In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, gamers take on the role of Talion, a valiant ranger whose family is slain in front of him the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor, moments before his own life is taken. Resurrected by a Spirit of vengeance and empowered with Wraith abilities, Talion ventures into Mordor and vows to destroy those who have wronged him. Through the course of his personal vendetta, Talion uncovers the truth of the Spirit that compels him, learns the origins of the Rings of Power and ultimately confronts his true nemesis.
Every enemy that players face is a unique individual, differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Through the Nemesis System, enemy relationships and characteristics are shaped by player actions and decisions to create personal archenemies that remember and adapt to the player and are distinct to every gameplay session. Gamers are able to craft their own battles, enemies and rewards within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their choices, delivering a unique experience to every player.
Bringing to life an original story written by Christian Cantamessa (Red Dead Redemption) in the expansive Middle-earth universe set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ringsare many of gaming's best actors, led by Troy Baker and Nolan North.
Joining them is acclaimed video game musical composer Garry Schyman with an original score that sets the tone for this next saga in Mordor. Lending his talent to some of the most celebrated musical compositions in gaming, Schyman is responsible for the soundtrack behind BioShock Infinite, earning him the 2014 British Academy of Film and Television award for Best Original Music as well as the D.I.C.E. award for "Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition" from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
The game talent cast in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor includes:
- Troy Baker - Talion (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins, BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City)
- Nolan North Black Hand (Uncharted series, Batman: Arkham Origins)
- Alastair Duncan - Wraith (Mass Effect series, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception)
- Laura Bailey Ioreth (Halo 4, Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us)
- Liam O'Brien Gollum (Infamous: Second Son, Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us)
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