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Japan Still Has To Discover The Thrill Of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

While Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has had a fantastic launch period that amazed a lot of gamers and critics alike, not everyone has yet partaken in the joy. In Japan, the Lord of the Rings spinoff is only set for release this week.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will arrive in Japan on December 25, 2015. Interestingly enough, the spectacle fighter comes to Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and Xbox One, but not on Xbox 360.

Then again, its old console ports weren’t as capable as the main show. Visuals took a big hit to bring them to the previous line of hardware, making it a lot less satisfying to rend orcs.

If you’re still not on the bandwagon: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor tells the tale of Talion, a soldier who sees a wife and son slaughtered by the forces of Sauron. That’s enough plot to go throughout Mordor and butcher hundreds upon hundreds of creatures.

A claim to fame for the game is its focus on meaningful combat. Orcs exist in a certain hierarchy, which can fluctuate as chiefs struggle for more power, succumb to Talion or if they manage to be victorious.

This Nemesis system makes orcs more of a personal conquest, as it can create spontaneous vendettas or objectives. You’ll likely not come to the action title for its story, since it is surprisingly light in that department for a Lord of the Rings release.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor wowed quite a few publications. It received the Game of the Year award from Gamespot, which is no small honor.