Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Release Sep 30, 2014
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an action role-playing game set between the events of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Players take on the role of Talion, a Ranger captain out to avenge his family’s death. Merged with the spirit of the Elf Lord Celebrimbor, Talion has a variety of customizable abilities that allow the player to use different approaches to defeat the forces of Sauron. Talion can use his Ranger abilities, usually related to swords and daggers, while Celebrimbor favors the bow and more magical techniques.
Uniquely, Shadow of Mordor has a “Nemesis System,” which remembers the way that Talion interacts with enemies throughout the game. Enemies Talion encounters remember him the next time they meet, recalling their loss or defeat and possibly seeking revenge for disfigurements resulting from last fight.
The game was well-received upon release, with some critics calling it the greatest game in The Lord of the Rings series. Critics enjoyed the open-world setting, solid combat, and revolutionary Nemesis System, comparing the gameplay to other big-name series like Assassin’s Creed and Batman franchises.