Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Catch-All

And here I thought the personalities would be a gimmick. Reviews seem to be saying otherwise. This is probably going on the Christmas wishlist.

I am really excited to read all your impressions on this one. I am not getting day-one, but I think this looks like a fun game.

Posted this on the build your PC thread but will post here as well.. Want Ultra Textures at 1080P then you will need a GPU with 6GB of Vram.

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?...

Whoa, so my barely a year old card can't run it on max settings? Bummer.

How many video cards out even have 6gb of RAM? And can you actually see a difference when you're playing?

Chaz wrote:

How many video cards out even have 6gb of RAM? And can you actually see a difference when you're playing?

Barely a handful.. Nvidia Titans (all varieties) have 6GB of VRAM.. There is one OEM Nvidia 780 that has 6GB of VRAM and a few OEM AMD 280's 290's that have 6GB of VRAM. Even the monster AMD 295x "only" has 4GB of VRAM.

There is a question on did the developer HAVE to use ultra high quality textures that required 6GB of VRAM or could they have optimized them to squeeze them into 4GB.

I'd probably gamble and say that they totally could've optimized, but didn't bother, because 99% of the market doesn't have the hardware to run those assets. I mean, the ultra textures aren't even being included in the game. They're probably what they used for marketing materials, then bundled them up and offer them as an option for the ultra high end folks to play with and probably post screenshots of.

Yeah don't forget that a lot of people have multiple GPUs so they could run the ultra HD stuff easily.

b12n11w00t wrote:

Yeah don't forget that a lot of people have multiple GPUs so they could run the ultra HD stuff easily.

How so? VRAM doesnt multiply in SLI/Crossfire situations.. you are limited to the VRAM of the individual card.

Polygon: 9.5/10

I'm shocked. As with Arkham Asylum, I saw that this was a licensed game and dismissed it. Something must be very right at Warner Bros. right now for them to make good games with their film licenses.

b12n11w00t wrote:

Yeah don't forget that a lot of people have multiple GPUs so they could run the ultra HD stuff easily.

Nope. Like Guru said... texture data is duplicated on both cards. If you've got 4GB cards you've got 4GB for texture data whether you've got one card or three.

Ah, didn't realize it was duplicated. Seemed like it should share the load, my mistake.

How do scores compare to the PS3 and X360 versions that don't have the nemesis system running in the background?

arghhh. I need to stop reading about this. There are so many games coming out in October. This seems to be doing something genuinely different and creative as it relates to the Nemesis system. I haven't caved... yet.

Wow I can get this on GMG for $37. Frankly this game snuck up on me and I knew nothing about it. I am pretty blown away by all the positivity around the game. I think I may buy it!

Whoah. I guess I'll be playing this game based on the positive reviews. I love LOTR, and it'll be nice to visit that world again. It's been awhile. Definitely going PC with all those fun graphics options available.

TheGameguru wrote:

Posted this on the build your PC thread but will post here as well.. Want Ultra Textures at 1080P then you will need a GPU with 6GB of Vram.

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?...

This seems silly. Waiting for the PS4 vs. PC Digital Foundry now.

I definitely want to see a graphic comparison between consoles and PC.

All these good reviews are definitely making me even more excited for Tuesday to get here so stuff unlocks and can start playing =)

ccesarano wrote:

How do scores compare to the PS3 and X360 versions that don't have the nemesis system running in the background?

No one knows. Well, there are no reviews as of yet.

Edit: Apparently those versions aren't out until November.

I had seen this about a month ago and immediately became pretty interested, but I had intended to get it on Xbox 360. I didn't realize that a) the PS3/360 versions don't come out until mid-November, and b) they will be somewhat hobbled with respect to the nemesis system, which is largely what makes this game sound so interesting. Can I assume that whatever nemesis features are fully enabled on the next-gen consoles will also be fully enabled on the PC? If so I'll happily shell out to play it on release next week.

So I actually ended up buying this day one just because of this tweet -
https://twitter.com/middleearthgame/status/514474737389408256

Like others, I had totally dismissed this but the glowing reviews have me taking a closer look. I hope Monolith has a massive hit on their hands, so they can get back the rights to No One Lives Forever and get cracking on that!

chaosmos wrote:

Like others, I had totally dismissed this but the glowing reviews have me taking a closer look. I hope Monolith has a massive hit on their hands, so they can get back the rights to No One Lives Forever and get cracking on that!

Oh!!!!!! I didn't make the connection.. It's THAT Monolith. This has just moved up to an almost certain day one purchase.

SallyNasty wrote:

So I actually ended up buying this day one just because of this tweet -
https://twitter.com/middleearthgame/status/514474737389408256

Woo! Look forward to talking shop about it with you =)

Yeah decided to pick it up with a 25% off at GMG before any of the reviews started coming in. Super excited now that its been very positive (especially considering the mediocre reviews of Destiny and Hyrule Warriors)

b12n11w00t wrote:

Ah, didn't realize it was duplicated. Seemed like it should share the load, my mistake.

It has to be duplicated, because otherwise the two cards can't split the load of rendering frames. It would be fantastic if SLI could make it so one card handles certain portions of a scene while the other handles the rest, but that's not how it works. I'm not even sure if it could work that way, but I don't know much about device driver programming.

And...caved.... PC version. Come on Tuesday!

*record scratch*

Destructoid: 6/10

One does not simply walk into Bore-dor [...]

Basically, all of the Nemesis encounters are going to go like this: You walk up to a captain that generally can't be killed by a stealth attack, engage in combat, and watch as a small cutscene plays where the enemy exclaims a generic phrase like "Sauron rules all!" Then 20 additional enemies appear, the player stuns the boss, combos him, and uses an execution attack while avoiding the newly spawned enemies. Repeat the process until he dies. Warchief fights are the exact same, except they also require some tedious basic quest to "lure them out" like "kill five archers." After a few hours of doing this, I became far too bored with the system to even bother hunting down enemies for a chance at a minor upgrade.

Personally I think that review is trying a bit too hard. Nonetheless... a dissenting opinion.

Clearly their opinion is invalid.