So not only am I bumping a 20 year old thread, I'm also a filthy peasant who played this on last-gen.
That's right, for the lack of any feedback in the Gaming Cafe thread, I just went ahead on bought this on the 360... It was on sale.
Now, keep in mind that I didn't see what this played like on next-gen or PC... So I gotta say, it's not bad.
I know, kick my balls in... But I didn't hate it like everyone did.
I looked at some videos to see if it had bad framerate, and I went through every single encounter that had framedrops in those videos and it stayed relatively smooth. The only time the framerate dropped was when the game literally dunked 100 ghuls my way... Might have been more.
I don't know what the normal nemesis system is like, so I don't know what I'm missing. So far it seems pretty good... I chop an orc's head off, he comes back with duct tape around his neck and a million guys who all get their asses kicked cause the upgrades in this game are fantastic.
I might not be experiencing a single thing that people are complaining about this game for, but I'm experiencing all new things that no one even bothered to mention.
Every single time I got to the pause menu (Not the map, mind you. The map doesn't do this,) and come back into the game... The textures are just gone. It's like the game is desperately trying to hold the textures up and they all disappear the moment I look away to upgrade or look at the fears of a captain.
And this one... This one really gets me. The prerendered cutscenes of the story missions are fine, they start instantly the moment they're over, I'm back in the game. But the in-game cutscenes for the side missions and the Warchiefs and sh*t... There's literally a 5-second loading screen between every single change of the camera angle. I'm not even sh*tting you guys, there's a 5-second long black screen that loads a 2-second long shot that shows some asshole walking or looking at someone. Every single camera angle change is a 5-second loading screen that I can't even skip.
So all in all, my review of Shadow of Mordor on last-gen is; "It's a load of untextured fun for the blissfully uninformed such as myself."