Zero Punctuation: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Mordoooooor

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Oh man, that's last little bit in the credits made me really belt out a laugh.

Now I'm off to find some Harry Belafonte on YouTube.

Great review Yahtzee! :)

EDIT: I just wanted to point out that Shadow of Mordor has a fantastic cast doing the VO. Troy Baker is the lead role and he always offers a great performance. But in addition to that there's Nolan (because of course he's in there) North, Phil Lamarr, and even Bender himself John Dimaggio.

Totally forgot about this between, Smash Bros, aliens, and now Borderlands.

And here I was ignoring this game as well as Alien: Isolation, and instead buying The Evil Within... Shows what I know.

I wish they'd put one orc with a dick van dyke accent in, I'd like to see if anyone would notice.

Also, why did they have to make us play as Talion? Was the ghost elf not good enough, he's at least different from grizzled honkey family man #whatevernumberwe'reupto.

As someone who's fairly knowledgeable about the books I found seeing where they intertwined little lore snippets into the game quite interesting(and of course where they deviated as well). That likely made me enjoy the story rather more than Yahtzee did. That said he nailed the big strengths of this game. Combat is solid, game world is large enough to be enjoyable and the Nemesis system adds your own personal touch to the experience(and allows for replayability, wooooo!).

I think we need a behind the scenes look at Yahtzee shouting "MOOOOORDOOOORRR"...

Heh, actually lolled 3 timed, both door jokes, and tallying bananas.

And, random enemies becoming important NPCs sounds sorta cool.

Now I imagine Yatzhee playing with his toaster in the bath like a toy duck. Perhaps there weren't many teddies available in the Croshawian household.

I quite like the gameplay, but "You never feel OP" doesn't apply for me tbh. Honestly, I felt OP from the first second I dropped down in the game, creeped up behind a marching column of 10 orcs and "stealth killed" them all one after the other.

It's not like I'm especially good either, the orcs in this game just have a case of tunnelvision equivalent to that of a closet pervert peeking through a keyhole while simultaneously wanking off. Unless you're standing almost right in front of them they don't react whatsoever.

The rest of the combat is also getting boring to me after a few hours, as I can literally engage 100 orcs and kill them all. I haven't even unlocked any of the truly OP powers either.

The Nemesis system is great, but the OPness of the boring Talion character sorta kills it for me tbh.

Glad to see that Yahtzee can enjoy a game that does things basically right, even if it's not groundbreaking. Though I suppose that of MORRRDORRR had been made by Nintendo it would be a different sort of review.

I haven't played arkham or any ass creed games but I think mordor is spectacular. I don't even care to advance the story missions, I just go on vendettas and figure out new ways to kill captains.

The orcs all have great personality and the captains are all unique. So far I haven't found a single captain repeat. And the fact that they comment on killing you if you come back for revenge is glorious.

Additionally the game is great for playing in 15 minute intervals which works for gamers with jobs/families. Start it up, run a mission, shutdown against.

Thunderous Cacophony:
Glad to see that Yahtzee can enjoy a game that does things basically right, even if it's not groundbreaking. Though I suppose that of MORRRDORRR had been made by Nintendo it would be a different sort of review.

It's strange, the only fanboys worse than Nintendo fanboys are Tolkien fanboys. Who to this day insist that the eagles are totally not bullshit.

It's great how when Middle Earth comes to video games the writing isn't praised, but it seems that to many people it succeeds in the whole game part so I won't dwell on it.

I also didn't know that this promotion affair was a thing, I am now more interested in this game.

thanatos388:

Thunderous Cacophony:
Glad to see that Yahtzee can enjoy a game that does things basically right, even if it's not groundbreaking. Though I suppose that of MORRRDORRR had been made by Nintendo it would be a different sort of review.

It's strange, the only fanboys worse than Nintendo fanboys are Tolkien fanboys. Who to this day insist that the eagles are totally not bullshit.

I don't even care for Nintendo, I haven't bought a product from them in years. It's just that recently I've noticed him taking more and more jabs at the company and it's fans for no very good reason, and it's starting to annoy me.

Also, the eagles aren't bullshit if you read the books, Peter Jackson just shit the bed repeatedly and with great gusto when it came to explaining them. Seriously, a 30-second conversation at the start of the second Hobbit movie could have done wonders.

Okay now I know Yahtzee's not himself. Not because he admitted the game is good, but because he's demanding Condemned 2 on Steam. I thought he hated Condemned 2?

You never feel overpowered and the upgrades are good? Hmmm, may pick it up for killing orcs. I do like the series and I haven't had a LOTR game before.

LordTerminal:
Okay now I know Yahtzee's not himself. Not because he admitted the game is good, but because he's demanding Condemned 2 on Steam. I thought he hated Condemned 2?

Eh, he hated the second half when things got a bit bananas with the story, but he definitely really liked the first bit.

Awesome, I was looking forward to buying this game before even having Yahtzee's seal of approval. Now I want it even more.

Oh, Mordor!

OT: Can I have a separate sound clip of just Yahtzee just saying "MORDOOOOR" over and over again?

Other than that, the fact that this game has better Orc-related stories than the game's main story made me giggle on the inside...
(I must know more about Alan the Orc...)

thanatos388:

Thunderous Cacophony:
Glad to see that Yahtzee can enjoy a game that does things basically right, even if it's not groundbreaking. Though I suppose that of MORRRDORRR had been made by Nintendo it would be a different sort of review.

It's strange, the only fanboys worse than Nintendo fanboys are Tolkien fanboys. Who to this day insist that the eagles are totally not bullshit.

By the eagles do you mean why didnt they used them to get there? Because the problem wasnt how to get there, it was how to get there unnoticed.

Fdzzaigl:
I quite like the gameplay, but "You never feel OP" doesn't apply for me tbh. Honestly, I felt OP from the first second I dropped down in the game, creeped up behind a marching column of 10 orcs and "stealth killed" them all one after the other.

It's not like I'm especially good either, the orcs in this game just have a case of tunnelvision equivalent to that of a closet pervert peeking through a keyhole while simultaneously wanking off. Unless you're standing almost right in front of them they don't react whatsoever.

The rest of the combat is also getting boring to me after a few hours, as I can literally engage 100 orcs and kill them all. I haven't even unlocked any of the truly OP powers either.

The Nemesis system is great, but the OPness of the boring Talion character sorta kills it for me tbh.

This, I honestly dont understand how "You never fell OP" can show up in a review of this game, I still like it but damn, did they miss the mark in not having difficulty options.

thanatos388:

Thunderous Cacophony:
Glad to see that Yahtzee can enjoy a game that does things basically right, even if it's not groundbreaking. Though I suppose that of MORRRDORRR had been made by Nintendo it would be a different sort of review.

It's strange, the only fanboys worse than Nintendo fanboys are Tolkien fanboys. Who to this day insist that the eagles are totally not bullshit.

Given that Tolkien's notes basically flat-out state that the eagles are the personal servants of Middle Earth's head 'god', they're as close to a Deus Ex Machina as you'll probably find in the setting. On the plus side, they only show up in LotR after the main thrust of the story has been resolved; Frodo and Sam would've died without them, but the Ring would still have been destroyed.

See that Warner? Even mister Croshaw liked your game.
There was no need for your review BS! Stop being so idiotic!

I've become a kung fu master at muting the intro until 0:16.55 when the music stops, without losing a single syllable.

thanatos388:

It's strange, the only fanboys worse than Nintendo fanboys are Tolkien fanboys. Who to this day insist that the eagles are totally not bullshit.

The eagles weren't bullshit. From what I remember, it was Gandalf's original plan to use the eagles to fly the ring into Mordor. But he kept the eagle plan as a secret from the rest of the Fellowship in case any of them got captured. Then everything went to shit in the Misty Mountains which is why there was a trilogy instead of a short story.

And no fanboy is worse than a DoTA fanboy.

I guess Yahtzee would call me a nerd, because I like the continuity he set up with using a dry heave to denote a colon in a title.

FPLOON:
Oh, Mordor!

OT: Can I have a separate sound clip of just Yahtzee just saying "MORDOOOOR" over and over again?

Other than that, the fact that this game has better Orc-related stories than the game's main story made me giggle on the inside...
(I must know more about Alan the Orc...)

Seconded. They just kept getting funnier every time he said "MOOOOORRRRRDOOOOOORRRRRRR"! The other linguistic trick he did was the argle-bargle-largle of his throat going to sleep.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Mordoooooor

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Shadow of Mordor.

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"Half a sword and most of a bear." Is there a story behind that or do you lightly mutilate a bear at some point?

Was that a siren at 0:40? Did the militant atheist get the nativity shut down again?

I didn't notice the alliteration until Yahtzee pointed it out..

So, it's The Sims for orcs, only when you decide to burn it down, you get to do it Arkham Asylum style instead of dropping them in a pool and removing the ladder? Neat.

I wanna train my own orc! Now I'm interested!

The gameplay really does seem good enough for me to overlook the cliche "Dead love-one motivation" plot point, but I'll never be able to say it's a good game without an asterisk. *sigh*

>When the dark lord Sauron isn't letting a little handicap, like being a big flamey eye on a stick with no arms or legs.

This is not Sauron, this is the Eye of Sauron. As in, not actually his eye, but a thingy he uses to watch over Mordor. Just as Mouth of Sauron is his negotiator and not his actual mouth.

Yahtzee's being bribed. Hell, everyone is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfDNZXU79Tg

Anyone else ever get an Orc that didn't speak but just creepily smiles at you when you meet?

Still my favorite Orc i've encountered as it was only be damaged by stealth attacks lol

Fdzzaigl:

The Nemesis system is great, but the OPness of the boring Talion character sorta kills it for me tbh.

Pro-tip: Turn off visual indicators for attacks (the little icons displaying when the enemies are going to attack). Makes the fights tons harder, but still doable as the enemies do telegraph their attacks pretty well. What ends up happening is you have to pay pretty close attention to all the orcs you're engaging to be ready for the counter move. When fighting a handful this is pretty simple, but once you get 10 or so orcs trying to kick down your back door it becomes legitimately challenging.

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