Middle Earth Shadow of War Review: Conclusion
Based on our testing, it seems that you really need at least a GTX 1060 or an RX 580 to have a smooth and playable frame rate at 1080p at Very High or Ultra settings. Moving up to 1440p resolution, you’ll need at least a GTX 1070 (Ti) or an RX Vega 56 to maintain a playable 60 fps at Very High or Ultra settings. If you have a 4K UHD monitor or if you plan to play this at 4K UHD, you’ll really need a powerful graphics card, like the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. A GTX 1080, GTX 1070 Ti, or the RX VEGA 64/56 could drive this game at 4K UHD, but you’ll have to tone down the graphics quality if you wish to hit an average of 60 fps. By the way, the game is still “playable” between 30 fps to 50fps. But it’s not as smooth as compared to 60 fps.
How about if you have a high refresh rate monitor? If you plan to play Shadow of War on a high refresh rate monitor (120Hz or 144Hz), you’ll really need a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to push all those frames on a G-Sync-enabled monitor. As for FreeSync-enabled monitors, the fastest that AMD has is the Radeon RX VEGA 64 Liquid Edition.
For those who are using a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or an RX 560, do not worry because you can still play Shadow of War at 1080p. But you’ll have to sacrifice some graphic details and lower the quality to achieve a playable frame rate. However, it may not be as visually stimulating as compared to playing the game at ultra graphics quality.
Like I said in the previous pages, I haven’t finished or beat the game yet. I’m still at 55%, still a long way to go and I’ll need lots of hours to complete this game. So far, I personally find Shadow of War much better compared to Shadow of Mordor. There are many things you can do with this game that you can’t do in the first one. I can’t comment on how good the story is yet, because like I said I haven’t finished the game. But in terms of gameplay, level of action and quests, I pretty much enjoyed playing Shadow of War. Dominating the orcs, hunting captains and the hack and slash action are some of the things that lets me enjoy this game.
Finally, if you like Shadow of Mordor, I think you’ll enjoy Middle Earth Shadow of War more; just like how I find Shadow of War to be more action-packed and exciting. If you haven’t tried Shadow of War yet and if you enjoy games like this, I suggest you check out some gameplay videos first. You may find yourself getting a copy.