Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for PlayStation 4
PS4

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Sep 30, 2014
8.71
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Good
221st of 7756

Trailer, Gameplay, & Screenshots

About this game

Developer: Monolith Productions
Content Rating: Teen

Summary

Exploring an original story of vengeance and redemption, the game puts players in the role of Talion, a valiant ranger whose family is slain in front of him the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor -- moments before his own life is taken. Resurrected by a Spirit of vengeance and empowered with Wraith abilities, Talion ventures into Mordor and vows to destroy those who have wronged him. Through the course of his personal vendetta, Talion uncovers the truth of the Spirit that compels him, learns the origins of the Rings of Power and ultimately confronts his true nemesis.

Gamer Reviews

8442 Reviews
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Jan 2, 2022

The lore of LOTR brought me to play this game. It was fun, the fighting mechanic is heavily inspired by the Batham Arkham series. It is satisfying. An okay game for me to be honest.


VISUALS

Artistry: 9/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 8/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 4/6

Feb 11, 2021
SUPER FUN COMBAT BUT THAT ENDING BOO



Awesome combat and Talion is a good protagonist. If not for a lackluster ending, I'd give this game a 10.
Jan 26, 2021
Lots to enjoy in this gritty action slaughter-fest set in Mordor. The story is basically Middle Earth fan-fiction (sorry, but it's true), with disposable characters and plot, but the dynamic combat, suite of powers, and tight gameplay make "Shadows" lots of fun to play. It improves on the first game in several meaningful ways, but is basically more of the same. The real star of the show is the orcs--which are simply the best. They're filled with personality, perfectly animated and acted, and just joyful in their reveling of orcishness. Not the best open world game, but the best one set in Middle Earth ... so there's that.

Critic Reviews

47 Reviews
8.52
Greg TitoSep 26, 2014
As an open world game set in Middle-earth, Shadow of Mordor delivers unique emergent gameplay, finely-tuned combat mechanics and a story which avoids typical fantasy fare. While the main storyline can be finished relatively quickly, there is a lot of content in Mordor for you to pursue however you like.
Joey ThurmondOct 06, 2014
It finds its own groove with its inspired yet satisfying combat, stealth, and open world navigation; it’s one of the first Lord of the Rings games to take meaningful advantage of the property’s world and lore; and it possesses a true stroke of genius with the Nemesis System. 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.
Chris CarterSep 25, 2014
Ultimately, like many ambitious projects, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor doesn't deliver on everything it sets out to do. Although Monolith's heart is in the right place and the studio honors the lore, it doesn't really add anything that's worth seeing outside of some solid open world gameplay. It isn't a bad game, it just feels far too repetitive for its own good.