MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF WAR is a 100GB Download and Worth Every Bit of HDD Space

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MASSIVE DELIGHTS

When I first read about the massive 100GB download size for the PC version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, I didn't really believe it. How could that be as some of the largest games I've seen hover around the 50GB mark. Well, either way, I set off to download the game and HA! It's only 64GB of download mania. Feeling like the media had over blown the size and exagerrated quite a bit, I felt like a geek liberated. I launched the game and quickly realized I was missing two bits of content: Ultra quality textures and 4K cinematic movies. I quickly kicked off the download (after having to reset Steam) and guess what? Another 34 GB of downloads started. Holy mother of Pearl, that is a huge freaking game!

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HUMBLED YET VINDICATED

After completing 100GB of download (!), I immediately thought to myself, "This better be friggin' worth it!" Instead fears of poorly ported assets and horribly optimized game haunted me as I relaunched the game. So, was that 100GB worth it? I must say, especially if you have the rig for it, a resounding YES! The movies are absolutely stunning in quality, the textures and graphical assets are gorgeous but better yet, the game is FUN.

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Yes, the above screenshots are examples of the high quality textures in game. As I mentioned, almost every moment is glorious in game with blazing lighting effects, subtle torchlight flickering, and water dripping slowly into the shadows. It's truly a sight to behold. Even the cinematics, as shown below, are a treat. So far, I'm having a blast playing and, drooling at this marvelous piece of gaming.

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Rarely is a sequel this much better of an improvement in story, gameplay, and graphics but so far, Shadow of War is better on all fronts and I can't wait to see even more of the twisted but beautiful take on Middle-earth...

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