Why I’ll Never Touch Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Hint: It’s because I’m a J.R.R. Tolkien fan first and gamer second.

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thekhurg2956d ago

It's a blast if you like hitting X 1,000 times per fight followed by a single triangle press and then back to X spam.

Snookies122956d ago

Get the ability for timed combo multipliers, then you won't be button mashing. It's important to time your swings.

Bathyj2956d ago

While youre not wrong, I enjoyed the combat a lot more than Batman which people go on and on about for some reason that I never understood. Hit hit hit counter, hit hit hit counter.

Mordor felt better to me. The brutality helps sell it, he didnt charge across the whole screen to hit someone in an automated attack just because you pressed that direction randomly, and you could be stealthy whenever you wanted to be, not just in the areas where the game said, be stealthy here.

christian hour2956d ago (Edited 2956d ago )

You do know games like this reward you for timed presses, if you've been button mashing through your batmans and your mordors you've been playing them wrong (the musical hits of WindWaker on GCN were a particular favourite of mine)

As for the viewpoint of the article itself, I agree, as a j.r.r tolkien fan I was gonna pass on this game completely. It took too much liberty with the lore and stuck in a lot of things to draw in the casual LOTR fans that might only be familiar with the movies.

However saying that, thanks to the wonderful feature of game sharing between ps4 consoles, I was able to enjoy this game fully without having to feel like I might have wasted money on it. My friend (who has set my console as his primary) picked it up and the gameplay mechanics alone made it an incredibly enjoyable game. I found myself skipping cutscenes and just carving my own story through the nemesis system.

Since the release of this game I've had so many watercooler moments with friends sharing tales of a memorable opponent who just wouldnt die or would show up to antagonize you at the worst possible moments. This game didn't need the LOTR license or a compelling storyline, the gameplay mechanics were solid enough to stand on their own two feet.

My advice to the author of this article is to forget its LOTR, forget it has anything to do with the works of JRR Tolkien, just pretend its any other fantasy themed game and enjoy it, and if you still don't, no harm no foul.

morganfell2954d ago (Edited 2954d ago )

I would bet I am a bigger Tolkien fan than the writer and I still enjoyed the game immensely. You have to ask yourself, "Was this done in the spirit of Tolkien?"

While there were a few major canon changes in the game, Celebrimbor's altered story and the forging of the One Ring for starters, the games fits the spirit. If people knew how many changes were made to the movies they would be astonished but those changes fit the spirit of Tolkien. Many of them came from Tolkiens notes and unpublished manuscripts with more than a few others coming from his other works.

Middle Earth was violent. Although this is toned down in The Hobbit, it must be remembered that particular book was written for children whereas the other books were not. The Lord of the Rings is just one of his novels (One novel consisting of three books in six volumes), and a violent one at that.

Anyone that has bothered to work their way through The Silmarillion, the 12 volumes of The History of Middle Earth, The Children of Hurin, and Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle Earth will discover a treasure trove of Tolkien that is rife with bloody conflict and foul murder.

Yes the game has a great deal of grisly murder. It is one game, in one small chapter of one character's life in one of the most expansive worlds in literature. There is also a lot of lore in the title if one but looks.

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2v12956d ago

i heve this game after all the hype and black friday , i only play twice so far.

marlinfan102956d ago

Give it a couple hours, once you start unlocking more runes and upgrades the combat gets pretty awesome. It's got a good story too.

UKmilitia2955d ago

it seems a bit mindblowing at start,alot to take in but once upgrades start coming you feel yourself getting stronger to the point at max u feel invincible.
i really enjyed story too and im not into lord of rings stuff.

Anon19742956d ago

This was my favorite title I played last year, hands down.

UKmilitia2956d ago

well i would say and its in my opinion that your "silly"and easily missing out on one of the best games of 2014 and what will prob go down as one of the best games of generation imo due to the nemesis system as i believe it will evolve many games to come.

freshslicepizza2956d ago

that's why gaming is an outlet, not to be taken too seriously. the author is looking too deeply into it instead of just playing something for the fun of it.

beerzombie2956d ago

This seems to happen allot now with everything instead of enjoying great entertainment it has to be dissected.

Logak2955d ago

*Tolkien fan here*
Completely agree, it's been a long time since I've played a game that actually innovates, and I have a feeling Mordor will set the benchmark for upcoming sandbox action games. And it's completely full on LOTR lore, which is great for me.

It's like the game Assassin's Creed should have been.

Fro_xoxo2956d ago

I'm never going to touch it either. But, you don't see me writing an article about it ^_^ I don't think anyone cares.

ThatOneGuyThere2956d ago

its actually the one thing keeping me away from the game. if it was set up in its own universe, id be totally on board.

JackBNimble2956d ago

You would be on board if it was in it's own universe? What difference would that make anyway?

christian hour2956d ago (Edited 2956d ago )

Read my comment above, I was on the same boat as you for a full on year begging my friend even not to buy it so as not to encourage Warner Brothers to take liberties with the mythos even more so than they already were planning to with Mordor.

After playing it and skipping cutscenes/blocking them from my memory, i feel like an absolute arsebandit for my behaviour in the year leading up to its release, I even apologized to my friend in the end (who is the reason I even got to play it in the first place). I'm pretty sure you go back far enough in my comments on this site you'll find a few of me saying I'm boycotting it :P

I'm not trying to change your mind or anything, I am definitely a defensive fanboy when it comes to money men exploiting beloved franchises, but this was one of those cases where a solid game was delivered (as long as we just ignore all aspects of the horrible story)

ThatOneGuyThere2955d ago

im just not interested in a lord of the rings game that has nothing to do with the lord of the rings. sheesh lol

beerzombie2956d ago

But you wrote a comment about it. :)

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen2956d ago

Someone is obviously taking video games and Lord Of The Rings way too seriously. Coming out of that cave and getting some sunlight once in a while will help with that.

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