It didn't tank, I'm still playing it and I'll probably still have fun with it, but goddamn.
The Combat is like the batman games, but you can't fight 20 guys at once unless you wanna get raped with uruk steel. It has this amazing system where you have all the uruk captains/warchiefs, but they're darkened with no names until you go around and gather intel on them to find their strengths and weaknesses so you can fight them without getting curbstomped, but most of the time there are fifty or more grunts around to make sure they suddenly run up to join the fray when you try to attack one, making it impossible to fight him, even weakened. Also, when one of these guys kills you, since you're half wraith you don't really die, just some time passes until you reconstitute at a forge tower. This would'nt be notable except that when one of these assholes kills you, they gain a power level. If a grunt kills you, he gets a name and raises power levels. It is easy to get swarmed and die, meaning I have two guys right npow at Power level 20 that fuck me in the ass whenever they show up, which seems to be every time I get in a fight, anywhere, and I can't seem to take either one of them down because apparently they're in love with each other or something and are always in the same place together, so I have to fight both of them, any other named uruk in the area, and fifty grunts if I decide to fight them.
So basically I suck at this game and it's frustrating but still fun.
One fun thing happened yesterday, though. For one of the story missions I had to kill a warchief, which meant pickling on his scrubs first to piss him off and draw him out. I had to kill two beserkers ot get him out, so I stealth-killed the first by yanking his ass off a ledge, but his partner wouldn't come anywhere near the ledge, so I snuck up on the platform they were on and shit this thing that I thought was a beehive to distract him so I could sneak up behind him and kill the bastard. Turns out it was a Caragor (those ugly things that orcs ride in the movies) bait, and three of the nasty fuckers ran in and started attacking everyone. I watched those three caragors kill him, then proceed to slaughter the shit out of everything else there, including taking a few breaks to jump up trying to nip at me as I hung from the ledge, and I'd have to move around to hide. Finally, after they ran off to chew on some uruks in the distance, I was able to make it to the mission marker and draw out the Warchief, who ran straight at me as I dropped back down on the ledge to hang/hide, right at the moment the Caragors came back from their appetizers and ate the warchief as the main course. I pretty much accomplished the entire mission by shooting one arrow at the bait, then hiding like a scared little bitch.