After purchasing Shadow of War on release I have to say it's a great game. I like that the nemesis system was expanded upon and they managed to do it while staying true to what made the game fun.
Loot boxes are a joke, and potentially pay to win if you play the online portion.
Have any of you picked it up yet?
No, but it's on my radar now.
Played first Middle Earth really enjoyed it, excited to try the second
It's a good game (thoroughly enjoyed most of it), but the endgame is an annoying grind designed to try to make you buy lootboxes.
I never felt any need through the whole game, but then at the end it's just fortress defence after fortress defence after fortress defence and it gets very tedious. Just be warned about that.
I second that, bleybourne! I loved the game until the fortress defense. I have slogged through 7 stages of it, and, having taken a break from it, I'm not sure that I will finish it.
It was bad enough at first when it was just one fortress per stage, but then it started being two and I just lost the will to keep doing the same thing over and over and over. I think I stopped at Stage 7 like you. I am very unlikely to go back to it either, which is a shame because the rest of the game was fun.
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