This isn’t really a guide, but more of a pro tip. I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed-style games for several years, and even with several abilities unlocked, the game’s very difficult with these settings, and the battles you win feel intense. Give it a chance!
How to Increase Difficulty in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
What you need to do:
- Turn off all HUD options, including combat counter notifications.
- Never upgrade your health.
On basic health, Uruk Warriors can kill you in roughly 8-9 hits. Uruk Defenders can kill you in anywhere between 2-5 hits. Uruk Berserkers can kill you in anywhere between 2-5 hits. Uruk Archers can kill you in anywhere between 7-10 hits. Uruk Hunters can kill you in anywhere between 4-7 hits. Uruk Captains and Warchiefs, depending on their strength, vary, but 99% of the Captains and Warchiefs I’ve fought, regardless of level, can kill me in 1-3 hits. Caragors can kill me in 3 hits, usually, and Graugs are, of course, an instant kill. Ghuls also can be very dangerous.
So if you think the game’s easy, turn off the HUD options and leave your health on the default level. It’s insanely difficult, but insanely fun.