Tokyo Game Show 2014: Middle Earth Shadow Of Mordor Trailer Highlights Talion's Loss, Death And Resurrection [VIDEO]

By Steve Buja , Updated Sep 18, 2014 01:25 PM EDT
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The annual Tokyo Game Show is under way. Monolith and Warner Bros Interactive were on hand to debut a new trailer for the upcoming Lord of the Rings action title Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor, and my oh my, it is a doozy.

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Subtitled in Japanese, the trailer offers a bit of a prelude to the main story in the game. We see our hero, the ranger Talion, witness his family's death before he is then slain himself. Suddenly awoken by a mysterious entity, the two, undead ranger and spirit (which is later revealed to be Celebrimbor, one of the forgers of the Rings of Power) are now on a quest to stop the reemergence of Sauron, the one who cursed them both.

It's a powerful trailer and speaks to the highly cinematic nature of the game. The story, approved as canon within J.R.R Tolkien's universe, looks extremely enticing. Having two of the most celebrated gaming voice actors, Nolan North and Troy Baker, there to lend their presence to the main characters certainly helps.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor comes out for PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 30. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are due out on November 18. Watch the moody trailer below.

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