Nemesis Forge is not available in Japan. So if you're a gamer looking for a game that deftly refines already great ideas with some exciting new ones, SoM is definitely worthy of consideration. After reading about this game in an online forum post and thinking it had an interesting take on its method of gameplay with an adaptive enemy, I decided I wanted to get the game. This game is worth every penny you spend and you will not be disappointed. He lives a life of relative peace with his family until one day they are besieged by sinister servants of Sauron along with an army of Orcs and Uruk-hai the smarter, fiercer, stronger orc variety seen in FotR. You can also upgrade each weapon with runes you acquire from defeating Uruk captains or war chiefs. Talion is a great character, even if is alter-ego is one dimensional and really isn't flushed out fully.
The character designs are all awesome. I must have defeated the same Uruk, Ûkrom the Blade Master, several times in my playthrough. He's about as generic a gritty protagonist as you could imagine, and often his behavior is inconsistent, one moment acting in a noble, selfless way, the next being rude and alienating his allies and friends for no reason. The Nemesis system ensures that each Orc you run into looks and acts genuinely unique all are grotesque though, lol. Story aside, Shadow of Mordor excels on nearly front. Graphics look great, especially on a 4k display, and gameplay is smooth. Although it is not a big deal for me as I prefer to play solo, there is no multiplayer for this game.
More on that later though. I really got attached to the guy, in a weird way. I am not crazy about the save feature in the game or rather lack of save feature. For the most part, the game is well done with how it incorporates elements from other games and creates a whole new unique gaming experience. It can be frustrating at times, but also makes victories sweeter. And, like the Arkham games, Mordor features great stealth mechanics that feel rewarding even when the player inevitably slips up and gets caught. Sadly, though, the game fails to really deliver on the great story potential.
When I looked at my percentage completed, I had merely scratched the surface. Like any game, it has taken me some time to get use to some of the controls. SoM is just not very good at exposition. The double button execution moves feel a bit clumsy to me though. All of the content is on disk and not via a download code. I also wish you could skip through the Orc boss introductions as well as they are interesting at first but get a bit annoying after a while though. See and discover other items: , , , , , window.
I like the whole strength and weaknesses aspect of the bosses and the gathering of intel to find out what those are. At its core, SoM is what you'd get if you took and the games, refined and improved their mechanics to be even better than they already were, and threw them in a blender along with some Wraith superpowers. The initial area, Udûn, is the kind of bleak, desolate location you'd expect. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is undoubtedly one of those gems. The double button execution moves feel a bit clumsy to me though.
There are some frustrating moments with this though as when I track an intel giving orc only to find him getting killed by a monster before I could get there. I do enjoy the fights for the most part with the exception of the instant appearance of more bad guys just after you eliminate the ones in the area. I have cleared and area and literally sat in an area and watch the game magically pop in new enemies into the same area I just cleared. The Nemesis System, which I thought would be gimmicky, is actually quite satisfying. If some random orc soldier defeats you, they are promoted to captain.
The fights are cool though and pretty violent and gory as you would expect in this style of game. The game auto saves at certain moments in the game, which I assume is designed to keep players from avoiding the build of enemies when you lose to them but I would prefer at least the ability to manually save for us less hard core players with maybe a hardcore mode that disables that feature. This means all expansions, runes, costumes, you name it. I really wish it had some more detail and the ability to zoom in closer than you can. For under 20 bucks, this is a worthwhile purchase, especially with all the add-on content. It was a bit frustrating at the beginning, but once I got used to the controls it got fun.
For under 20 bucks, this is a worthwhile purchase, especially with all the add-on content. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program Very Good: An item that is used but still in very good condition. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. There are tons of enemies around the game map and one of my early frustrations with the game is how quickly the area repopulates with enemies. I am a bit surprised at how easy it is to kill via stealth in some circumstances, such as when several Orcs are walking together and you can pick them off from behind, one by one, with none of them noticing. It's all stunning, making great use of the current gen consoles' hardware. This has been one of the nicest looking games, graphically, I have played in a while.