Lord of the Rings fans can rejoice in the upcoming video game Middle Earth: Shadow of Modor. The story behind the game goes off track from Frodo’s journey, following the main character, a ranger named Tailon. Tailon witnessed the death of his son and wife at the hands of Sauron’s henchmen, and is thirsty for revenge. At the point of death, he is revived by a wraith who accompanies his vengeful journey, and pumps him up with wraith abilities.
The fact that this game is a hero quest in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien and the player has wraith capabilities, is possibly the most ingenious idea ever. It’s obvious Tailon couldn’t be a full on wraith because the game would be too easy; What could a wraith have to lose if he is a walking soul? But there is a great following of LOTR fans, that find the wraiths powers appealing. If this game sucks (and lets pray that it doesn’t), Warner Bros. and Monolith productions would deserve an award for putting together this idea, alone.
A lot of effort was put into ‘Shadow of Modor.’ The cut scenes reveal a story that is fully fleshed out and rich in LOTR and The Hobbit history. The graphics most definitely do not disappoint. And from what can be seen so far, some of the beloved characters of LOTR and The Hobbit, may be peppered along the way. They’ve only revealed that Tailon will encounter Gollum,already a slave to his “precious”.
The highlight of this game, is the Nemesis system, an advanced form of gameplay that ensures that each enemy is unique. They are not built from a cookie cutter mechanic. They have different personalities, strengths and weaknesses. Your decisions shape enemy relationships as the game adapts to your choices, making the gameplay different for every game player. Yesterday, a new trailer was released with a preview of the enemies that Tailon will face. Other than Sauron, his servants, The Black Captains, look like they will be interesting foes.
What do you think about Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor so far? Any LOTR fans super excited for this release?
Release date: September 30, 2014