Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

This was my most anticipated game this year. A next-gen game that is not an online multiplier, and I have finally had a few weeks with my hands on it.

After my first day with this game on the Xbox One, I can defiantly say that this is a game to recommend. The well populated open world map makes it very easy to find trouble, making the game ever more fun and long lasting. It is a game that I will forever continue exploring. Don’t be afraid to die, and don’t be afraid to run! This game delivers a high intensity and a high level of experience. It’s compelling and has you on the edge of your seat wanting more.

You play the role of Talion, a ranger who’f family was slaughtered in front of him before being executed himself. The spirit of Talion is then bound with the spirit of an elf, and returned to Mordor to avenge the death of his family.

The intriguing hierarchy of the Nemesis system makes the experience a whole lot more interesting. The fact that the hierarchy of Mordor is ever changing based on your death and the ranks of others within the internal struggle for power. You can effect the flow of power by interrupting their duels, hunts and many more. Who thought dying isn’t fun? If you are defeat, the game just gets more and more interesting. Whoever brings down Talion gets a promotion, moving them up the hierarchy. Their power will also increase, making it even harder for you to defeat this enemy the next time you meet and making each death that much more meaningful.

The combat and movement within the game is similar to that you find in Assassins Creed. But there’s just something about it that makes that much better. Maybe its the slow motion finishing moves, or the smooth and very responsive sword combat, or maybe the power Talion has within him, the power of the wraith. This enters you into the wraith world. The world those nine wraiths see, and when you enter this world, it enables Talion to do so much more. From draining your enemies power, to slow motion head-shots with your bow. The power of the wraith world gives this game that extra dimension. It gives it that spark that differentiates it from Assassins Creed and Batman.

Overall, this game is fun ad gives you the thrill you need. The open map world is what I have been looking for within the world of Middle-earth. The power struggle and the Nemesis system within Mordor gives this game that edge and make it stand out from the rest. It is exciting and you are always kept busy with the well populated map and a load of side missions. The game gives you those all important memorable kills and, for the first time, those very important deaths. I love this game and can’t keep my hands off it.

9/10

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