This weekend I was busy working on my assignment for the motion design class I’m taking, but I also rewarded myself by getting “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor” and then proceeded to play it as much as I could when I wasn’t working. It’s been a very long time since I’ve had a game that I wanted to play and just not stop until I had to.

It has the great Batman combat, the Assassin’s Creed traversal and stealth killing and this cool new “Nemesis” system where you’re trying to take apart the Orc chain of command piece by piece in different ways. Orcs who run away from you (or vice versa) will remember you and reference the last time you met. Or even if you kill a guy but don’t chop his head off they’ll come back all bandaged up and yell at you for burning them or giving them a scar or something. It’s so much fun that I think I’ve spent the vast majority of my time just hunting down Orcs instead of actually playing the story.

The story’s kind of cool, and Troy Baker does a great job as the main character. Troy Baker and Nolan North have the best male grunting noises in the video game industry and it makes it a lot of fun to play.

If you’re looking for a game similar to those other games I mentioned (and better than them in many ways) then definitely get a copy and play it. New game design ideas don’t come around often especially in AAA games and I’d love to see them rewarded for it.

Also yes, on Sunday morning instead of going to the park to exercise for a couple hours I chose to play the game before then eating breakfast and getting to work.