First Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Screens
I have no clue how any of it will jive with Tolkien’s source material, but I’ve certainly got my eye on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
That’s because developer Monolith (Guardians of Middle-earth), says it has taken many of its gameplay cues from Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham franchise, which, in my humble opinion, is the finest example of intuitive, fun, amazing-looking combat in videogames today.
Now, courtesy of EvilAvatar poster randir14, we’ve got a look at the first screens of Shadow of Mordor, and I’m definitely seeing more than a little Batman in my LOTR. In particular, this screen, which shows protagonist Talion sneaking around an enemy castle from above, gives off a very Batman-in-Predator-mode vibe:
Then there’s this shot of combat, which has me looking for the counter button:
Thanks to the extensive exclusive interviews Game Informer has done with the Monolith team, we know that Talion will be half man, half Wraith. LOTR lore wise, that seems nutty, but in the context of the game it will give Talion various powers (see into the Wraith world, transform enemies into allies), which we can get a glimpse of in the screens below:
It also looks like Shadow of Mordor will give us a sizable sandbox to play in, comparable to Batman’s Gotham:
Can’t wait to actually see this one in action. Expect to see Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on current and next gen consoles and PC sometime in 2014.