Is Shadow of Mordor the Lord of the Rings game we've been waiting for? We'll find out October 7

Warner Bros. announces release date for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, F.E.A.R. developer Monolith's upcoming role-playing game set in the Lord of the Rings universe, will launch October 7 across consoles and PC, publisher Warner Bros. announced today. The game, set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, will be released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, but not Wii U.

The release date comes by way of a new trailer for the game (above), which also reveals that you'll receive the exclusive "Dark Ranger" DLC pack if you preorder Shadow of Mordor. This bonus includes a new character skin, new challenge mode, and access to online leaderboards.

Shadow of Mordor puts players in the boots of a ranger with Wraith-like abilities named Talion. Set in the inhospitable world of Mordor, players utilize Assassin's Creed-esque stealth moves to lay waste to enemy Orcs on your way to exacting revenge for your family's murder.

Shadow of Mordor has not been without controversy. Following the release of an extended gameplay trailer in January, a former Ubisoft developer accused Monolith of using Assassin's Creed II code for Shadow of Mordor. In addition, the game's ambitious Nemesis system has been scaled back for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, it won't release on Wii U, and the game won't have any multiplayer at all.

For more on Shadow of Mordor, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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jamieparsons
jamieparsons

It's not a Lord of the Rings game so no. It's an original game they slapped the Middle Earth name on so it will sell. It shits all over everything Tolkien established.

Algearond
Algearond

Wait wait wait......lack of multi-player is controversial? How has Gamespot not fired Eddie yet?


On a side note, if I ever stop playing TESO this game looks quite good.

cooolio
cooolio

The only things that i liked from the trailer was the nemesis system and the arrow pinning the enemies leg to the ground.  Assassin's Creed 3 missed on the chance to do a lot of things with the bow and arrow.  I remember assuming, from the trailer, that you would be able to shoot targets or enemies in the leg and track them in the snow by following their blood trail.  You could follow a blood trail but when and how as scripted as hell.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

I LOL'd at the graphics, though  How can they release something that looks this primitive?

croidhubh
croidhubh

"Set in the inhospitable world of Mordor"...tell me you aren't that stupid?  It's set in the world of Middle-Earth in the land of Mordor...

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Interested in seeing more gameplay from this.  The little bit we've seen was far more interesting to me than this trailer.  Even if the game ends up being derivative, it could still end up being one of the best LOTR games ever.  Just look at the Two Towers and Return Of The King games on PS2/Xbox.  Not exactly the most original gameplay around, but as far as hack-and-slash titles go, they're arguably two of the most polished and surprisingly enjoyable examples of the genre ever made.


Maybe we'll get lucky with this one.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

"Shadow of Mordor has not been without controversy. ... the game won't have any multiplayer at all."

That's controversial?  A lot of gamers these days - myself included - tend to look at that as a good sign, not something to be up in arms about.

wadelah
wadelah

who sleeps with a two-handed sword in their back?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Oooh, a preorder specific DLC pack that offers nothing of value, how novel and surprising! Fortunately, that's par for the course and doesn't say anything about the actual game's qualities. If just the gameplay is solid I can ignore the ridiculous premise with their Wraith-like abilities and stuff.

turretx7
turretx7

this looks very promising! :D

Caldrin
Caldrin

I can not see this being any good.. but I hope I am wrong..

zerofrust
zerofrust

WOO! HOO! 2 assassin creed games the same year!

Gomtor
Gomtor

Looking forward to this very much.

stalin_ksa
stalin_ksa

One does not simply play Shadow of Mordor...

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

Imagine a LOTR that looked like Project Offset....

WayneL23
WayneL23

Is Shadow of Mordor the Assassin's Creed game we've been waiting for? We'll find out October 7
Correction made ;)

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

Really excited for this. I like most of Monolith's games a lot and they're def doing some really unique things with Shadow of Mordor, esp. with the Nemesis system.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

It's going to be a by the numbers copy/paste job stealing ideas from other games.  The question is, will it be more of a Darksiders 1 where those stolen ideas mesh well together and we get a quality experience, or a Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, where the game is torn apart by forced stealth sections and disconnected narrative?

tommynj
tommynj

I might buy this one. Hope it turns out good.

Llama345
Llama345

I'm moderately fine with the game being like AC. What I'm over the moon about is this nemesis system. When I was a young gamer (before I understood how hard programming and making a game is) I dreamed big dreams of a game with a system like this. 

StHapns247
StHapns247

So there are 3 Assassin's Creed games coming out this year.

Half-Life 3 confirmed.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm certainly looking forward to this.

isshiah
isshiah

I thought 'war in the north' was a pretty enjoyable title, even with it's difficulty spikes and other issues.


Honestly,  i'm not a die hard fan of LotR, but dark fantasy rpgs are my bread and butter, so you've my attention. 

elessarGObonzo
elessarGObonzo

yeah, sick of developers trying to squeeze in multi-player everywhere. concentrate on the good aspects instead of adding bs.

Ark1of712
Ark1of712

No multiplayer at all = bonus

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

I wouldn't be able to tell it was in LOTR universe if it wasn't written on the title.

ne0meg4
ne0meg4

Isn't Batman Arkham Knight coming out in October? Yea, good luck with LOTR sales in that period. Funny thing is, both games are published by Warner Bros. smh

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

No multiplayer, you have my attention...
But I remain skeptical; there's no reason a LOTRs game can't be good, Two Towers and Return of the King were great to play and great looking games (and they were movie tie ins from EA, so far in the past, when EA was a stamp of quality and not a badge of shame) but I'll wait for the overall Metacritic score and my own experience to judge.

adam_duckett_9
adam_duckett_9

I wonder what the Tolkien estate would think of this? To make a game set in Tolkiens creation would be indeed epic, but would take a very long time to perfect. An open world game like skyrim but instead set in Middle Earth and the Undying lands with fighting and leading large armies like in mount and blade would be impressive, but to credit Tolkiens genius they would really need to emphasis the shear scale of his world and delve deep into its rich lore. .A must would being able to visit all the locations within tolkiens works would be essential for immersion. A game set in the times of the rebellion of Feanor would be interesting, and the shadow of Morgoth also. Someone needs to make the next battle for middle earth game too. I used to love playing them, or at least a total war installment for it .

pimpnpenguin
pimpnpenguin

@jamieparsons Tolkien invented middle earth FOR the people of England as a means to establish a "mythology" for his people; since so many other civilizations had their own mythology. Tolkien wanted to develop a mythology that he could start, and that other people could continue to build on; this is recorded fact.

abnormal7
abnormal7

@wadelah viggo mortenson (aragorn) took his sword everywhere off camera even to bed i believe, talion is A LOT like aragorn, at least he seems to be a lot like him. so yea...

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@wadelah  This was my first thought when I watched the trailer, too.  Question is - is it just the tip of the dumb-berg?

BetaVulgaris
BetaVulgaris

@wadelah Let's face it, neither of us owns a two-handed sword, so we simply cannot understand the sensation of sleeping in full armour with a giant blade mounted to the back.

Bhemont
Bhemont

@Caldrin  Has there been any Lord Of The Rings game that has been more then average in quality? But, I hope I am wrong... 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@zerofrust Don't you mean 3 AC games? We've got AC Comet for X360 and PS3 and AC Unity for PS4, XB1 and PC and also this pseudo-AC game set in Mordor.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

@Thanatos2k Perfect analogy if I ever saw one.  Loved Darksiders, despite it being largely derivative.  Between the Zelda-like puzzles, God Of War-like combat, Prince Of Persia-like platforming, Metroid-like exploration, and even a brief StarFox-like flight section, it's really kind of incredible that the game felt like a cohesive whole at all.  It really did play better than I ever would have expected it to, though.


For that matter, Lords Of Shadow 1 wasn't bad, either.  It's unfortunate the LOS2 ended up the way it did.  It just seems like they just started adding in new features and gameplay without ensuring that they were fun first.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

@StHapns247 This impeccable kind of logic is exactly why I've been disappointed every single year since 2009.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@isshiah I also thought of War in the North when I first saw this game. I got that game through a humble bundle deal and I'm hoping this Mordor game is at least as good as that one.

jamieparsons
jamieparsons

@pimpnpenguin 'Building on' does not mean blatantly disregarding and contradicting things already established. 'Building on' does not mean taking his story and changing everything about it.

And the mythology you will find he refers to is The Book of Lost Tales, not Lord of the Rings, which was created originally simply as a sequel to The Hobbit. The Hobbit at the time had nothing to do with the greater mythology.
When he says other people could continue the myth, I doubt he means changing his whole world to dark-and-gritty cliche Game of Thrones type with needless profanity and over-the-top violence. Read his letter where he gives his opinion on a script for a Lord of the Rings adaptation, where he bemoans his story turned into nothing but 'meaningless slashings'.

rogue_danar
rogue_danar

@Bhemont @Caldrin  Actually, Fellowship of the Ring was quite good; much less arcadey than Two Towers or ROTK, and followed the books much more closely than the movies. It was an exceptionally fun game.


Or, if you prefer RTS, the Battle for Middle Earth games were pretty good too...

Caldrin
Caldrin

@Bhemont @CaldrinI did enjoy the RTS games Battle for Middle earth 1 and 2.. but other than that I dont think so.. Cant say I ever played the Two towers and return on the king on the PS2 so cant comment on those.


presidentali01
presidentali01

@Bhemont @Caldrin  The Two Towers and Return of The King games on ps2 were totally awesome and I think lots of people see those as one of the few examples of a good movie/game crossover.