Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review
The latest in the LOTR series is an open world action RPG titles that takes place between The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Players will take the role of a Ranger Captain, Tailon who serves with a Gondorian garrison stationed at the Black Gate of Mordor. The Black Hand of Sauron’s army murders his wife and son; leaving Tailon half dead. That’s when a mysteries ghost like character, well known as Wraith saves Tailon and bestows his power on him. With a new life granted to him, Tailon embarks on journey to avenge the death of his family and bring down the Sauron’s army.
Claimed to be one of the best Lord of the Rings the Return of the King and the Two Towers, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’s stoyline might still disappoint the gamers a bit. But it has some awesome combat mechanics and gameplay is much similar to Assassin’s Creed or the Batman: Arkham series, which makes Mordor a fantastic game.
As mentioned above, the gameplay is quite similar to Batman: Arkham and Assassin’s Creed series, still Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor have much to offer when it comes to combat mechanics. You might complain that the mechanics have been ripped off from these titlesm but the fact is how much similar the gameplay might be, still it offers different experience at the same time. The free running mechanics are similar to Assassins Creed, allowing Tailon to climb anywhere with ease and vault over certain objects like rock, logs and carts. Just like Assassins Creed’s high rise towers, Middle Earth has Forge Towers that are scattered all over the world. Climbing and activating them will unlock the map areas for potions and reveal side missions along with other add-on activities.
Tailon is a well rounded character and has been bestowed with some never seen before combat mechanics. He has everything at his disposal, from long broadsword to bow, and from dagger to even the environmental objects that play an important role in the game. These environmental objects make the gaming experience fun and different. You can make use of Bee Hives to scatter the unsuspecting orcs and create fear amongst them.
Also, the caragor bait can be dropped to attract those big carnivorous dogs that attack the orcs instantly. Tailon can also tide the animals like Graugs and attack the orcs. Interestingly, Tailon have the ability to control the orcs to make the do certain tasks on his behalf. Overall, the gameplay might look similar to AC and Batman series; it manages to get into innovative footing delivering a fantastic and different experience.
The main selling point of the game is its nemesis system. Every time something significant happens, the orcs remember it. This makes them either scared of Tailon or challenge him for the battle. The stealth might not be as impressive but is fun, when you reach from behind and put the dagger into the orcs neck and taking them down one by one.
Visuals and Sound
Graphically, the Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor somehow managed to look good, if not impressive; though I cannot tell how it might look on next-gen systems. Somehow I feel, the visuals look more like PS2 to early PS3 games. But still the lighting and shadows are perfectly worked; though the textured felt bit fleshed out. The overall game looked kind of odd and didn’t meet with the expectations what we were actually looking for.
On the other hand, the audio has been extremely well done and voice acting felt decent enough, with Troy Baker offering a voice over to Tailon. Even the environmental sounds felt lively. The sound in battle seemed extremely good.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor features a good amount of content but lacks in storyline. Fans of LOTR are sure to love exploring Mordor and the newcomers will surely enjoy the new combat mechanics; but somehow the gampely felt bit boring and similar at times. Despite bringing something new in Middle Earth, we did felt that something was missing. He graphics hardly impressed and story didn’t kept us sit for long. Overall, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor mostly served as a game to pass the time.