NOTE: Due to the technical differences and inconsistencies between the current and last-gen releases of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor this review may not be applicable to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 releases of the game. Technical and gameplay experiences may vary by platform.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor takes place between the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, or to be more precise between the cinematic adoptions of the novels, as Shadow of Mordor is a new story penned by the writers at Monolith and Warner Bros. Games.
The story tells the tale of Talion (voiced by Troy Baker), one of the rangers defending the Black Wall. After he and his family are murdered by Sauron’s forces he is exiled from death, and his soul and fate are fused with that of Celebrimbor (voiced by Alastair Duncan), whom also seeks vengeance against Sauron and his forces. The curse that binds them both together grants Talion the use of Celebrimbor’s wraith abilities, and together they must fight through Mordor and find the answers and vengeance they are longing for.