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What I Played Today: Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Welcome to October and with Shadow of Mordor the end of the “video game drought”. I know, I’m sure there have been games coming out, but this is the first major release in awhile, at least as far as I’m concerned. I did have it in my head to stream this game, but for various reasons I just didn’t feel like it when the time came for any of my three play sessions (a bad habit to get into, I know, I need to get myself on a regular streaming schedule). What I did do, was record my last session of the game with the intent of posting it here. I will not be posting it here because I had a Forza Horizon 2 stream playing on my other monitor (for no good reason admittedly) and XSplit recorded the audio for both the game and the Forza stream. A stupid mistake I won’t be making again.

Alright, now that’s out of the way, let’s actually talk about the game. When I first saw gameplay for Shadow of Mordor, my impression, as I’m sure was a lot of peoples, was that it seemed to play a lot like the Assassin’s Creed or Batman: Arkham games. Having now put about five hours into the game, I can say, it definitely plays a lot like those games. There are differences certainly, but combat unquestionably feels like that good ol’ Arkham combat. Not a bad thing by any stretch, the Arkham games have one of the best action combat systems there is. Structurally though, I’d say it’s more on point with Assassin’s Creed. The go anywhere world, the mass of side missions, and climbing through ranks of enemy Captains (the Arkham games tend toward a more linear progression of boss characters).

Getting past the comparisons to other franchises, the important thing is whether or not it’s fun, and it is a lot of fun, even when I’m getting killed by caragors, repeatedly (i hate those things so much). One of the fun things about this type of games is being able to wander the world, completely ignoring the main story missions, yet still never running out of things to do, and Shadow of Mordor definitely satisfies that need. And of course wading into a huge mob of enemies that never seems to end and just going crazy on them will always be fun. Sure, aesthetically, I’m always going to prefer the trappings of a Batman game, that’s just who I am, but there is something so very satisfying about executing Uruks and getting the spew of black blood.

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This is my game right now, I am going to be playing a lot of it, so odds are I will be streaming it at some point. Maybe when I get home from work (that would be the morning of Oct. 3, atlantic time).

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Aspen Comics

BubbleGun #1 – 4 stars

BOOM! Studios

Six Gun Gorilla #1 – 3 stars

DC Comics

Arrow #36 – 4 stars
Batgirl #21 – 5 stars
Batman #21 – 5 stars
Constantine #4 – 3 stars
Demon Knights #21 – 3 stars
Green Lantern Corps #21 – 3 stars
Injustice: Gods Among Us #22 – 5 stars
Katana #5 – 4 stars
Nightwing #21 – 4 stars
Suicide Squad #21 – 3 stars
Superboy #21 – 3 stars
Superman Unchained #1 – 5 stars
Threshold #6 – 3 stars
World’s Finest #13 – 3 stars

IDW Publishing

Doomsday.1 #2 – 3 stars
Joe Hill’s Thumbprint #1 – 4 stars

Image Comics

Dream Merchant #2 – 3 stars
The Walking Dead #111 – 5 stars

Marvel Comics

Deadpool #11 – 4 stars
Guardians of the Galaxy #3 – 4 stars

Tony Foster

Black Hole Cafe #1 – 3 stars

Best of DC – Batman #21 – 5 stars
Best of Marvel – Deadpool #11 – 4 stars
Best of Other – The Walking Dead #111 – 5 stars

Top 5

5. Injustice: Gods Among Us #22 – 5 stars
4. Superman Unchained #1 – 5 stars
3. Batgirl #21 – 5 stars
2. Batman #21 – 5 stars

Pick of the Week – The Walking Dead #111 – 5 stars

Wednesday is here! And I think this is easily the most varied week I’ve had, at least as far as publishers go, with books from a total of seven separate publishers this week, including two I’ve never bought books from. Most exciting to me this week; new issues of Suicide Squad, The Walking Dead and Deadpool; the debut of Superman Unchained; the start of the Batman: Zero Year storyline; and the follow up to the fantastic first issue of Dream Merchant. For the full list of this week’s new releases, head over to Comic List.

Aspen Comics

BubbleGun #1

BOOM! Studios

Six Gun Gorilla #1 (reviewing)

DC Comics

Arrow #36 (digital first)
Batgirl #21 (reviewing)
Batman #21
Constantine #4
Demon Knights #21
Green Lantern Corps #21
Injustice: Gods Among Us #22 (digital first)
Katana #5
Nightwing #21
Suicide Squad #21
Superboy #21
Superman Unchained #1
Threshold #6
World’s Finest #13

IDW Publishing

Doomsday.1 #2
Joe Hill’s Thumbprint #1

Image Comics

Dream Merchant #2
The Walking Dead #111

Marvel Comics

Deadpool #11
Guardians of the Galaxy #3 (reviewing)

Tony Foster

Black Hole Cafe #1 (digital first)

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DC Comics

Arrow #31 – 3 stars
Batman #20 – 4 stars
Batman and Red Hood #20 – 3 stars
Constantine #3 – 4 stars
Deathstroke #20 – 3 stars
Demon Knights #20 – 3 stars
Green Lantern Corps #20 – Not reading until Green Lantern #20 is released.
Injustice: Gods Among Us #17 – 4 stars
Justice League of America #3 – 4 stars
Katana #4 – 2 stars
The Ravagers #12 – 3 stars
Suicide Squad #20 – 3 stars
Superboy #20 – 3 stars
Team 7 #8 – 3 stars
Threshold #5 – 4 stars

Image Comics

The Walking Dead #110 – 5 stars

Marvel Comics

Deadpool #9 – 4 stars
Fearless Defenders #4 – 3 stars

Best of DC – Justice League of America #3 – 4 stars
Best of Marvel – Deadpool #9 – 4 stars
Best of Other – The Walking Dead #110 – 5 stars

Top 5

5. Constantine #3 – 4 stars
4. Injustice: Gods Among Us #17 – 4 stars
3. Justice League of America #3 – 4 stars
2. Deadpool #9 – 4 stars

Pick of the Week – The Walking Dead #110 – 5 stars

DC Comics

Arrow #31 (digital first)
Batman #20
Batman and Red Hood #20
Constantine #3
Deathstroke #20
Demon Knights #20
Green Lantern Corps #20
Injustice: Gods Among Us #17 (digital first)
Justice League of America #3
Katana #4
The Ravagers #12
Suicide Squad #20
Superboy #20 (reviewing)
Team 7 #8
Threshold #5

Image Comics

The Walking Dead #110 (reviewing)

Marvel Comics

Deadpool #9 (reviewing)
Fearless Defenders #4

DC Comics

Arrow #27 – 4 stars
Batgirl #19 – 4 stars
Batman #19 – 3 stars
Batman and Red Robin #19 – 3 stars
Constantine #2 – 4 stars
Deathstroke #19 – 3 stars
Demon Knights #19 – 3 stars
Green Lantern Corps #19 – 3 stars
Injustice: Gods Among Us #13 – 5 stars
The Ravagers #11 – 3 stars
Suicide Squad #19 – 3 stars
Superboy #19 – 2 stars
Team 7 #7 – 3 stars
Threshold #4 – 3 stars

Image Comics

Invincible Universe #1 – 2 stars
Sex #2 – 4 stars
The Walking Dead #109 – 4 stars

Marvel Comics

Fantastic Four #6 – Not reading until I reach April in “Catching Up On: Marvel Comics”
Fearless Defenders #3 – 4 stars

Best of DC – Injustice: Gods Among Us #13 – 5 stars
Best of Marvel – Fearless Defenders #3 – 4 stars
Best of Other – The Walking Dead #109 – 4 stars

Top 5

5. Arrow #27 – 4 stars
4. Sex #2 – 4 stars
3. The Walking Dead #109 – 4 stars
2. Batgirl #19 – 4 stars

Pick of the Week – Injustice: Gods Among Us #13 – 5 stars

New comic book day is here again and it is a Walking Dead week, among other things of course. On the topic of those other things, the full list of this week’s releases can be found at Comic List. But before you head over there here’s the list of what I picked up this week.

DC Comics

Arrow #27 (digital first)
Batgirl #19
Batman #19
Batman and Red Robin #19
Constantine #2
Deathstroke #19
Demon Knights #19
Green Lantern Corps #19 (reviewing)
Injustice: Gods Among Us #13 (digital first)
The Ravagers #11
Suicide Squad #19
Superboy #19
Team 7 #7
Threshold #4

Image Comics

Invincible Universe #1
Sex #2 (reviewing)
The Walking Dead #109

Marvel Comics

Fantastic Four #6
Fearless Defenders #3 (reviewing)