Is Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor the Game Fans have been waiting for?

The breathtaking first gameplay trailer has been released for Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, much to the excitement of Lord of The Rings fans desperately waiting for a next-gen title in the franchise.

The eight minute trailer from Monolith and Warner Bros see’s the player follow the story of Talion, a Gondor ranger seeking revenge on the legions of Mordor after his family and everything he loves is destroyed when the Black Gate is retaken by a newly risen Sauron. The game takes place in unexplored timeline between The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. This allows fans of the franchise to embark on a fresh and mysterious new tale in the series, in the hope of discovering a range of brand new memorable characters that the movies/books are famous for.

The gameplay features open world stealth combat. While tracking an array of brutal orc warlords to assassinate, players will be scaling high towers, performing aerial assassinations and altering their vision to identify their unlucky targets.

However, the style of gameplay featured in the trailer has left the vast majority of the gaming community with one question: Is this just an Assassins Creed rip off?  This issue has become so apparent that Charles Randall, former developer at Ubisoft took to Twitter to air his views on the stark similarities between the two titles:

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That being said, as a fan of both Assassin’s Creed and The Lord of The Rings, I personally believe that Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor could be the game to reinvent the Lord of The Rings gaming franchise after the release of a number of weak titles over the past few years. The setting for the game is both original and exciting and will attract those fans of the original trilogy who have grown up and now wish for a  more mature and gritty video game.

The combat mechanic of controlling the minds of your victims and potentially forcing them and their followers to assassinate your target gives you the feeling of a master assassin in complete control of the environment around you. Innovative mechanics such as this allow Shadow of Mordor to distinguish itself from that of the Assassin’s Creed series.

If the developers could just remove the wires connecting each building in the game,a token feature of every Assassin’s Creed title in the franchise, then Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is set be an exciting future next-gen title which gives an interesting take on the modern stealth genre.