grind out the game then you will hardly notice it (it’s not like you’re playing Assassins Creed 3 or anything)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Polished Sequel to an already great game

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    serbilicious
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    Take Shadow of Mordor's greatest mechanics, awesome fighting system, storyline and character upgrade system and polish it off with an even more in depth Nemesis system, gear and graphics (4K for some lucky gamers :) ). I give this game a 9/10 because I have still yet to scratch the surface to make a fully committed 9.5 or 10+ rating. It is fantastic and so expansive! You can spend hours on end simply running side missions and collecting artifacts and still be entertained with all the different boss battles, challenging enemies and great fighting mechanics. Once you build your character with proper defense and offense perks you can see how well certain upgrades work well together and some don't. Highly replayable, highly valuable title and a fantastic sequel to an already great original! ENJOY IT! I know I am :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game, But with flaws

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    Cody
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    This game is a great game, But it has it's flaws. My two biggest gripes are the micro-transactions, Which isn't that big of a deal (Just do not buy the in-game currency), and the section of the game called the Shadow Wars. It is 10 stages of just defending your fortresses. It gets very repetitive and boring, and you have to complete the 10 stages of shadow wars to see the final cut scene and credits. Other than those two gripes of mine I think this game is fun to play. You will get a lot of hours out of this game, I easily put anywhere between 20 to 45 hours into this game and only completed 90 something percent of the game. The shadows of the past missions is all i did not complete. Overall, I recommend this game. Buy this game on sale, And don't buy the in-game currency.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great action with RPG-lite elements

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    CasualGamer
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    The best thing about this series of games is the fluid and changing status of Orc domination and control that is the Nemesis system. Dying and restarting is handled unlike any other video game, where the character is actually revived and unable to truly die. Instead of restarting from a previous save, the world goes on and the orc that killed you gets promoted and becomes stronger. There are RPG-style elements where you get skill points to spend on different abilities that can change gameplay in fun ways. I feel like there isn't as much story and narrative in this sequel, and that is disappointing for me, because I thought it was done well in the first game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Story But...

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    MGAZ
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    The story is good and fits well into the LOTR genre. However, the ending of the story, even after the P2W loot box fix patch... is a bit hard to want to do. I put 40 hours in by the time I got into the final part of the game. This is the only bit where I think the design was just lazy. Somehow, somewhere, they could have introduced the sieging features somewhere into another act. Anyway, if you're looking for something to scratch the LOTR itch, it's a great option to do that. I played it mostly for that orc murdering. ORC MURDER SIMULATOR 2017, basically.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Game!

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    Bestbuyer129
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    There are not too many reliable software developers out there but Monolith has been solid! Two superb games back to back! Shadow of War continues with a fantastic movie quality story line and excellent game play and graphics! Hours and hours of gameplay that never gets old. No issues to report with gameplay either. It's a fully developed game that you can sit and enjoy from beginning to end without feeling like you are either a Beta tester or will need to pay for expansion packs to have a full game. Just incredibly done! Thank you Monolith for providing the kind of entertainment that your competitors are light-years away from achieving!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than the First!

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    Jorman
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    I was a big fan of Shadow of Mordor and this one has not disappointed. I like the addition of gems to add stats to your weapons and gear but I wished they'd have kept the runes as well. The gems are cool and all but abilities are pretty standard (+% vitality, XP, damage, etc.). Another cool aspect is the marketplace where you can use Mirian to purchase loot chests and make upgrades to your fortress. I've put in maybe 6-8 hours into the game and am currently at level 14. I've read that you should be at least level 60 before you reach the last part of the game. Needless to say, it's going to be awhile but the game so far has been very entertaining!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Leaps and bounds beyond the amazing first game

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    Mace3739
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    The first game won many Game Of The Year Rewards, deservedly in my opinion. This sequel makes that game look like a tech demo. I do not know how they made so many improvements for this game. Don't let the ability to buy loot boxes scare you away, I have fantastic gear and I earn it all frequently and with ease just through playing. Of every game I've ever played with micro transactions, this is the only one I've felt neither pressured nor like I'm missing out when I don't buy one. You can earn crates easy, which gets you the gear and XP, DO NOT BE AFRAID. So, so much fun, a must have for any LOTR fan who isn't suuuper strict with canon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    This Game Sucks

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    Will
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    Not sure what happened between the first game and this one, but this game is terrible. Executions that have long animations won't execute unless the animation completes. Most of the times that's impossible because you're busy countering the other enemies. Story is confusing. If you didn't just finish the first game, this game will have you lost. I summoned a beast to assist in battle, but as the beast neared my enemies... I would lock on to my beast and attack it? TF?! If not in a cut scene, the game looks like it was made for the PS3. The first game was great, this one... ugh - PASS.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A bit disappointed

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    FnkyJoe
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    Every one of my reviews for other products are always 5-star. I hate to not follow that with this game and I really REALLY wanted to like it more than I do. I've not finished the game yet but I must admit, a gamer of 35+ years now (since the original Wizardry on PC), this game struck me as overly complicated. I'm really good at picking up game mechanics but this one seemed like they added stuff just to make it more complicated, maybe with the mindset that the more stuff they cram into it the more people will like it. No me. I'll try to finish it but right now I'm not really feeling it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Continue the lore!

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    Drew
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    This game is huge. You play as a fallen ranger who is out to stop Sauron from regaining his power as well as his legendary black dragon riders. You’ll level up and gain new abilities along the way that are a real treat for action gamers. Tribes of Orcs and Uruk’Hai will fall to your will as you take them over and warp their minds to build your own army! Enemies remember you and will talk about your last meeting on precise ways. After you eliminate a tribe leader, you usurp their throne and control their whole group!

    I would recommend this to a friend