Warner Brothers Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Last updated date: May 11, 2019

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Warner Brothers Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 155 expert reviews, the Warner Brothers Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor placed 8th when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Winner of over 40 “Best of 2014” Awards including Game of the Year, Best Action Game and Most Innovative Game. Most Innovative Game – IGN Game of the Year – GameSpot Game of the Year – Joystiq Best Action Game – The Game Awards

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

11 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

1,790 user reviews

What experts liked

Things got a lot easier a few hours in when I’d leveled up and unlocked more of Talion’s skill tree so that I could build up combos quicker, execute two enemies for the price of one, and even fight mounted on a huge, rancor-like graug who pops uruks into his mouth like jellybeans.
October 1, 2014 | Full review
And the tick list of features from the back of the box does very little to generate much more excitement – beyond the one noticeable exception I’ll get to later.
- The Guardian
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor isn’t perfect. The somewhat repetitive nature of the side content and lame final acts prevent it from achieving our top score.
- Push Square
October 6, 2014 | Full review
The gameplay foundation of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is very strong, which makes it all the more incredible that it's also the least exciting thing about the game.
- Polygon
September 30, 2014 | Full review
I can confidently say that this is probably the best game based on the Lord Of The Rings, for both ingenuity, and loyalty to the source material, as it tells an authentic story and depicts a world that fits perfectly, and is a great extension of the core tales.
- Den of Geek
October 13, 2014 | Full review
Shadow of Mordor’s orcs are so deftly drawn that they soon become the most important characters in this game.
- Kotaku
Initially, this feels pretty cool, and it brings the player into the game even for the most minute confrontation.
- Destructoid
September 25, 2014 | Full review
I found the battle mechanics simple but engaging with plenty of room for creativity and development of a personal style.
- True Achievements
What I like the best about it is that the more you fail against the system, the harder it gets, and it is completely your fault.
- The Source 4 Parents
August 7, 2015 | Full review
While there are moments where the game impressed, there are just as many that feel like higher-res versions of last-gen games.
The most exciting part about the sneaky side of combat is the time-slowing archery mode activated when Talion takes on Wraith form.
- Game Rant

What experts didn't like

Unexciting campaign missions
October 1, 2014 | Full review
To put it another way, this game is like the One Ring: it’ll take much for it to ebb away into the shores of time, but will surface in our memories for years to come due to its “preciousss” novelty.
- Push Square
October 6, 2014 | Full review
Ultimately, like many ambitious projects, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor doesn't deliver on everything it sets out to do.
- Destructoid
September 25, 2014 | Full review
The story is a tad short
- The Source 4 Parents
August 7, 2015 | Full review
A couple areas where Mordor doesn’t shine as bright begin with the visuals.
One of the few downsides of the game is that players are stranded in the bleak Mordor aesthetic from start to finish.
- Game Rant

An Overview On

  • If you haven’t played Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” in a while, it may be worth a relook. The award-winning game has undergone a recent revamp, taking it in the direction of a role-playing game. However, it’s still technically a stealth game, requiring the player to master the ability to sneak up on opponents.
  • When it comes down to it, many of today’s top games excel at worldbuilding. With Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” it’s all about the map. This version has the largest and most connected map in all the renditions. You’ll find even when you’re out in the middle of the desert, there are plenty of awe-inspiring views. The game will take you deep into the heart of Egypt, immersing you in the ancient culture of the country.
  • The open-world Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” also offers a sizeable map, with mesmerizing landscapes and photorealistic graphics.
  • If you’ve played “Grand Theft Auto” before, you’re probably already familiar with the meticulous detail put into the graphics. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” has realism all the way down to weather and lighting effects. This lends authenticity to the experience that makes you feel as though you’re truly a part of that world.
  • One of the best things about Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition is that it helps you grow as a player. The game takes note of moves that you haven’t yet used and coaches you to complete them in order to become better at virtual combat.
  • One new feature that will enhance your experience with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. It also adds Mother Base to your adventures, which means Big Boss will have more resources than in previous Metal Gear games.
  • Storylines have become huge in many of today’s PS4 games, but many of them have a problem with growing repetitive over time. As with previous iterations, Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” has an engaging storyline. However, some find the quests are repetitive over time, and you may find that finding the loot is too easy if you’re a more experienced player. Missions with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” can also become repetitive. Although the story is captivating, it doesn’t seem to have as many twists and turns as other open-world games. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is all based on auto heists, which provide plenty of adventures without a complex storyline. The quests in Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can also become repetitive.
  • Although Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” repeats itself over time, it’s important to note that you drive the storyline in open-world games, and this game gives you plenty of opportunities to make it your own.
  • If your setup supports 4K resolution, you may want to sway toward Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” which offers 4K gameplay as an option.
  • Lack of responsiveness can become frustrating with any game. The controls with Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” can feel a bit awkward at times. That means combat can tend to feel unnatural, with attacks not landing quite the blow they feel like they should.
  • Many players prefer the spirit of competition that comes with playing others. Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” offers both solo and online team gameplay options.
  • For gamers on a budget, Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is the best option, selling for less than $20. Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” and Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can be found in the $20-$30 range. But the Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition includes a season pass, which expands your gameplay options.

The Buying Guide

Your PS4 is all hooked up and ready to go. Now you just need the perfect game to get you started. If you’ve owned a PlayStation before, you probably have a few favorites of your own, but it can’t hurt to take a look at what’s out there. You may even find that a game you tried in the past has improved so much in recent versions, you’ll want to try it again.

With so many PS4 games available, though, you’ll first need to narrow down the type of game you want to play. There are role-playing games, abbreviated RPG, which are among the most popular. RPGs kicked off with games like “Dungeons & Dragons” and continue today with popular options like “Final Fantasy.”

The vast majority of games will fall under the action header, which includes the many shooter games you find when you’re looking around. This genre also includes fighting and combat games like “Street Fighter” and “Double Dragon,” as well as stealth games like “Assassin’s Creed Origins.”

Another video game category that’s popular with many players is open-world games. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” falls into this category, as does “Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” With an open-world game, you’re free to move around a virtual environment, choosing how you reach particular goals. These games have become increasingly popular as gamers seek to feel as though they’re part of an adventure, rather than just competing to win.

There are plenty of factors beyond gameplay, including the visuals on the screen in front of you. You’ll want to spend time in a world that’s immersive, rather than one that takes away from the experience. If you have a 4K TV, you’ll find your options are narrowed considerably since not all PS4 games are built to render at that resolution. Some games also have technical glitches that slow down response time, a flaw that can be extremely frustrating if you’re just trying to enjoy some game time.