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  SBFord

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OP  8/29/14 12:36:31 AM#1

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a new single-player RPG developed by Monolith Productions. Widely anticipated with features that many gamers have long requested of game studios, Franklin Rinaldi and I were lucky enough to get some hands-on play at the Monolith studios in Kirkland, WA the day before PAX was to start.

Read more of Carolyn Koh's & Franklin Rinaldi's Middle Earth - Shadow of Mordor: An Amazing Experience.

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  logicbomb82

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8/29/14 8:54:59 AM#2
I pre-ordered this a few weeks back and am very excited for it.  Glad you ask the question about the PC port because that is what I am playing it on and I always fear the bad port.

Logicbomb
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  aesperus

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8/29/14 8:59:53 AM#3

Cool looking game, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it.

Not entirely sure why it's being featured on MMORPG.com, but w/e.

  BillMurphy

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8/29/14 9:06:16 AM#4
Originally posted by aesperus

Cool looking game, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it.

Not entirely sure why it's being featured on MMORPG.com, but w/e.

You might have missed it, but for a better part of this year so far, we've been covering RPGs as well as MMOs. It's a big part of our overall plan to diversify our coverage.

  psychobgr

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8/29/14 9:14:02 AM#5
Glad to see RPG's on this site seeing as the new RPG's are going to have co-op/multiplayer. (Dragon Age Inquisition)
 
  Eridanix

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As One With Darkness

8/29/14 10:16:34 AM#6
I just pre-ordered yesterday. I found it amazing since the start but this article is the confirmation that is one of the big RPG's I was waiting for.

It is a question of fangs.

  rojoArcueid

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"It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver". - Niccolo Machiavelli

8/29/14 10:23:05 AM#7

not preordering games anymore, but this one looks pretty interesting so ill keep an eye on it.

This could be the first lord of the ring game that i could enjoy, ever. Wait and see.

 

  iridescence

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8/29/14 10:30:57 AM#8

It has a few aspects that seem cool but it also seems like yet another console RPG-lite with very little respect for the lore it's actually using (see also War in the North). I think I'll wait till the inevitable $7.49 sale 6 months from release.

 

I wish Obsidian or CD Projekt RED or or someone could get the license to make a deeper, better quality LOTR RPG.

 

  Sovrath

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8/29/14 10:43:18 AM#9
Originally posted by iridescence

It has a few aspects that seem cool but it also seems like yet another console RPG-lite with very little respect for the lore it's actually using (see also War in the North). I think I'll wait till the inevitable $7.49 sale 6 months from release.

 

I wish Obsidian or CD Projekt RED or or someone could get the license to make a deeper, better quality LOTR RPG.

 

You haven't even played it yet. How do you know how "deep" it is?

  Benbrada

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8/29/14 10:45:50 AM#10
Originally posted by BillMurphy
Originally posted by aesperus

Cool looking game, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it.

Not entirely sure why it's being featured on MMORPG.com, but w/e.

You might have missed it, but for a better part of this year so far, we've been covering RPGs as well as MMOs. It's a big part of our overall plan to diversify our coverage.

That's fine by me as both game types are my main appeal!! Thanks Bill!

  laserit

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Confusius say: Man who go to bed with itchy bum wake up with stinky finger

8/29/14 10:56:00 AM#11
Just love open world style rpg's. I'm very much looking forward to this game. Game play being reminiscent to Assassin's Creed is a + in my book.

"If you make an ass out of yourself, there will always be someone to ride you." - Bruce Lee

  flizzer

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8/29/14 10:59:57 AM#12
This screams console game.  I do hope the port works out because I love playing in the Tolkien universe, but......
  BMBender

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8/29/14 11:09:32 AM#13
Imho if your into Lore wait for bargain bin, but if you want to play a ranger/ghost/Lord Marshal(Chronicles of Riddick) hybrid go for it.

  Hariken

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8/29/14 11:10:37 AM#14
Originally posted by iridescence

It has a few aspects that seem cool but it also seems like yet another console RPG-lite with very little respect for the lore it's actually using (see also War in the North). I think I'll wait till the inevitable $7.49 sale 6 months from release.

 

I wish Obsidian or CD Projekt RED or or someone could get the license to make a deeper, better quality LOTR RPG.

 

Agreed, let's throw lore out for action gameplay for the kiddies.

  NightBandit

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8/29/14 11:16:15 AM#15
Originally posted by flizzer
This screams console game.  I do hope the port works out because I love playing in the Tolkien universe, but......

+1 getting on my tits all the console converts being passed across to us PC gamer's as a secondary income for these short sighted companies. Before people start whining at me I am aware that it cost money to build games and the cost could be high, however they need to start taking PC gamer's serious like some of our machines. I hate using a joy pad and prefer mouse and keyboard games. Most of the ported games I have tried to play suck as an example Watchdogs was a classic disappointment to name just one.

I'm a avid Middle Earth fan have been for many years and there still isn't a game out there worth the Tolkien tag imo. There is so much technology around now surely there is someone out there with the know how to build an open game world with deep story and gameplay.

I do like the idea of  playing in this environment and the chance of running an Orc band the only other game i got to try that was in EQI testing many moons ago and that was a blast, but was only a single Orc sadly.

The Bandit

  Sovrath

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8/29/14 11:18:20 AM#16
Originally posted by Hariken
Originally posted by iridescence

It has a few aspects that seem cool but it also seems like yet another console RPG-lite with very little respect for the lore it's actually using (see also War in the North). I think I'll wait till the inevitable $7.49 sale 6 months from release.

 

I wish Obsidian or CD Projekt RED or or someone could get the license to make a deeper, better quality LOTR RPG.

 

Agreed, let's throw lore out for action gameplay for the kiddies.

Well, I'm 47 and I love action game play. It's the difference between experiencing a visceral combat experience and "watching it happen".

  laserit

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Confusius say: Man who go to bed with itchy bum wake up with stinky finger

8/29/14 11:35:43 AM#17

Love these lore arguments. Reminds me of medieval times. The lore ended with JRR. If you want to keep with the lore, read his books. I would love to know how JRR would have felt about the matter, rather than the spanish inquisition.

 

50 year old kiddie here.

"If you make an ass out of yourself, there will always be someone to ride you." - Bruce Lee

  iridescence

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8/29/14 11:48:51 AM#18
Originally posted by laserit

Love these lore arguments. Reminds me of medieval times. The lore ended with JRR. If you want to keep with the lore, read his books. I would love to know how JRR would have felt about the matter, rather than the spanish inquisition.

 

 

Just my opinion but if you don't care at all about the lore than why even play a Middle Earth game vs. one of the 10000 generic fantasy games out there?

 

  BMBender

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8/29/14 11:51:26 AM#19


Originally posted by laserit
Love these lore arguments. Reminds me of medieval times. The lore ended with JRR. If you want to keep with the lore, read his books. I would love to know how JRR would have felt about the matter, rather than the spanish inquisition.

 

50 year old kiddie here.



Isn't that kind of the point of tossing down $ buying rights to an IP? To attract fans of that IP? Any established IP ST, SW, LOTR, ect. has a subset of purists, don't cares, some of this, some of that's. Often the subset willing to devote the most $/time is the purists, just look at any Comic Con.

Nothing wrong if a game creator wants to go their own way via story arcs, world attributes, artwork whatever. However one generally gets less pushback if the "new" concept or play style is paired with an original thought or IP.

Nothing wrong if you want to use some ones else's work as a crutch, however one will receive less pushback the closer ones remix compliments the original work.

The more decoupled it appears the more it resembles a cash out.

  JeroKane

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8/29/14 12:03:51 PM#20
Originally posted by BMBender

 


Originally posted by laserit
Love these lore arguments. Reminds me of medieval times. The lore ended with JRR. If you want to keep with the lore, read his books. I would love to know how JRR would have felt about the matter, rather than the spanish inquisition.

 

 

50 year old kiddie here.



Isn't that kind of the point of tossing down $ buying rights to an IP? To attract fans of that IP? Any established IP ST, SW, LOTR, ect. has a subset of purists, don't cares, some of this, some of that's. Often the subset willing to devote the most $/time is the purists, just look at any Comic Con.

 

Nothing wrong if a game creator wants to go their own way via story arcs, world attributes, artwork whatever. However one generally gets less pushback if the "new" concept or play style is paired with an original thought or IP.

Nothing wrong if you want to use some ones else's work as a crutch, however one will receive less pushback the closer ones remix compliments the original work.

The more decoupled it appears the more it resembles a cash out.

 The point of an established IP, is not directly tied to LOTR or the Hobbit.

I mean.... how many games do they need to create based on that? I have read the books, seen the Movies, played LOTRO for many years.

I don't need yet another game strictly based on the LOTR books. Gets a bit old now.

What they have done here, is looking at the First and Second Age materials and created a unique and new story.

I am very excited about this game and looking forward to it!  It very much feels like Skyrim, but then in Middle Earth.

And in that way, it seems to become one of the best games of this IP so far.

 

 
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