Shadow of Mordor was one of my favorite games in recent memory, as you can see in my review here. One of the main reasons being the sweet, sweet, Nemesis system. It was a very unique gameplay hook that made the world feel alive. It was a shame however that all of the time you spent building up your army of orcs ended in very anti-climactic manner...which is something that Shadow of War seems to be ready to address.
The advancements in the Nemesis system seem to take advantage of the army your building. Instead of having small one-on-one battles, its army vs army. I love the idea of taking over your own Army of Sauron's minions and pitting them against each other to take away key strongholds in the world. This is something I really wanted to see in the first game and I'm really intrigued to see how it plays out.
Now, as excited as I am for this game, I'm also very afraid that it's not going to be able to live up to the potential that the first story set up. That game didn't end in a great manner and it's difficult to see where they plan on going here. From what we know this story follows the same main character, so I'm hoping that after spending the last game building him up, they don't fall into the usual video game trope of resetting your guy for some unknown reason and starting from square One.
That first game came completely out of nowhere and despite it's shortcomings, was excellent. So needless to say I'm excited enough about the game to go out and pre-order the $300 special edition. I have nothing but the utmost faith that this game will turn out to be even better than the first one and completely blow away my expectations.