Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Looks Extremely Familiar
Very late last year Warner Bros. announced that they were working on a Lord of the Rings title that was set between the events of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. The game in question, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, really didn’t have many other details to complement its announcement, but that changed with a gameplay trailer yesterday.
What you have above is eight minutes of Orc slaughter, with wall climbing, air assassinations and a combat system that already looks a bit too simple. In fact, I’d be surprised if you didn’t draw any comparisons between the footage above and franchises such as Assassin’s Creed and Batman Arkham. Some aspects of the title look so scarily similar that it’s jarring, and not something you’d really want to see doing its debut.
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That said, there are some neat ideas on show here as well. Having the protagonist Talion as half-human, half-wraith opens up some interesting gameplay opportunities, such as Wraith powers. Using this, Talion can identify targets, and also see which are under his control. Recruiting Orcs to your cause and basically making them sleeper agents is one of the various different abilities Talion has, and it really works well within the context of one Middle-Earth agent attempting to destroy Mordor from the inside.
That’s something I’d like to see a lot more of, as well as how all of this gameplay translates into the open world Shadows of Mordor has in store. So no, it’s not looking like a cheap cash in at this stage, but it still has some convincing to do, don’t you think?
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor will release on Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 later this year.