Monolith Productions and Warner Bros Interactive have confirmed that Shadow of Mordor will run at 1080p and at 60fps. This information was confirmed by Monolith’s Kevin Stephens in a live stream interview with Twingalaxies, however when asked if the visual aspects would be the same on the Xbox One he refrained from comment.
Maybe he didn’t hear the question?
Either way this could be another moment were the PS4 receives a marginal visual improvement or that the developer is still working on a solution to ensure that both the PS4 and Xbox One versions run at 1080p and 60fps.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor was certainly one of the main games that impressed at E3, and whilst Shadow of Mordor certainly had its skeptics, largely due to the fact that the game had a very Assassin’s Creed-esque feel about it, many pundits have been won over. At E3 the critics got hands on with Shadow of Mordor and simply couldn’t deny how well it played and just how much fun it was to play.
Seeing the nemesis system in action also bowled over many critics, as the decisions made truly appear to have an impact on the gaming world and not just in 2 dimensional terms. Enemies remember you and either loathe or fear you. You can even flip this mentality on its head and turn their fear into trust or respect. Potentially, if you kill an enemy this could sway an army into submission or force them to rally against you. Even your own death is remembered in the game world and once you respawn, due to your newly acquired wraith powers, you are likely to leave an impression.
The other exciting aspect is that each play through should be drastically different. So far there is no word on different or alternative endings based on your decisions, but every time you start a new game from scratch you’ll be faced with new Orc Captains. In a tweet to a fan Monolith Productions confirmed that “every play through will have new Uruk Captains to face.“ I think it’s safe to say that these Captains will undergo more than just a name change and may in fact have a whole new personality as well as fight skills, to continually challenge players with every play through.
Shadow of Mordor is coming to Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on October the 7th
TwinstickGaming intend to keep a close eye on Shadow of Mordor and I think it’s safe to say that no two play throughs will ever be the same.