12 Games Of Christmas - Assassins Creed Unity Vs Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Dec 21, 2014 3:00 PM
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Roll up, roll up, and welcome to the semi-final of the 12 Games of Christmas. Six games have already been brutally dispatched and now only 6 remain, ready to duke it out for the honour of the Game Debate community's favourite game to play over Christmas.

In the first set of rounds Assassin's Creed Unity scored a surprising and yet narrow victory of Watch Dogs, putting Aiden Pearce in his place with a well-timed Phantom Blade. Shadow of Mordor meanwhile absolutely stomped over Dark Souls 2 in what has been one of the standout victories of the tournament. Now though, these giants must battle each other for a coveted spot in the 3 way final. Will it be the young Padawan that is Shadow of Mordor, or the wise old master that is Assassin's Creed Unity? You decide.

  1. Tweet to be in with a chance to win a copy of the overall tournament winner on Christmas Eve.
  2. Vote in our poll at the bottom to help determine this round's winner.

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The first round is over, the six battles from round one are

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 12 Games of Christmas Rules

In celebration of all things festive, we thought there was no better way to salute some of 2014's biggest games than a good old-fashioned punch-up. A battle to the death if you will. 12 of this year's most memorable titles will be going head to head in a series of knockout rounds over the next 9 days, and there can be only one winner.

To make things a little spicier we'll also be giving away a copy of the winning game on December 24th, perfect for a spot of gaming in the holidays. All you have to do to win a copy of that game is tweet your support for any game in the 12 Games of Christmas, using the links provided in each article, and we'll pick a winner out of all of the tweets after the final bout. Multiple tweets for different games will count as additional entries to the competition. Tweeting is separate from the poll and does not count as a vote in the 12 Games of Christmas.

How the community voting works

Each day at 18:00 GMT two titles will battle each other. Whichever title receives the most votes in the poll wins, and will then go through to the next round. 12 games in total will be battling away, and the first six rounds will take place from today and over the next five days - one battle per day. The six games that win will make it through to the semi-finals, where three further 1v1 fights will take place. The winners of these three battles will then make it to the three-way final to decide the ultimate game this Christmas.

The winner of this knockout competition is Game Debate's favourite choice of game to be played this Christmas, doing its best Rocky impression and swatting aside the rest of the competition like flies.

Each bout will last 24 hours, and the winner is whichever game receives the most votes in the poll, which can be found towards the bottom of each article.

Tweet to be in with a chance to win a copy of the overall tournament winner on Christmas Eve.

Vote in our poll at the bottom to help determine this round's winner.

Assassin's Creed Unity Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
{{{Twitter:::I voted for @Assassinscreed Unity in the @GameDebate 12 Games of Christmas #GD12Games:::http://www.game-debate.com/news/?news=15416&game=Middle-earth:%20Shadow%20of%20Mordor&title=12%20Games%20Of%20Christmas%20-%20Assassins%20Creed%20Unity%20Vs%20Middle-Earth:%20Shadow%20of%20Mordor}}} {{{Twitter:::I voted for @middlearthgame in the @GameDebate 12 Games of Christmas #GD12Games:::http://www.game-debate.com/news/?news=15416&game=Middle-earth:%20Shadow%20of%20Mordor&title=12%20Games%20Of%20Christmas%20-%20Assassins%20Creed%20Unity%20Vs%20Middle-Earth:%20Shadow%20of%20Mordor}}}

 

 

 

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19:36 Dec-23-2014

This vote is kinda' pointless.Why? I can run SoM on high with 40fps while it looks awsome , whereas i can't run unity even on lowest settings at 1080p.

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19:58 Dec-23-2014

really with that rig and all the latest patches? damn..

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23:02 Dec-22-2014

Well even though im a huge AC fan and the AC games are my favourite i just can't lie! Shadow of Mordor was way better than Unity hands down! :)

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22:30 Dec-22-2014

ofc it got blowed away by SoM !

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22:29 Dec-22-2014

SoM runs really well for me at 5760x1080 60 fps with vsync, ACU 18-28 fps 5760x1080 unoptimised awfulness, SoM wins.

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17:18 Dec-22-2014

I think they tried to compare games that play similarly.
Far Cry 4 and Cod were both popular first person shooters, ACU and Shadows of Mordor were both intense sword combat games, and.. I don't know about Fifa and Dota xD

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13:35 Dec-22-2014

Even though Unity faces a ton of bugs, glitches and optimization issues, I voted Unity because the game is still awesome. :D

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10:22 Dec-22-2014

Rekt.

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10:07 Dec-22-2014

Shadow of Mordor definetely! Assassin's Creed games becoming real ** each year and i'm pretty sure the next one taking place in Victorian England will be crap once again.....

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09:24 Dec-22-2014

i knew already :P

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09:18 Dec-22-2014

hmm perhaps I might try Shadow of Mordor seeing how much votes it earns :)

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23:04 Dec-22-2014

You definately should man! Get it ASAP! :D

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09:06 Dec-22-2014

Shadow of Mordor is amaziinnglyy awesummm :P


But wish following things were there :)
-> More animals
-> Better final boss fight
-> More time with his beautiful wife


btw, i luv this game and it has been my wallpaper for over a month

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09:13 Dec-22-2014

Although i know theres a rational reason for all the mntioned things, but i personally feel that the game might also have been better if there were:
-> More things to do (Excpt Combat)
-> More challenge (one could easily kill 100 enemies)

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09:18 Dec-22-2014

The game probably has the besssttt combat in any of the games released in 2014
The graphics are also one of the best
The Optimization is matchless by far.
The Dialogue is great.
Th violence is eminent.

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09:24 Dec-22-2014

These reasons make this game stand out from others.
And also its also the low expectations which make this game bettr.


But if we ask a 5000 years old mummy to play these games on a GTX 980, then he would vote for AC Unity.

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06:49 Dec-22-2014

I am going with SoM;)
I didn't even played ACU due to it's requirement:/

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06:04 Dec-22-2014

Shadow Of Mordor FTW :D

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04:52 Dec-22-2014

Shadow Of Mordor :D

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04:22 Dec-22-2014

Undoubtedly, Shadow of Mordor. I wouldn't be surprised if it went on to win the tournament, altogether. :)

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19:14 Dec-21-2014

can't you people just admit ACU is the winner here than doing all the hates about the game
i wouldn't vote for a game i don't like just 'cause the game i like has all sort of crap
it isn't fare for AC UNITY

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20:17 Dec-21-2014

Franchises versus new IP, new IP always wins (well not exactly new IP but it's a new concept versus the yearly release of Assassin's creed)

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23:09 Dec-22-2014

Look man i love AC as much as you do. I'm a big fan of it but Shadow of Mordor is something new, something fresh while Unity still has optimisation problems in this very moment. So just deal with it! Maybe the next AC game will be the blockbuster that we all wait for! :)

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18:58 Dec-21-2014

i am probably the only one who found nothing special about both of those 2 games. well maybe the good visuals of unity and the nemesis system of shadow of mordor. other than that i found both games pretty boring. started them both, finished non of them. such a waste of my money :/

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18:33 Dec-21-2014

It was a really... REALLY easy decision and i voted for SOM...

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17:21 Dec-21-2014

A Ques. to you GD'ers:


If ACU was released 'finished', would you have voted for it??

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17:25 Dec-21-2014

Speaking for myself, I wouldn't have, I grew tired of the franchise after Brotherhood really, I only bought the 4th game due to a certain admin on the site making it sound like the second coming x) (Thoroughly enjoyed it though so no complaints here)

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18:14 Dec-21-2014

But how can you judge Unity if you haven't even played it?!
Who knows, maybe you would've enjoyed it alot.

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13:07 Dec-22-2014

I would have voted it.

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03:02 Dec-22-2014

I wouldn't have even paid for it.

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09:35 Dec-22-2014

Destroy UBISOFT

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18:18 Dec-22-2014

Ubisoft was an awesome company once.. they released great games but they should stop this yearly release it will be better :)
I love to play GRP it's so good

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06:32 Dec-23-2014

I really hate their allegiance with one graphics processing company screwing things for many others.

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16:33 Dec-22-2014

well that escalated quickly x)
@Assasinshome4 I didn't exactly "judge" it, what I mean is, we've been playing Assassin's Creed 2 with some tweaks for like 5 years now x), I personally think the franchise should have ended with 3, I realize that it is worth way too much money for it to simply disappear, it's the same reason I haven't bought BF4, nor will I buy Hardline its simply tired. (A slightly hypocritical comment based on the fact that I LOVE MGS and the series has basically been the same since the 2nd as far as mechanics go... but ya know KOJIMA TOO STRONK :P)
If you enjoy those games that's fine, and I totally respect that, they are there for the reason that many do.

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16:53 Dec-21-2014

The polls look like a graph depicting the average frame rate gamers can expect in each of those games. lol

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04:55 Dec-22-2014

hahahaha

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