XBOX ONE Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Gold Edition

Last updated date: August 9, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 155 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Gold Edition placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fantasy Game for a detailed review of all the top fantasy games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.2
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
82 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Awesome army building and fortress assaults.
- Trusted Reviews
In the end, Middle Earth: Shadow of War is a blast to play. The action is fast, the Nemesis System is better than before, and the sieges are so much fun.
- Game Industry News
December 20, 2017 | Full review
However, there’s plenty of side quests to keep you busy with each mission jumping from region to region. Some of these tasks are mundane, such as ‘purifying’ Haedir towers so you can gaze across your surroundings and uncover different types of collectables. While others are engaging, like the “Shadows of the Past” quests where you take control of Celebrimbor in missions which can yield extra experience, skills and equipment to use. As you progress through Shadow of War, you’ll earn skill points and unlock new weapons and armour. This area of the game is more in-depth than the original, with plenty of new combat moves available to master.
- Impulse Gamer
November 16, 2017 | Full review
The game is pretty entertaining in short bursts, especially when Talion can make full use of his powerful abilities.
- Cubed 3
November 11, 2017 | Full review
The audio was truly superb, with a standout score that feels like it's ripped straight from The Lord Of The Rings. From the incredible voice acting that helps with immersion, to the music that makes you feel like a true god when you are storming a fortress. Even the elegant music that plays when you are wondering around the open world, the music here is incredible and I can't praise it enough.
- Game Grin
November 1, 2017 | Full review
Shadow of War is yet another fantastic example of how to improve on something that was already incredible. Naturally the game looks gorgeous, with incredible details, character models, and environmental effects, and I can't wait to see what it looks like on the Xbox One X in 4K.
- Xbox Addict
October 29, 2017 | Full review
This can be attributed to two things. First, the combat is amazing: just as Shadow of Mordor borrowed liberally from the best parts of Batman and added swords, Shadow of War refines what it did well in the previous game and builds on it. Slicing through gangs of roving orcs is a breeze, and the counter system works as perfectly and as smoothly as I’ve ever seen. Secondly, the nemesis system — another highlight from Shadow of Mordor — returns, and it’s even more addictive now than it was the first time around. Shadow of War never lacks for low-level bosses for you to brutalize, and there’s nothing quite so satisfying as tracking down some grunt who got lucky and finished you off, and then exacting your bloody revenge.
- Gaming Age
October 20, 2017 | Full review
Shadow of War has an exciting, moving, and often humorous story that keeps the game moving. There are more fun ways to obtain loot, namely by murdering high-level orcs that appear as part of the game's Nemesis systems, which has been expanded to include fortress sieges.
- Windows Central
October 20, 2017 | Full review
Taking over fortresses are the highlight of Shadow of War. The battles are massive, sometimes featuring over 200 characters. The idea is simple. Take down various points and then confront the warlord. Preparation for these is also a good idea. Taking down the bodyguards or having a mole inside leads to easier battles. The complexity of the system is grand. Once taken over I was also able to place one of my own minions into the castle to defend it. This also comes with its own set of customization options as well as look and feel.
- ZTGD
The expanded Nemesis System is fantastic. There are lots of collectibles for completionists.
- AusGamers
October 26, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Nonsense storylines.
- Trusted Reviews
While I didn’t spend money on them, some will be turned away by microtransactions. Act IV can be quite the grind if you don’t spend money, but it can be beaten.
- Game Industry News
December 20, 2017 | Full review
Although the Nemesis System alone is engaging enough, the story just isn’t as gripping as it was in Shadow of Mordor, maybe because by the time you start Shadow of War, your emotional attachment to Talion isn’t as strong.
- Impulse Gamer
November 16, 2017 | Full review
Still, the lack of finesse when it comes to combat will make fighting feel a bit bothersome.
- Cubed 3
November 11, 2017 | Full review
This mode is fun however it doesn't feel as good as it does when you do it in single player as you don't have any back story there.
- Game Grin
November 1, 2017 | Full review
There are some issues with the camera angle, and while you're fighting one enemy it's not uncommon for attacks to come from off the screen and hit your character.
- Xbox Addict
October 29, 2017 | Full review
However, if your really want to experience Tolkien, this probably isn't going to do it for you.
- Gaming Age
October 20, 2017 | Full review
Gameplay is repetitive.
- Windows Central
October 20, 2017 | Full review
What doesn’t really work is movement, combat and the game’s camera. Players have control over the camera, of course, but you’re often using your spare thumb for something else, and there’s no real smart camera system in place to help in these moments (well, there sort of is, but it’s not very good).
- AusGamers
October 26, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The sequel to the critically-acclaimed Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor - winner of over 50 industry awards - arrives this August, continuing the original story of Talion and Celebrimbor, who must now go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the dark lord, Sauron. Immerse yourself in the epic war for Middle-earth as you confront the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraith's. Forge a Ring of Power to dominate your enemies and command your followers as you experience a unique, personal story brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System.

Overall Product Rankings

1. XBOX ONE Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Warner Brothers Witcher 3
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 17
3. PS4 Shadows Die Twice
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 28
4. Bethesda Elder Scrolls Skyrim
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
5. XBOX ONE Kingdom Hearts III
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 18
6. Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
7. XBOX ONE Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Gold Edition
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 11
8. XBOX ONE Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Nintendo Switch Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 19
10. PS4 Secret of Mana
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 21

An Overview On Fantasy Games

Be transported to another world when you sit down to a great fantasy game on your favorite console. Whether you are an avid Xbox One player or you are exclusive to your PlayStation 4, you’ll surely discover excellent fantasy games that will fill your free time with exciting adventures on screen. Let’s take a closer look at the two consoles and what they have to offer fantasy game players.

The PlayStation 4 has countless perks for its players. With an excellent record behind it for graphics, the console offers detailed imagery with excellent 1080 resolution. Players also find a very easy-to-use interface on the PS4 along with endless options for playing with friends. Owners of the PS4 also love the feature that allows you to transfer your gameplay to another device when others want to use the television. For those who want to use their console for more than just game playing, the PS4 offers a couple of different options for media apps to access television series, movies or music.

Perhaps the biggest perk for PlayStation 4 owners is the copious amounts of games that Sony offers. You will find all kinds of genres from adventure to Indie and, of course, plenty of fantasy games. If you’re looking for non-stop action within an elaborate fantasy world, “Sekiro Shadows Die Twice” is the game for you. Situated in old Japan, the game allows players to create their own path through battles with creative monsters and encounters with friends and foes alike.

For an old favorite, discover the excitement in “Final Fantasy XV.” This PlayStation 4 fantasy game has been around for years, but never like this before. With improved scenes and performance options for the characters, this edition will leave you wanting more game time than ever. When you need a good fantasy game fix, these two will certainly give you the ultimate experience you want.

Now let’s turn our attention to the Xbox One. This console offers some competition to the PlayStation 4 players. With access to three generations of Xbox games and cross-play on PC games, Xbox trumps PlayStation 4 with its accessibility to games. The affordability of the games and console also gives it an advantage for budget-conscience consumers.

However, for those who want the best graphics, Xbox One is just a bit subpar with a 900 resolution on most games. A cool feature with Xbox Skill features is the ability to activate and control your console through Alexa devices with your voice. In addition, Xbox One, which features Xbox Live, has excellent options for entertainment outside of games, including Kodi, a sought-after media app. The console also offers compatibility with Dolby sound products for outstanding audio experiences as well.

Xbox One has simply incredible fantasy games. For challenging and diversified action scenes, “Dark Souls III” is the fantasy game for you. The player will find their way through intense combat with creatures of unimaginable characteristics surrounded by an edge-of-your-seat landscape that keeps you on your toes.

If “Dark Souls III” is a favorite, you will also enjoy “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” Players will find a frigid atmosphere set in the Northlands during a post-war period in this fantasy game. Navigate through sparse lands while encountering enemies and friends in a unique and entertaining story.

The fantasy game lineup extends much further beyond these favorites for console game players. Take a deeper look into what Microsoft and Sony offer for games and get a feel for which has the library of your taste. From there, you can decide which console will best suit your fantasy game style.

DYWM Fun Fact

In schools in the mid-1900s, video gaming became an object of study. Students and professors were exploring all the possibilities, and although they were starting simple with games such as “OXO” and “Tennis for Two,” they were major advancements. As time passed, the games became more complex. In the late 1960s, the home console or “The Brown Box” was created. Later in 1972, consumers were offered this same console as the “Odyssey” from Magnavox. From there, developers gave life to new games and improved versions of old games. Even new consoles were eventually born. Some of the earliest favorites that are still loved today include “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and “Space Invaders.”

The ’80s brought about a crash in the industry from a flooding of the market, and many console creators experienced bankruptcy. In 1989, the first console war arose between Nintendo and Genesis, both of which had hit the market with improved gaming attractions: Genesis with “Sonic the Hedgehog” and Nintendo with a 16-bit Super NES console. The ’90s then exploded with multiple new genres, including fighting games with gore that prompted a rating council to emerge in 1993. This was the basis of today’s rating system used by all the game producers.

Three-dimensional gameplay broke out in the mid-’90s with Sega releasing the first 32-bit console,  and then one year after, Nintendo launched its 64-bit console. This ushered in the dawn of modern gaming that we still see in action today. The early 2000s were marked by Blu-ray compatibility and an improved motion system for players. The Wii was soon to follow with motion-sensitive remote controls and the “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure” that brought players physically into the game with plastic figures.

The evolution of video games has been an incredibly quick and impressive progression over the last 65 years. From simple tennis to motion-censored controllers, generations have seen the industry go through so many changes that most industries do not witness in a single lifetime.

The Fantasy Game Buying Guide

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