Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Excellent combat and progression – Impressive voice acting
  • Some imbalances cheapen gameplay – Generic and repetitive elements

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor puts you in the middle of The Lord of the Rings universe as you combat orcs with unique wraith abilities. With strong combat, a large open world it’s a high quality action adventure with a lot of gameplay to offer.


Set during The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings an understanding of the lore will definitely be a great asset to your adventure but is no means required. In the game players take control of Talion a ranger captain in the city of Gondor who is put in charge of watching the Black Gate. Unfortunately an attack on your garrison leaves your family dead and the player merged with the Elf Lord Celebrimor which grants access to a number of wraith abilities to aide you in your revenge against Mordor.

As an open world game players are free to explore the game locations and pursue side quests at their leisure. Along the way players will encounter many enemies which is where the unique Nemesis system of the game starts to take shape. With this system characters that you encounter will react to you based on encounter you’ve had previously and even extends to visual changes rather than just conversation tree changes of most games with similar systems.

In addition to slashing your enemies to pieces or taking them out from affair with your bow players will develop various abilities to enhance the playstyle of Talion and Celebrimor through the two separate skill trees. By improving your stats and skills you’ll be better prepared to take on the various captains in the game that can bring you closer to your goal of revenge.


For the objectives that require to take out a high level Uruk in particular players will find they have a wealth of paths to take in order to reach their end goal. This can range from direct combat, stealth or even an assassination attempt by taking over a lower ranked enemy and using them as a sleeper agent.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an impressive adventure that brings high cinematic value and some interesting ideas to a genre that is dominated by a small handful of games.


  • An adventure in The Lord of the Rings universe.
  • Take control of lower ranked Uruk and use them as sleeper agents.
  • Two separate and distinct skill trees to develop.
  • Use sword, bow and stealth to complete your objectives.
  • Available on all major platforms.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on October 27, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

1 Comment

  1. This game sounds awesome thx for the info :)


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