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Post by Eorl @ 11:25am 24/01/14 | 11 Comments
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions has revealed a new eight minute-long footage real of pre-alpha gameplay for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for those wanting to know just what it would be like inside the Tolkien virtual universe. Focusing on the main protagonist Talion, the gameplay gives a great look at the comabt style we can expect from the prequel to The Lord of The Rings.
With a dynamic next-gen game environment powered by the Nemesis System, players orchestrate their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will; ensuring a unique experience to all players. Every enemy players face is a unique individual, differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses.

Enemy encounters create personal archenemies specific to every gameplay session. Players must outthink each distinctively different enemy to infiltrate the ranks and dominate within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their actions and choices.
Alongside the pre-alpha footage a handful of previews have also made their way onto the Internet, giving a brief taste of what is to come from the development team. Each one definitely shares the same similarity of an Assassin's Creed meets Batman Arkham style mashup, which hopefully can prove to be promising.
...In the process of hunting down Ratbag, Talion uses his Wraith abilities to see into Ratbag's mind, which leads to an important discovery. When players read an enemy's mind, they are able to see the connection an enemy has with other enemies, as well as the hierarchical structure of the orc world. In the case of Ratbag, this mind-reading reveals that he is in fact a bodyguard to a war chief that Talion is trying to take down.
The developers at Monolith weren't shy to talk about the reputation of movie games, and they were clear to share what their influences were, in particular Batman: Arkham Asylum. In terms of production, the Batman series served as motivation during the development of Middle-earth. "We saw Batman: Arkham City as the model," said director of design Michael De Plater, while discussing influences. "We looked at that game as the way to make licensed properties. It's best to make the best game you can first, before trying to make good movie game."
In battle, however, the inspirations from Rocksteady's freeflow combat system, first seen in Batman: Arkham Asylum, are clear. Talion has a stun move much like Batman's cape stun, can nimbly leap over enemies to flank and move between targets, and combat overall encourages lengthy chains of successful strikes in order to execute flashy finishing moves. The only real difference is Batman never cut off an Orc's head, though I'm sure there's some choice fan fiction on the internet arguing otherwise.
Check it out in action below.

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Posted 12:02pm 24/1/14
I'm hoping this game is a great surprise in quality. Combat looks like it's straight out of arkham series which is fantastic.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 12:12pm 24/1/14
Yeah, the AC series has really needed to adopt the Batman combat system, and given this obviously borrows heavily from both, and makes a more personal play experience with the intriguing "nemesis system" it might be a surprise hit this year. Looks decent for pre-alpha too.
Posted 12:14pm 24/1/14
s*** yeah that looks rad.
coming to pc?
Posted 12:20pm 24/1/14
The fact that they have resolved the issue of capes clipping through weapons alone makes me want this game. Oh yeah and Lord of the Rings or something.
Posted 12:27pm 24/1/14
that looked pretty cool.
Posted 01:13pm 24/1/14
s*** yeah that looks rad.
coming to pc?
PC is listed at the end.

Game looks freakin sweet.
Posted 01:13pm 24/1/14
I'm suspicious, sounds like lots of promises that will be hard to keep for a full game. Footage looks astounding though
Posted 01:26pm 24/1/14
a guy that worked on AC2 is claiming on twitter that there are assets from AC2 evident in this gameplay vid.
Posted 02:50pm 24/1/14
looked very AC3 to me
Posted 03:58pm 24/1/14
everything looks like something
Posted 04:13pm 24/1/14
looks good

lets hope it releases and keeps its promises
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