Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an action-adventure video game created by Monolith Productions and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Playable in an open world environment, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor marked the grandest launch for a game based on Tolkien’s universe. Also, the game would go on to bag several awards from video gaming publications, including Game of the Year in 2015.

Here are a few reasons why this game has made to the list of best action RPGs:

Gameplay

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has at least 40 hours of gameplay, including many side quests, challenges, and achievements. You can finish it in less than 20 hours if you are just interested in completing the primary campaign. The ending of the main campaign certainly leaves the plot open to more fights, while concluding with the main reason why Talion and Celebrimbor came together.

Skill progression

There’s an excellent sense of progression to Talion as you play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. You don’t have any weakness in the early hours since you can efficiently dispatch dozens of orcs at a time. However, you have some evil abilities at your disposal by the end of the campaign.

You can mount Caragors with a single shadow strike, use chain stealth to kill together by turning invisible, and unleash when your sword with the epically brutal finishers. By the end of the campaign, you will be left feeling overpowered, and that’s precisely what this single-player RPG intends to do.

Visual appeal

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has visually stunning elements, compelling narrative that will enthrall you from start to end. It’s addictive, violent, and has dreamlike controls, thereby providing you with a polished playing experience.

Every aspect of the game is a loving tribute to Assassin’s Creed and Tolkien. Few fights are more memorable in games than your combat with The Hammer or the Great White Graug. The final fights against the Blackhand and the Tower are maybe less memorable owing to their quick-time events, but the visual package as a whole certainly makes up for the few shortcomings here and there.

The myth goes beyond movies

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor occurs between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The game is set in Mordor and begins with the recapturing of the Black Gate by Sauron’s forces. The events that entail provide an insight into the rise of Sauron, as well as the lack of skills of the amicable races of Middle-Earth.

No matter what, you are likely to find myths about the origins of the Rings of Power and their creator, and other characters of The Lord of the Rings. Gollum from the movie is there in the game too!

You can go on with side quests with him, and see him skulking around trying to get his Precious back. As per Middle-Earth scholars, his presence and eventual capture trigger the series of events in The Fellowship of the Ring.

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