Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor received 9+ out of 10 scores from many of the leading game review sites. Joystiq even gave it a perfect score. Looks like we finally have a legitimate AAA killer app game for next generation consoles.
Joystiq – 5/5
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a well-paced sandbox game with a revolutionary new game mechanic in the Nemesis System, which I imagine we’ll see iterated on in the years to come. The Nemesis System creates the opportunity for two players to have wildly different experiences fighting the Uruk-hai, while Talion collects trinkets and upgrades
Polygon – 9.5/10
Shadow of Mordor is that ultimate rarity. It tells a fun little story that would be enough to hold up most games on their own. But it also provides all of the tools to ensure that the most interesting tales to come out of the game will be the ones that were not scripted.
IGN – 9.3/10
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor stands out from other open-world action games by putting a great new layer on top of the trail that Batman blazed. I was surprised at how well it integrates its excellent combat with rewarding feedback and progression not just for me, but also for my enemies.
The execution of all the game’s “little elements” is almost completely perfect..Shadow of Mordor might be the first third-person sandbox game to truly let players tackle a challenge the way that THEY want. I can’t emphasize to you how different/fresh and important this feels..Imagine GTA 5’s heists or Batman’s detective work, but without the on-rails, scripted choices. Instead you just plan the heist within the rules of the sandbox – tailing the owner, casing the place, etc.