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.

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1 Comment on First Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Screens


On November 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

this game looks like a mix of skyrim, mass effect and beyond two souls, and Assassins Creed. Skyrim because of the open world sandbox fantasy although there are others. Mass Effect because of a different story every time and how doing things with a certain individual will affect you later in the story. And beyond 2 Souls because you will be connected to a spirt and not really know why. And Assassins Creed because it looks like being sneaky and things of that nature will be in this game. Based on this so far to me it looks very great gaming wise and has some cool mechanics.