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Middle-earth: Shadow of War trailer is all about orcs and their bling bling

I have a feeling that by the time we cross the finish line with Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a human Shelob is going to be the least infuriating element for the Tolkien faithful. This game trounces all over the Middle-earth canon, and trailers like this one for the Maruader Tribe don’t even look the slightest bit apologetic

Seriously, this is a Lord of the Rings trailer that focuses on “blinging out” your orc army. The gold, the hip-hop music, the posing. Warner Bros. messaging isn’t subtle in the least.

Like I said, not subtle. Warner Bros. better be careful, or it just might alienate the fans that it should be trying to lure in. There is nothing worse you can do for an established franchise than alienate its existing fans. They’ll bite you in the butt for it down the road.

However, I still intend to play this game. Shadow of Mordor is still one of my favorite games of this generation, and the first time I played it, I enjoyed it outside of its connections to the Tolkien Legendarium. Gollum and other familiar faces existed as a bonus to what I saw as a generic, dark fantasy game.

Drop your expectations for a Middle-earth game, and just expect a great video game. That’s the best advice I can give for Shadow of War.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Oct. 17.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...