More like BORE-dor
Shadow of Mordor is a game that completely went under my radar up until two days before it’s release. I had never heard of it, then all of a sudden rave reviews for it started popping up on my most trusted of video game sites. Having conquered Destiny and looking for a new challenge for my Xbox One, I decided to dive into Middle Earth. Now I can’t help but wonder if any of those rave reviews were written by anyone who has even played a video game in the past 5 years…
If you’re one of the 10 people who still hasn’t played one of the dozen or so Assassins Creed, or the four Batman: Arkham games that have come out the past few years, I can see how you might enjoy Shadow of Mordor. It’s got slick combat, stealth, leveling up, and a sort of open world to explore. What’s not to love?! Well, if you ARE sick of the merciless shoveling down your throat of Assassins Creed and Batman games (which while great, have ruined themselves with over saturation), then you will find very little to enjoy here. This game doesn’t have a single original idea whatsoever, aside from it’s Orc captain system, which is still essentially the interrogation system from Batman. While the world is moderately open, enemies respawn within minutes of your killing them, which in turn means you can kill them again and again for the same amount of XP. This makes leveling up incredibly easy and your incentive to become stronger, meaningless. I also found the difficulty (which you cant change) to be incredibly easy, I didn’t die once while slicing through foe after mindless foe.
Besides being a wholly unoriginal Creed/Batman ripoff, it also doesn’t look particularly good for a next gen game, visuals are rather bland, textures are muddy and this just looks like a game that was meant for last gen, but ported over to capitalize on those of us looking for some next gen content. On the plus side, voice acting is top notch and the plot is surprisingly dark and intriguing, but this is a video game and does not make up for gameplay so generic and repetitive that after 3 or so hours, I no longer cared about what I was doing. Simply put, it isn’t fun.
Throw this one back into the pits of Mount Doom.
PROS: Tight gameplay, Intriguing story
CONS: Bland visuals, Repetitive, Easy, Assassins Creed/Batman ripoff
-Sock Talk Jon-