Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Screenshots Revealed

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OK, so it must be Middle-earth Monday over at Warner Bros HQ, which makes sense after the Friday theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Today, we have already seen the kinder, gentler side of Tolkien’s legendary fantasy universe in the debut trailer for LEGO The Hobbit. Now we get to see the darker, grittier side in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith Productions’ third-person action game coming next year to PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One as a non-canonical story-filler between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Hmmm… I am cautiously intrigued by this game, as I did enjoy what I was able to play of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North before a game-breaking glitch brought progress to a permanent halt. (I want to get back to that game, but I have to start over from scratch and just haven’t felt like doing so.) The Snowblind Studios developers on that game were merged with Monolith Productions after its release, so Shadow of Mordor should be in good hands. I have my concerns about the storyline and the new made-up hero, but I’m willing to give him a shot.

Here are additional details about the game, accompanied by a new batch of screenshots.

Talion: Players take the form of Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance.
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Mordor: Set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, throwing the region into turmoil.
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Nemesis System: Discover a powerful and dynamic next-gen gameplay mechanic that allows players’ actions to shape enemy relationships and characteristics, creating personal and unique stories and gameplay arcs that remain persistent even after death.
MiddleearthShadowsOfMordor_NemesisSystem

Wraith abilities: Players command Wraith Powers to orchestrate and execute their vengeance to outwit enemies, infiltrate the ranks, and dominate within an adaptive world.
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Melee combat: A multitude of enemies will require different tactics, encouraging the player to advance their skills, abilities and weapons to become legendary through a system of rune rewards crafted according to the player’s strategy.
MiddleearthShadowsOfMordor_MeleeCombat

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