Monday, November 2, 2015
Shadow of Mordor
One of my favorite things in Shadow of Mordor is displayed in the picture above, one of my favorite things to do is to challenge immense hordes of the enemy, and smash them. Although I'm not one who takes pleasure in causing pain to creatures, I do enjoy the ability to decimate the enemy without struggle, to render all their resistance futile, to make them utterly powerless against me. This is an experience that is so enjoyable since it is one that I usually am unable to experience, playing video games for me represents the abandonment of my moral code, for pity, for empathy. Although the game's combat style, climbing, and stealth mechanics bear a strong resemblance to the triple-A titles of Assassin's Creed, Shadow of Mordor also introduces the "army of Sauron", which is essentially a replenishing hit list that you can work on fulfilling to amuse yourself, which doesn't appear in any of the Assassin's Creed games. Shadow of Mordor also has a very different system for upgrading your character, since in Assassin's Creed games your character improves as you progress through the story and as you collect enough money to buy better weapons and equipment. In Shadow of Mordor, however, to upgrade your character you collect experience points from fighting and killing your enemies in various ways, then to upgrade your equipment you have to kill the captains and war chiefs to collect runes for upgrading your sword, dagger, and bow.