Middle-earth: Shadow of War - PC, PS4, XB - Due OCT 10 - Has reviewed well.

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PostRe: Middle-earth: Shadow of War - PC, PS4, XB - Due OCT 10 - Has reviewed well.
by Buffalo » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:50 am

Eh? You’ve got to doenload an ‘upgrade pack’ to get the better visuals? :lol: Oh dear.

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PostRe: Middle-earth: Shadow of War - PC, PS4, XB - Due OCT 10 - Has reviewed well.
by Albear » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:03 am

Played for a couple of hours last night. Thought it was great.

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PostRe: Middle-earth: Shadow of War - PC, PS4, XB - Due OCT 10 - Has reviewed well.
by Albear » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:06 am

Buffalo wrote:Eh? You’ve got to doenload an ‘upgrade pack’ to get the better visuals? :lol: Oh dear.


I don't that's anything out of the ordinary buff. Hi res download packs have been about for a while and mean that people don't have to download all the extra Gb if they don't need it.

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by Buffalo » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:13 am

Well I never! More games should let you download the individual components you need *cough* Doom’s multiplayer *cough*

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PostRe: Middle-earth: Shadow of War - PC, PS4, XB - Due OCT 10 - Has reviewed well.
by Photek » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:23 am

Albear wrote:
Buffalo wrote:Eh? You’ve got to doenload an ‘upgrade pack’ to get the better visuals? :lol: Oh dear.


I don't that's anything out of the ordinary buff. Hi res download packs have been about for a while and mean that people don't have to download all the extra Gb if they don't need it.

All the Xbox One X enhanced games (over 130 so far) require you to download the higher res textures.

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by Cheeky Devlin » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:29 pm

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-10-13-shadow-of-war-players-are-using-tricks-and-exploits-to-combat-loot-boxes

Nice. Just decline the T&Cs when you start and no loot boxes.

I wouldn't usually condone this but, as it's a mostly single-player game, I love that the PC players are cheating the gooseberry fool out of the sytem and getting as many boxes as they want as well.

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PostRe: Middle-earth: Shadow of War - PC, PS4, XB - Due OCT 10 - Has reviewed well.
by Monkey Man » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:14 pm



Overall, we'd strongly recommend playing with quality mode selected to get the best image out of PS4 Pro. The other perk is that 1080p screen users get the residual benefits of super-sampling - plus broader draw distance settings depending on which mode you use. It's a decent bonus all round, and no-one really misses out.

That's the story so far. Shadow of War is a strong effort from Monolith with good performance, marred only by some low quality texture assets that look particularly poor blown up on a 4K screen. In turn, this means that PS4 Pro's 4K output may not have legs ahead of Xbox One X's launch. Despite its dynamic resolution concept working well, keeping image quality at around 1620p, the fact is PS4 Pro's in-game textures desperately needed an upgrade to suit its res boost. It leaves Xbox One X with a chance to take real advantage once it arrives, especially bearing in mind it has the extra RAM to support higher quality 4K textures - and we can confirm that quality and resolution modes remain in the X code, along with the ability to run the game at native 4K or with dynamic resolution scaling in play.

It's all about the options then and Monolith clearly feels it has more to offer in that regard for potential Xbox One X users. But for now at least, the PS4 Pro version is the best way to play on consoles. The 4K cinematics pack is a highly recommended download, and the game's quality setting at least upgrades draw distances to better suit a 4K experience. It goes way beyond what we get on a base PS4 in that sense, but the highly variable asset quality is a concern - if the full 4K texture pack from the PC version is available to X owners, it'll address the shortcomings of the Pro version and present a significantly improved look. And by extension, it may be the biggest gulf we've seen between Pro and X to date.

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by KjGarly » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:37 pm

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by Glowy69 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:59 pm

Yeah, I've gone after the higher level orcs just because I can :datass:

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by Boo! » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:48 am

Finished this yesterday. The game is basically a load of samey side missions disguised as story missions. Same gooseberry fool over and over, I was pretty bored by the end and just wanted it to be over so I could play evil within.

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by Trelliz » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:38 am

Boo! wrote:Finished this yesterday. The game is basically a load of samey side missions disguised as story missions. Same gooseberry fool over and over, I was pretty bored by the end and just wanted it to be over so I could play evil within.


I, over a month ago wrote:It will be functionally solid, not too difficult but padded out too much; reviewers will praise the graphics, nemesis system and orcs but say the story is superficial and too thinly-spread over the grind once the base sieges wear out their novelty.


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PostRe: Middle-earth: Shadow of War - PC, PS4, XB - Due OCT 10 - Has reviewed well.
by Godzilla » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:27 pm

So I was given this as a present on launch day which was a nice treat as I didn't t have to give WB any of my money. I got the standard edition too.

I've now finished Act 3 (Act 4 is just a grind but I'll come to that)

So here is my review.

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I loved the original , bought it on Xbox One and then again on PS4 when I changed console. Completed it and all DLC.

Shadow of War had my attention from day 1 due to the bigger world and more things to do.

The game starts off with limited powers and takes a few hours before you can turn Orcs, the story is atrocious with the final parts of action 3 being beyond poor. Really it's like fan fiction.

The map has become a ubi soft map, so much to do but it's all busy work with little reward. The game does throw xp and skill points at the player which is great but the powers are very limited. A few base powers and then 3 tabs for each one, which you have to unlock with a skill point, but you can only have one tab active at any time per skill. So after a while you're spending points on stuff you don't really need or want.

The core gameplay is the same as before with more orc variation which is cool. However I did see a good few repeats which takes away some of the magic.

The fortress mode is a strange one, as long as you do the side quests to take out captains you remove different parts of a fortress's defense. Then go in and capture a few zones.

It's very grindy and that's what the 4th act of the game is. Upgrade, capture, defend bases from the enemy.

You need a lot of high level orcs for this and curreny to upgrade all defenses.

It's a grind and not really fun. As it's the same time and time again.

The loot boxes offer legendary orcs (which are rare in Game) and combat modifiers for them, so you can add a group or trolls to protect them or give them a poison weapon, or a warg to ride, or all of that and more. Basically pay to avoid the grind .

The game feels like the move from Arkham Asylum to Arkham Knight, it's bigger, more to do, but it's not better. It's just more and more stuff.

It's also a joyless game, nothing in it is exciting or fun. I'm feels focus tested to death as on paper it's amazing but to play it, it's without a personality.

I had the dlc tribute character turn up once in my playthrough and it was a cool little tribute to the guy.

Overall, if you can get the game of the year version for about 20 quid then it'll keep you busy for a while. But the grind is insane at the end and i question how many reviewers actually bothered to finish it. As it really takes away from what has gone before it.

5/10. Bigger isn't better,

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