My love for Shadow of War
Today I will be talking about one of my all time favorite games Shadow of War, to those who don’t know of the game I will try to explain the plot best I can. Shadow of war takes place within the world of Middle Earth with it being before Lord of the Rings but after The Hobbit. You plays as Talion a ranger who was possessed by the ghostly elf Celebrimbor after being murdered by orcs during a raid upon his city. To start of my reasoning for my love for this game is I will start as the main characters, as I said before you play as Talion and Celebrimbor but not as a sort of multiplayer sort of way but as a single with the two characters sharing the same body which is a really interesting concept in my opinion. What I found interesting about these two characters is there interaction with each other. The the two character while both having the same goal, defeating Sauron, both have different plans to to achieve this. Talion wishes to kill Sauron to cleanse Middle Earth of his dark influence while Celebrimbor wants to enslave Sauron and become the new dark lord or as he call himself “bright lord”. This brings conflict between the characters especially near the end of the game. The most interesting part of there relationship is that while yes they both share the same body Talion is still in complete control of the bodies action while yes Celebrimbor helps Talion by giving him his Elven abilities and advice the only things Celebrimbor can do if he wants to do things his way is to find a willing person with the same intentions to switch Talion with.
The next thing I love is the thing the game refers to as the “Nemeis system”. You see in this game every enemie you call makes things different. For example you kill one orc this might make one orc vow revenge for the one orc you killed was his best friend. The best part of the nemesis system is the orcs it generates, you see every time a enemy kills you it ranks up from grunt to captain to war chief to overlord. Also after a grunt kills you it gains a personality and that can span from numerous of things such as being a musician, a scholar, being obsessed with you, or being very glutinous. The nemesis system is really the definition of “Blank will remember that” as almost every interaction you have with enemies will cause some sort of change in the gameplay.
Next I will talk about probably my favorite feature in the game conquering enemies. Fun little fact about are ghostly protagonist Celebrimbor he helped forged the rings that Sauron used long ago to almost conquer Middle Earth this makes it pretty easy to make a personal ring for him and Talion to use against Sauron and his vast army of orcs. This ring it probably the most used weapon of the game as it allows the user to literally mind control almost every enemie they interact. You see a orc who looks pretty fancy go ahead add him to your army, see another orc that take a few hit and and deal back just as many alright just go and recruit him. I don’t know why it’s so fun to turn orcs against there brother but it just is, eventually after gaining enough orcs you can go ahead turn these treacherous orcs on there former leader who once defeated will be replaced by one of your orcs. Let it be noted orcs are not the most loyal as they can easily turn on you as they once turned on Sauron.
Overall this same is probably in my top five favorite games. The gameplay and the story make it a great experience every time I go back replay it. If you ever find yourself in GameStop having no idea what to get I recommend this one as it’s not a hard game but will still take you a while to beat and plus it’s super fun.