One game to find them, one game to rule them all and in the darkness bind them. Pretty much the sleeper hit of the year, Shadow Of Mordor has plenty going for it. Tolkien lore, detailed landscapes and a Nemesis System that gives the game a hefty tactical side. But is it pretty? Does it shine like Galadriel’s hair, or does it look like Gollum’s unwashed loin-cloth, my precious?
Depending on your aversion to Orcs, slaying them won’t exactly look too different at all in the comparison video from Gamespot. The PS4 and Xbox One version of the game is basically identical, with the PC version looking slightly less polished. Ah ha! But herein lies the twist, as the version above isn’t using the new ultra-HD texture packs.
Quick update: Alessandro is busy with a PC build of the game, and he assures me that it doesn’t look anywhere near as washed out as it does in that video. He started saying something about gamma settings, but I started drifting off and thinking of Hulk comics.
An optional pack, the Ultra-HD textures are a massive 3.7gb download, which you can grab here with this direct link. But you’re going to need hardware that was forged in the fires of Mordor in order to run the game with these textures installed. Monolith recommends a 6GB GPU for the maximum possible visuals, cards such as the Radeon HD 7970, R9 290X, GTX 780 and 780 Ti or Nvidia’s GTX Titans. Eurogamer has a detailed write-up on what to expect with these textures in place, if you’re curious and just want to show that Borg cube off in your den.
Otherwise, Shadow Of Mordor is out today for y’all. I’m happy with any level of graphics, so long as the game runs smooth. Unless it’s on old-gen systems. Urgh, back you hobbitseses. Aways from my precious!
Last Updated: October 3, 2014