Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor cover
Monolith Productions
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Linux Feral Interactive
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
OS X, Linux Feral Interactive
Lithtech Jupiter EX
Release dates
Windows September 30, 2014
OS X July 30, 2015
Linux July 30, 2015
The Hobbit 1982
The Fellowship of the Ring 1985
The Shadows of Mordor 1987
J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth 1988
The Crack of Doom 1989
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's Riders of Rohan 1990
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II 1992
The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) 2002
The Return of the King 2003
War of the Ring 2003
The Hobbit (2003) 2003
The Battle for Middle-earth 2004
The Battle for Middle-earth II 2006
The Lord of the Rings Online 2007
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest 2009
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North 2011
Lego The Lord of the Rings 2012
Guardians of Middle-earth 2012
Lego The Hobbit 2014
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 2014
Middle-earth: Shadow of War 2017

Key points

Mouse sensitivity tied to frame rate, which may cause slow camera movement on certain configurations.
Features an in-game benchmarking system.

General information

PC Report
Steam Community Discussions
Official website


All Windows and Linux versions require Steam DRM.
Some bonus content requires a WBPlay account.

Version differences[edit]

Japanese language support is only available in the Japanese version of Shadow of Mordor which only contains Japanese and English languages.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Berserks Warband
Blood Hunters Warband
Captain of the Watch Character Skin
Deadly Archer Rune
Endless Challenge
Flame of Anor Rune
Flesh Burners Warband
HD Content Free. High-resolution texture pack. Available here.
Hidden Blade Rune
Lord of the Hunters
Orc Hunter Available by registering for a WBPlay account.
Orc Slayer Rune
Power of Shadow Free.
Rising Storm Rune
Season Pass Sold on Steam as Upgrade to GOTY Edition.
Skull Crushers Warband
Test of Power Free.
Test of Speed
Test of Wisdom
The Bright Lord
The Dark Ranger Character Skin

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\game\interface\videos and rename the legal folder to something else.
  2. Move, delete or rename these files.


Depending on which language was picked any other intro_language.vib file will have to be renamed instead.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WB Games\Shadow of Mordor
macOS (OS X) %USERPROFILE%/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/ShadowOfMordor/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/ShadowOfMordor/AppData/WB Games/Shadow of Mordor/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/241930/remote/gamedata.sav

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Advanced settings.
Advanced settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolution options are percentages of the monitor's native resolution (i.e. 70% of 1080p would be 1344 x 756), rather than a standard selection. This results in non-standard resolution options if selecting anything other than 100% of native resolution.
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Use Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Disable the intro videos if the game exits during the intros.[1]
Field of view (FOV)
Use Flawless Widescreen or see Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and resolution options with 150% and 200% scaling for SSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Game itself is capped at 100 FPS.[2] See High frame rate. Benchmark has no frame rate cap.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use Flawless Widescreen[citation needed]
Cheat Engine[citation needed]
  1. Download and install the latest version of Cheat Engine.
  2. Download this file and put it somewhere convenient: ShadowOfMordorFOVFix.CT.
  3. Run Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
  4. Alt+Tab , and run ShadowOfMordorFOVFix.CT, this should open an instance of Cheat Engine.
  5. In the top left of the Cheat Engine window, click the first button (computer with magnifier).
  6. At the bottom of the new window, press Process List.
  7. Scroll down, and select ShadowofMordor.exe, then press OK, then press Yes.
  8. Right click the "FOV Fix" entry at the bottom part of the Cheat Engine window, and select Set Hotkeys.
  9. Click Create Hotkey and press a button (for example F8), then press OK again.
  10. Open Shadow of Mordor and press the hotkey you selected.

High frame rate[edit]

The game is capped at 100 FPS without this fix.
Disable frame rate limit[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit render.cfg.
  3. On line 6, change Render.Setting.FrameRateLimit to "3.000000".

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Keys such as Tab and other special characters cannot be remapped.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity tied to the frame rate.[citation needed]
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Only when aiming.
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for music, effects and voices.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[4]
Named as Captions under Video Options.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


The Japan region version only includes Japanese and English languages.
Language UI Audio CC Notes
Japan region purchases only.
Brazilian Portuguese

Issues fixed[edit]

No audio during cutscenes and cinematics[edit]

Redistributables[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\_CommonRedist and install the files, or download the DirectX End User Runtime.

Hard crashes and stutter[edit]

Set lighting quality to medium[citation needed]

In the advanced video options, change lighting quality to medium or lower.

No branding sound[edit]

Set Listening Environment to another setting[citation needed]

In sound options, change Listening Environment to another setting, e.g TV.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
OpenGL 4.1, 4.3 4.1 on OS X, 4.3 on Linux.
Shader Model support 5
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Input SDL2 Only on OS X and Linux.
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

A 64-bit system is required.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2 7 SP1, 8.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-750 2.67 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz
AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 3 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 44 GB 57 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
AMD Radeon HD 5850
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7950
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.10.3 10.10.4
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.4 GHz Intel 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB 16 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 67 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 650M
AMD Radeon HD 7000 series
Intel Iris Pro
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780MX
AMD FirePro D700
AMD Radeon R9 295X
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04.2, SteamOS
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-750 2.67 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz
AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 47 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 640 Nvidia GeForce GTX 900 Series
4 GB of VRAM


  1. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor | WSGF
  2. Monolith-Forgey comments on We are game developers for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Ask us anything.
  3. http://steamcommunity.com/app/241930/discussions/0/613937942889898323/
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up