Good Stuff

Nov 25, 2017

Good Stuff

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  1. 77 of 94 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nemesis System Will Shock You!, October 13, 2017

    By Sean Saunders

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    This review is from: Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War – PlayStation 4 (Video Game)

    Got my butt whooped by Glubnik the Tark Slayer (he got the name by killing me once before). But… he didn’t kill me.

    He just laughed in my face and walked away for a humiliation. I never saw that before and said… very cool, and I was happy I survived!

    Well, it turns out that it was not awesome and I wished he had killed me. As soon as I was humiliated, my loyal level 20 bodyguard Tarz popped up and said he could no longer fight for a weakling such as me — he’s an olog (bigger than uruk) and he’s got some nasty traits. We proceeded to fight because naturally I do not tolerate betrayal. I lose the fight quickly. I told you… he’s big and nasty and super tough. I only beat him the first time because I had a poison barrel and a explosive barrel nearby.

    I lick my wounds and I get a new bodyguard and I track him down… this insult shall not pass!

    I ambush him during a war council meeting of some kind and proceed to whoop some orc booty with my bodyguard. I came prepared and knowing his weaknesses, I was confident! It didn’t last.

    Within about 20 seconds, an alarm went off and more uruks arrived. The tactic that I used to defeat him before… he “adapted” to and it no longer worked. It all went down hill from there. My new bodyguard… he literally ripped his head off and then proceeded to bash me with his fight flame mace. I survived…. but he will not doubt remember that I ran away in terror.

    Long story short…. I hate you Glubnik the Tark Slayer… you ruined my relationship with Tarz and I may never recover.

    This game is the best game I have played in years. It blows the original out of the water… and then sees it in the sky and blows it out of the sky… It’s that good!

    Best part about this story? It wasn’t scripted. It was entirely random created by the nemesis system. Amazing!

    Important Note: Don’t listen to the 1 stars and negative nancy reviews (unless they actually review the game on it’s merits). They are complaining about DLC and micro transactions which can be completely ignored while playing.

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  2. 37 of 42 people found the following review helpful

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Go swimming in a sea of orcs., November 5, 2017

    By Jasper Rabbit (Simi Valley, CA) –

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    This review is from: Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War – PlayStation 4 (Video Game)

    I really enjoyed Shadows of Mordor, which is why finally getting my hands on this and playing it were so disappointing.

    The game constantly keeps you in an open world surrounded by 9 billion orcs, so you’re constantly fighting and stealth feels less possible and less organic within the environments. Instead of running into a captain once in a while – which makes it seem novel and fun – you can’t spit without hitting a captain in Shadows of War. So fighting them isn’t monumental, it’s like every third fight.

    In a large open area with little cover, everything is chaos as you’re attacked by Caragors, Drakes, Graugs, and Ghuls at the same time (while, of course, you’re fighting the billion orcs and the Captains). I often forgot what I was doing or where I was going and why because I had to fight so many things on the way there and the story connective tissue is so thin.

    Yes, let’s talk story! [minor spoilers – first ten minutes of game]
    Did you know that the giant spider Shelob that’s killed by Samwise in Return of the King is actually a hot woman? Yup. She is now.

    Did you know that Celebrimbor thought it was a great idea to forge a SECOND ring of power to fight the FIRST ring of power with? Yup. Nothing could go wrong there.

    Did you know that within five minutes of him forging it, Spider-Woman Shelob takes it easy-peasy, becoming the second most powerful being in all of Middle Earth? Yup. Makes sense, especially since what she mainly does with it is play a long game of hide-and-seek with Talion.

    The story is thin and disappointing; the graphics are – for a PS4 game – reasonably weak, especially in the character’s faces and hair; and as others have noted, WB Interactive has included a pay-to-play feature that, while not impossible to ignore, aggravates me just by being there. You want me to make in-game purchases? Give the the game for 0.99c like they do in the app store. Greedy bastards.

    Bottom line: if you enjoy the mechanic of killing orcs from the first game, you’ll like it again in this one (I did). But you’d better like it A LOT. Because it makes up 90% of your gameplay.

    Boo, WBI. Boo, hiss.

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  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great game, great price., November 24, 2017

    By Warren

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    This review is from: Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War – PlayStation 4 (Video Game)

    Loved the first game even with all of its flaws so I heard about the upgrades to the game, the fighting mechanics, and the graphics and couldn’t wait to get this.

    With the prime price of 47 and free shipping I received the game the day it was released and have loved playing it.

    Great game at a great price.

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