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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

One of the iconic fixtures of 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was the game’s Nemesis System. Supported by next-generation graphics, the Batman: Arkham combat engine, and the Nemesis feature – the game was a lauded success. Now, WBGames is doubling down. Here comes Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

The Bright Lord Returns

WBGames dropped a new features video today that details “the next generation of the innovative Nemesis System with the addition of Nemesis Fortresses.” Here’s the full breakdown:

“This Gameplay Walkthrough introduces viewers to the next generation of the innovative Nemesis System with the addition of Nemesis Fortresses, where players must utilise different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and forge their personalised Orc army. In this video, Talion and Celebrimbor, who return as the Bright Lord, must lead a fortress assault on the mountain valley of Seregost and take it from one of Sauron’s Overlords. To succeed, they will use the power of the New Ring to recruit Followers during enemy encounters—a new mechanic allowing gamers to establish entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. This Gameplay Walkthrough is just one of the millions of possibilities that players will experience in Middle-earth: Shadow of War.”

The sequel takes place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. WBGames is promising ”a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.” Shadow of Mordor was quite the pleasant surprise when it dropped in 2014. Let’s hope Middle-earth: Shadow of War can do the same when it releases on August 25th.

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Growing up a 90's kid, Jeff found his love for gaming during Nintendo's heyday. Because of that, you could call him a "Nintendo Fanboy" (albeit a rational one) to this day. Outside of his passion for the gaming industry, he’s also an avid sports enthusiast (New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies mainly) and enjoys quality/popular TV shows and movies.