Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Catch-All

Is it worth getting the game of the year edition? I get the impression the DLC isn't brilliant but there is other stuff like challenges, runes, etc.

I haven't played the DLC but I played through the game once and put it away satisfied.

It was on sale for $16 when I picked it up so easy to justify the double dip. I mainly got it to play while traveling. Haven't looked at the DLC but it starts you with some great weapon runes.

One thing that certainly helped me at the beginning was making sure i had the immune to poison rune equipped. That way I always had the notification to counter pop up.

It's a fun game that does one thing very well. And that's it. Think of it as an arcade game.

Hey now. I like the combat and the nemesis system. That's two things it does well! Two!

The plant harvesting animation is pretty cool, too!

No doubt. If I'm going to spend time picking flowers, I'm going to look good doing it.

Merry Christmas all!

I was hit with the sudden itch to play this many weeks ago. I ditched my old save of only 3 hours or so, started fresh and enjoyed the game a lot more than when I first tried it last year.

It isn't nearly as difficult as I remember it, back when I was dying to nearly every single captain encounter and generally having a poor time with both the combat and stealth mechanics. I haven't died once on my second go around. I just needed to come to terms with the Arkham-Asylum-only-laggier-and-less-precise feel of the combat and be more mindful with my upgrades.

So I've recently killed my first Warchief! But now.. I'm wondering if I've seen all the game has to offer? Barring some sweet upgrades (and oh there are so many more), how does the game progress things from here?

It kind of depends on how you play it. You can certainly go around fighting hords of orcs and decimating Warchiefs until your heart is content without paying attention to the story. However, if memory serves there is a rank higher than Warchief that you learn about through the story. There are upgrades to gain of course, but if the story missions don't interest you, you aren't interested in side missions, and you feel satisfied that you've killed a Warchief (you will eventually be killing these guys by the dozen as you get more comfortable with the combat) then yeah, the game may have run its course for you.

Maclintok wrote:

Merry Christmas all!

I was hit with the sudden itch to play this many weeks ago. I ditched my old save of only 3 hours or so, started fresh and enjoyed the game a lot more than when I first tried it last year.

It isn't nearly as difficult as I remember it, back when I was dying to nearly every single captain encounter and generally having a poor time with both the combat and stealth mechanics. I haven't died once on my second go around. I just needed to come to terms with the Arkham-Asylum-only-laggier-and-less-precise feel of the combat and be more mindful with my upgrades.

So I've recently killed my first Warchief! But now.. I'm wondering if I've seen all the game has to offer? Barring some sweet upgrades (and oh there are so many more), how does the game progress things from here?

Mechanics-wise, not a huge amount, but there are a couple of 'bosses' above the Warchiefs that I enjoyed figuring out.

Also, it depends what you think of the story. Personally I really enjoyed it and was glad to see it through. There's another map too, I don't know if you knew that? It changes the scenery, not a huge amount, but enough to inject fresh energy into my play through.

Thanks guys. A change of scenery and new map is actually a big, welcome surprise. I was assuming I'd be stuck in the same blasted hellscape for the next 15 hours.

Funnily enough getting back into Mordor has served as a gateway drug for getting back into Witcher 3 (another Warner Bros joint) this holiday season but I'll keep plugging away on this one since it's a much shorter game and it's tempting to think I can start finishing SP games again...

It's funny you should say that. Mordor was the catalyst for me to start finishing single player games again too. It took me 22 hours by the way and I didn't do too much side stuff. I did a lot of dying in the early stages though.

I didn't realise Witcher 3 had anything to do with Warner Bros? But anyway, you should finish that too, it's ace

It is a bit weird and wonderful that Mordor is spearheading my single player resurgence.

As for Warner Bros, yes, they published The Witcher 3 and Mordor. They seem to have established themselves as the one-stop shop for quality licensed IP open world games. See also: the Batman Arkham games and Mad Max

Ok, so one of my mates sent me a copy my way for xmas and I'm about to begin my 40GB download. Any good tips for beginners. Don't need every detail as I'll work most of it out as I go, but anything which you discovered which you wish you knew from day one?

BlackSabre wrote:

Ok, so one of my mates sent me a copy my way for xmas and I'm about to begin my 40GB download. Any good tips for beginners. Don't need every detail as I'll work most of it out as I go, but anything which you discovered which you wish you knew from day one?

Accept that you'll die quite a bit at first, run away if you're in over your head - if a fight is too challenging, come back when you've earned more abilities. That's it. Have fun!

Maclintok wrote:

As for Warner Bros, yes, they published The Witcher 3 and Mordor. They seem to have established themselves as the one-stop shop for quality licensed IP open world games. See also: the Batman Arkham games and Mad Max

Not quite, they are the distributor for Witcher 3 in Northe America. CDProjeckt is the publisher and Namco Bandai is the distributor for the rest of the world.

I'm glad people are having fun with this. It was the first game I ever got a platinum trophy. I mostly only go for a platinum if most of the progress happens organically, so the last 3 or so trophies were almost fun to attempt.

As for early play shenanigans, the only piece of advice is, "run away." There are engagements you just aren't equipped to handle until you've leveled up and gotten runes for your weapons. I don't want to get any more spoilery than that. When you die, you power up the enemies that kill you, so getting in a death spiral could actually self-perpetuate. It's best to live to fight another day.

Also, some captains you "kill" may not be all the way dead. When you see them again, watch for the scars they acquired last time you faced them. It's one of the fun parts about the nemesis system.

That's it from me! Merry Christmas (or happy holidays, if that's your bent) everybody!

I went back to this after playing about 3 hours of it 15 months ago and loathing it. But I'm so glad I gave it another chance. I've been having a lot of fun with it. I love working my way up the chain of command and showing them who's boss

Tach wrote:

I went back to this after playing about 3 hours of it 15 months ago and loathing it. But I'm so glad I gave it another chance. I've been having a lot of fun with it. I love working my way up the chain of command and showing them who's boss :)

Glad you went back to it. It was one of my favourite games of last year (I got to it a year late myself). Still no word on a sequel but I've got my fingers crossed that we'll hear something soon.

Yeah, it had a pretty fun combat system.

I have killed Narûg the Watcher, and am posting to brag about it.

He got himself to level 20 by only taking damage from combat finishers and repeatedly showing up when I was already fighting several other orc captains at once. Then I finally got him into a position where I could exploit his fear of flies, and left an entire riled-up stronghold to chase him down and finish him off.

Bravo, Sir. Bravo. That brings about good memories of my time in Mordor. That nemesis system is so cool.

I reinstalled this game after seeing this chatter. I probably got 2/3 through the game but after taking a break, it was really hard for me to get back into. I really did like the game, though.

My plan is to just start over.

misplacedbravado wrote:

I have killed Narûg the Watcher, and am posting to brag about it.

He got himself to level 20 by only taking damage from combat finishers and repeatedly showing up when I was already fighting several other orc captains at once. Then I finally got him into a position where I could exploit his fear of flies, and left an entire riled-up stronghold to chase him down and finish him off.

I wish we knew of a sequel coming out soon... these are the stories I love. I might just restart.... no I won't... I have a 5 month old... nevermind me... Carry on.

manta173 wrote:
misplacedbravado wrote:

I have killed Narûg the Watcher, and am posting to brag about it.

He got himself to level 20 by only taking damage from combat finishers and repeatedly showing up when I was already fighting several other orc captains at once. Then I finally got him into a position where I could exploit his fear of flies, and left an entire riled-up stronghold to chase him down and finish him off.

I wish we knew of a sequel coming out soon... these are the stories I love. I might just restart.... no I won't... I have a 5 month old... nevermind me... Carry on.

Shadow of Mordor is very good at bite-sized playing. You move forward a quest, kill a captain etc. and you are done in 20 minutes. I have half an hour a day at most for playing (two kids) and I finished the whole game like this.

wanderingtaoist wrote:
manta173 wrote:
misplacedbravado wrote:

I have killed Narûg the Watcher, and am posting to brag about it.

He got himself to level 20 by only taking damage from combat finishers and repeatedly showing up when I was already fighting several other orc captains at once. Then I finally got him into a position where I could exploit his fear of flies, and left an entire riled-up stronghold to chase him down and finish him off.

I wish we knew of a sequel coming out soon... these are the stories I love. I might just restart.... no I won't... I have a 5 month old... nevermind me... Carry on.

Shadow of Mordor is very good at bite-sized playing. You move forward a quest, kill a captain etc. and you are done in 20 minutes. I have half an hour a day at most for playing (two kids) and I finished the whole game like this.

This is a bit off topic, but what other games do you find work well in 20-30 minute chunks? Agreed that Shadow of Mordor was perfect for it, plus the story was a bit bland so it didn't matter too much if I lost track of it.

Rocket League is perfect, and I recently started playing Hearthstone which fits the same chunk-sized space. Other than that, here are a few others I like to play in short bursts: Just Cause 2 (I guess 3 would be the same), Assassin's Creeds, Rayman Origins/Legends. Valiant Hearts was great for this while it lasted. Lego games are also great for 20-30 minutes of playtime - I spent some 40 hours in LEGO Marvel Heroes and rarely played it more than half an hour. I think I'm stuck at 99.7% completion due to one single stupid race I can't finish

Some good shouts. I have Rocket League, might dip back into that.

Disappointed there hasn't been a Mordor 2 announcement, was hoping for something this year.

wanderingtaoist wrote:

Rocket League is perfect, and I recently started playing Hearthstone which fits the same chunk-sized space. Other than that, here are a few others I like to play in short bursts: Just Cause 2 (I guess 3 would be the same), Assassin's Creeds, Rayman Origins/Legends. Valiant Hearts was great for this while it lasted. Lego games are also great for 20-30 minutes of playtime - I spent some 40 hours in LEGO Marvel Heroes and rarely played it more than half an hour. I think I'm stuck at 99.7% completion due to one single stupid race I can't finish :)

Overwatch as well.