So, SoW is out, and not having that much of cash i resorted to having a friend of mine borrowing me console+game.
Overall is disappointing, a mere 6/10.
The game is great for what concerns graphic, skill trees, fighting mechanic, nemesis system etc, but honestly is just a better version of the first game. Ok, better, but not so much to feel another game.
The great downfalls of this game are (imho ofc):
the plot is just meh. It starts slowly, then it picks quite a pace and then fall down to the ground like a falcon having a stroke. Spoiler warning: there is a spoiler.
celebrimbor betraying talion is really a bummer, and plausible like the earth reversing his own spin. There is no such a thing as a traitorous elf. Sauron is a Maiar sometimes disguised as an elf, not an elf. Plus all the “Talion suffered like a gutted pig for decades before becoming fully corrupted” in the so called “true ending” in the free extra chapter really leaves a bad aftertaste.
Not to mention that after a not so nice chaper 4 they released a free DLC chapter 5 that is basically 20 sieges, doing the same thing over and over and over just to get the “true ending”. I saw that on youtube, cuz after 2 sieges and much grinding i was fed up already. And thank God i did, since said ending made me grateful to my stinginess for not purchasing the game. A total let down, a 1/10 for the ending, period.
Least but worst of all are the micro transactions, the true reason that made me not preorder or insta buy SoW. I mean, how the heck can you ask 60€ for a full single player game AND insert MTs? As a potential customer i smell foul trickery a mile away and keep my wallet fiercely closed.
Basically MTs are a fraud early game ( you would have stuff useless until u get the required level) dumb mid game (a legendary item has like +2 better than the normal one u find) and a theft end game. Because while chap 1-3 u get all the exp u need, chap 4-5 require much more grinding, and ofc having better orcs or the legendary/mythic weapons that grant extra XP is useful.
You can still complete all the game without the MTs (like my friend) but honestly the grinding in an ARPG really beat the fun outta of it for me.
Bottom line, i will not buy this game until i find it in a sale at 5€ tops, cuz WB definitely deserve boycot for this MTs stuff. I already hate that in mobile games, but trying to charge them AND want money for the game itself is too much.
TL/DR: overall 6/10.
Major flaws are sub par plot, super crappy ending, slow pace in chap 1, sloth pace in chap 5 (unless MTs), MicroTransactions and too much grinding.