Shadow of Mordor’s Ratbag is a dirty rat

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Ratbag Shadow of Mordor

Who cares about honour among thieves? There isn’t even honour among orcs. In this latest story trailer for Shadow of Mordor, Ratbag is your right-hand orc.

Just check out how whiny and conniving he is:

I suppose Ratbag is supposed to be the plot-based element of the nemesis system. He will help you, and in return you assist him in climbing the ranks of the orcs. Sounds fair to me. Besides, I already planned on possessing all the orcs I could – I love the idea of branding them to make future battles easier. Plus, it just seems more devious to turn my nemeses against each other.

I know, the lore fanatics among you might find this a bit far fetched – how could Sauron be all powerful and all seeing, particularly in Mordor, but not know that his own war chief is actually a traitor? I’m going to go with there being special powers and maybe he finds out or maybe it’s a plot twist somewhere down the line. They seem to be keeping pretty close to the lore, so I can’t imagine that they would do something like this without an explanation that will at least placate the hard-core Tolkien fans.

This game just keeps looking better and better. It is visually stunning, and I’m really happy to see how multidimensional the story is. There seems to be a lot to this game – many many hours to get lost in. September can’t come and go soon enough; Shadow of Mordor is definitely a game that I’m excited to sink my teeth into.

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Last Updated: September 1, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Orc minion? I want a troll minion – where is Rince?

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      Oh snap

  • iAmWeasel

    New layout is a mess.

  • Hammersteyn

    Ratbag?Is it because Shagrat was taken?

  • Kensei Seraph

    If I remember correctly Shadow of Mordor takes place well before the Lord of the Rings series (I think it happens before The Hobbit as well), during that time period Sauron was weakened/asleep and simply wasn’t yet able to see what was happening with his minions.

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      It’s in between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. So yeah, he is weakened. I’m just wondering how much he can see/sense so close to home.

      • Kensei Seraph

        I think Sauron wouldn’t notice anything unless he specifically looked for it.

    • Mark Treloar

      Does the timeline even matter considering there is no real reason for them to stick to Tolkien lore anyway.

  • Jonah Cash

    This is the only game left in October that I want… I just hope it lives up to its hype!!

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