Jamie Laike Tsui of Capsule Computers writes:
"Using existing licenses is risky business. Most gamers can count on one hand how many successful video games are made using an existing IP. Almost all of those games probably include either children’s brick toys or a dark-caped super hero. So understandably, creating yet another game based on the venerable Lord of the Rings franchise is a risky proposition that has a high chance of disappointment. Enter Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a game rightfully looking to fight for a place in that small club."