First Look at Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Gameplay

If you love video games and dig Tolkien fantasy, you’re probably going to like the upcoming¬†Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. And now, it’s been revealed that if you like Assassin’s Creed, you’re also probably going to like this game.



Game studio Monolith and Warner Bros. have released the official gameplay trailer for the upcoming epic and it looks impressive – and familiar too. Visually, ranger Talion’s stride and screen placement are eerily similar to that of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and with moves like wall-climbing, ground and air combat and stealth, the list of dead-ringer similarities grows. In fact, one developer from the AC games has called out Monolith on snatching code.

But personally, so what? Obviously stealing work isn’t cool (and there’s no official legal action), but a game done in the style of another could be seen as the ultimate compliment, no? Especially a game set in the huge property of Middle-earth.

The graphics are crisp, gameplay is smooth and the demonstration of the nemesis system in action is amazing. Don’t take my word for it; watch the trailer below and see for yourself:

The release date for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is still not yet set.

The Next Big Thing in Middle-earth Gaming

I’m itching to see the next instalment of Middle-earth on the big screen when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theatres on December 13.

I’ve worked my way through all of the teasers, trailers, sneak peeks and vlogs YouTube has to offer, and I’m still hungry for more. After all, the holidays are fast-approaching, and what are the holidays without a return to Tolkien?


via Monolith Productions

In the meantime, though, there’s big news on the gaming front. Monolith is hard at work on what’s looking to be a very impressive game:¬†Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Set in the loosely-chronicled time period between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the game follows ranger-turned-wraith Talion and his own personal strife following the death of his family, himself and his subsequent resurrection in the service of Sauron.

What’s really cool about the concept is that it’s set in Mordor before it was transformed into a barren breeding ground for Orcs and your run-of-the-mill evil. While it’s still far from lush, it’s a part of the world never really glimpsed before. Until now. Cue them Isengard horns. is following the project closely, with developer interviews, story and concept details and some artwork too. While there’s still no gameplay footage, GameInformer’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor hub is REALLY worth your time. Watch the intro vid below and get excited: