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    AvantAveGarde's GameLog for Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC)

    Thursday 15 February, 2018

    Today I started up Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor which I got on steam for the PC. The game starts off with the ranger's prologue where he is sparring with his son at a castle. The combat feels rather fluid, but just as you're learning the controls and adjusting to the gameplay the story throws you right into an orc attack from the dark armies of Sauron. The prologue flashes back and forth between the events of the past to the current day, until you reach the end where your wife and son are brutally murdered in front of your eyes in cold blood.

    After the prologue, you are met with an elven wraith who tells the player that you are bounded and cursed by the deaths of your beloved ones and to unbind the curse you must find the one who is responsible, the black hand of Sauron.

    In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is pretty interesting in that among the regular orc enemies such as archers, sword orcs and trolls there are Orc captains who you are tasked with killing and the rewards range from getting experience points to the ability to unlock new areas and proceed along the story.

    Overall a pretty good opener for Middle Earth, the prologue took me about 15 minutes or so, and the rest of the time I spent goofing around with the stealth mechanics and taking out a captain in the first area.


    From what you've played so far, do see any ethical frameworks presented in the prologue or gameplay? Could there be a message in being deathless?

    Thursday 22 February, 2018 by zhardy
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