A new gameplay demo for the sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, titled Middle-earth: Shadow of War, was presented at E3 2017. It’s another fun preview of the game, similar to what we’ve seen in previous trailers and gameplay. But one thing stood out, and it alone makes me want the game.
A new character is introduced, an orc named Bruz the Chopper, who sounds an awful lot like Bruce from the 2003 Pixar classic Finding Nemo. The actor who voiced Bruce, Barry Humphries, has only done one video game in his near 60-year career, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, once again voicing his Finding Nemo character. And Humphries is not yet officially listed on the cast. But so far the only actor who is listed is Troy Baker, who returns to voice the main character Talion. Oh, and a semi-related note: Humphries also played the Great Goblin in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Continue below to watch the new gameplay video and judge for yourself!
In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, players wield a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth. The open-world action-adventure game is brought to life through the expansion of the award-winning Nemesis System. The robust personalization from the first game is now applied to the entire world where the environments and characters are all shaped by player actions and decisions, creating a personal world unique to every gameplay experience.
Also included below the gameplay demo is a recently released story trailer, in case you haven’t seen it.