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Shadow of Mordor: First screens

Shadow of Mordor: First screens

Here are the first screenshots of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Warner Bros. and Monolith's new game. Beginning on the night of Sauron's return to Mordor, the story is set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Players take on the role of Talion, a ranger who lost his family and has been revived by a mysterious spirit. A few more details and the images inside.


Details :

Talion
• Players take the form of Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance.

Mordor
• Set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, throwing the region into turmoil.

Nemesis System
• Discover a powerful and dynamic next-gen gameplay mechanic that allows players’ actions to shape enemy relationships and characteristics, creating personal and unique stories and gameplay arcs that remain persistent even after death.

Wraith abilities
• Players command Wraith Powers to orchestrate and execute their vengeance to outwit enemies, infiltrate the ranks, and dominate within an adaptive world.

Melee combat
• A multitude of enemies will require different tactics, encouraging the player to advance their skills, abilities and weapons to become legendary through a system of rune rewards crafted according to the player's strategy.

All comments

Commented on 2013-12-16 17:25:15
Looks awesome, but will the combat and gameplay be on par? should be interesting.
I really want a non-movie tie-in LOTR game that has awesome combat and all that and none of the games has come close except War in the North.
Commented on 2013-12-16 17:44:58
Not very impressive. Anyway, no co-op, so I am not interested. War in the North was great.
Commented on 2013-12-16 17:47:51
it doesn't look too hot, but then it looks to have current gen roots. can't wait for that to end.
Commented on 2013-12-16 18:33:52
Technically i guess it looks ok but fuck me, so boring to look at. Add to that that i've never played a LotR game that was even close to decent (i know some people for some incomprehensible liked the PS2 games, but they were mindless mashfests to me) and i'm skeptical here as well.
Commented on 2013-12-16 19:39:01
Is the Tolkein estate so desperate for cash now? I have no idea why else this dreck would exist. Middle Earth is Tolkien's world - if he didn't write it, it didn't happen. Simple as that.
Commented on 2013-12-16 20:54:23
Everytime I see anything "Lord of the Rings" related, I automaticly think of "Clerks II". When he said, "all folks do in that movie is walk around...even the friggin Trees walk around." I laughed my ass off, because it's so true. lol
Commented on 2013-12-16 22:11:50 In reply to Loakum
Posted by Loakum
Everytime I see anything "Lord of the Rings" related, I automaticly think of "Clerks II". When he said, "all folks do in that movie is walk around...even the friggin Trees walk around." I laughed my ass off, because it's so true. lol
absolutely!
Commented on 2013-12-16 22:42:14 In reply to moroboshi
Posted by moroboshi
Is the Tolkein estate so desperate for cash now? I have no idea why else this dreck would exist. Middle Earth is Tolkien's world - if he didn't write it, it didn't happen. Simple as that.
Tolkien Estate hasn't got anything to do with this. Tolkien sold film and merch rights for the hobbit and LOTR in the late 60s. The company that now hold those rights is Middle-Earth enterprises. Those guys love milking the franchise.

Whilst there are elements here that sound interesting, on the whole it sounds dumb.
Half ranger, half wraith? ugh.
Game set in Mordor? ugh.
Wraith abilities? Probably means Eagle vision or Detective mode. Ugh.
Story pulled out of their arses because at this point they've pretty much exhausted all that they have rights to. (I'm not even against new stories interpreted from his work but when this is what they come up with? ugh.)

Honestly this just reeks. I don't like to be this harsh on something I don't know that much about but so far they're not impressing me.
Commented on 2013-12-17 02:03:37
No hope for games about "The Lord Of The Rings"
Commented on 2013-12-17 04:52:18
Are you guys blind? Those first two shots look gorgeous.
Commented on 2013-12-17 05:29:50
For one, the shots look pretty good. For another, this game seems like a case of mistaken identity. They couldn't get it off the ground as an original IP so attached it to an established one. You should really read up on what the game is trying to do before you assume so much from a few screenshots. I'm not saying it'll be amazing, but you guys are acting like it's going to be a shit in a bag for no real reason.
Commented on 2013-12-18 08:14:17
Monolith bets alot on this game and if only they can recreate Elder Scrolls-esque world with iconic locations set in different time. Game Informer had a cover story in December, you should probably check it out.

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