Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an open-world action game set in the gap between “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. It’s pretty violent, but a lot of kids are going to want to play it because it’s set in the wildly popular Lord of the Rings universe.
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Talion has a ton of interesting abilities that give you the tools to handle pretty much any situation the game can throw at you. Even so, it manages to be fairly challenging at times. There are certain enemies with special abilities that make it so you can’t just go slashing your way through the oceans of orc bodies that the game constantly throws at you, and the higher up the chain of command they are, the more difficult any given orc is to deal with. In addition, if some orc Warlord or Captain gets the better of you, he gets stronger, punishing you for your failure.
This is a possible flaw if you aren’t all that good at action games like Batman or Assassin’s Creed: there are no difficulty settings, so it could be a bit frustrating to watch your enemies become even more difficult to defeat each time they kill you. However, combat isn’t all that complicated either, so as long as you have relatively quick reflexes and some practice with the game it won’t really be able to surprise you much.
Killing in revenge for your family's murder seems like a good justification for Talion, but how is real life different?
Action/Adventure, Role-Playing (RPG)
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