Polygon: Yesterday morning I found myself trying to play Shadow of Mordor. I look forward to playing more today, but yesterday I didn’t get much further than the tutorial before putting the game down to share some feelings. There’s a basic design mistake right at the start.
One of the very first things you do in the game, following a brief sword-fight with your son and some Uruks, is kiss your wife. This isn’t an ordinary kiss, it’s actually a tutorial for how to sneak up on someone and murder them — that much is immediately clear from the controls, even before you actually kill Uruks moments later.
You’re learning a skill that will later be used almost exclusively in combat.