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  Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Gameplay Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor   is an open world video game, where the player controls a Ranger by the name of Talion who has wraith-like abilities. [1]  Besides the main quest, the player has the freedom to pursue side quests and roam around the world. [3]  The game allows people to create new characters and customize Talion as he starts his  journey through Middle-earth by using the Nemesis System , which remembers the player's interactions with specific types of characters they encounter and adjusts the manner in which these characters react to the player throughout the game. [1]  Enemies also develop as Talion interacts with them; for example, an Uruk who was thrown into a fire by Talion might want revenge on him for being burned and disfigured. The player has the option to level up the abilities of Talion both as a ranger and as a Wraith through two distinct skill trees. [3]  Ranger abilities allow Talion to move silently through environments without attracting attention, while Wraith abilities allow him to impose his will on enemies and have them gather information for him, spread tales of Talion among enemies to decrease their morale, or assassinate their leaders. In February 2014, Monolith Productions announced that the Nemesis System, being a large system, will be reduced in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 releases, also stating that they were focusing on the next-gen platforms, meaning the PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One systems. Furthermore, they stated that they are going to do whatever we can to get as much as possible on current-gen. Monolith Productions also stated that some of the stuff, meaning the core mechanics, which are combat, stealth, ranger abilities and movements, the basic control and gameplay, will be the same on both generations of gaming consoles. [4]   Synopsis Setting The game takes place between the events of  J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit   and The Lord of The Rings . [1]  The family of Talion (voiced and motion captured by Troy Baker), a ranger of  Gondor responsible for guarding the Black Gate of Mordor, is killed by Sauron's armies, but Talion is revived with wraith-like abilities and heads into Mordor to exact his revenge. [2]  Mordor is not yet a barren wasteland in this story. [5]  The player will  encounter  Gollum (voiced by Liam O'Brien). [3]  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. The beginning of the game is set during the abandonment of the watch on the Black Gate, despite that watch ending some 1,300 years prior to the game's start date. [6]   Plot Talion, a ranger captain, serves within a Gondorian garrison stationed at the Black Gate of Mordor. The garrison is attacked by Sauron's Uruk forces led by three Black Númenórean captains; the Hammer of Sauron (John DiMaggio), the Tower of Sauron (J. B. Blanc), and their leader, the Black Hand of Sauron (Nolan North). Talion, his wife Ioreth, and his son, Dirhael, are captured and ritually sacrificed by the Black Hand in an attempt to summon the wraith of the Elf Lord Celebrimbor. However, Celebrimbor (who suffers from amnesia due to his status as a wraith) instead merges with Talion, preventing him from dying alongside his family. Talion and Celebrimbor then depart to uncover Celebrimbor's identity and avenge the death of Talion's family. Over the course of their travels, Talion and Celebrimbor encounter  Gollum multiple times. Gollum possesses the ability to see and speak with Celebrimbor due to his prior contact with the One Ring. Hoping that Celebrimbor might lead him to the One Ring, Gollum leads Celebrimbor to relics of his past, each of which restore parts of his lost memories. Celebrimbor gradually recalls how Sauron, disguised as Annatar, the Lord of Gifts, deceived him into forging the Rings of Power. Celebrimbor ultimately assisted Sauron in forging the One Ring, but was able to steal it from him. Celebrimbor proclaimed himself the Bright Lord of Mordor and raised an army of Orcs against Sauron. However, the Ring ultimately betrayed Celebrimbor and returned to Sauron. Sauron then punished Celebrimbor by executing his wife and daughter and, finally, by killing him. In his search for the Black Hand, Talion allies himself with Hirgon, a ranger deserter who leads a community of Gondorian outcasts choosing to settle in Mordor, and Ratbag the Coward, an Orc who offers to bring Talion closer to the Black Hand in exchange for his assistance in ascending the Orc military hierarchy. Talion helps Ratbag ascend the ranks to the level of warchief by killing each of his immediate superiors, allowing Ratbag to assume their positions. He also helps Hirgon to save outcasts enslaved by Sauron's forces, including Hirgon's own wife, Eryn. Talion eventually leads the outcasts to destroy a  monument to Sauron, a public act of defiance intended to draw out the Black Hand. The Hammer of Sauron arrives instead. He executes Ratbag, battles Talion, and ultimately dies at the hand of the ranger. Talion is then sought out by the warrior Lithariel, the daughter of Queen Marwen, who claims to be able to assist Celebrimbor with his mission. Marwen is the ruler of  Núrn, a kingdom of sea raiders located in the south of Mordor. She uses prophetic powers to guide Talion and Celebrimbor to another of Celebrimbor's relics. Later, she advises them to use Celebrimbor's powers to take control of an army of orcs and use them to lead an assault against Sauron. Talion eventually realizes that the wizard Saruman is possessing Marwen, and assists Lithariel in freeing her from his control. Talion, however, still carries out Saruman's plan, leading an army of mind-controlled orcs in an assault against the Black Hand's stronghold at Ered Glamhoth. However, rather than the Black Hand, Talion finds the Tower of Sauron waiting for him. The two battle and Talion emerges victorious after viciously stabbing the Tower to death with his son's sword. Talion now travels to the Black Gate for a final confrontation with the Black Hand. The Black Hand quickly incapacitates him with a spell that also restores the last of Celebrimbor's memories. He then kills himself as part of a ritual that forces Celebrimbor to depart from Talion and merge with himself. This allows Sauron to possess the Black Hand's body and incarnate in physical form. However, Celebrimbor is able to briefly paralyze Sauron from within, allowing Talion to destroy Sauron's physical form. With the Black Hand dead, Celebrimbor wishes to depart for  Valinor. Talion instead convinces him to stay and attempt to overthrow Sauron. Gazing at Mount Doom, Talion declares his intention to forge a new Ring of Power.

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