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A Look Back at 'Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor'

Making your way through Mordor one dead orc at a time.

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generic-user-name568d ago

The nemesis system is so good that it's such a shame it's locked to just WB games. So many other games would benefit from variations of it. GTA6 and RDR2 in particular.

SDuck568d ago (Edited 568d ago )

why is it locked to WB games? Don't tell me they freaking trademarked a videogame concept!?

monkey602568d ago

It makes sense for them, business wise but it's to the detriment of the games industry 😔

MrVux000568d ago

Honestly i would have never imagined the system like that in the likes of GTA or RDR. But the more i think about it, i can actually see it working. For example, in RDR a bounty that has wounded you and escaped would gain another advantage (and thus granting a bonus in rewards).

generic-user-name568d ago

Not to mention the various gangs in both of those games that could have hierarchies. Lil' Herb from the Ballas gang put you in the hospital? Now he's climbed the ranks and gone from Muscle to Rep. Defeat Walt Skinner of the Skinner gang in RDR2 by blowing off his arm with a shotgun? He survived and now has a blade arm prosthetic.

Vithar568d ago

I miss this series so much, damn the nemesis system was fun and awesome to me!

MrVux000568d ago

Even tho i think Shadow of War was a step back in some regards (looking past the controversies of MTXs), i still fondly remember my time in Shadow of Mordor.

However, made up that ''Nemesis System'' deserves a very high recognition in video-game development history. Such a shame, we wont see its like in any other games not owned by WB.

MeatyUrologist568d ago

Actually just started replaying shadow of war a few weeks ago. I forgot how great this series is. The game holds up very well graphically, sound, and gameplay wise. They really need to make a new sequel. So frustrating to see turd after turd sequels being made, but this IP patented and just collecting dust

MontyeKristo568d ago

Was a great game with some damn good systems in place. Bummer that the Nemisis system is locked to WB?! I didn't know that - can other companies use the system and pay royalties? Or can no one else use it at all, without permission, I assume?

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10 Open-World Games That Feel Empty After Just A Few Hours

Unfortunately, the open worlds in games like Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Halo Infinite, and the original Assassin's Creed do more harm than good.

MadLad287d ago

I legitimately loved Halo's switch to open world. They made traversal of the map entertaining, and everything involved just tied into the (what I consider) awesome gunplay.
The entire time I really felt the slow takeover of the map, and all the little steps forward felt satisfying.

I don't know what more people really want there, considering the setting and story. A handful of soldiers hunkered down on enemy territory; slowly trying to win the battle.

giovonni286d ago

I agree I liked the switch to the open world, it was large with beautiful land scapes. However, it did feel a bit empty, and wasn’t as action packed as I would have liked. A lot of the bases felt like fillers instead of something of wonder. Let’s see what 343 under new management does from here cause Halo needs some updating

archibold286d ago (Edited 286d ago )

I'm surprised they scrapped the Slipspace engine. I thought the graphics looked great, the sandbox physics were as good as ever, and the AI worked well. Clearly a lot of work went into it and it appears to have been optimized for the new generation of GPUs. The only issue I had with it was the lack of environments, would have been cool to have different biomes on the ring to explore. A bit more variety in missions would have been nice, maybe some timed events where you have to manuever a banshee through forerunner architecture or some mongoose speedruns would have spiced things up.

CrimsonWing69286d ago

I think R* are the only ones who have made compelling open worlds. I can’t stomach most open world games and how boring they are with busy world. It’s like a flex to make this massive environment, but it’s extremely boring to traverse and play in. GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 blew me away with how incredible their worlds were. Elden Ring was the only other game to give me that sense of awe.

giovonni286d ago

GTA V and unfortunately, Saints Row the original have had some of the most aggressive open world features where the world doesn’t feel so bland. To me what makes GTA V so special is the way the characters react to the world around them vs how the world reacts to them. For example, in GTA when you switch to Franklin and he walked past an attractive female he responded “ damn you fine” or in Saints row you can run up in the pawn shop flash a gun and watch them respond by raising their hands in the air, or they press the silent alarm making you have to run away from the cops. Halo infinite doesn’t have those kind of moments that make you feel apart of the world it just feels like it’s there.

bloop285d ago

Trevor talking to random vegan npc: "You suck c*ck, but you don't eat meat.... It don't make sense to me "

Classic. Such a shame we won't get that humour again now that R* have gone all in on virtue.

Abear21286d ago

AC Odyssey with the next gen patch is pretty incredible, especially if you like a sea shantie. Lol.

Abear21286d ago

I’m back on an open world kick after Horizon. I don’t know what clicked in me but exploring the map and seeing the detail work has me loving open worlds again. Playing AC Odyssey on hard and really enjoying it and the map. Reinstalling RDR2 tonight because damn, that map is just incredible for sightseeing.

Sonic1881286d ago

Halo Infinite felt off. It's like the developers didn't know what they really wanted to do

Demetrius286d ago

Depends on which open world titles u play, most of em are shitty AF, but I honestly admire open world genre, sometimes to just take a break from fighting and missions you explore n see details you haven't noticed before cause you were too busy body at first, then boom finding some dope equipment or things to sale

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10 Mediocre Bosses in Great Games

GF365: "Most games are not perfect and that may be because of a character or an enemy. Here are 10 mediocre bosses in great games."

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