Monolith Studio’s Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor is the first on our list and arguably one of the best things to ever come from the LOTRmythos. In the game you play a Gondorian ranger named Talion in the years leading up to the War of the Ring (shorthand or the events of the books in The Lord of the Rings). As a ranger, you are assigned to the Black Gate with your family, to keep an eye on those pesky orcs in Mordor. At the beginning of the game, (spoiler alert) your entire family kicks the bucket, including you. Thanks to a vengeful wraith, you are spared from death and given a change to take revenge yourself on the Dark Lord’s lieutenants – the Hammer, the Tower, and the Black Hand.
Enter the Nemesis system – developed by Monolith specifically for the game, where you go around Mordor causing havoc and creating individual stories as you encounter Orc captains – creating nemeses on the way. The gameplay is straightforward ass-kickery – kind of like if Assassin’s Creed took place in Middle-Earth. You weave between packs of orcs, taking them apart with a bow, sword, and oversized knife. You can also switch between ranger and wraith form as you like. Cheque, please.