- Name: Middle-earth: Shadow of War
- Developers: IOGU, Warner Bros. International Enterprises
- Genre: RPG
- Price: Free, with ads and IAPs
- Installed size: 257 mb
- Best played in short-medium sessions
- No bugs experienced
- Playable Offline: No
What is Shadow of War?
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a hero collection gacha game with Middle-earth characters to collect. While it largely has the same features as every other gacha game, it does have a few novel (for the genre) twists. Like most gacha games, it has players obtain heroes from a randomized loot roll. Those heroes can be powered up with ring inscriptions (effectively equipment), and their skills can be leveled using skill points. Players then select their team of heroes and send them to battle against orcs and other enemies.
Battles amount to watching your heroes fight and occasionally intervening by either aiming their active skill or selecting a target for them to focus on. The real twist comes in when players get to the game’s boss orcs. Players can choose to either kill them for loot or subjugate the so that they can be used for future fights. Like the heroes, each orc boss has their own strengths and weaknesses to consider when making that choice.
- 20 different heroes to collect and power up
- Stamina system: Yes
- PVP: No
- CO-OP: No
- Social features: Guilds, chat
- Graphics quality: Good
- Audio quality: Average
- Audio recommended: No
- UI quality: Good
- Overall presentation: Good
Shadow of War is not the best gacha game around, but it does have something to offer mobile gamers. The most obvious thing here is the use of characters from the Lord of the Rings and Shadow of Morodor, which should have a broader appeal than most gacha games which tend to be based on anime/manga series. The game’s nemesis system helps make boss fights become a more dynamic experience by mixing things up based on previous encounters. For example a boss encountered during a regular stage became resistant to poison when fought during his boss fight stage. Beyond that, this is a gacha game through and through.
Shadow of War, like most gacha games, is repetitive. Players will encounter the same cannon fodder enemies throughout the game. What makes things worse is that the same environments are also repeated, so even the scenery will start to feel old. If you can look past the repetition, and have no issues with gacha games, Shadow of War Mobile is worth your time. The graphics are above average, and the animations are excellent, and the battles require enough player involvement to prevent them from being an entirely passive experience. Is Middle-earth: Shadow of War Mobile a must play? no. Is it something worth playing for fans of Middle-earth or those looking for a new game to play? Yes.