So I bought “Shadow of Mordor”, the new Middle-Earth-Game after “War in the North”, if I remember correctly. And although the developers constantly deny every comparison with “Assassins Creed” and the “Batman:Arkham”-Series, there are obviously similarities. But let’s start with the game itself.
“Shadow of Mordor” looks pretty cool and I personally like the darker atmosphere of the story and the gameplay very much. Without a lot of spoilers, you are a ranger of Gondor (if Aragorn ever had a brother, that would be Talion) and out for vengeance. Because the “Hand of Sauron” (not the “Mouth” or any other bodypart of the dark lord himself), brutaly killed your family while he took over Morder for his evil master Sauron. The game is set between “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”, so basically the time when Sauron returned and reclaimed Mordor and start building evil towers and castles and stuff. You as Talion are about to kill Sauron (Spoiler: He doesn’t) and take Mordor back (Spoiler: He fails).
And to do that, he got the badass skills of a Wraith-Ghost with no memory of who he (the Ghost) was. Doesn’t really matter at first when you can teleport to enemies for Insta-Kills or control them to spread chaos between the army of Sauron. Veeeery funny to play … but I think you see everything pretty fast and you did everything cool after a few hours of playing. It’s awesome to control a bodyguard of an Orc-Warchief and then, when you attack, half of the Orcs are on your side and the whole fortress is on fire. But once you did it – well – you did it. You can do that a couple times on different locations with different Orcs and slightly different tactics. But as I said, it’s very repetitive. Even the story-missions are mostly done by sneaking into an Orc-Fortress, kill or control the leader in there (there of course you can choose, if you want the “Rambo-Entrance” or the sneaky way by controlling enemies and stealth-killing the rest) and then kill the Warchief. Cool, but there has to be more.
So, my first impression: Very awesome gameplay, but repetitive.