Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Has No Co-op, Takes Place Entirely in Mordor

Aka the most depressing place in Middle Earth.

Posted By | On 30th, Jan. 2014 Under News

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As if Monolith Productions’ Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor couldn’t be more unappealing, the official Twitter account for the game has revealed that it will be taking place entirely in Mordor. Because, you see, it has to justify its name somehow and what better way then to cast you in the shadow of what is already the darkest place in Middle Earth for hours on end?

And in case you thought of having a friend join in on the fun/suffering with you, then there’s more good news. “Alas, no co-op. Shadow of Mordor is being crafted wholly as a single-player experience.”

On the one hand, we should be happy that Monolith is paying attention to the single-player component, such as that admittedly nifty new Nemesis system. On the other hand, how will we wade through the torment of uninspiration alone?

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor launches this year for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

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  • Don’t_Be_Biased

    Uninspired? Why, because it is set in The Lord of the Rings universe? Name one good LoTR action game since the PS2 era. War in the North was a disgrace and a total chore to play and was barely reminiscent of Middle Earth. The only enjoyable LoTR games of this generation have all been strategy games. I think the developers of this game saw a niche that needed filling and decided to fill it. On top of that, what LoTR game has ever let you explore Mordor in-depth? None. Sure it would have been nice to have the option to explore elsewhere, but Mordor is actually a rather vast and potentially very interesting area if you look at it in terms of open-world exploration. The storyline, too, is totally unique, instead of a copy-and-paste plot to stop Sauron and save all of Middle Earth. Instead it focuses on a totally new protagonist and his personal vendetta against the evil of Mordor. After all, this was before Mordor or Sauron were once again a threat to Middle Earth. I can understand why this game might look unappealing to a non-LoTR fan or someone without respect for the lore, or to a brainless and blind Assassin’s Creed fanboy whining about how this game is copying AC’s fighting style. If you watch the gameplay reveal you will see that the game is chock-full of interesting elements, such as the nemesis system and the ability to basically mind-control enemies into doing your bidding. Judging by how one-sided this post is, I highly doubt you have any interest in LoTR, or even good action games for that matter. Assassin’s Creed has never had co-op and has prospered, so why would you consider that a weak point of any open-world third-person action game? Hopefully you’ll consider at least some of what I said and make future posts at least somewhat less biased.

    • heywan

      You stole the words clean out of my butt


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