Opinion

Middle-earth: Shadow of War First Impression

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor took the parkour element of Assassin’s Creed and the free flow combat of the Batman: Arkham series and said “You know what’d make it better? Decapitations.”

Although it violates the lore in many ways (and I can’t even find a solid answer on whether the game itself is canon,) anyone who’s played it can testify that it is a fun game that makes you feel like a badass as you hack and slash your way through Uruks on the path of vengeance.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been getting a glimpse of what we can expect from the next installment in Shadow of Mordor sequel. In short, it looks and feels extremely similar to its predecessor. However, there are a few notable differences that have been showcased over the past couple of weeks.


Armor

In the video, you see an enemy Uruk getting struck down with a headshot from a crossbow. As with the previous game, Talion can pick up the item dropped by the fallen enemy. But instead of it just upgrades for your weapon, Talion can now be equipped with a new and improved set of armor. The menu that was showcased shows options for your sword, dagger, bow, cloak and ring, giving off the impression that each of those will be interchangeable and thus add variety and personalization to your character. Based on the combat, I probably wouldn’t sacrifice armor for style in this game.


Allies Appear to be More Helpful?

Now, I’m basing this off of the gameplay that has been released. Knowing that, and the fact that developers always show off the best of their work to hype up games, I have a slight hope that this game will provide allies that will actually assist you when you get thrown into a tough situation. This is based on the moment I mentioned previously when you get your life saved by an ally who shoots an enemy boss to death with a crossbow. This scene could have been purely for cinematic effect, but it could also mean the game will allow for more strategic planning on the battlefield.


F**KING DRAGONS

Okay, technically it’s a wyvern. Either way, it’s awesome to know that these creatures will be a new mountable option to rain hell upon your enemies with balls of fire.


Stay tuned for more to come!

While the gameplay reveal gave us a lot to look at and speculate on, I feel like it is too early to completely analyze this gameplay footage. I will be keeping tabs on Shadow of War and keep you up to date on new releases and what they have to showcase. Here’s the gameplay video to see for yourself!

Photo and Video Courtesy of the Shadow of War Youtube Page
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