Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review
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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Box Art
System: Xbox One, PS4*, PC
Dev: Monolith
Pub: Warner Bros.
Release: September 30, 2014
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence

Visually, Shadow of Mordor delivers an unparalleled LotR experience on current-gen consoles. Character models are fluid and detailed, while the environments are sprawling and littered with minutia. The world lives and breathes as Orcs scout and patrol, wildlife scurries, and the weather changes punctuate an excellently crafted visual experience. Cutscenes are beautiful and deliver story with the utmost of production quality.

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This eye candy is only made better by the epic soundscape. Trademark LotR score and a cast of talented voice actors help to bring to life the soundscape that could only be present in the world of Lord of the Rings. In short, it sounds great.

But is this anything more than a cheap Assassin’s Creed clone, cashing in on the Lord of the Rings name? At first, I would have said no. In the beginning Shadow of Mordor absolutely screams Assassin’s Creed, but shortly thereafter becomes something else entirely. Through the Nemesis System, a dichotomous protagonist, and a heaping helping of Orc guts to remove, Shadow of Mordor definitely has enough meat on the bone for any action adventure gamer. What starts out as something familiar, ends up completely foreign and unique, something most games dare not accomplish.

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So, is Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor worth buying? Absolutely. It will appease hardcore fans of games like Assassin’s Creed and the Batman: Arkham series, while introducing new gameplay mechanics that fundamentally change the structure of the game. A unique experience for any gamer indeed.

By
Joshua Bruce
Video Director
Date: September 26, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
Excellent visuals are shown off on this generation of consoles.
4.0
Control
Starts off simple but ends up utilizing the entire controller as you progress.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Awesome voice work and trademark LotR music round out a beautiful soundscape.
4.3
Play Value
It bears similarity to other popular games in terms of gameplay, but has enough of its own flavor to be unique.
4.4
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Unleash the Power of the Wraith - Harness the Spirit of vengeance to inflict brutal combos while mastering powerful new skills and weaponry.
  • Bend Mordor to Your Will - Exploit the individual fears, weaknesses, and memories of your enemies as you dismantle Sauron's forces from within.
  • An Epic Tale of Revenge and Redemption - Become the most feared force in Mordor in a new chronicle set before the events of The Lord of the Rings.

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