Check out some new footage of this fall's Lord of the Rings game

New trailer for upcoming Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC game introduces players to weapons and runes.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions today released a new trailer for this fall's Lord of the Rings game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

The first in a series of videos detailing the game's features and story, today's trailer showcases how players can upgrade main character Talion's various abilities. Specifically, it touches on the weapons Talion uses and the Runes system for upgrading and improving them.

As explained in the video you see above, Runes are buffs that Talion can use to bolster the effectiveness of his weapons. They are dropped when enemy captains are sent to their death. You can even combine different Runes to improve Talion's weapons in unique ways.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches on October 7, a date that also sees the release of BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition, Driveclub, and Alien: Isolation. Earlier today, Warner Bros. announced various retailer-specific preorder bonuses for the game.

Monolith says Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is definitely not a "movie game," but entirely original. For more on the game, which is coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

111 comments
pikachudude860
pikachudude860

I hope those aren't the only enemies in the game.

phbz
phbz

I don´t like AC but the way some people are complaining about the similarities is kind of ridiculous. IT´s not like 99% of the games you all play isn´t base on other game´s design/mechanics.  

eddieham13
eddieham13

Wow some of these comments are just fantastic... Ohh why did you cancel feedbackula Gamespot, there is still so much content here.

triton1977
triton1977

Orcs both look and sound like Wayne Rooney.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Looks like The Witcher, Batman and Assassins Creed had a baby, I like it. (minus uPlay DRM crap, so I take this instead of AC any day)

The "internet connection required" at the end of the video is a bit concerning and since they're already advertising separate pre-order content I'd rather wait until post release and get the complete pack instead.

By then, reviews should've covered the game pretty well too, the DRM (if any, but I assume just Steam activation) is cleared up and I can buy it worry free. (or ignore it if it turns out to be overhyped)

Baelath
Baelath

How on earth is this Middle Earth.

mxgod
mxgod

This doesn't look like Lord of the Rings, it looks like... Assassin's Creed.

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

is this ..... F2P? 


Please say it's F2P


Please .....pleeeeeeeeeease ...

Walkerdowntown
Walkerdowntown

This looks sick but I think that the pre-order DLC bullshit is a bad sign

cyloninside
cyloninside

game is going to be awesome... so hyped.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@ShepardCommandr

"cross gen needs to die 

it holds games back"


I've been saying that about console games and console themselves since 2009(insofar as holding up technological progress). All I ever heard was "we don't need new systems, we need MOAR GAMES" and "we don't care about the graphics, it's all about TEH GAMEPLAY"

Thanks for finally catching up....ahem....I thought the day would never come

lunar1122
lunar1122

THAT DOWNGRADEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

jeremy-
jeremy-

This game looks good but there is still something suspect about it.... especially the short development time. I feel like corners will end up being cut and the game will have some cheap nice action scenes (because they stole the AC2 action engine)... but it lack depth and story.


This being said, some of the actual ideas like hunting the leaders and the way the action is realised are quite innovative. This proves the developers have real talent, but its a question of whether their publisher will push the release date so hard that the talent wasnt able to shine through... ultimately we'll just have to wait and see.


Not going to pre-order, will wait for release reviews.

Llama345
Llama345

I generally feel story, game play, and music are all more important than graphics. But I don't think this game is looking as good as it should. 

runningman5ksmak
runningman5ksmak

this game looks awesome I watched game play of it on my sony bravia tv in 1080P and wow the Graphics look awesome  and the game play looks great to. I cant wait for this game to release 

karan
karan

One word for this game.                           "EPIC"

manutdarsenal
manutdarsenal

Please tell me that the footage is from some crappy last gen console. Otherwise my PC and I are gonna have to say no to this one.

Sanligo
Sanligo

Tolkien would be rolling in his grave if he could see the lore of his masterpiece being butchered like this. That being said, I'm looking forward to playing this game.

cboye18
cboye18

It's like the developers are not even trying anymore, just mash together everything we just played over and over again. It's sad to see the gaming industry come to this. Sorry, but I'd rather play lotr: Return of the King on the ps2 as it feels more fresh than this game.

dfernand
dfernand

I think the last good LOTR game was that one on the PS2 or XBox (can't remember which) where it was a beat 'em up button masher in the thick of the battle. I've seen nothing since which has taken my interest .. I think a LOTR Total War game would rock though.... they were meant to be doing a Warhammer / Total War cross over (official one) but that's gone quiet since it was announced a year or two ago.

skayj2
skayj2

I hope this game is good.


The gaming industry needs GOOD LotR games again!


I mean LotR is one of the most epic franchise ever, yet it is represented by a vast library of mediocre games, the only exceptions being the Battle for Middle Earth games. 

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

Looks so dull and generic. F'ng Ass Creeds with a LOTR coat of paint. I swear devs dont even try anymore. Make a story,tack on the most generic gameplay and release a turd. Last good LOTR games were on Game Cube with The Two Towers and those were made by EA back when EA didnt mean scam. Platforming will be scripted where you cant fail a single jump a-la Ass Creeds, Combat where 20 enemies surround you but only 2 of them strikes at once with rings below them for you to press the counter button a-la ass creeds/Batman where failing in combat is close to impossible and just feels scripted and gets boring really,really quick. 

jer_1
jer_1

It's going to fall short of the hype. Count on it.

ringringabel
ringringabel

lovin the dramatic exececution animations!

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

I do hope this has some kind of story to it, and both intrigued and confused as to how exactly you go from beginning to end...

xJuice_Boxx
xJuice_Boxx

I'm really excited for this to launch, but I'm worried they are getting too ambitious and it will fall short of the hype.  Not so much from this trailer, but the original one makes it seem awesome and add all kinds of things that haven't really been done.  Hope they can make it work.

GunEye
GunEye

 Looks fun, and graphics are great. I just hope it is more challenging than AC. And To be honest, I much rather have this game, then another AC, that series is getting old.

Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

I'm a man of simple taste. They had me at chopping orcs heads off to a fountain of black blood.

darktruth007
darktruth007

They should call this: Lord of the Rings' Creed.

cboye18
cboye18

Maybe, but there are quite some gameplay types I havent seen for over a decade or more. These could be implemented instead as it would feel more fresh than gameplay copied/pasted from modern games.

eddieham13
eddieham13

@mxgod  I've played through all the Assassin's Creed games, I did not once see any Wraiths, Orcs, Uruk-Hai or Goblins.

eddieham13
eddieham13

@Bond_Villain  Is that a joke? F2P is a scourge. Unless done right which it never is bar Dota 2 and Team Fortress.

phbz
phbz

@PeterDuck @ShepardCommandr  You and thousands have been saying that. Now more people are saying it because, in the past it were mainly PC gamers who complained, and now X1 and PS4 owners have join the choir. 


I really don´t care. Just want good games. 

hystavito
hystavito

@jeremy-  I'm really skeptical about this supposedly deep system of choices and branching outcomes, NPC behaviour changing dynamically and whatever.  We've heard those kinds of claims a million times and they are almost always hugely exaggerated.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@manutdarsenal  Sorry.....but looks like we'll BOTH be saying no.  I've consistently said how bad this game looks......and I'm sticking to my guns.  The game will review below the hype I'd wager.

jecomans
jecomans

@Sanligo  I dunno? I'd like to think he would quite enjoy the fact that people still are toying with the world he created and drawing new stories from it.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@dfernand Return of the King? That game was sweet. Probably the best direct tie-in movie game I've ever played.

runningman5ksmak
runningman5ksmak

@dfernand   I know the best lord of the rings game for me was return of the king it was an awesome game on PS2

feleas
feleas

@dfernand  there is a Total War addon that is focused on LoTR, I thought it was pretty well done.

DariusMKN
DariusMKN

@xJuice_Boxx  I'm worried that this one get a delay. Dragon Age is scheduled for the same date...

jeremy-
jeremy-

@hystavito @jeremy-  Agreed, I think the claim that there are these huge amounts of NPC's of whom leaders you can hunt who have massively spanning networks of followers is probably exaggerated. This could be a problem due to nextgen systems memory, let alone the amount of time they would need to spend developing it relative to how quickly the game has been built.


However, I still think that the game developers have some 'cool' factor going on. In that, its a pretty nice and intuitive idea for a game, and a lot of their mechanical choices are solid. So i still think there will be some enjoyable action and ideas... I'm just mainly concerned that it would be a budget rushed game that will feel like its only 25% complete.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@jecomans @Sanligo  New "stories" from it.  It's not like they reinvented The Hobbit or anything.  Guy gets killed, sees his family killed, comes back as ghost to avenge them?  Yawwwwwnn.

Aggressorot
Aggressorot

@mekentosh @VakarianGirl @manutdarsenal  

They are not in a true meaning of the word. But when this game was first revealed, it showed some pretty impressive graphics. So yeah in this case they matter because same game with better graphics > same game with worse graphics. It really is simple...

jecomans
jecomans

@VakarianGirl Yeah, because The Hobbit, as fantastic as it is, is anything more than a shallow story about some poorly developed dwarf characters trying to get rich?