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Voice acting by Will Smith.

Wow. Congratulations WB. You've managed the impossible. You've jaded me to such degrees that I'm utterly disinterested in any Middle-earth video game you can output.   That sounds like a Middle-eart

Will Smith"s character (to Sauron): "There's only one way you're getting that ring, baby, and that's through me."     And I will only accept this if Tom Bombadil sings during the end credits "Hey D

So the future of LOTRO is single player Tolkien games advertised and promoted by WB. This is their strategic plan for using the Tolkien IP.

 

You can bet WB will have the money to advertise this game heavily before the Hobbit movies and at game conferences.

 

Another article:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/12/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-announced

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So the future of LOTRO is single player Tolkien games advertised and promoted by WB. This is their strategic plan for using the Tolkien IP.

 

You can bet WB will have the money to advertise this game heavily before the Hobbit movies and at game conferences.

 

Another article:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/12/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-announced

 

True, however can this company be as bad as Turbine when it comes to updates and CS?  Of when it has its bugs will the have a forum to fix it, or mods?  Yes I am sounding like pro Skyrim, and I use them as a benchmark because for the most part they do listen to their customers, have valid forums and do not run their forums like garage nazi, dictatorship IE Sappo, Frappo Rick Heaton.

 

In all honesty I see WB just shuting down LOTRO and investing in these first person games, only problem with this is will WB fire the Turbine staff or just move them over to focus on the first person shooter games, gawd help us if they do.  Until they release more information hard to tell at the point.

 

So all in all KILL OFF TURBINE FOR GOOD!  And hopefully this is the way to do it, after all WB bought out Turbine, not to sure if they got their investment back, but this third person shooter for sure will cover the mess of anything that might have been a profit loss.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nSB1SdVHqQ

ummm my quoting posts are not coming out like they should....have to check into that.

 

 

This game is so outside the lore it's not even funny.

 

So it's not Turbine that is destroying the game, it's Warner Brothers.

 

But then again, their track record for games isn't very good. Perhaps they should stick to the movies.

 

 

So very true! And after seeing the articals and the video I will not be touching this one with a ten foot pole, unless I can be a Wraith then it might peak my interest...still too early to say tho...from what it looks like on first impression...ummmm NO!

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Supposedly the character is a ranger that is some weird wraith/human hybrid.

My understanding from one of the articles is that the main character is a Ranger who was killed by Sauron (or Sauron's minions) and has somehow come back to life - thus the Wraith powers.

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I was wondering what all that glowy blue stuff was on him.. then heard he's half Ranger, half wraith...

 

My understanding from one of the articles is that the main character is a Ranger who was killed by Sauron (or Sauron's minions) and has somehow come back to life - thus the Wraith powers.

That's just.... wut??

WTB game that sticks to the lore. :(

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I was wondering what all that glowy blue stuff was on him.. then heard he's half Ranger, half wraith...

 

That's just.... wut??

WTB game that sticks to the lore. :(

 

The opening paragraph of the IGN article:

In development for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 at Monolith, the studio behind Guardians of MIddle-Earth, Shadow of Mordor casts you as a ranger whose family was slain by Sauron's armies. Having been killed himself, he's resurrected with "Wraith abilities", and is ready to take on the Mordor hordes.  The story involves the Rings of Power but otherwise seems totally separate from Lord of the Rings canon, though Warner promises it will align.

 

How in the hell that will align with the Lore, I don't know (and honestly, don't really care), but the Nemesis system they mention seems pretty cool, if it works out.

 

From Game Informer:

 

The Nemesis System assures that every enemy you fight is a named foe, and if they survive their battle with you, they continue to grow, improve, and act in the world, even as you attempt to do the same with Talion.

 

So no more, "I'll just come back and kill this guy when I've leveled up," - at least theoretically.  The enemy may have also leveled up in that time as well.

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Doesn't sound too bad from what I can see so far. I can even buy the thing where your character is a bit like the wraiths. It's needed to get some flashy magic into gameplay but that doesn't mean they put in so much that they ruin the game for me. I'm the first to admit that strict medieval combat with just swords and realistic amounts of arrows is very hard to put into a fun game.

Monolith used to be a pretty competent gaming shop. Are they owned by WB now or is WB just publishing for them?

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It's obvious that WB doesn't care about lore or those who follow it. I mean, a Ranger with Wraith skills?? Wraiths are evil. Mmmkay?

 

They're only going after the gamers that will still have Middle Earth on their mind after seeing "The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of the Book".

 

(FWIW, I don't plan on seeing the movie in theaters...I MIGHT watch it on PPV).

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It's obvious that WB doesn't care about lore or those who follow it. I mean, a Ranger with Wraith skills?? Wraiths are evil. Mmmkay?

 

They're only going after the gamers that will still have Middle Earth on their mind after seeing "The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of the Book".

 

(FWIW, I don't plan on seeing the movie in theaters...I MIGHT watch it on PPV).

Ranger with Wraith skills - where's the Elrond facepalm when you need it?

 

Your comment about trying to pull in the movie crowd got me thinking about the Gift of the Valar item that auto-levels you to 50 and dumps you at the Hollin Gate.  They might also be trying to cash in on the dwarf angle of the Hobbit movies too.

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LO-FRICKEN-OLEPHANTS!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD4RuVTAFIo

 

when this hits the official forums.   oh golden!

 

& i have definitely no interest whatsoever in this title.  well the cards have been revealed.  now the shit is going to soon hit the fan regarding the future of LoTRO.  & the best case scenario looks to be maintenance mode.  this last expansion looks even more like a last ditch cash grab to me now.

 

soo glad i didn't jump on board.  folk are going to be in for some large scale regret come year end.

 

 

Monolith used to be a pretty competent gaming shop. Are they owned by WB now or is WB just publishing for them?

 

in the video i linked,  they mention Arkham (the batman games.)  Warner wholly acquired Monolith back in October 2004.  & this ties into their moves with controlling interests in Batman & the DC comics Universe.

 

now they are playing that reputation on this Shadows of Mordor Title.

 

 


 

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Ok, here's how Monolith's "lore" theory blows up in their faces:

 

- Ranger is captured and slain by Sauron;

- Ranger is made a wraith by Sauron;

- Ranger is made to reveal the existence and whereabouts of Isildur's heir;

- Sauron commits his forces to hunt down Isildur's heir;

- Frodo never reaches Rivendell with the Ring, being captured and slain by the Nazgul;

- Frodo, now enslaved to Sauron and escorted by Nazgul, delivers the Ring to him personally.

 

The end.

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Ok, here's how Monolith's "lore" theory blows up in their faces:

 

- Ranger is captured and slain by Sauron;

- Ranger is made a wraith by Sauron;

- Ranger is made to reveal the existence and whereabouts of Isildur's heir;

- Sauron commits his forces to hunt down Isildur's heir;

- Frodo never reaches Rivendell with the Ring, being captured and slain by the Nazgul;

- Frodo, now enslaved to Sauron and escorted by Nazgul, delivers the Ring to him personally.

 

The end.

 

it should be just as satisfying a Tolkien experience as Guardians of Middle Earth was...  which is to say, not at all.

 

if there is anything honorable left in this world...  i hope Warner loses their lawsuit...  here is to hoping Daniel Petrocelli (Warners' attorney) fumbles catastrophically.

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NOLF was kinda art of FPS once upon a time...

 

The setting is potential, but ranger-wraith?If you think about LOTRO story though, there was this thing about stabbing ranger and transforming him into wraith in the first book. So he kills himself with a Morgul blade? This possibility already opens a can of worms. "Dunadan killing himself with a Morgul blade." Sounds not very convincing.

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Ok, here's how Monolith's "lore" theory blows up in their faces:

 

- Ranger is captured and slain by Sauron;

- Ranger is made a wraith by Sauron;

- Ranger is made to reveal the existence and whereabouts of Isildur's heir;

- Sauron commits his forces to hunt down Isildur's heir;

- Frodo never reaches Rivendell with the Ring, being captured and slain by the Nazgul;

- Frodo, now enslaved to Sauron and escorted by Nazgul, delivers the Ring to him personally.

 

The end.

Isn't it already an issue in the fact that he supposedly died? As far as I was aware, Wraiths didn't come from corpses, rather they were people who faded into the unseen world, neither living nor dead but stuck in a sort of Sauron-anchored Limbo. A corpse resurrected would be a Wight (well, unless you're Beren).

And if he became a Wraith, how did he break free of Sauron's control? Not only that, how comes he's visible? And why is he allowed to just roam about in Mordor when Sauron would have most of his forces in there?

The lore meant nothing to this game. It smells to me like they wanted to just make their own version of Dark Souls or something, regardless of what Middle-earth is about. What's the point in having an IP like that if you don't want to even use anything but the name?

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NOLF was kinda art of FPS once upon a time...

 

The setting is potential, but ranger-wraith?If you think about LOTRO story though, there was this thing about stabbing ranger and transforming him into wraith in the first book. So he kills himself with a Morgul blade? This possibility already opens a can of worms. "Dunadan killing himself with a Morgul blade." Sounds not very convincing.

 

the hybrid nature is ridiculous. 

 

the ring is the only plausible machine to create such a condition as it corrupts.

 

everything else that falls under that influence is subject to the one ring, until it is destroyed.

 

the entire premise is stupid.

 

this is nothing more than openly shitting all over the source material & using creative license that should not exist until the actual literary material falls into public domain.

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