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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – The One Game to Rule Them All

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm by Justin Cavender

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Today Monolith and WB Interactive Entertainment treated the world to an eight-minute gameplay video showcasing the Nemesis System featured in their upcoming release, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Players take on the role of Talion, a Ranger of Gondor aided by a Wraith giving him special abilities and powers to switch between the physical world and the Wraith world (as seen when Frodo wears the one ring). Additionally, one of Talion’s key abilities is the power to use fear to bend an enemy’s will and ultimately serve the player. Ooh lordy that sounds like a blast!

Getting back to the demo, the Nemesis System “creates unique personal enemies on every playthrough.” In the video, you’ll witness an enemy that has survived a previous encounter with Talion and now features a unique personality which evolves as players make their way through the story.

Shadow of Mordor looks to be a cross between Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham series games. Thanks to Batman: Arkham Asylum, freeflow combat has changed the way we play video games. It allows players to chain attacks across a dozen enemies, while accruing high combos to allow for stronger abilities, which in turn makes the player an unstoppable force of nature.

Beating your enemies to a bloody pulp is tons of fun, but later in the game as players unlock powerful abilities, fighting hordes of bad guys stops being fun and turns into a chore. Eventually, you will have seen every character model and the gameplay becomes monotonous. This is where the Nemesis System has a chance to shine and become a superior game. Rather than fighting nameless orcs to and fro all the live long day–we are given a chance to spice things up and allow the gameplay to change each time we turn on the game.

I’ve never kept my love for Lord of the Rings a secret. I’m excited to take on the role of new character and expand on a universe I hold so dear to my heart. Monolith, don’t let me down.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches this year on Ps4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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