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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an action role-playing game set in an open world environment and played from a third-person perspective, following from its predecessor. The player controls the game's protagonist Talion, who has several natural athletic and combat abilities as a ranger of Gondor, but also has unique abilities provided by the spirit of the elf lord Celebrimbor, with whom he shares his body. The player uses their combined abilities to complete various missions, typically aimed to disrupt the armies of Sauron. The game includes main quests that drive the game's narrative, and numerous optional quests that can help the player boost Talion's abilities and Followers via the game's "Nemesis System". In contrast to the previous game, which was more of a hack and slash, the game has an action role-playing approach, creating a more personalized experience for each player
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Recruit Orc. Life good. Orc fight back. Kill Orc. Orc gone. Think about Orc. Regret...

Review from Steam

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is Lord of the Rings turned up to improving on nearly every idea from the original Shadow of Mordor game, it’s a gargantuan sequel in both size and scope. Everything about this game outdoes the first, and with the expanded Nemesis System, superb combat, and epic story, you'll be immersed for a long time.

Review from Steam

A solid game that will live through the years
The greatest thing about Shadow of War, but also Shadow of Mordor and pretty much all the LOTR-related games?
Everyone can pick them up, and really love and enjoy them even if they're not into the lore of 'em.
You see, LOTR was never my thing, it's one of the fictional universes i could never really bond with, so i don't know much about the lore itself. I did see some movies, and made some Gandalf memes in my days but that's all my interaction with this franchise.
However, LOTR games were always goddamn amazing in terms of actual gameplay, they managed to keep having a constant good and satisfying gameplay throughout all these years.
I have to admit, i barely paid any attention to the story, and with me not having much knowledge about LOTR space, there's not much for me to say about it. I even skipped a big part of the cutscenes, well... except for Shelob's (:D)
In SOW, you get some new weapons and skills, there are some new enemies, and overall the world is much much bigger, however, i would've preferred even more weapons and less skills, because at times, these new abilities feel like they were there just as an extra, something not necessary that tends to cause more annoyingness in the long run.
The world or i should say, worlds, are very well crafted with unique beauty, each with its own charms, quirks, strategies.
At first i was put off by the game, maybe i was too accustomed to the previous game and was expecting the exact same thing. While there aren't major changes, there's some new UI stuff that might feel weird at first.
I'd say it has good hardware optimization overall. The game also works fine with a mouse but i'd really recommend you to play it with a controller, it's less confusing at times.
tl;dr - Gameplay is solid, and you don't need to be a fan to enjoy it, you can have as little knowledge about this universe as you have of building a spaceship, and you will still get few dozen hours of fun out of it.

Review from Steam

Here is my opinion on this game :
1. Graphics
☐ You forget what reality is
☑ Beautiful
☐ Good
☐ Decent
☐ Bad
☐ Don‘t look too long at it
2. Gameplay
☑ Very good
☐ Good
☐ It's just gameplay
☐ Mehh
☐ Just don't
3. Audio
☐ Eargasm
☑ Very good
☐ Good
☐ Not too bad
☐ Bad
☐ I'm now deaf
4. Audience
☐ Kids
☑ Teens
☐ Adults
☐ Grandma
5. PC Requirements
☐ Check if you can run paint
☐ Potato
☐ Decent
☑ Fast
☐ Rich boi
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer
6. Difficulty
☐ Just press 'W'
☐ Easy
☑ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Significant brain usage
☐ Difficult
7. Grind
☐ Nothing to grind
☐ Only if u care about leaderboards/ranks
☐ Isn't necessary to progress
☑ Average grind level
☐ Too much grind
☐ You'll need a second live for grinding
8. Story
☐ No Story
☐ Some lore
☐ Average
☑ Good
☐ Lovely
☐ It'll replace your life
9. Game Time

☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
☐ Short
☐ Average
☑ Long
☐ To infinity and beyond
10. Price

☐ It's free!
☑ Worth the price
☐ If it's on sale
☐ If u have some spare money left
☐ Not recommended
☐ You could also just burn your money
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Review from Steam

Shadow of War...man this game. I still remember that day, it was early in the morning, i woke up early that day because it was the first day of high school. I was searching my YouTube for videos to see when the trailer of the game appeared in front of me. I clicked it because i had already played Shadow of Mordor and knew the series. I was blasted away, i then watched more and more videos, clips from the story from the gameplay i didn't care. I was hyped up. In that moment, i decided... I wanted to play this game so god damn much, but at the time i didn't have the pc to support the game. I waited for 2 long years when at last on December 2019 i bought a new pc, and guess what game i bought and played first. Yep, Middle Earth Shadow of War. My favourite duo Celembrimbor and Talion were back to kick some ass. Oh boy the new and updated Nemesis system was just amazing. I kept playing the game for months on end i completed everything including all dlcs and achievements. 100% completion. Then for dozen more hours i was just wondering around the regions of Mordor killing everything in my path. I had so much fun with the orcs and their unique personalities. I want to replay it on Gravewalker difficulty. Yes I'm a masochist. I recommend it with closed eyes. Buy It.

Review from Steam

Alright, this game has a special place in my heart, it is probably the single most addicting and satisfying game i have ever played. cutting your way through Mordor 1 captain at a time has never felt better. i have come back to this game countless times for more, in fact, i'm re-installing it to do so as i write this. on sale or not, this game is worth every cent, no doubt. so i'll end this with a story i fondly remember that could only really be experienced in this game
I had an orc named Gund Giggles, he wasn't the brightest, but he had a funny name, so i liked him regardless. after a long conquest of a fort with him helping me all the way, he was promoted to overlord of said fort after. Unfortunately, his position was short-lived and was killed in a defense not to long after by a Olog i don't remember the name of. losing him made me reasonably upset so i tried to track the bastard down and after 15 minutes i found him and engaged, but he was resistant to all my powerful tools, and killed me as well, but to add insult to injury, he BROKE MY GODDAMN SWORD. from this point i went from upset to pissed, he took my favorite orc, and now my best weapon too. i came back with a not as good, but still formidable sword to do it again, and keeping in mind his weaknesses, i took him down on my second try, recovering my sword, which was now reforged to the highest possible level, and avenging my best orc.
Experiences like these are what make this game unique, and i HIGHLY suggest you play this game yourself.

Review from Steam

One does not simply parkour into Mordor.
Jesus Christ the voice acting on the orcs… is beautiful.
Finally just bought the game last year. First thing that popped up in the main menu was WB saying that they have taken the market out of the game due to player base dissatisfaction. Just wanted to thank you all older players for making it happen. 😘
I had a lot of fun with this game. Basically, if you enjoyed Mordor, then I’d say yes Shadow of War is worth it. It expands on the previous game by giving you new ways to fight and travel. Enemies are more varied, and captains are harder to kill.
It’s also less buggy than the first game and has a bunch of quality of life improvements. The dlc campaigns are fun too as the characters have different abilities.
I personally had an amazing interaction through the nemesis system right after I unlocked dominating Uruks. I was running through a fortress in the open world, and saw a bunch of Uruks standing around some grog barrels which I promptly exploded with some elf shot. All of a sudden, this Olog-hai captain comes storming out in an ambush and yells “MY GROG!” His title was “the Brewmaster” and I made him my bodyguard.
Every time he saved me after in last chance finishers, he would smash the other guy’s head in with a mace and turn to me to say “You look like you could use a drink boss!”
10/10 would get saved by a drunken, grog-brewing war troll again.
Anyhow, from what little I got from the game, Middle-earth seems to have a really interesting and deep lore behind it. They should consider making a trilogy of movies around it. It would probably do really well.