Indsendt: 15. november 2014
The hardcore LoTR fans will find plotholes in the story, faults and so on. However the game treats you to an epic story and the lore that does fit, which is a lot, is woven into the game perfectly. Gameplay wise I will start with the good stuff.
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Combat is incredibly gorgeous, these guys took a look at combat systems from different franchises, selected the best and integreated that in this game. There's good free-form fighting, finishers and gore all around and some strategic thinking is required.
I hear the voice of Edward Richtofen.
Characters are very well crafted but some lack a little depth. We spend the game getting acquainted with Talion and progressively Celebrimbor. But what about Talions family? I took on a revenge quest for some strangers. Some side characters just need to fleshed out properly. Talion however is a great hero, a bit tragic but he does remind me of John Marston from Red Dead Redemption, and he [Talion] is portrayed expertly by Troy Baker. Orcs are critizised for being shallow and stupid, but I think that works well for their nature.
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The setting is Mordor before it becomes a barren wasteland and it is beautiful, detailed and well populated. There's just one snag: size. It is too small. I would have loved the opportunity to explore more, too small maps are what you get, and frankly, there could have been more quests. Hopefully we will see more as the ending greatly teases a follow-up.
I named my 'gentlemans sausage' Terminator.
Some bad stuff includes: A little more prolugue, as mentioned, I felt I was taking my revenge for people I barely knew existed. More interaction with Loreth and Dirhael, perhaps some quests could have solved that problem.
Loreth reminds me of a buttcrack seen in Borderlands 2.
Character development is good for Talion and Celebrimbor but for other side characters and those, who help you on your journey, they feel hollow and you don't really get to know them.
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The world of Mordor IS gorgeous no mistake about it. But for an open-world game it's too small and feels narrow. They may have centered the game around the Nemesis system, which is perfectly crafted, but this is considered open-world. So let's have that. Towns, settlements, random encounters, this is where they should have looked closer at Red Dead and Grand Theft Auto, Skyrim would have made a good template. I felt trapped in Mordor and the only activity I could do was: maim, torture, kill, boost my weapons legends, collect souvenirs and so on, but I couldn't go to a town for a mug of mead if I so wished. I would love to be able to go to a town and gather allies by helping them or simply go weapon shopping if I wanted, which brings me to my last point.
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Customization. I was getting tired of seeing Talion using a broken sword as a dagger and I wanted to be able to buy a new one. Or a new set of armor 'cos mine was soaked in blood. Customization, an economic system, and free side activities like fishing or hunting for food and maybe some tournaments to earn money. They should look at Skyrim and use that as inspiration.
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Overall this game is epic. Despite its shortcomings, it's worth every penny, and no playthrough is the same thanks to the Nemesis system, but next time it should be far more immersive. I recommend this with a rating of 9/10 simply for awesome combat, enemies, blood and gore, story and general gameplay.
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