[Review] Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Vengeance does not dull pain. It sustains it…. forever.-Celebrimbor

So I finally got a PS4 and what’s the first game I’m playing on it? Shadow of Mordor! I know I’m a little late to the party, but I’m broke and I live in the last gen when it comes to gaming.

Shadow of Mordor is a third person fantasy action game. It borrows elements and mechanics from games like Assassin’s Creed and the combat system is pretty much a rip off of games like the Batman Arkham series, but they expand on and add things to make it feel like it’s not just a copy.

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Talion: Ranger, Gravewalker, Man Filth

You play as Talion, a ranger who is linked to a dead Elven ghost because he and his family were murdered by the black hand. Talion has to find out why he’s dead, but not dead, why he’s linked with this Elven ghost, avenge his and his family’s murder and wreck havoc through the ranks of Sauron’s Uruk army. It’s an open world game with objectives and missions to complete. You gain experience you can use to make Talion more powerful as well as collect runes for your weapons that are dropped from your dead enemies.

The Nemesis System

The game has a unique enemy ranking system with Uruk chiefs and Warchiefs. If you kill a chief, eventually their position will be filled by another Uruk being promoted. All the Uruks are trying to climb the ranks and become one of the Warchiefs while also defending their rank. It’s a fun system. It’s fun to gain intel about the chiefs from their goons and then hunt them down and kill them by exploiting one of their weaknesses. It’s not easy though, the higher the rank the more powerful the chief is and depending on their strengths and weaknesses, you can have a hard time taking one down. If you loose to one of the chiefs, they get promoted and stronger. I love the challenge, it’s not Dark Souls hard, but it’s a lot of fun. You have to use strategy and know when is the best time to confront your enemy. If you get surrounded by enemies, it’s easy to find yourself dead.

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“Could you really rest for all of eternity, knowing that you had the chance to stop him but did nothing?” -Talion

There’s also a few things to collect and survival and hunting challenges to keep you busy, as well as interesting side missions, so it’s not all about fighting and killing orcs, but… it’s mostly all about fighting and killing orcs. It’s awesome, you should go play it.

-Wickk

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