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New trailer for Middle-earth: Force Unleashed.


A new trailer for Middle-earth: Force Unleas.., I mean Shadow of Mordor has come to light, and it is one that has got me all skeptical, more than before anyway. It was obvious from the start they are going for a power fantasy Lord of the Rings game here, because no-one is really all that powerful in the actual universe unless you're Sauron, a witch-king or Gandalf the Fricking Gray, or White if you prefer him without the tobacco and awesome hat.

I say Force Unleashed, because judging by the few seconds of combat, it seems on par with the overpowered Jedi you play as in the Star Wars game, and it seems the same thing is happening with Lord of the Rings, except they decided to go with God of War's story, and tailor it to the Lord of the Rings universe. It is such a generic plot used by many games now, especially power fantasy ones, and I doubt this is one would be considered canon, like the plot to Force Unleashed was, even though it was terrible plot-wise however that game was fun, and I hope Shadow of Mordor will be too. 

I just hate it when AAA developers put out 'story trailers', because they will likely somewhat spoil it and leave no room for emotional impact when you actually get around to playing the game itself, if you actually give a shit about story in games at all. And this is no narrative-driven game, you can tell that. If you want a power fantasy game where you play as a ranger who secretes glowing blue stuff out of his eyes in Middle-earth, and from the developer of good games like F.E.A.R, Condemned, No One Lives Forever, etc, then you can go no wrong, as long as it is satisfying from a gameplay angle. It has being a while since we have had a half-decent Lord of the Rings title, so I hope Monolith do not balls this one up. It will be a 6/10 experience at least I think, I don't like scores, but that is how skeptical I am of it. You can pre-order it now, although you are a shill if you do so, wait until October, read the reviews and then make your decision, because I intend to.

Just like to make a note: My original intent was just talk about the trailer and what I thought of it, and then look for some images of the game to put in for reference purposes, but then I discovered how similar Shadow of Mordor and Force Unleashed literally were. I found it funny, and here are all the above images I could find showing how 'similar' the two games are and therefore making the 'Force Unleashed' part of the blog title and blog post itself even more relevant. Even Gollum is not impressed.

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About Gazanatorone of us since 1:57 PM on 07.04.2011

I enjoy many things, and one of the things, is videogames, obviously. Very passionate about them since the age of two, to the extent where I play them constantly, and one day would like to design my own and deliver that enjoyment on to someone else who would appreciate it. I am 25 years of age now and wouldn't mind making a name of myself already and what better than within the videogames industry. And now I am writing about them, because why not.

Favourite Games

Dragon Age: Origins
Half-Life 2
Pokemon Red
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Fallout: New Vegas
Dark Souls
Super Mario World
Super Mario Galaxy
FTL: Faster Than Light
The Binding of Isaac
Mass Effect trilogy
Halo: Combat Evolved
Sonic the Hedgehog, 2, 3 & Knuckles.

Currently playing


Favourite Films

Taxi Driver
A Clockwork Orange
American Beauty
Star Wars
12 Angry Men

Favourite TV Shows

Peep Show
The Office
South Park
Breaking Bad

Currently watching

Nothing at the moment.

If you like, you can have a chat with me about games, game development, or just about anything on all the socials down below.

Gary Howard - Part-time Bum, Part-time Game Designer*.

*That last part isn't actually true yet.
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