Last week, I complained about how Shadow of Mordor botched the tone of the books. So what about the gameplay?
Shadow of Mordor is a rough copy of the Batman: Arkham series gameplay, so in order to see what Mordor gets wrong we need to figure out what Arkham does right. To talk about this we need to talk about mastering systems. From here on out, when I say "Arkham" I'm talking about Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. (Let's leave out Batman: Arkham Origins for now, since that game also fumbled a bit on the combat.)