Monolith Productions has released a trailer for those who are still not yet acquainted with the highly anticipated upcoming ‘Lord of the Rings’ universe game called ‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.’
‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ is a third person action role-playing game that takes place in between the events of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ It puts you in the role of Talion, a ranger of Gondor who is responsible for guarding the Black Gate of Gondor. When things take a turn for the worst, Talion and his family are viciously murdered by Sauron’s Black Captains. However, Talion is seemingly revived by a mysterious Elvan spirit who turns out to be Celebrimbor, the crafter of the legendary Rings of Power. As Talion learns more about Celebrimbor’s past, it becomes clear that Middle Earth will be doomed if the two cannot reach Sauron.
The new trailer provides a great in-depth introduction to game’s storyline, its various weapons/runes and creatures as well as the game’s standout feature called the Nemesis System.
The Nemesis System is a feature in ‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ that allows for dynamic enemies. Meaning that depending on the interactions that Talion has with his enemies, they will remember their encounters with him and adjust their behavior accordingly throughout the game. For example, if Talion inflicts severe burn damage to an Uruk, they will remember and potentially want revenge for being disfigured. Also, because of the fact that Orcs are basically a society of military hierarchy, Talion can amass his own orc army behind enemy lines by manipulating their ranks to cause power struggles.
Lastly, the trailer announced information on preorder bonuses available for ‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ which will be the ‘Dark Ranger’ character skin and a Test of Power Challenge Mode. The latter is a gameplay mode that makes players eliminate a hit-lit of Orc war chiefs. The mode will also feature leaderboard support.
‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ will release for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 30.