Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Reviews Summary

Summary: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has critics praising its combat, visuals, story and most of all its nemesis system which allows for players to create rivalries with the orcs they have defeated

Rating Summary

Based on 101 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

91%

Critics Recommend

Based on 101 critic reviews
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Sep 29, 2014

This perfectly competent open-world game gets a heck of a lot more interesting when it throws an endless host of savage, dynamic AI enemies into the mix.

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Oct 7, 2014

Although saddled with an instantly forgettable title, Shadow of Mordor works hard to bring fun and life to the Tolkien universe – and manages both spectacularly

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9.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2014

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor tells a good story but provides the tools to discover even better tales

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9.5 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2014

Talion's story captures the essence of a Tolkien story. It's all about the journey. Friends are made, strangers are met and the true evil of Middle-earth is ever-present, but each story revolves around a true hero. Now Talion can stand next to the legends of Gimli, Frodo, Legolas and Aragorn.

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9.5 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2014

Shadow of Mordor is the single best Lord of the Rings adaptation to date, and one of the very best third-person action games in many years. By taking some well-known mechanics and adding their own special twist with the Nemesis system, what Monolith has created is much more than the sum of its few borrowed parts.

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9.5 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2014

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a stellar open world action adventure experience that, while borrowing from other, more popular franchises, manages to innovate by leaps and bounds through the Nemesis system, elevating the whole game above its standard story. The combat and exploration are fun, and while the game may seem a bit difficult, don't forget that running away is always a good idea.

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Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

9.3 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2014

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's great action and dynamic enemies make both victory and defeat an amazing experience.

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9.3 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2014

Exceptional fun

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9.3 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2017

In conclusion, Shadow of Mordor is the best LOTR game I have played in a long time, it reaches the expectations and although some are very critic on the similarity with the assassin's creed system, I have to say I really enjoyed playing this epic game full of emotion, adrenaline and a soundtrack that will blow up your mind. The challenge of completing the campaing 100% will make you spend hours of fun, as the secondary missions are very attractive and challenging but keeping a balance that makes them achievable for any player investing a moderate quantity of time, it is not just a game that incudes high definition graphics and sound quality, but much more than that.

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Sep 25, 2014

By turning your every death into the start of a personal vendetta, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor makes you that much more invested in its open-world. The savage combat and satisfying stealth are just the means to exacting your ultimate revenge.

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