Shadow of Mordor came out at an awkward time for me. Twas the transition between the all-consuming Destiny and my current favourite thing in the universe Alien: Isolation. So tragically, I haven't actually played Shadow of Mordor yet, but this weekend I did the next best thing: I watched my brother in-law play it!
This happens often at my place. My family will come and visit and they'll say, "oh I heard this was pretty cool". I'll say, "give it a try".
5 hours later...
I've had a lot of family over recently. My other brother in-law spent most of his time visiting us playing Mario Kart 8. This time his twin decided to get stuck into Shadow of Mordor.
So these are my impressions from watching someone else play the game!
Shadow of Mordor looks great. Really great. It looks like the amalgamation of a tonne of great games, with enough tweaks and innovations to feel worthwhile. Luckily it picks some pretty incredible video games to imitate: the combat of Batman: Arkham Asylum, the traversal of Assassin's Creed. It all seems to be underpinned by the nemesis system, which — coincidentally — my brother in-law wouldn't shut up about. He liked it. Very much.
And, funnily enough, when I called my brother this weekend, all he wanted to talk about was Shadow of Mordor. "It's all the best games in ONE COMPLETE GAME". He loved it.
So I'm starting to think this is a game I have to play. It might be one of those games I'll save for the dryish January spell, or in December when I typically play catch up with all the October/November releases.
What are your thoughts on Shadow of Mordor so far?