LotR: Shadow of Mordor Weapons and Rune System

I have mixed feelings about Lord of the Rings, the video game entries into the world even more so. I absolutely loved the Gamecube era adaptations of The Two Towers and Return of the King and enjoyed the Strategy game War of the Ring that wasn’t tied into the film licence. The Battle for Middle Earth games, by contrast left me cold and the last “hack and slash RPG” entry, War in the North didn’t intrigue me past the demo I played at Eurogamer Expo.

As a result of that, I’ve sort of let the next offering,  Shadow of Mordor slide past me somewhat. Today, WB Games  have released a gameplay video that actually helped to interest me in the game. The video is linked below and features the weapon upgrade system. What I find most interesting is that the character you play, Talion, is a Ranger and the inclusion of a single character has done away with the “specialisations” that have plagued other games. Talion is a Ranger. Rangers are basically bad-ass warriors who live a very long time and master their weapons. It makes perfect sense therefor for our hero to have three weapons (sword, bow and dagger) that enable him to be played any manner that the player wants to.

The actual weapon upgrade system is also somewhat unique. Rather than just stumbling across Runes in his travels, Talion basically has to anger an enemy boss so much that they put a death threat on him and surround themselves with elite guards. The player then has to meet the challenge, eradicate the boss and take the rune which will apply to one of his weapons.

The trailer also shows Talion using three combat styles – sneak attacks with dagger, straight melee with sword and ranged archery attacks.  Colour me interested, I’ll be following this more closely from now on.

Here’s the game’s blurb, then the video:

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.

Source: WB Games press release
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