'Middle-earth: Shadow of War' Impresses On Hand-On During Fighting Sauron

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 07/13/17 08:42AM EDT

It came to the world as a surprise hit of 2014, "Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor" introduced gamers to a darker take on JRR Tolkien's mythos. It all started where one man had the ambition to take on Sauron by himself.

"Middle-earth: Shadow of War" Impresses On Hand-On

The Nemesis system created a new mechanic where the player's own combat styles and tendencies gave way to an all new manner of arch-enemies. According to IGN, not one to let the newfound technology linger, Warner Bros and Monolith Productions have once again teamed up to bring about another chapter in Talion and Celebrimbor's story, "Middle-earth: Shadow of War".

WCCF Tech reported that they had the recent pleasure of getting a behind closed door experience seeing what's new in the works for "Shadow of War". In the game, Talion is no longer the one-man army that he once reigned as.

Instead, his newfound powers and persuasion are enough to turn minions of Sauron's army into his own personal fighting force. Having the additional forces fighting on players side turn what was once a singular experience, where Talion would have to methodically eliminate warlords and generals one by one, into something on a much grander scale.

Having played Shadow of War on a fairly powerful PC, players could easily see some of the new graphical tweaks implemented into this highly-anticipated sequel. Draw distances and improved graphical fidelity on the character models popped out from the rundown Orcish settlements and strongholds.

The game will feature Xbox One X support with native 4K and 30fps; HDR support should be available on all compatible platforms. The action certainly felt faster from its predecessor, and that could be in part from the much more fluid movement systems at Talion's disposal in "Shadow of War".

Through the use of Elven Agility, Talion was able to scale fortress buildings and dash across the battlefield with the greatest of ease. Assaulting a keep can be both exciting and a test of patience as you try to break the enemy's defenses.

Hence, being able to dash into the thick of battle and bypass these defenses if players so desire can lead to some pretty quick victories. Overall, "Shadow of War" already has the markings to be an improvement over the previous Middle-earth title, "Shadow of Mordor".

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