The full force of a booming orchestral score lends Shadow of Mordor some real movie-level gravitas. The vocal and mo-cap performances from lead actors Troy Baker, Alastair Duncan et al. are also superb.
A little inconsistent. For every stunning vista, there's the occasional lack of character detail and on Xbox One, even the odd instance of texture pop-in. Shadow of Mordor could look better.
On paper, Shadow of Mordor might not seem like the most original concept, but the execution is almost sublime. Combat is strong, but lacking the refinement of the Arkham series it's inspired by. Most importantly though, SoM is great fun.
The narrative portion of SoM is relatively short, clocking in at a not entirely ungenerous 8-10 hours, but there's plenty of side questing to be done making for a fully-fledged open-world experience. The Nemesis System gives the game legs.
A decent enough list that ticks almost all of the right boxes, tasking you with completing all of the game's numerous missions and a lot more besides.