There hasn’t been a good video game set in Middle Earth since Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was released… Until now.
Shadow of Mordor is set in the time between the end of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring and stars a ranger named Talion who has been possessed by a wraith spirit. You might be wondering how this happened? At the end of The Hobbit the dark lord, Sauron, sweeps upon Mount Doom and claims it as his own whilst killing every ranger that defended the black gates along the way. One of those rangers was Talion who, like the wraith spirit, is looking for revenge against Sauron.
As you control Talion, you’re able to explore a completely open-world Middle Earth. Although that sounds exciting, take it with a pinch of salt; the extent of this world is still unknown as I only previewed a small area.
Our task was to hunt down Sauron’s war chiefs and dispatch them but in order to do so we had to coax them out of their hideouts. This is achieved by killing off their right hand orcs. Some of the war chiefs had 2 bodyguards whereas others had up to 7. In order to successfully remove the bodyguards out of the equation you need to find out information on them. Simply bend lower orcs to do your bidding and you can easily find out the information you need through the use of your wraith powers. Once enough information was revealed we were able to see what their strengths and weaknesses were, which made the fight a lot easier.
Combat seems fairly straight forward; you’re able to use the standard melee attacks with a sword and dagger. The usual slashes and stabs, with some slightly more advanced twirly moves. It appears that you can also use a bow for the long ranged attacks but we weren’t able to try this. With each attack you can also use your wraith powers to increase the damage of each attack and turn them into special moves.
Shadow of Mordor is set to be released on October 7th for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.