One does not simply walk into Mordor. One hacks, slashes, stabs, shoots one's way into Mordor.Developer: MonolithProductions, Inc
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Publisher: WB Games
Release Date: 30 September, 2014
Remember when Assassin’s Creed was first released? I bet you were just running around, climbing and jumping your way through the land and feeling free. You could do the missions whenever you want and you literally didn’t have a care. Those were good times.
Do you also remember when the Batman Arkham Asylum was released? Boy we were all speechless. I mean the combat system was sweet. You really felt like the Dark Knight. Counter here, break a limb there … Sweet. Not to mention the Story. I never thought they could pull off such an impressive Game yet they did.
But then again … while you liked both of those games individually you always thought they lack something … But you just couldn’t put your finger onto it.
Ever wondered how awesome it would be to have the movement of Assassin’s Creed and the combat system plus a Story as good as from the Arkham Batman games in one game? Well me too buddy ... me too.
Now sprinkle some blood and Orcs into it, take Mordor as your location et voilà you have your game which you’ve lusted for a long time … Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor!
After I got you excited … Let’s get onto the review!
In Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor you slip into the role of a Ranger of Gondor, by the name of Talion, who seeks Revenge after he witnessed how the Black Hand of Sauron killed his family in front of his eyes. After he watch helplessly how his family has been murdered, the Black Hand kills him as well though Talion survives thanks to his new Best Friend a wraith, an Elve. Thanks to his new BFF he now also has wraith-like abilities. That’s pretty much the Story, well as far as I’m going to spoil it.
So what exactly does this mean wraith-like
For starters you can jump from any height without breaking your legs and if that doesn’t sound cool enough, you can also interrogate Orcs. By interrogate I mean that your BFF will get you the information you need.
While this is pretty much a free roam game you actually have to do something while you enjoy your man … I mean orcslaughter.
I don’t want to get too much into the Missions since I feel it would spoil way too much of the Story but there are side missions involving a creature we all know from the Movies and Books and Missions including the Slaves.
Personally I’d say that you just tackle the game anyway you want. You can start of with the story missions and do a side mission every once in a while or just focus on something. The decision is yours.
Love it or hate it but the combat is exactly the same as in the Arkham Batman games. That means you deal your blows while also focusing on enemies attacks so you can go ahead and counters those. Once you reach a certain hit combo you can go ahead and execute enemies so they stay down. Usually that means you see a head flying in the opposite direction of the falling torso. Always good for a giggle.
Besides that you can also mount mighty Caragors, beasts which you have to dominate, basically you show them who’s the boss, and you can rush into battle with one of those.
Caragors are way more agile than they look, meaning you can actually climb walls with one so you don’t have to demount every time one of those puny Orcs flees in fear at the sight of you and your beloved mount. The sight might remember someone at He-Man …. so that would explain why they flee.
Anyway. Health is actually rather rare in this game. You gain health either by implanting runes in your weapons which grant you a bit of health every time you kill an Orc or you gather plants which replenish your health completely.
So here’s the beauty of Shadow of Mordor. The Nemesis System.
That is one sweet feature let me tell you that. Basically, the Nemesis System tracks certain Uruks. Those are either Captains or War Chiefs pretty much the crème de la crème.
So what exactly those this System do besides showing you who’s the most badass among Sauron’s Army? Well we all know that Orcs and Uruks are just mere brutes. Some more intelligent and some less. Meaning they will fight and kill each other in order to climb up the ladder. So they get stronger with every battle they survive. Therefore becoming harder to kill for you.
So killing those Leaders rewards you with two things: You weaken Sauron’s Army and each time you chop of their heads you are rewarded with a rune.
So your reward for every kill is a rune. You can use those runs to upgrade your Weapons. They drop different type of runes every time you kill them and the rune type, whether it’s a dagger, sword or bow rune, depends on how you killed the Leader.
A rune gives you certain powers. One makes you immune to poison while another gives you +10 health every time you headshot one of those beautiful creatures.
So you see hunting and killing those is actually a pretty sweet way to make yourself stronger while weakening your enemy.
So runes aren’t the only way to gain more power. Completing missions and killing Orcs grant you experience and once you have enough you gain abilitiy points which you can use to gain certain abilities.
Then there are also Mirian. To get Mirian which you need to upgrade your attributes like max health or the number of rune slots your weapon have you need to complete challenges.
Challenges require you to either kill a specific amount of animals or gather some plants.
So you see there is actually a lot of stuff to do in Mordor.
If you enjoyed Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham Batman games you will love this game to death. There’s not much left to say. It’s just way too much fun for me. I mean I could run around for hours and just backstab, behead or just spook every Orc I see.
I’d even go as far as to call it Orc Hunter Sim 2k14.