Peter and I ordered copies of Shadow of Mordor after seeing great reviews and trailers. I look forward to slaughtering lots of Orcs.
I've watched Mikkel G play at work for a while, and now I'm home, ready for some Orc decapitation.
Getting familiar with the combat and stealth mechanics, I've killed hundreds of Uruks. One foul greenskin that keeps beating me is Grublik Hot Tongs, who is a Combat Master, and Invulnerable to Stealth, but I might have a chance to kill him with ranged attacks and explosions. He has a Power rating of 20 now, making him a pretty serious opponent. Meanwhile, I've been following a hideous creature named Gollum, who guides Celebrimbor in uncovering his past self.
Grublik Hot Tongs is now dead. He, and a small army of Orcs were chasing me through a desolate part of Mordor. I managed to separate the fast moving Grublik from most of his warband, and I lit the rest of them on fire. He took 8 arrows to his ugly face and a brutal stab in the gut, before he submitted to Celebrimbors will.
After tearing down the statue of Sauron and defeating 'Sauron's Hammer', I killed the puny Warchief Douche, I mean Dush.
New area! How wonderful.
I have started branding Orcs to control them. It's all very cool.
Completed 17/23 story missions.
Orchestral tribal industrial metal for the end credits? OK, then. Soundtrack is by Garry Schyman (Bioshock, Bioshock Infinite, Dante's Inferno) and Nathan Grigg (Condemned). An appropriate combination for a Lord of the Rings game by Monolith.
completed the game.
The Black Hand of Sauron was defeated! The quests of the main story, especially the last part, was a bit uninteresting. The great battle between my mind-controlled Orc army and Sauron's Uruk guards was awesome, but didn't last long before it was replaced by a final battle consisting of a lot of big words, fancy graphics, and quicktime events. The game became a bit too easy, as Talion and Celebrimbor gained their power. However, the story itself carried the weight and grandeur expected from a Lord of the Rings game.
Tonight I tried getting back into Mordor and cleaning up some of the challenges and pickups. It's still a lot of fun, even though it isn't very challenging.