Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor box art
Name: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Release date: September 30, 2014
Platforms: PC, XBOX ONE, PS4, X360, PS3
Genre: Action Adventure

Description

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an action adventure game developed by Monolith Studios. The game is set in Middle-earth, a land from the Lord of The Rings saga and The Hobbit, written by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is specifically set in Mordor, before the events of LotR, where you play a Gondor ranger, whose family was murdered in front of his very eyes and is posessed by a vengeful spirit, granting him supernatural powers. Together, these two slaughter their way through orc armies of Mordor, eventually threatening the generals of the Dark Lord himself.

The gameplay is viewed from third person, where players character, Tallion, has to fulfill missions, usually involving killing orcs and their captains, to progress through the story. For that he can use his skills and acrobatics, as well as the magical abilities of the elven wraith. The game's signature is also its Nemesis system, where orcs have procedural personalities, remember you, and can dynamically climb the ranks or interact with other orcs in various ways.

Recommendation

Shadow of Mordor was recieved with high praise, many considering to be a sleeper hit of the year and winning multiple Game of The Year awards. The combat, movement, and especially its Nemesis system were praised, allowing the player to make his own stories with orcs unique only to him. Some critique of the game was aimed at the story and the boss battles.

We recommend this game to anyone who likes open-world titles, good combat and Tolkien's world. With current prices, the game is definetely best bought with the Game of The Year Edition that includes all of the content released.

Metacritics Rating: 84 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: 20-25 h

Our recommendation

If you love Tolkien, open world games, and killing orcs with a story, we recommend this.

Description

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an action adventure game developed by Monolith Studios. The game is set in Middle-earth, a land from the Lord of The Rings saga and The Hobbit, written by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is specifically set in Mordor, before the events of LotR, where you play a Gondor ranger, whose family was murdered in front of his very eyes and is posessed by a vengeful spirit, granting him supernatural powers. Together, these two slaughter their way through orc armies of Mordor, eventually threatening the generals of the Dark Lord himself.

The gameplay is viewed from third person, where players character, Tallion, has to fulfill missions, usually involving killing orcs and their captains, to progress through the story. For that he can use his skills and acrobatics, as well as the magical abilities of the elven wraith. The game's signature is also its Nemesis system, where orcs have procedural personalities, remember you, and can dynamically climb the ranks or interact with other orcs in various ways.

Recommendation

Shadow of Mordor was recieved with high praise, many considering to be a sleeper hit of the year and winning multiple Game of The Year awards. The combat, movement, and especially its Nemesis system were praised, allowing the player to make his own stories with orcs unique only to him. Some critique of the game was aimed at the story and the boss battles.

We recommend this game to anyone who likes open-world titles, good combat and Tolkien's world. With current prices, the game is definetely best bought with the Game of The Year Edition that includes all of the content released.

MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR DLC LISTarrow

Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

Story DLCs

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What does it add?

It adds a new area with new types of monsters to fight, new types of enemies, and new missions, all focused around hunting great beasts. It adds about 3 hours of gameplay. It recieved a lukewarm reception due to its campaign being split from the main campaign.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying the Game of The Year Edition anyway
  • Otherwise, buy the GOTY upgrade pack for the same price as this standalone DLC

Usual price: 9.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 61
Release date: Dec 16, 2014
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

It adds a mode where you can play as Celebrimbor, the elven smith. Adds new missions that end with a final fight against Sauron himself. Adds new powers, combat style and types of enemies. It recieved a lukewarm reception due to less focus on the Nemesis system. It adds about 3 hours of gameplay.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying the Game of The Year Edition anyway
  • Otherwise, buy the GOTY upgrade pack for the same price as this standalone DLC

Usual price: 9.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 68
Our visitor's rating: 57
Release date: Feb 24, 2015
Trailer: YouTube

Nemesis System & Customization & Gear DLCs

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Various Runes thumbnail

What does it add?

General term for five DLCs with the same purpose, Orc Slayer Rune, Flame of Anor Rune, Deadly Archer Rune, Hidden Blade Rune and the Rising Storm Rune. These unlock extra abilities and powers for your weapons.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying the Game of The Year Edition anyway
  • You are buying the GOTY Upgrade Pack
  • Otherwise, don't bother, as it brings little for the price

Usual price: 0.99 $

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Various Orc Warbands thumbnail

What does it add?

General term for four DLCs with the same purpose, Blood Hunters Warband, Flesh Burners Warband, Berserks Warband and Skull Crushers Warband. These add orcs with special flavors to the main campaign's Nemesis system.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying the Game of The Year Edition anyway
  • You are buying the GOTY Upgrade Pack
  • Otherwise, don't bother, as it brings very little for the price

Usual price: 1.99 $

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What does it add?

General term for two DLCs with the same purpose, The Dark Ranger Character Skin and the Captain of the Watch Character Skin. These add a new appearance for the main character.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying the Game of The Year Edition anyway
  • You are buying the GOTY Upgrade Pack
  • If you really like the skin and don't mind paying extra money for it

Usual price: 0.99 $

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Various Challenges thumbnail

What does it add?

General term for three DLCs with the same purpose, Endless Challenge, Test of Wisdom and the Test of Speed. These add separate challenges to the game, allowing you to test your skills against difficult enemies.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying the Game of The Year Edition anyway
  • You are buying the GOTY Upgrade Pack

Usual price: 2.99 $
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  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor screenshot
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor screenshot
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor screenshot
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor screenshot

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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Standard Edition PC, X360, PS3, PS4, XONE 49.99 $ 5.43 $
Game of the Year Upgrade Pack PC, X360, PS3, PS4, XONE 9.99 $ N/A
Game of The Year Edition PC, X360, PS3, PS4, XONE 9.99 $ 4.79 $

Edition Chart

Standard Edition Game of the Year Upgrade Pack Game of The Year Edition
Base game white checkmark white checkmark
The Bright Lord DLC white checkmark white checkmark
Lord of the Hunt DLC white checkmark white checkmark
Various Runes white checkmark white checkmark
Various Orc Warbands white checkmark white checkmark
Various Cosmetic Skins white checkmark
Various Challenges white checkmark

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