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Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor
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Best PS4 Games #9 – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Developer: Monolith Productions

Synopsis: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes an odd approach to tackling the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnum opus. It opts not tell the main story of The Lord of the Rings, nor The Hobbit. Instead, it focuses on the life of ranger Talion, a Gondor guard of the Black Gate of Mordor. After the grim events of one fateful evening, Talion is imbued with wraith-like abilities and exacts revenge on the foul creatures that tried to silence him forever.

He uses the Nemesis system to tackle small numbers of tagged Uruk leaders throughout Sauron’s army, allowing the player to track and kill targets for upgrade bonuses. Defeating a leader affects the power structure of the enemy, creating a vacuum of crumbling efforts to retain control of the opposing force to humanity.

Why it’s one of the 50 best PS4 games: The core of the Tolkien adventure, alongside all the trappings of Middle-earth, makes for an excellent story simply by existing. All that’s really left for the developers is to share a gameplay experience worth mentioning and everything else will take care of itself. The Nemesis system does this by instilling the sense of man’s conquering of nature, taking any risk necessary to seek vengeance. Paired with the combat, stealth, equipment optimization, skill usage and exploration of an established piece of novel history, you have a game that will serve as among the best in the series.

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