By all accounts, 2014 was a pretty good year for videogames, and ‘Lord Of The Rings’ themed Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor certainly over-delivered by being one of the year’s very best. Built around The Nemesis System where enemies would react according to the player’s actions, Middle Earth was lauded at the time for how enemy AI would be portrayed with next generation systems – even if its graphics looked slightly last gen in comparison. This ‘Game Of The Year Edition’ features additional content that wasn’t included in the original release – such as all the currently available downloadable content for the game, including the Lord of the Hunt add-on, the Bright Lord campaign and a bevy of bonus missions, skins and equippable runes.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor received excellent reviews across the board, with Polygon giving the game 9.5/10 and stating that “The gameplay foundation of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is very strong, which makes it all the more incredible that it’s also the least exciting thing about the game. Most video games choose to either tell you a story or give you a world in which you can create your own stories; very rarely are these two paths mixed, and even more rarely with any success.
Shadow of Mordor is that ultimate rarity. It tells a fun little story that would be enough to hold up most games on its own. But it also provides all of the tools to ensure that the most interesting tales to come out of the game will be the ones that were not scripted“.
Gamespot also awarded Middle Earth: SoM their Game Of The Year, and you can watch the video below: