Middle Earth Shadow of War.
Well when I say complete I mean got to act 4 which is now just all the regions being unlocked, new and tougher orcs spawning constantly and I can summon zombie orcs so just end game stuff really. But yeah all quests done, collectibles found and all other side stuff done.
Overall yeah it's Shadow of Mordor with new stuff and bigger emphasis on the domination side of things. Gameplay is as good as the previous one with my only gripe being the Nazgul fights which were just the same each time not really a challenge.
On the online stuff like the marketplace... I have no idea what that is like as on steam at least it wants you to sign an agreement which after a read and seeing it I told them to stuff it the game decided to punish me by not letting me do online sieges vs other players and not accessing the marketplace... my exact response to that when I saw it was to raise my hands and say in the most sarcastic way possible "oh no whatever will I do." Still for acts 1 to 3 at least which is the core of it I never saw any point to even thinking of getting crates as I was getting decent enough stuff and orcs not to need it.
So is it possible to actually finish the story without the lootbox bullshit? Havent played SoW yet.
Sort of. 99.99% of the story is done by the end of act 3. You then have what is called The shadow wars which is act 4. Basically how it works is you have to go 10 stages of sieges in the games maps with each stage becoming harder so you have to level up your orcs or get new ones etc each time. Once you've beaten stage 10 the cutscene plays which sums up what happens afterwards in 2 minutes. So yeah possible but a grind. Really my suggestion is complete act 3 and then watch the cutscene on you tube because that's really it.