2014 has been defined by over-hyped, over-marketed mediocrity. How refreshing then to see a great Triple A action game come triumphantly to the fore despite having little fanfare preceding it. Mark Butler salutes Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor.
it is for me, that's for sure!
Same here!! GOTY at the moment:)
can you compare this game to any?
@Ace Killa 08 Id say its Batman meets Assassin's Creed prolly like youve already read. It definitely does some unique stuff on its own though. Good solid fun. Im only a few hours in but my own early guesstimated review score will probably be in the 9 range. ;)
How is the challenge of the game? I am looking to maybe pick this up.
good challenge. i almost died a couple of times haha so fun.
*walkin along, come across as orc* *attack orc* *random orc boss appears* "I'm a gonna kill you, you sumabich!" *fight orc and orc boss* *orc boss' retinue appears - 10 orcs* *fight orc, orc boss, and orc retinue* *orc boss appears* "I'm a gonna kill you too, you sumabich!" *fight orc, orc boss, orc retinue, and orc boss* *orc boss' retinue appears - 10 orcs* *fight orc, orc boss, orc retinue, orc boss, and orc retinue* *die* In short, there's a challenge.
Yep. It's soooooo good!
I downloaded this game on Xbox One yesterday and I love it!! Looks unreal! Great game play its like assassins creed / Batman / Ryse all in one. Great game! And before any fan boys reply "PS4" looks better I own both systems.
I don't know man, games are all starting to look and feel the same to me lately. This looks too much like a game I've already played 100 times before. Assassins Creed and Arkham come to mind. Maybe grab it when I'm bored and its $20.
They never tried to hide the fact that they were borrowing heavily from some other 3rd person action games... That said, they have the most unique AI system ever featured in one and the combat is far more visceral. Really enjoyed the few hours I was able to get in last night.
Yea, they don't try to hide it at least. I'm not saying the game isn't awesome, I'm sure it is. I'm just seeing alot of games continuing to do the same thing lately, gameplay wise. I'm more burnt out on all the damn shooters! I heard about the AI in this game. I guess certain enemies will remember you or something? Sounds kinda cool. At least it's not another part 4 or 5 franchise!
That's what makes the game so good. Combining multiple games to make an awesome game. What if gta5 was combined with saints row? Would be badass.euphoria engine in saints row!!!
i never really enjoyed assassins creed and i still haven't touched any of the newer batman games. this one just looked far more interesting than those 2 franchises.
You really need to check out batman bro. Not even in the same category as assassins creed. If u have a ps3 I suggest checking out the first 2 batmans before this. You could probably get both and still save an extra $20 on top and u won't regret it.
i don't have a ps3 anymore. sold it when i got my ps4. i watched my brother play one of the batman games and the combat looked rather clunky to me with the slowing down of time in between hitting enemies. there's just more to do in Shadow than what i've seen of the batman games.
IMO its literally the best parts Assassins Creed and Batman. I mean it works, and its fun as hell if you like both those games.
What exactly can games do now that hasn't already been done in some way, shape or form? Execution is all that matters.
Sleeper? How so. I've been following the dev diaries and so on. If you did your homework you'd know at the very least the game would be a landmark game. I perceived it to be just as hyped as any other game this year. How is this game a sleeper and Destiny wasn't?
Because Shadow of Mordor wasn't hyped up like a lot of other games are or were. Destiny was hyped up big time. Alien Isolation is being talked about, especially with the DLC stuff.
I think its been well marketed and theres been a ton of trailers and demo even if many dont realize it. The thing is straight from the first trailer its been criticized as an AC clone (unfairly) and many were skeptical for different reasons. In that way Id say it could be called 'sleeper hit' but not a surprise for me from E3 demo anyway
Sleeper, I think people writing these articles need to learn what it means. Unless my interest in the game exceeds its hype, I thought this was going to be a pretty obvious hit.
Wolfenstein: The New Order, Shadow of Mordor, Forza Horizon 2, Divinity: Original Sin all turned out better than I thought they would.
Got that right. Can't wait to play this game.
Cannot wait to get my hands on this one.
I love this game.. Amazing!
No its not. It is a 7.0/10.0. I hate having to say that as I was extremely excited for it, and bought it the second I could (digitally). I played it for 3 hours yesterday and at the end of the day I went back to DOTA2. It has 2 things going for it. The combat system is pretty deep. And the Nemesis system is awesome. However - the graphics are average even on a high end PC (I have 7970 GHZ edition and an 1800x2560 30" monitor). The landscape is extremely monotonous and boring. Every part of the map looks the same. And it has NO LOTR feeling to it. MORDOR is a volcano with a big eye. The LOTR flavor is in the Shire, Rivendale, Gondor, Rohan, Moria. Angmar and Mordor have no depth, just monsters. And that's the worst part. It's not a RPG it's a button mashing hack'n'slash. You don't customize your character at all. Every player has the same 3 weapons. The runes you put in them are simple power ups, not tactic changing choices. You eventually buy every skill, so you don't have to choose a path. There are no real NPCs to interact with. They are at best cut scenes driving a bland story forward. I mean avenging a murdered family isn't exactly a new concept. So basically it's an re skinned AC with a cool Nemesis system. It could have been a lot more.
Of course it isn't an RPG and it was never sold as one either. It is quite clearly an action game. And I couldn't disagree more with your assertions about the visuals. To my eye, they are fantastic and I am not finding monotony in the environments at all. If you think Mordor is just a volcano then you are incredibly off base. Mordor is very large.
WB done it again 1st batman now shadows of mordor
This is how Ryse should have been. Shame on Crytek
Everyone seems to have totally forgotten that Ryse was originally suppose to be played Kinect ONLY i think Creek did a wonderful job converting it and still staying with a good deal time.
Yeh Titanfall Wash Dogs and Destiny all were way overhyped and failed to deliver as all are average games with a highlight here or there Shadow of Mordor had no hype but it is truly a wonderful game. Nothing boring or repetitive about it so far
I love this game the way I loved Darksiders when it came out. It borrows heavily from AC, Batman and even a little Tomb Raider/Uncharted but puts it in one of the coolest universes ever and has it's own awesome features.
It sure is, game is actually better then i expected...
It's only a sleeper for those folks who waited around for someone else to tell them what to think. There has been plenty of talk surrounding this game. No excuse for not checking it out instead of the 100 Destiny articles you visited because the hype told you to. Very definition of thoughtless sheep.
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