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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor gameplay revealed


Monolith Productions is hard at work bringing us a AAA Lord of the Rings action game. That in itself is a hard task considering the franchise’s history with action games. In other genres The Lord of the Rings has made a successful jump to games (the rather good Battle for Middle-earth RTS series springs to mind) but the most obvious fit (an action adventure game) has always turned up lacklustre experiences.

Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive looks well on the way to breaking that disappointing streak. In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, players take on a human character called Talion. The game takes place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so it’s largely unexplored territory that gives Monolith some freedom to muck around. And they’ve certainly grabbed hold of that chance considering Talion is a human-wraith hybrid – something that has never existed in Tolkien’s Middle-earth before.

The biggest and possibly most exciting mechanic in Shadow of Mordor is the Nemesis system, which sees enemies changing in personality and skills as the game progresses. If you have an encounter with an orc warrior who survives, he’ll remember you the next time you meet. Each encounter has the potential to alter the ranks of Mordor’s army. It’s intriguing, and you can watch the whole thing in action after the jump.

There’s a definite Assassin’s Creed meets Batman: Arkham City vibe going on here. Count me in.

Source: IGN

  • FanieNel

    This is going to be a awesome game. I can’t wait for it to be finished.

  • Nick

    Is it just me, or do others also have trouble viewing embedded videos on this website?

    • Devon Stanton

      had no issue…

    • Miklós Szecsei

      Can you describe the issue, please?

      • joe

        the video just says catching up as if it is loading and doesn’t do anything else

        • Miklós Szecsei

          Does it make a difference if you watch it on IGN’s page at all? All our embed code is tested before publishing so we can’t see anything wrong on our end. But a second person with the same problem means there must be something else.

          • joe

            The IGN page seems to work fine, it’s just this one. o.O
            I’ve had a few issues on NAG before but always just thought that it was me not installing the right player software, although this one is definitely working, just not playing.
            I’ve also tried viewing it from a few different places at different time (university, home etc) and the only difference is that sometimes it says catching up and other times it says configuring player, regardless of how long I leave it.
            Could it have something to do with regions people are viewing the videos from? (I actually live in the UK)

            Hope this helps!

          • Aidan van der Nest

            Got the same issue here. It’ll play fine, but if I ever catch up to the buffer, it just says ‘catching up’ and does nothing after that. I can see the video buffering, but it just never resumes playback no matter what I do.


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