Build a Legend in New LOTR Video Game Shadow of Mordor

January 24, 2014 by dracs

IGN recently took a look at the hotly anticipated Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, an awesome looking upcoming video game that promises to combine elements of the Batman Arkham games and Assassin’s Creed with the dark realm of Tolkien’s Mordor.

Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor

In this game you play as Talion, a ranger of Gondor who was guarding the Black Gates of Mordor in the time between the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. You were then when Sauron and his Ring Wraiths returned and reclaimed Mordor, killing everyone you knew and leaving you for dead.

But as we all know, there is a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. A wraith spirit brought Talion back to the world of the living, granting him the ability to swap between the normal world and world we see whenever Frodo or Bilbo put on the One Ring. It also lets him scare the living daylights out of orcs!

Talion Wraith

The mot interesting thing about Shado of Mordor, and the feature which IGN do a great job of showing in this gameplay video, is the Nemesis System. This cool feature means each time you play through you will be faced with unique enemies.

If you let an enemy live it will harbor a grudge against you and you will probably find yourself facing them again, only now they will have been promoted in Sauron’s army and gathered a group of followers in order to take you down.

Talion Enemies


The tactical combat and intriguing Nemesis System makes this the first game that has tempted me to pick up one of the next gen consoles, though fortunately it looks like it will be getting a release on PS3 and Xbox 360 as well.

While Tolkien purists might not be happy that the main character, being a wraith/human hybrid, is something previously unseen in the Lord of the Rings background, it does open up a bunch of cool gameplay opportunities, which, combined with the unique enemies, should allow for a fun and personal gaming experience.

Are you looking forward to Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor?