A new story trailer for Middle Earth: Shadow of Morder sheds light on the highly anticipated title that takes place between the events of The Hobbit and Lords of the Rings trilogy.
Developed by Monolith Productions and Warner Bros, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a third person RPG centered around Talion, a Ranger who’s family is tasked with guarding the Black Gate of Mordor, who gets killed by the army of Sauron when they take over the black gate.
Talion is brought back to life with Wraith-like powers, one of which allow him to bend any living creature to his will, by a mysterious wizard who urges him to defeat one of Sauron’s Elite Warrior called The Black Hand.
To do this, he must build his own army, the wizard suggests he recruit a Orc and help him reach the status of War Chief which will bring other orcs to join his army.
Mordor is populated by many Orc Clans, Talion has to find ways to challenge and defeat each War Chief of the clans and put his own War Chief in their place. Each War Chief has to be called out to a duel by doing certain tasks specific to each War Chief, which the player will need to find out by interrogating other Orcs.
Talion is in constant danger of running into orc patrols or the dangerous wildlife of Mordor out in the open, along with mind controlling enemies into fighting for him he can also mind control the wild creatures and use them as mounts.
The combat looks pretty standard except for the ability to mind-control enemies on the fly to aid the player in tough encounters.
An interesting feature to the game is its Nemesis System. When the player gets killed by an enemy, time advances showing how the enemy who landed the killing blow got stronger and was given a stronger position in the army for killing Talion.
Other enemies who were in the fight also get a slight advantage. This makes the same enemy slightly tougher to beat in the next encounter whilst becoming the player’s arch-rival in the game.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor will release on October 7 for the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4