I played 15 hours of the blockbuster new 'Shadow of War' game - here's what it's like
The new "Lord of the Rings" game, "Middle-earth: Shadow of War," is fine.
Not in the '90s sense, but in the literal sense. It's not a terrible game, and it's not a great game. It's fine.
These are the highs and lows of "Middle-earth: Shadow of War.Get the latest Microsoft stock price here.
All that said, the game plays beyond competently and — if you're willing to go looking — there's plenty of fun to be had in "Shadow of War."
In 2014, "Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor" felt derivative with a twist. In 2017, "Middle-earth: Shadow of War" feels like more of the same.Advertisement
There are new additions to "Shadow of War" that make it different from the first, but not much.
Followed by horrifically ugly moments like this:Advertisement
Even the simplest aspects of "Shadow of War" are bizarrely inconsistent. There are gorgeous moments like this:
"Shadow of War" feels aggressively middle-of-the-road. It's not bad. It's not great. It is exactly okay.Advertisement
Fights can be thrilling, and the bureaucracy gets more nuanced the further you get, but it can also feel like a grind. That's because so much of the game is familiar if you play other games.
And what is the goal of "Shadow of War"? To destroy the orc bureaucracy.Advertisement
So what's the deal with these orcs? They're bureaucrats. The worst kind of orcs! Ugh!
There is a ring at the center of things, as is so often the case in Mordor. But does it matter?Advertisement
"Middle-earth: Shadow of War" is a third-person action game set in the "Lord of the Rings" universe.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead for "Middle-earth Shadow of War," including story and gameplay.Advertisement
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