Middle-earth: Shadow of War 16 minutes of gameplay shows 7 new ways to deal with your nemeses

Middle-earth: Shadow of War extends its wickedly clever Nemesis system to fortresses themselves. The various aspects of the orcs defending the fort and the allied orcish legions you have dominated will set the tone for the battle. It's still up to Talion to strike the defensive blows, though your followers might surprise you with a clutch save when you need it most. Take a look at some of the new ways Shadow of War will let you take down fortress leaders and claim their dominion for your own.

Breaking a curse

Some orc leaders carry a curse that fills your head with evil whispers and prevents you from using your powers of dominance when they're in the area. The solution? Kill them, duh.

Going full wraith for freaky chain takedowns

Celebrimbor was no slacker in Shadow of Mordor but it looks like he'll handle even more of the killing in Shadow of War. It's a bit worrisome how deft he is at dismantling those orcs, to be honest.

Tearing down that wall

Conveniently placed explosives will help you destroy enemy ramparts, giving your army a wide open channel into the fortress.

Getting by with a little help from your spies

Spies aren't just good for information. Planting a mole ahead of time means they could have the perfect vantage point to save your bacon during the siege.

Burning everything with your new drake friend

Yep, Talion can ride dragons (or more accurately, drakes) now. Turn one to your will and you can use it as a flying siege engine.

Calling in the cavalry

Overlords don't fight alone, why should you? Armored caragor riders are tough and quick, perfect for plunging into hostile territory for a speedy assist.

Planting the standard

The best place to plant your ghostly standard is directly in the skull of the old boss.

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