With both new consoles now available on shelves, 2014 was the year of the new generation. This meant superior gaming experiences, with more expansive, rich worlds and visuals that made us wonder if we really were reaching a plateau. Some games fell off this wagon fairly early on, but there were still more than a few that truly showcased what the new generation of consoles was all about, but there wasn’t another one quite like our winner.
And the winner is… Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor!
Sure, Shadow of Mordor didn’t commit itself to only new consoles, but the real heart of the game did. The Nemesis system, which created an organic Uruk hierarchy, was the game’s undeniable ace up the sleeve. It didn’t matter that you weren’t doing the next important story missions. What mattered was that you now had another Orc general under your command, letting him wait in the wings until the moment to strike was right. It was emergent gameplay at its finest, and something that only the new consoles could muster.
Aside from that, Shadow of Mordor is also extremely beautiful. Mordor in all its ash covered glory is fantastically recreated, and the Uruks themselves have a staggering amount of detail to them. This really was one of the biggest surprises of the year, and still stands as the best game you could hope to own for your brand new hardware.
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Last Updated: December 19, 2014