Announced in November 2013, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions have finally revealed the first gameplay trailer for ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’, an original dynamically generated action game set in J.R.R. Tolkein’s classic world.

In ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’, gamers assume the role of Talion, a valiant ranger whose family is slain in front of him the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor, moments before his own life is taken. Resurrected by a Spirit of Vengeance and empowered with Wraith abilities, Talion ventures into Mordor and vows to destroy those who have wronged him.  Through the course of his personal vendetta, Talion uncovers the truth of the Spirit that compels him, learns the origins of the Rings of Power and ultimately confronts his true nemesis.

The game also introduces a new feature called the Nemesis System, which procedurally-generates enemies that are shaped by the player’s actions. Every enemy that players face is a unique individual, differentiated by their own personality, strengths and weaknesses. Through the Nemesis System, enemy relationships and characteristics are shaped by player actions and decisions to create personal archenemies that remember and adapt to the player and are distinct to every gameplay session. Gamers are able to craft their own battles, enemies and rewards within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their choices, delivering a completely unique experience to every player. You can even assume control of selected enemies using the Wraith abilities and assign them various tasks such as spying, sending messages or assassinations and whichever option you choose influences how a mission plays out. When players read an enemy’s mind, they are also able to see the connection an enemy has with other enemies, as well as the hierarchical structure of the orc world.

The combat system bears a striking resemblance to ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’, and gameplay feels very similar to the ‘Assassins Creed’ series so much so that Interactive Entertainment have been accused of using code and animations from ‘Assassin’s Creed II’ by a former Ubisoft developer who worked on the first two Assassin’s Creed games.

Check out the video below for some gameplay action and let us know what you think of ‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’:

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is due in 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Sources:, Polygon, IGN