The Batam Arkham series of games are, in my humble opinion, some of the best games ever made. They really bring a lot of good ideas together and the brawling system in particular stands out. There’s a lot of things to rave about, even in the latest addition which fell slightly short of the lofty standards set by its predecessors.
Recently I came across a video about Warner Bros.’ upcoming action game Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor and along with it comparisons to Arkham’s systems.
Some of my favourite WB-styled Middle Earth games was the action games that rode on the back of the 3 movies. They were reasonably simple hack and slash affairs, but damn if I didn’t have a lot of fun playing co-op with them anyway.
So now we’re looking like a game with a similar visual style, the Tolkien world, but “borrowing” ideas from the undisputed king of action games? That all sounds pretty good to me and it doesn’t hurt that, visually, it’s crack cocaine for the eyes.
Who knows when it will be released? 2014 is the only hint we have so far. Who knows if it will be as good as the Arkham games? Probably not; The Amazing Spider-man ripped large portions of the Arkham games and, while OK, it was nowhere near the quality of the original material – despite the fact Spider-man is in many ways better suited to the mechanics.
So, for me, it will come down to price. I expect this game will be worth about $30. Unfortunately, I also expect it to will ship as a full-retail product. The LOTR license would not come cheap.
Steam sales to the rescue, I guess.