OK, so that title isn’t 100% percent accurate, but hear me out! If Batman were to have grown up in Middle Earth and gained ghost powers instead of martial arts training, and if he had no qualms with fatally stabbing his enemies, than the main character of Monlith’s next-gen action game might as well be the caped crusader. The combat shown in today’s trailer is reminiscent of Arkham Asylum to say the least, not that this is a bad thing when combined with a bit of Assassin’s Creed style maneuvering around the battlefield. Shadow of Mordor looks to take the best chunks out of the action games of last generation and throw them into a wholly original LOTR story, and in this early state, that certainly seems like a winning strategy
If nothing else, stuff like this proves that we still haven’t really begun the next generation yet. The procedurally generated missions on display, where your player character has a history with specific enemies in the world, that’s impressive. If that works, it goes beyond anything put into a AAA release today, and does a lot to mix up a genre that is set in its ways. The trailer is marked as “pre-alpha” footage, so anything is possible, but I have a good feeling about this one. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available sometime in 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and PC.