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Lord of the Rings Shadow of Mordor's Mac Version is Now Available

Feral Interactive finally released Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor for Mac and Linux yesterday, July 30.

The release was somewhat bumpy though. Feral first announced the Linux version of the game a few months ago, but forgot to mention the MacOS version. This was obviously enough to make the whole Mac community nervous. Then, speculation peaked when someone at IMG forums noticed an ad for the game on Maclife Magazine.

The game is finally here and it plays just as good as you would expect from a port from Feral Interactive.

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I personally gave it a go on my Mac Pro:

2015 is a promising year already, but Shadow of Mordor is without a doubt my most anticipated game. Not only do all of my PC friends find it amazing, it also won GDC's Game of the Year. And it looks bad-ass. And I dig the Lord of the Rings universe. What else could I ask for?

In case you're unfamiliar with the game, "Shadow of Mordor mixes up the stealth-action-open-world gameplay found in titles like Assassin’s Creed and the Batman Arkham games and places it in a richly-detailed Middle-Earth (of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fame). Of particular note about the game is the introduction of the “Nemesis System,” which gives unique personalities and traits to various baddies in the world; these enemies will remember past battles with you and become stronger over time, requiring a unique approach to taking each one out".

Are you excited to get your hands on this one? I know I do!


  1. stniuk

    I play it on ps3, the game is very good, the only problem is later in the game you get too over powered and using the games tactics you can kill the captains quite easily.

    • Mac Gamer Ric

      I heard about that yes, but honestly I can't wait to play it! I even tried to play it on Bootcamp but there's out my partition was too small lol.
      Then I didn't feel like doing the whole thing all over to bootcamp a game..
      What are you playing right now?

  2. Roland

    this game looks really nice, i'm looking forward to playing it! it used to be aspyr but feral has become my favorite "mac port" developer over the last few years. @stniuk:disqus: can you still kill the captains easily when you increase the difficulty or is that just the way the game mechanics are set up?

    • Mac Gamer Ric

      With all their latest announcements, Feral does impress right now! But I got the feeling that Aspyr still has a couple of things to announce! In any case, we only win from having two strong porting companies!
      What Mac do you use primarly when you game?

      • Roland

        I have a 27 inch late 2012 imac with 3.4 ghz i7, GeForce GTX 680 MX, 24gb ram and fusion drive 🙂 it's my 4th imac, my first one was the blueberry imac 1999... back then i played games like myth 2, marathon and diablo... too bad for bungie, i had all their games and was so bummed when they were bought by microsoft and the halo franchise was made xbox exclusive

        • Mac Gamer Ric

          Losing Bungie was awful, and now part of Mac gaming's infamous history... You've got yourself a cool iMac there, you should be able to play this game nicely on it! What are you playing right now?

    • ironhorse40

      Aspyr seem me port a game and turnaround with jackup price for the product. Feral has always had a good pricing system.

  3. stniuk

    When you issue a death threat to a captain you can also command a branded captain or war chief to murder the same captain. When this happens the original captain turns up with his gang as does your branded captain with his gang. Easy kill. You don't have to command a branded captain to kill another of course.
    You can still get killed if you get surrounded by too many uruks or as I nearly did last night end up fighting two captains at once totally by accident, I ended up fleeing.
    It is great fun and well worth the money.

    • Mac Gamer Ric

      I've been waiting for this one for a loooong time. I even almost installed Bootcamp once lol

  4. ironhorse40

    Please let's not speak of that evil app "BootCamp" which take way Hard Drive space:( I can't wait to run this on my Mac Pro and hope the requirements isn't to steep for us.

    • Mac Gamer Ric

      You have a Mac Pro?? If you do, there's a good chance you will be able to run it just fine 🙂
      But yeah it depends on your graphics card, which one do you have? Cheers man!

  5. Josh Hatchett

    This SteamOS thing is like the best thing's that's ever happened to us! So many games coming to Mac! Maybe someday I won't need my PS4/Wii U and will be satisfied with just my amazing iMac! 😀

    • Mac Gamer Ric

      You own a Wii U? Why??? LOL jocking there. Yeah SteamOS looks like a good thing for us both with Metal and Vulkan competing against each other, that could change....

      • Josh Hatchett

        Yeah... Wii U

        I foresee that going the door and my PS4 ... I don't know. Just love my iMac and not really a big fan of my other gaming platforms.

  6. Myles Hecht

    although lots has been said i notice that no actual date or even a month that i twill be released

    • Mac Gamer Ric

      Definitely agree with you there. In fact lots of people keep asking Feral on Twitter. No news so far. I bet they ran into unexpected technical issues.. We will only know when they release it, as they're not the sharing type.

      • Myles Hecht

        yea. but they should at least give us a rough idea of like what time of year they PLAN to release it. like maybe just a season

  7. Fabio de Hita

    Watching PC Minimum Requirements, I think this will be the first game I won't be able to play...

    27-inch iMac 2009

    Intel Core i7-860 2.8GHz
    8GB of 1067MHz RAM
    Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB

    Maybe a miracle happens and I can play it as I could play Tomb Raider or MGR, but I doubt it, hope we can get a free Demo on Steam so people like me can at least check if it works... 🙁

    • Camilo López Cristoffanini

      I'm also waiting to see if I can run these game on my 13"MacBookPro...

      A demo would be great indeed!!!

    • Mac Gamer Ric

      I'm afraid you're right, that graphics card will melt with Shadow of Mordor.... I know my MacBook Air (integrated Intel HD5000) couldn't even run it on 720p at lowest settings...
      Hope they do a free weekend on Steam, that would be a great opportunity to give it a shot:

  8. Rasmus Englund

    So glad it finally arrived!
    Though (Steam Requirements) the HD space needed is 67GB 🙁
    That's alot.
    But still seems like a cool game for sure. There's a 50% sale on Steam right now 'til August 3rd.
    If you're a steam user as me, you might wanna get yo ass over there quickly! ;D
    (Thanks Feral!)

  9. Camilo López Cristoffanini

    WOW! Good news... I'll just standby to see if regular machines can run it!
    But definitely a game worth trying!

  10. Tom Lawton

    I'm looking into getting this for my Macbook Pro. Here are the Specs:

    Procsessor: 2GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: Intel Iris pro 1536 MB

    Could it run it? I know the internal graphics card would be a problem but how much of a one?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Mac Gamer Ric

      It will mostly depend on your graphics card. What card do you does it have? An integrated Intel one I suppose?

  11. Nick

    You think I can I run this game on my Imac ?
    Here are my specs: iMac (21.5-inch, medio 2011), processor: 2,5 GHz Intel Core i5, memory: 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3, video card: AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512 MB,

  12. Elker Arias

    I have MacBook Air (2014), 1.7 Intel Core i7, 8 ram and Intel HD Graphics 5000 (1536 MB).

    I can play Shadow of Mordor ??

    • PadreTomasito

      I will know the answer in 3 hours and 45 minutes 🙂

  13. Felipe Coutinho

    i have an imac 5k late 2015, 24gb 1867mhz RAM, i5 3,2Ghz, amd radeon m9 390 2gb GPU 1tb SSD, hopefully I'll be able to play it with no lags


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