Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Graphics & Benchmarks
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War may not be the visual feast, for which games like The Witcher 3 or Destiny 2 are known. Yet the sum of its moving parts is still impressive eye-candy worth applauding. The added locations bring in more vegetation and lush areas, swamps, jungles, forests, and dilapidated cities to mix things up visually. It’s a welcomed departure from the darker and less varied settings in Shadow of Mordor. The game also features a cool day/night cycle and weather changes which players must contend with. We should also note that Shadow of War also supports NVIDIA Ansel. A hotkey freezes the game and grants full 360 degree movement around the player character to take custom screenshots, providing you have the compatible hardware. Regardless, very cool.
Middle-Earth: Shadows of War performed incredibly well in our testing, considering all the action occurring on-screen, and scales admirably for midrange systems. It also features its own internal benchmark utility, which mimics real-world performance fairly accurately by comparison. We use Shadow of Mordor here extensively in HotHardware reviews of both GPU, laptops and desktops. We'll likely more to Shadow of War as a testing tool in the future as well.