Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review, An Unexpected Surprise - The Koalition

Tony Polanco at The Koalition writes:

I’m just going to come out and say it: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is easily the surprise game of the year. I mean, come on. This is a Lord of the Rings game that is actually GOOD. Better than good, it’s great! Who would have thought that’d be possible? Yet here we are with THE standout entry in the series which is not only a solid and fun title, but one that actually does something that is truly “next-gen.” Shadow of Mordor has a lot of elements that could have worked against it but it manages to take all of these disparate parts to create something that is exceptional. Again, I can’t believe I’m saying this about a Middle-Earth game.

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SwiffEpics1296d ago

I need to buy this game asap

FullmetalRoyale1296d ago (Edited 1296d ago )

I agree, you do. ;)

You know a game has you hooked when you have to wrestle with yourself to quit playing it.

The last time I was like this *with a game it was Minecraft when I played it earlier this year for the first time.

The game doesn't play like it's the first in a series. It's more comparable to ACII(all of the vast improvements) and Arkham City. Whereas Watch_Dogs, another new ip, FELT like AC1. Very much like the first in a series. Shadow of Mordor, on the other hand, feels like it has already been iterated on, if that makes any sense.

Easily the best "new" game I have played on my PS4, and in general in a good long while.

Pure fun/10

Profexxion1296d ago

Once I have a next gen console, this will be one of my first purchases.

Sketchy_Galore1296d ago

My favourite kind of surprise.

DaleCooper1296d ago

I'm loving this game. Though I'm not loving that I have a Warchief that is invulnerable to everything except fire. I mean, how am I supposed to beat that guy!? Face him and hope there's a campfire nearby?!

FullmetalRoyale1296d ago


You need to level up and get the fire arrow hit streak thingy.

DaleCooper1296d ago

Thank you! It's still gonna be rough, but I'm hoping that works.

zekk1296d ago

Invite him for roasted marshmallows?

-Einhert-1295d ago

get the ability that allows you to explode fires, lure him next to one.


Videogame rule #34 - if barrels are red they always explode. hint hint!

stloony1296d ago

If you haven't got branding unlocked yet then you'll have some more options then. Just because you cant hurt him with anything but fire doesn't mean the same thing holds true for their captains.

DaleCooper1296d ago

I'm at the part where they tell you to kill 4 warchiefs and I haven't received the branding option yet. It's pretty early on in the game, but I've already logged quite a few hours doing random things around the world. Great game!

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