For every open world game that’s released in the past couple of decades, several have stood out for offering unique mechanics and systems. Not only do these change the way that players interact with the world but they also present entirely new ways to play. Let’s take a look at 15 of them here.
Nemesis System – Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
It seemed fairly simple at first – specific Orcs in Shadow of Mordor were randomly generated with different traits, strengths and weaknesses. Dying to one made it stronger, moving it up the Orc hierarchy, but even failing to secure the kill ensured it would remember you. With tons of different voice-lines, inter-connected allegiances and so on – not to mention the ability to influence the same and eventually bend Orcs to your will – the Nemesis system became one of the most innovative mechanics in gaming. It was expanded even further in Shadow of War with Nemesis Fortresses, bodyguards, betrayals, different classes, and tribes, expanding the web of possibilities even more.