Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer details 'Nemesis' system

When a monster kills you, that tends to make things personal. Not for the monster of course—it's usually unaware that you've reloaded your checkpoint with a newly sparked sense of vengeance. Only, in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, lead character Talion can't be killed, and that means, when he comes back, enemies tend to remember. A new trailer depicts this Nemesis system, and the hordes of Orcs perplexed by the protagonist's return.

Perhaps more interesting than the system itself is what it means for the Orcs you possess. You can create power-struggles within the Orc faction, carefully moving your own guys up the ranks. In many ways, Shadow of Mordor has been notable mostly for its Assassin's Creed comparisons. But, if executed correctly, such systems could help it stand out from Ubisoft's series.

For more on the Nemesis system, check out Evan's hands-on report .

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is due out October 7.


Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.
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