Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment & Monolith Productions’ upcoming third-person action role-playing game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor reviews are live ahead of the release next week.

“The game will bridge the gap between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings saga, as written by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The family of Talion, a ranger of Gondor responsible for guarding the Black Gate of Mordor, is killed by Sauron’s armies, but Talion (voiced and motion captured by Troy Baker) is revived with “wraith-like abilities” and heads into Mordor to exact his revenge.

Mordor is not yet a barren wasteland in this story. The player will encounter Gollum (voiced by Liam O’Brien) in the game, discovering that Talion and Gollum have a lot in common.

Talion discovers that the wraith who revived him is Celebrimbor (voiced by Alastair Duncan), the greatest Elven smith master of the Second Age and the maker of the Rings of Power, who also seeks revenge against Sauron.”

As always we’ve rounded up (Spoiler free) reviews:

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will launch on September 30 in US and worldwide on October 2, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.


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