I’m a fan of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and am happy that it has emerged as the year’s biggest sleeper hit. More specifically, I am a huge fan of Monolith Production’s Nemesis system, which acts behind the scenes of the game’s mechanics. For those who don’t know about it yet, the gist is that every orc in the game has an identity, and twenty can be promoted to the level of captain at a single time. These soldiers are always present somewhere in the world, and it is Talion’s job to hunt them down.
If you take our protagonist far enough into the game, you can unlock abilities that allow him to manipulate and control these orcs, turning them against one another with mind-breaking magical spells.
For YouTube user GnudGaming, just having one or two bodyguards turn on a high-ranking officer just wasn’t satisfying enough. Through probably hours of manipulation and setting this scenario up, he reached a point where he could employ 19 orcs under the service of a single powerful warchief and broke into the minds of each and every one.
Sending a death threat with the remaining captain, he charged into the stronghold to claim the head of the warchief only to find him surrounded by the 19 bodyguards, armed to the teeth and ready to defend their master.
Little does he know about Talion’s abilities, though. With a simple snap of his finger, all 19 bodyguards turn on their master, causing him to have one very bad day. The Ultimate Betrayal, and the best part isn’t even the death of the warchief, but what happens to the bodyguards afterwards. I don’t want to spoil it, so you’ll just have to watch.
The Alvin and the Chipmunk voices make the video a lot of fun to watch as well. Shadow of Mordor is a game that encourages fans to break it wide open and find ways to exploit its inner mechanics. That’s one of the many reasons it is in my running for Game of the Year.