Middle-earth: Shadow of War review: my precious framerates!

Benchmarks with 27 graphics cards by AMD and Nvidia



Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a new game in the series of games based on the books by Tolkien. The story continues where Shadow of Mordor ended, the developers have done a lot more with the format of the game world and explored all the possibilities that lie within it. What hardware, then, do you need to tackle a load of Orcs?

Shadow of War was developed by Monolith Productions who were also responsible for Shadow of Mordor and the titles in the F.E.A.R. series. The official release of Shadow of War was on the 10th of October and it is available across all platforms (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) along with the mobile version for Android and iOS. On PC, Shadow of War utilises DirectX 11, based on a heavily-modified LithTech engine which got its own name – Firebird.

The story is chronologically placed between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. The story of Talion from the previous game continues here. The gaming press were moderately enthusiastic about the game, where the enthusiasm was curbed by the presence of micro transactions. The question of why the loot boxes have such a big influence arises, while we also get to enjoy a very diverse game play in such a large world.

Hardware requirements

The base requirements set by Monolith Productions are a 64-bit Windows OS version, which is a standard for most games these days, specifically - Windows 7 or Windows 10 Creators Update. In terms of processor, you should be able to play on an AMD FX-4350 or an Intel Core i5 2300, although the recommended CPUs are AMD FX-8350 and Intel Core i7 3770. The minimum RAM required is 6GB while the recommended amount is 12GB, which is very far apart on a scale. With a HD 7870 or a GTX 660, you can already start killing the orcs, but to get them to fly across the screen smoothly, you are better off with a RX 480 4GB or a GTX 1060 6GB. Finally, to fit the whole of Middle Earth on your PC, you will need at least 70GB of hard drive space.  

Speaking of drive space and requirements, the freely-available 4K texture pack will take up 15GB of your space and the 4K cinematic pack – 25GB. For the 4K experience, the game requirements are higher, you will need a R9 390 8GB or a GTX 1070. In this review, we test the game without any packs applied.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War currently costs around 60 dollars.

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