LOTR fans: ‘Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ video game is worth your time


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I played through this game on PC playing through Steam. The game was developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Brothers.

Released on September 30, 2014. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor took the world by storm. Winning both the British Academy Games Award for best game design and Game Award for Best Action/Adventure game.

The story follows Talion, a ranger of Gondor. After witnessing his family be brutally slain by the Black Hand of Sauron, a servant of the dark lord, Talion finds that he is banished from death. Bonding with Celebrimbor, the elf who was tricked into forging the rings of power, Talion is revived and the two of them set out to seek revenge for his family’s death. The two of them quickly find that Talion now has wraith-like abilities which adds a layer of depth to the game.

The game has very similar mechanics to the Arkham trilogy created by Rockstar Studios. Having played these games right before this one, I found myself thrust into the vast world of Middle Earth much quicker.
To me, the game reminded me of the Arkham trilogy in terms of mechanics, however, the gameplay itself felt oddly reminiscent of the newer Assassin’s Creed games. In particular, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey but with a Middle Earth twist.

Having been a big fan of the movies when I was younger, this was a unique experience for me. As I started playing, I quickly felt all of my Lord of the Rings knowledge come rushing back to me. So I rewatched the movies which just helped enhance my play-through of this great game.

My main gripe with the game was the campaign. Being limited to only 20 short missions, the game can easily be beaten within three to five hours. However, if you are like me and do all of the side quests then it is not hard to get 24 hours out of playtime, which is exactly what I did. I had a 96.4% completion rate and got over 74% of the achievements.

I purchased this game during the Warner Brothers publisher sale on Steam for $10. If you can get this game on sale, then I would highly recommend it. I am one who dislikes paying full price for games as they typically run for $60 a pop. In the end, I enjoyed Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is a fan of LOTR.