Warner Brothers Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Last updated date: May 11, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 115 expert reviews, the Warner Brothers Warner Brothers Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.1
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
1,790 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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.
- IGN
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.
- ZTGD
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
- IGN
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.
- ZTGD
One of the few downsides of the game is that players are stranded in the bleak Mordor aesthetic from start to finish.
- Game Rant

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

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