Reading the game: mordor’s shadow.
Over the years, we’ve told ourselves some of the best, the craziest, the most touching or the most inspiring stories not from books, movies or television, but from video games. So we’re running a casual series, reading games, and we’re looking at these games from a literary point of view. This week: the story fails.
On a volcanic rock, overlooking the ruins of udon, I squatted silently in the rain, watching the orcs beneath the magic road grinding under me.
They advance, they argue. They mocked their slaves, when they came near, I could hear them talking about me – Talion called Gravewalker, killed the captain of Gondor, I mostly by magic and the influence of the invisible elves/soul partner Celebrimbor, who is a ghost in my mind.
I’m tired of my elves. That’s a huge problem, right?
They’re afraid of me, these orcs. As they should. About 30 hours into the game, I am an intermediate earth murder machine that can slow down time, teleport and blast the orc head with my magic spirit power. I can use daggers, swords, bows and arrows, explosions, poisons, and mind control to orchestrate a dead ballet – it’s both beautiful and fierce.
But I sat quietly, watching, waiting. In the distance, my krypton (my current krypton, the one who hates me the most in ten minutes) walks in the stupid circle of my eyes. His name is Malmug Face-Stabber. Or something like that. I forgot exactly what he said, because I had put so many of these things at the end of my sword, and they all fused together. He’s Malmug The Plot Device, really. As I sat down to wait, I wondered why the Shadow Of Mordor’s makers didn’t include the button that made Talion sigh.
I’m tired of my elves.
That’s a huge problem, right? Because when you get the richest, most powerful gift, one of the fantasy world of video game in which you can set your hackers (JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the rings, if not obvious), should be impossible so boring. I mean, you have sauron. You already have One Ring, Black Gate, and guest stars starring Gollum. In the context of your world, you have met the doom mountain. However, somehow, I found myself bored and mused on the cliffs. What’s the problem?
Two things, really. Two early fundamental errors, whether the magician’s curse of the shadow or the curse of the curse, can be disordered and cut off at the knees.
At the beginning of the game Talion’s wife, his son, and ultimately Talion I were Black Hand to kill – this is the Big Bad Wolf “Lord of the rings” the game Big – Bad, one of the biggest in the Big Bads Sauron, never to appear. But that’s not the problem.
The killing was a ritual that was intended to summon the ghost of an mbor (because it would not be explained for several hours). But there are some things that went wrong, the elves ghost (because never really explain why) falls within the tower Lyon, make he becomes magic, super grumpy, and on the function of immortality. But that’s not a problem.
Did I mention that there is a memory loss for the celebrity mbor? And he can only recall his memory by having Talion go through Mordor and touch a pile of things? This will trigger flashbacks in the style of PTSD, and in fact turn mordo’s shadow into a strange, very dark, highly fanciful friend – the police story – a great movie of strange lovers.
Yes, that was the first mistake. Although the main feature of amnesia is a terrible way to drive the plot in any story, it is still only half the problem. The second mistake is that, although already tells the story of a deadly weapon: the story of middle earth type immersed in the legend, you must be a true, says Quenya Tolkien scholars just for half of the main references, writer and then choose the most lazy all possible plot device, with a slow moves story: Talion basically instructions he must kill and kill more talents can attract the attention of the bad guys.
…… Every mission, every pursuit, everything becomes a murder marathon. Keep it long enough, it’s like a spreadsheet.
It’s just laziness. This was just a bow before the mechanics and the game, throwing towels as writers and saying, “you know what? When everyone is concerned, why is it so hard to kill orcs in mordor?
When it is released in 2013, the game won the main props for its Nemesis system – an AI program, control network of a large and tangle mini boss, they have been bickering and for power, and Talion end game is trying to kill him. Defeated by an orc captain, he will remember. He’ll get stronger, find you and make fun of you.
And from the game point of view, this is an explosion, and it doesn’t do any good in the storytelling department. Once launched, every task, every mission, everything becomes a murder marathon. Keep it long enough, it’s like a spreadsheet. Just like you are the most powerful bookkeeper in the country.
When reading tolkien, a’s talk about the realm’s most powerful accounting could be amazing, because he (even if there is a memory of the elves as a mate) wouldn’t be as attractive as it should.