Review: Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

We’ll be taking a look at Monolith Productions’ Middle Earth: Shadow of War.  Should you buy this game?  Should you buy this game for a child?  This is a long one.  I’ll have a TL;DR table of information at the bottom in case you need it.  Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post; it’s just before my disclaimer.

***This is a videogame review and while I make my best effort not to include spoilers, sometimes it happens.  If you have not completed Shadow of Mordor, there may be a spoiler contained in this review.  You have been warned.  This post contains affiliate links.***

Shadow of War General Information

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Available PlatformsPS4, XBOX One, PC
Available FormatsDigital
Retail Disc
Platform Reviewed onPS4
GenreAction Role-Playing
DeveloperMonolith Productions
PublisherWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Release Date(s)October 10, 2017
RatingsESRB: M
PEGI: 18
USK: 16
ACB: MA 15+

Parent’s Information

If you’re a parent here looking for whether or not your child should play this game, here’s the place to look.  Not taking into account the quality of the actual game, here’s what you need to know:

Here in the US, the ESRB rated this M for Mature for the following reasons:  Blood and Gore, Intense Violence  Click here for details.

In Europe, PEGI rated this as appropriate for 18 and older.  They stated the following: It contains: Extreme violence – Violence towards defenceless people. (They spelled defenseless wrong…)

In Germany, USK rated this for 16 and older only.  In Australia, the ACB rated this M, which means 15 and older for: Strong violence and online interactivity.

Would I let my child play it?  Well, he’s only 5…so, no.  He has walked into the room while I was playing and expressed a distaste for the way the orcs look.  He said he wasn’t scared, but he said they were scary and gross.  Anyways, mature is a good rating for this game simply due to the extreme violence shown.  You are quite literally chopping the heads off of orcs for much of the game.  In the Fight Pits, your orc may even hold up the severed head of his now dead opponent to show it to you.

If you’re totally okay with extreme violence and you just want to know what else you should know:  there is no foul language, no drug references and while Shelob (an important character) is very sexualized compared to the original media, there is no sex, simulated or implied.  

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