Story - 95%
Graphics - 94%
Audio - 96%
Gameplay - 92%
Replayability - 84%
Shadow of War will be out for a year next month and what a year it was for Talion, Uruk tribes, Eltariel and Baranor. Tons of fun was had, and the game turned out to be epic. So epic that we have another release called the Definitive Edition.
Our initial review can be found here, in this article I will be concentrating more on the Definitive Edition, what has changed and why you should own this game.
The Nemesis system is what made this IP successful and with the second game they drastically improve this system to go beyond to what we would’ve thought. Micro-transactions were present when the game launched and with the controversary that happened end of last year with micro-transaction some things have changed:
- Market Closure: Complete removal of the market and microtransactions.
- Updated Post-Game: Streamlined post-game Epilogue (formerly Shadow Wars) with new narration from Shelob, the Witch-king and Dark Talion, plus new Masks of the Nazgûl player rewards.
- Nemesis System Enhancements: Numerous improvements bringing further depth to combat encounters and player interactions, along with added traits and behaviours for Orc enemies, more Legendary Orcs to encounter and more ways to get Training Orders.
- Powering Up: Follower level cap has been increased to 80, enemy Captain level cap has been increased to 85, greater XP rewards, new Prestige skills, upgrades and more.
- Gear Upgrades: Players can now use Mirian to raise the level of a piece of gear to their current level and use gems to re-roll abilities.
- Skins: Added player skins for Celebrimbor, Eltariel, Dark Eltariel, Baranor and Serka.
- Online Pit Fights & Conquests: Added search feature to challenge specific players’ Overlords and fortresses in Friendly Mode.
- Endless Siege: Added feature to defend fortresses against never-ending waves of Sauron’s forces.
- Rebellion: Added feature to crush rebel Ologs and Uruks who undermine the Bright Lord.
- Photo Mode Upgrades: Capture every battle with new filters, frames and textures
- Difficulty Levels: Added Brutal and Gravewalker difficulty levels.
- Player Stats: Added player stats page to track in-game enemy kills, dominations and betrayals.
The Definitive Edition features the main game, along with the full Expansion Pass, including additional story campaigns, missions, playable characters, Orc tribes, and more. This is the same that was included in the Gold Edition which is kind of sad but still a great game.
- Middle-earth: Shadow of War Main Game
- Slaughter Tribe – Nemesis Expansion
- Outlaw Tribe – Nemesis Expansion
- Blade of Galadriel – Story Expansion
- Desolation of Mordor – Story Expansion
The main game by itself is enough for me to buy this game, it has everything you want from an Action RPG and more. There is also an option to download 4K Cinematics (Not entirely sure if it is included in the disc option)
This is one of my favourite new IPs and the second instalment really took the series a step up. I cannot wait to see what we will get next.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Action RPG
Age Rating: Mature
Publisher/Developer: Warner Bros. / Monolith
Estimated RRP: R650
Release Date: 31 August 2018
- Great collection for someone who doesn’t own the game
- Such a great series and a big step forward from the first game
- Nothing different from the Gold Edition