As far as movie properties go, The Lord of the Rings is one such franchise that should be bleeding great games. It’s got everything going for it, but end results usually taste more like Hobbit toejam than High Elf beer. Could Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor be the one game to rule them all?
Announced by WB and the latest cover of Game Informer, Shadow of Mordor will be a prequel game set in the Lord of the Rings universe, with a completely original story. It’s being developed by the Guardians of Middle Earth team, and has been described as a third-person action game according to the press release. It’’ be out on all the Xboxes, Playstations and PC.
The game will have players in the boots of Talion, a ranger seeking revenge on ol’ Sauron and his forces after his family is slaughtered in front of him. Left on the business end of something sharp as well, Talion resurrects as a Wraith by the hands of a revenge spirit, and sets off to get him some of that sweet vengeance.
Shadow of Mordor will also have a gameplay feature in place which is known as the Nemesis System. “Through the Nemesis System, enemy relationships and characteristics are shaped by player actions and decisions to create personal archenemies that remember and adapt to the player and are distinct to every gameplay session”, the press release explained.
Gamers are able to craft their own battles, enemies and rewards within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their choices, delivering a unique experience to every player.
I’m all for some new Middle Earth action, and Shadow of Mordor sounds like it has some solid ideas. Hopefully this will be the one game to get the franchise back on track, and in the darkness bind the other crappier games to the dustbin of history.
Last Updated: November 13, 2013