Shadow of War marks the second time we take the reins of Talion, or “The Ranger” as he’s often referred to by fearful orcs. Though his overarching goal to forge a new Ring of Power and put a stop to the Dark Lord’s nefarious ways obviously is predetermined by the series at large, it doesn’t mean the sub-plots fall flat as a result. Instead, I find that a lot of the other stories shoulder the load. The game takes great care to fill in missing pieces in the stories of both Celebrimbor and Shelob and they’re surprisingly some of the game’s most interesting parts. Shadow of War hits an all-time high when you happen across Bruz the Chopper who became an instant fan favourite after the game’s E3 reveal this year.
He’s a hilarious character that adds a lot of levity and humour to what is an otherwise morbid and bleak story of desperation in the face of conquest. The request he makes to Talion at the close of their first meeting was enough for me to know he’d be an endearing character the fans will love.