It's still six months until until Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor invades out PCs, but the devs at Monolith have already seen fit to release the Shadow of Mordor system requirements. In Middle-earth you'll be battling your way through Mordor to uncover the truth of a benevolent spirit, helping you to seek revenge for the murder of your family by Sauron.

The next foray into the realm of Middle-earth is certainly a bit of a looker, but even we weren't expecting these insanely high Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor System Requirements...

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows Vista 64-bit

CPU: 2.67 GHz Intel Core i5-750 or 3.4 GHz AMD Phenom II X4 965

RAM: 4GB System Memory

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 6950

DX: DirectX 11.0

HDD: 25 GB Free Hard Drive Space


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Recommended System Requirements

OS: Windows 7 64-bit

CPU: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7-3770 or 4.0 GHz AMD FX-8350

RAM: 8 GB System Memory

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD 7970

HDD: 40 GB Free Hard Drive Space

Right, where to begin. To say these are insane requirements is an understatement. Shadow of Mordor takes the recently released Watch Dogs system requirements and gives them a good kicking. The minimum processor requirements for Middle-earth alone are enough to make a grown man weep, demanding quad-core processors at the least, as well as some pretty tasty graphics cards.

Moving on to the recommended system requirements for Shadow of Mordor, things get even more interesting. The two processors have some of the highest-rated benchmarks in the entirety of the GD database, with the i7-3770 setting you back $279.99 as I write this. Once again we're seeing 8GB of RAM rearing its head, this looks to be a commonplace occurrence now, with many of the AAA titles demanding it. If you haven't invested in an extra stick of memory yet, now's as good a time as any.

The GPU requirements for Shadow of Mordor meanwhile are once again sky-high, asking for top-of-the-line graphics cards in the shape of the GeForce GTX 670 and the Radeon HD 7970. Both the CPU and GPU requirements hit the maximum 10/10 on the GD hardware score, with the memory bring up the rear with 9/10. 

If you want Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor looking its finest then it's probably best to get upgrading!

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users.

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What do you make of these absolutely huge Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor requirements?

Shadow of Mordor is also releasing on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, do you think this may be a case of poor Shadow of Mordor PC optimisation?

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