The Top 5 Games of 2014

2. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

shadow-of-mordor-talionEarly in Shadow of Mordor, protagonist Talion suffers through an ordeal, and you know that this is a game that won’t have a happy ending. Mordor is a rather dark and depressing place, and the only thing that main character Talion can hope for is to wreak revenge on those nasty Uruks. And although Shadow of Mordor’s tale is sad, the game deserves praise for featuring an original story in the Lord of the Rings universe.

And although it mostly got glowing reviews, Shadow of Mordor has been criticized for borrowing heavily from Assassin’s Creed and Rocksteady’s Batman games. This is rather unfair, as the game has such great gameplay, both when it comes to stealth and combat. It sure outdoes the Assassin’s Creed franchise in the combat department – it is fast paced and exciting and Talion can make use of all sorts of special moves and combos. The Uruks have unique personalities and the games’ Nemesis system, which allows enemy captains to promote and level up when they beat the player, means that no two playthroughs will be the same.

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