Middle earth Shadow of War

Choosing

I wanted to try this game for a while, but first when I saw it, I noticed that it the second part of a game series, so I had to try Middle earth Shadow of Mordor first. After I finished that one I got carried away and totally forgot that in the meantime this came out. So lets get right into it!

Storyline

After a quick recap of the previous game the game starts with you meeting Shelob. A huge spider who can take human form. It takes hostage of your wraith half and return it in exchange of the ring.  You might remember him from when Sam had an encounter in Lord of the Rings. After the exchange Shelob looks into the future and tells you to go to a fortress, because that will be the last defense against Mordor and Sauron. When you arrive there is a conflict between you and your wraith half. He wants to only save the tower (it is magical and you can see everything with it) and you want to save the people who are there as well. The cinematic or part of the game I couldn’t tell when you arrive to the siege is so lifelike it got me hyped up and ready for action. I don’t want to spoil the story, but there are a few info that I just have to share with you. Yes the tower is THE TOWER from where Sauron eye looks in the movie. The game explains it all. I got several of my questions answered about the movie. Now I know why Sauron stays there why is it special and so on. It also fills in the last details of the Nazgul history. There is also a part where a Balrog (huge ass demon just like in the movies) summoning takes place with a great cinematic. I held my breath and oh my god oh my god oh my god there is no way that I get to fight with this. I enjoyed the first one story, but this gave me so much more! I was happy that there weren’t so much side quests like in the first one, but still you could get hacking and slashing through orcs for such a long time that you could easily forgot where were you in the story.

World

They separated the world for five different regions. Each have it’s own fauna and it makes the game better than the first one. I remember that I got fed up always marching on the fields to unknown orc bases. Now there are Icy mountains, the volcanic terrain, some swamps and the usual field. It is sure is better, but they could put in some animals for it and some effects of the elements. I could wait next to the Vulcan or on the mountain with the same outfit and no frostbites, slippery slopes, sickness from the smoke or something.

Enemies

There are a few more enemies, but at least they are totally different types from the first one. First there is the demon that I mentioned in the story line. I won’t get deeper into it it is awesome. Secondly there are the Drakes. The dragons of the world. Aerial fighting unit and you can even mount them! I felt like dragon-born from Skyrim. I loved killing strong enemies with my fire and sometimes Icy breath from above where they couldn’t do a thing about it.  There are also the Ologs, huge troll like things. I am not sure, but I seem to recall that I fought with something like that in the first one. Last but not least there are the Nazguls themselves. You get to fight with them too! From the old game there are a few faces that return. I got to meet with ratbag again with lots of new funny moments. Th Uruk and Orc enemies became more unique. Tons of skills and conversations with them when you meet. I also learned it again that you must never trust an ork! There is a necromancer gang, the leader is Zog the Eternal. It was also a nice thread of the story. Another great new feature was the summoning of body guards and such. When I was getting overwhelmed I just simply summon my Drake and toast everyone.

Domination

You build your army by dominating orcs and you can also shame them. Shaming is worse than death. It creates an extreme decrease in the poor orcs level and each time there is a chance he will become deranged. Being deranged destroys his mind and weakens him further. There is however a small chance that he becomes maniac where his mind is destroyed but he actually becomes stronger. When you dominate an orc you shout things like “You serve the bright Lord!” and when you take a fortress you address the people in it with an encouraging speech. I loved those moments.

That kind of sums up my impression about the game. I hope you enjoyed it, but didn’t learned any info that is better to find out during a play.

 

Where to buy

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Mortal Kombat X

Choosing

I used to play with Mortal Kombat 2-3-4 and I wondered where the series headed. Well it has certainly evolved. There is a long story mode with some twists, the graphics are amazing and they managed to add so much extras while maintaining the Mortal Kombat feeling so I think it is the best one. Lets start with the characters.

Characters

You have 33 characters total. All of the characters have three different types each one is a slight bit different. They have their own unique skills and each have a different finisher. That is 99 different character in total to play with. One of the best games for local multiplayer when you only have one Pc or Consol to play with. Nether Realm studios really went they way out with experimenting with new ones. I only write about the new ones that were the most exciting for me. First there is alien and predator from the alien versus predator. Then there is leather face from the Texas Chainsaw series. There is Jason from the Friday 13th series. It looks like NetherRealm connected the fighting games with horror movies. There must be an overlap in the audiences. I’d like Freddy Krueger from nightmare from Elm street better but I read that he was in Mortal Kombat 9 so I should try that one too. One of my favorite new characters was Bo Rai Cho. He is a big fat drunk who vomits and farts. We all have at least one friend who acts like him. There are some children of the characters from the old times, but I won’t get into them, because we haven’t really clicked. There is D’vorah an insect being with great narration. Ferra & Torr is the last one I want to mention. He is a huge tank with a tiny rider. They live in symbiosis. Oh there is one more thing with one of the characters. They basically gutted Goro. On the previous episodes of the game he was the ultimate enemy. I both feared him and admired him. Now he is just one of the fools. He doesn’t get half the damage, doesn’t have the impenetrable skin he is just a big lump that can be easily defeated. The stomp skill remained, but doesn’t do as much damage like in the past.

Fight

When you start the fight there are some lines exchanged between the characters. It is different for every one of them. There are 14 different arenas where you can fight. Each one has their own unique items in the background that you can use during your match. Everyone who ever came contact Mortal Kombat knows that the heart of the game is the fatalities. It seems like the creators know this as well. Buckle up kids and get your gore hunger satisfied, because every character has 2 fatalities plus a stage fatality plus 6 brutalities. Brutalities are like some of your moves that you can use in battle, but if you use them as a finishing move it rips the enemy apart. The only sad thing is that while you are in story mode you almost never get to do a fatality on anyone. You still want more bone breaking and stuff? No problem there are the x-ray moves that does heavy damage and comes with a different animation for all the characters. You can see as the enemy skull shatters. It is so awesome and can be a real game changer when you are in a pinch.

The Krypt

The Krypt main purpose is that there you can unlock skills, fatalities, costumes etc, but they made it so much more. There are random enemies popping up there to give you a heart attack, chests with boosts and you have to solve puzzles to unlock new areas of the Krypt. It makes unlocking so much better than doing it at a shop.

Fighting modes

There is the story mode. You get to try out almost all of the characters as the story progress and it has a nice story, but I can’t highlight any of it, because it wasn’t so exciting for me. There are the good old towers from the old game, but they also included living towers that change as time passes.  There is the single fight if you haven’t got so much time to play and of course the practice mode if you want to learn how to do a certain combo. I left the best for last. Test you luck mode. You get random advantages and disadvantages and you must improvise. Sometimes the arena tilts other times there are air strikes trying to kill you while playing. When you play with your friend and your skills are better then his this can really balance the odds or mess them up completely. 🙂

Where to buy

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Middle earth Shadow of Mordor

Choosing

I know that it isn’t a new game but when I choose Middle earth shadow of war I saw that it has a predecessor and I loved the lord of the rings movies even the Hobbit so I had no choice, but to try this as well for the story. 🙂

Storyline

You start at a peaceful place training with your son and BAM you’re in the middle of mordor fighting some orks. The storyline hit me so fast and got serious that I didn’t really manage to know what the hell was going on. You and a wraith are attached and you search for your memories together to fill out the missing pieces from your pasts like a puzzle. There is an 32 piece ithildin symbol that you can collect and it forms a door. Don’t do it… It doesn’t do anything. I know if I love the lore I enjoy it and the voice actor is awesome, but damn they could have at least give a little buff to something. There are several flashbacks and some of them really give you the goosebumps. I really loved the authentic style lots of occasions you and the npcs speak elven or orkish. After you start the game there you are with countless of options, there are artifacts, missions, collectibles and whole bunch of stuff so I tried to clear areas one by one. The most annoying thing is that if you are on a mission and get too far away in the heat of battle you die instantly. It was so irritating at first that I almost gave up on the game. On the one side it’s great that there are a bunch of side quests where you can get upgrades and runes and stuff, but on the other it messed a bit with the story on my perspective. Pretty soon I met with Gollam and I was overjoyed because he is one of the main reasons I started playing this game. After several free the slaves quests ( every slave looks basically the same) I totally forgot what happened to him. There was another funny dude called ratbag. He is an ork who helps you, but to tell you the truth somewhere along the way he is vanished too. There is also dwarf hunter ( a dwarf who hunts not a hunter who hunts dwarves) that you have several quests together. I thought that the storyline is going to be quite short, because of the quick beginning, but man I was wrong. It is great and worth playing. I don’t want to spoiler anything but they did a cliffhanger at the end so I have to play with shadow of war as soon as I finished this article.

Character

Since you are a half wraith and a half ranger you have abilities from both sides. I wanted to max out just the wraith side, because that is for ranged attacks and supernatural talents like heat vision and domination so I liked it better at first, but you can’t. The domination becomes a critical part of the gameplay, because after some time you can dominate almost anything. You have to spend points for both of your ability tree to unlock the better ones. Your character has 3 weapons. A sword a dagger which is a sword, but you broke it and a bow. When you kill enemies they drop runes. You can use them to upgrade the weapons. When you have a bunch of runes on them they look so awesome. Of course there is headshot with the arrow, but you can also pin enemies with it. It is a pretty useful tool when an enemy with intel that you need is running away from you. While playing the game your character becomes a killing machine. There are executions and brutalize with tons of blood. I didn’t expect so detailed finishing moves and so much thought in every slash, throw, cutting, gutting from a 2014 game. The choreography of the combat is exceptional and I think that is the main reason that so many players got hooked on this game. When I flee while jumping over enemies behind me a cloud of flying tomahawks and poison spears can really get the blood boiling. I used to play Ryse son of Rome on my Xbox it had similar graphics, with good combat, but middle earth combat system tops it.

Landscape

Over 80% of the time I was at grassy places assaulting walls or wooden buildings. I had hoped that there will be dozens of mines and hills, but not. There was a vulcan with next generation ashes falling from it at the end, but the scenery didn’t take away my breath. Interacting with it is another thing.  There are bee hives that you can disturb to attack the enemy, there are barrels that explode, you can eat every damn mushroom and root for health, and there are fireplaces that can also explode causing massive fire damage to the living at their vicinity. These assets can really turn the tide when you are in a combat. It gives you the option to make great strategies not just hack and slash and hoping for the best.

Enemies

How should I start this. This was a great disappointment for me while I have to admit that this game has one of the most thought out enemy systems that I have ever played before. I start with the bad side. I am the frigging middle earth where should be dragons, demons, ents, spiders, trolls, and a whole bunch of other monsters and there isn’t any. I only fought with ghuls, orks and uruks, sometimes caragors and maybe 3 grugs. Somebody tell me why?! I really hope that the next one will be different in this. If I set this aside the orks and uruks are extensive. The enemy have a nemezis ranking tree. They got footsoldiers captains, warchiefs. When an enemy kills you it gets promoted and they power also raised. They have names and memories so when you encounter one more than once he remembers your previous one and talk to you accordingly. With the domination skill it is awesome as you infiltrate their ranks one by one and climb their political ladder. They also have their unique faces and skills that make them different enemies, but in my eyes they are all orks with the same size and same number of hands and claws. You need to gather intel from enemies to know those skills because it can be quite disturbing when you start to shoot one in the middle of a group and after they noticed you realize that it has an immunity to ranged weapons. Next to the ranking system they have classes too like Berserkers, shielded ones, and ranged types. When you don’t interact with them the time doesn’t stops. So every enemy is doing their own tasks everywhere. There are turf wars and such and everyone is looking for power. If you see an enemy more than once there is a possibility that he received a higher rank since you last saw him. This what makes me forget the bad side that I mentioned earlier. Oh and the most important part. When you aren’t strong enough not just attack everything you see because those nasty ork fuckers like to call for reinforcements in populated areas and you get overwhelmed quite soon. I learned this the hard way.

Missions

There are four type of quests. The bow quests, the dagger quests, the sword quests, and the outcast quests. They involve free the slaves, stealth, ranged practice and the usual quests that these kind of games have. I have to highlight the defeat the warrior horde and the bridge crossing missions. They were far the best for me. The bridge crossing is a tower defense type when the horde is coming and you have to defend something. Great massacres there.. One of the defeat the horde missions there was a bonus objective to gain a 100 hit combo!! My average hits were around 12 at that time so you can imagine my war cry while knee-deep carving and slicing the scum.

Sidenote

I feel I left out a whole bunch of stuff and haven’t explained so many things but I could write a book about it and that itself says a lot about the game. I’m looking forward to write about the next one (shadow of war) and I will try to include some of the stuff that has been left out from here. CRAP SHADOW OF WAR IS ONLY AT A PRE-ORDER STATUS!  At least I give a link for it too.

Update! Here is the link for the Shadow of War: Middle earth Shadow of War

 

Where to buy

Check my  Cheapest Places to Buy page for Middle earth Shadow of Mordor cdkeys!

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