Middle-earth: Sh adow Of War
Celebrimbor the not-so-friendly ghost
We all have that mortal enemy that deserves nothing more than a swift decapitation. Perhaps it’s the dodgylooking guy who once sold you a slightly undercooked Bratwurst at your local Christmas market, or maybe it’s Bolg the Savage, Orc general in the army of the Dark Lord Sauron. In one of those situations, you might earn an achievement – in the other, you’ll probably get life behind bars.
What we’re trying to say is that the Nemesis system is one of the things that made Shadow Of Mordor so exceptional back in 2014, and Shadow Of War takes it to new heights, expanding it in every direction. The result is a game that feels exceptionally personal, and a story that you can shape yourself by choosing your own generals and having them fight against your enemies to win control of Middle-earth. Plus, with an expanded world, a combat system that makes fighting (and yes, beheading) orcs even more satisfying, and a campaign that expands Tolkien’s world even further, there’s a heck of a lot here for acolytes of the author, or just people who want to chop up baddies. It looks fantastic, too – especially the improved textures on Xbox One X.
Publisher Warner Bros / Developer Monolith