Return to Mordor in Middle Earth: Shadow of War

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A couple of months back there was a sale on Steam for the Game of the Year Edition of Shadow of Mordor. Having played the game on Xbox and owning the DLC, I purchased the whole package for $5 US. There is a lot of content for the open world Action/Adventure game. Shadow of Mordor takes you on a journey through J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world from Lord of the Rings. The game follows the story of a ranger who is trapped between the worlds of life and death. After watching his wife and son be put to death by the Black Hand of Sauron, he teams up with a wraith to seek revenge.

Recently a follow-up to the award winning Shadow of Mordor was announced — Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™. This new open world game builds off of several successful elements from the first game and allows you to control entire armies in the battle against Sauron.

Shadow of War continues the story of the ranger, Talion. After forging a ring of power, he must use it to bring down the armies of Sauron by building an army of his own and conquering entire realms.

Warning: fans of the first game may geek out over the trailer below for the second game.

Shadow of War will utilize the unique Nemesis system from the original game, allowing you to control followers and determine how you will take down or subdue your enemies. With the Nemesis system you’re able to turn your enemies into willing participants in your army or gain valuable information from them. The new game expands on this original concept and adds elements of loyalty and betrayal in to the mix.

Shadow of Mordor allowed gamers to subdue and use the Uruk (a nasty, brutish form of Orcs) and beasts (known as Caragors and Graugs). Shadow of War will provide the same experience with the addition of new characters including flying drakes.

Some might compare elements of the original game’s fighting style to that of the Batman Arkham series. A key component in facing enemies requires evading and stunning your foes to disorient them before attack. Both game series were published by Warner Bros., but developed by different studios.

While the gameplay will be similar to the first Middle-earth game, Shadow of War will expand the open-world possibilities of the original by allowing you to conquer and control entire realms and assign characters to oversee and defend the regions you’ve conquered.

Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™ arrives on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC on August 22nd. In addition, the game will be included as past of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, allowing gamers to purchase once for their Xbox or Windows 10 PC and play and save on both devices.

I for one am excited to explore this new adventure. Let me know your thoughts on the announcement of this game and the Middle-earth series in the comments below.

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For the latest release information, visit www.shadowofwar.com.