No matter how many times I ran from A to B, decapitated a few orcs and exploded a few more heads, nothing about Shadow of Mordor ever got old or familiar.
I can attribute this to the fantastic nemesis system, the method the game had of choosing the hierarchy or orc captains and warchiefs that Talion would face, all depending on the outcomes of various battles and, of course, who successfully killed you. The variety this system brought was truly unlike anything seen in gaming before, and kept the experience decidedly fresh, as you never knew who you could potentially face, and what strengths and weaknesses they brought to the table.
The combat itself was a sheer spectacle, being bloody and brutal, and significantly different to the kind of combat we’ve come to familiarize ourselves with in both the Lord of the Ring’s and the Hobbit films. Decapitations and head explosions were rife across any battlefield throughout the game, bringing a new and darker tone to the game, whilst successfully integrating a combat system not all that different to the amazing Batman: Arkham series, which was a welcome addition.
Being a form of media in the Middle Earth canon, Shadow of Mordor was always expected to carry an explosive plot, and given time, this undoubtedly paid off. Without spoiling anything, the story begins as Sauron makes his return to Mordor after the events of The Hobbit, and Talion, the ranger of Gondor and his family are all sacrificed in an attempt to summon the elf Celebrimbor, who unwittingly helped Sauron forge the ring of power. The plot takes a while to get going from here, but once the player encounters the Hammer of Sauron, the first of the Black Hand, the pace significantly quickens, and players will find themselves swept along at breakneck pace.
In short, Shadow of Mordor is the game that fans of The Lord of the Ring’s have always deserved, and it’s decisively different from anything that has come before it. With a fantastic combat system and an even better method of determining your key enemies, Shadow of Mordor is a must play game, and at now only £25 on Amazon.co.uk, its never been a better time to delve into the brutal land of Mordor.