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Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor preview: Killer of orcs, controller of minds

Hayden Dingman | Sept. 1, 2014
Lords of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor doesn't truly feel like Lord of the Rings, but the lore is there and it's still a blast to play.

Bottom line

That being said, I really enjoyed Shadow of Mordor. If your only complaint is that it doesn't seem much like a Lord of the Rings game, well, I'm still not convinced it is much of a Lord of the Rings game. But it is a fun game, period, regardless of the license attached. Combat is fluid, voice-acting is solid, and hunting down and then drawing out the high-ranking orcs for vengeance is deeply satisfying. I didn't really need a story to enjoy that part of it for an hour, though I'm still curious how much repetition you'll notice after playing for twenty or thirty hours.

I had fun with Shadow of Mordor--way more than I expected prior to the demo. We'll have a full review when the game launches in October.


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