It’s been far too long since we had a proper, full-sized, big-budget game from F.E.A.R. and Condemned developer Monolith Productions. The Washington-based dev has a fantastic reputation for building detailed, atmospheric, powerfully affecting, and intricately stylised experiences, but over recent years its only notable output has been the Batman-themed online shooter Gotham City Imposters.
That’s going to change in September, with the release of Shadow of Mordor. Seeing Monolith’s sumptuous world-building talents unleashed upon Middle-Earth, Mordor looks like one of those games that unashamedly combines elements of multiple existing big-hitters (in this case the likes of the Arkham series, Uncharted, Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed), while blending them into something wholly polished and satisfying. It also looks real, real purdy on new-gen consoles and PC. Early experiences with the game have certainly been rather positive, so keep an eye on Gamescom next week for even more.
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