The Best Game of 2014 – Shadow of Mordor

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.

10/10

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5 thoughts on “The Best Game of 2014 – Shadow of Mordor

  1. I throughly enjoyed this game. From the frustration of being defeated by the same opponent, watching with seething hatred as he ascended the ranks of army, garrisoned by more and more guards. Only for me to exact my revenge and seperate his head from his shoulders. There was no instant gratification, it was something you earned through tireless pursuit…….and it felt damn good!

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  2. 10/10? Mate this is a good game don’t get me wrong but that’s being very generous. Looks stunning on the right PC and yes the whole revenge concept is neat but is this really a perfect game? Because that’s essentially what you are saying. Of all the incredible, fantastical characters you could have been in Shadow of Mordor they chose Longhair McBeardman. I’d love to see a Lord of the Rings lore expert analyse Shadow of Mordor and write about everything it gets wrong/right, of course that wouldn’t be you seeing as you seem to know next to nothing about Tolkien and are happy to be taken in simply with visuals and cack like that. But what the hell do I know? I’m sure Tolkien would have loved his incredibly literarily rich and broad life’s work to be debased in this way and reduced into a mere forgettable video game.

    Side note: not a video game hater, love them, I can accept the constraints of the art form however unluke some. Further, if you are of a certain age you should be able to remember the movie trilogy tie-in PS2 games, which are of sufficient quality to warrant mentioning (except by you).

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    1. Thank you for your comments, but in actual fact the Lord of the Rings was one of the first books I ever read, the Children of Hurin being a particular favourite of mine. I’m merely expressing an opinion, as are you, but thank you for stopping by and sharing your views.

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