Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor First Thoughts

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I know I promised my thoughts on Shadow of Mordor this week; I was expecting on posting this earlier in the week, but I haven’t been able to put the game down.


JK – I hate this game


Hate is a strong word…Let me rephrase.


I am so bad at this game that I am unable to progress at all. And I think this is actually more a fault of how the game is designed than how I’m playing it. I’m sure there are people who love this game, and everyone is entitled to their opinions, but if you’re someone who is looking for enjoyment and good storytelling, I’m not sure this can fill your appetite.


I’m not going to get too into the weeds on this since I’ve only managed to play 2 hours (and in those 2 hours I’ve died 80 times). Being a Tolkien fan, I can say this definitely takes some liberties with the lore and canon. But that’s not really important for the enjoyment of the game.


One of the trademark features of this game (and its sequel) are the Uruk captains (which act as the bosses). In this game, if one kills you, it gets stronger and will remember you if you happen upon it again. This is a really creative idea, and it would work well, if not for my biggest problem with the game. It’s designed as an open world game, where you have to travel a bit to get to each main or side quest/mission. That’s all fine and good, but when there are bosses all also wandering in the same world, it makes it very difficult to reach those missions. Plus during those missions, other side bosses can spring up while you’re either trying to stealth your way past or already fighting a boss. One time, I was fighting a boss who was pointed out on the map as a target. While fighting him, two other bosses showed up and joined the fray, along with all the random troops they had with them. The combat isn’t overly complicated, so fighting a horde isn’t difficult (just remember to hit the parry button a lot). But when three of the enemies are enhanced to resist a certain type of combat, and there are spear throwers among the rabble, it makes it impossible to kill, evade, and parry all at once.


I did hear a review that did say it was very difficult at the beginning but gets easier, but I don’t have the kind of patience to grind away while repeatedly dying without progressing. There are many more games that I want to play, and I don’t want to spend this much time just trying to get TO the third main quest.


Have you played this game? Did you have the same trouble I’ve had? Let me know below.


Until next time.


Signing off…

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