Shadow of Mordor (video game review)

Youtube LP Playlist: Shadow of Mordor
Systems: PS4

I am not sure where to start with the game. Yes it is Middle Earth, you get a slight feeling of that. Probably too much of Mordor though, at some point the game makes Mordor not scary anymore. Definitely not the scary Mordor you read in the books.

I will start with the good. I like the graphics, they are smooth and the orcs especially are varied. I enjoyed interacting with them more then I expected. This ties right in to the new Nemesis system, where if they survive a fight they run away and gain power and become tougher to beat as they move up in rank. Also they remember you. I like that last part, it added something to the game. Also, the combat system was definitely smoother then older Assassin’s Creed, so it had that going for it.

That is about all the good I have to say about the game, the rest is either meh… or not the best. None of the game was horrible though, and that makes it all the worse for it.

The plot was very threadbare, not much interaction with other people and was only there to give a reason for the system itself. I didn’t get attached to pretty much any of the characters except Torvin the Dwarf (you will know him when you see him).

The game is obviously an Assassin’s Creed clone. Same tower system, same collection gimmick and the same boring side missions that don’t mean anything but hours of grinding. I guess I was really spoiled coming into this game off of the Witcher 3 DLC Blood and Wine.

The end result was a semi-interesting new system that was filled with boring material, boring mechanics and boring missions. I won’t say it was a complete waste of time, but I won’t say it was worth the $6 I paid on a playstation store sale either.

Pros: The new system has promise.
Cons: It is such a bland Assassin’s Creed clone that it doesn’t really have a life of its own. By halfway through you are no longer worried about Mordor or the Black Gate. It is tiny, not full of very many orcs compared to the books and not really a challenge in the end.

I can’t really recommend the game, but you might like my Let’s Play commentary on it below:


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