2) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
I am a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. Monolith took on an enormous task to try and add a new story to Middle Earth without completely changing or contradicting any of the written lore. Somehow, they managed to do that while getting everything right in terms of the gameplay and combat as well.
Shadow of Mordor was more than just an Assassin’s Creed game set in Tolkien’s world. SoM took the stealth/combat elements of AC and improved upon them in every way. Throw in the Nemesis system for keeping the world full of interesting and unique enemies to take on, and you end up with a fantastic game.
My one complaint was the lack of diversions within the game. SoM really needed races or demolition challenges to fix things up and give the player a break in the action. Other than that though, this was a solid game, and hopefully the first in a new successful franchise.
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