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The Shadow of Mordor Live Action Trailer Looks Pretty Sweet

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Live action trailers seem to be in vogue now. There was the amazing Destiny trailer, add now there’s this new Shadow of Mordor live action trailer that, well, let’s be honest: looks similarly goofy and awesome.

Let’s look at the things this trailer did right: It told an interesting one-off story while introducing us to the sort of character our protagonist is (all orcs are awful, and he has no mercy, even for his pawns). It also showed some pretty cool brutality, and at least some idea of how we will be using the protagonist’s powers when the game actually comes out. It’s also an entertaining watch. The fight scenes are dynamic, and the cinematography looks cool as hell. A lot credit is due to the make-up artist as well, who actually made the orcs look like orcs.

On the other hand, there are a few aspects of the trailer I couldn’t help but find a little goofy. The wigs on the human characters (the protagonist included) look obviously fake. Like… terribly fake. It actually kind of hurt. I know there wasn’t too much of a focus on the human characters, but when the character design and creation plus the (I’d almost say) expertly done makeup of the orcs looks so fantastic, those stupid wigs seriously stand out. Sometimes there was that obvious jump where they stopped using live actors and instead used 3D models, but all in all it wasn’t terrible.

The video was made by Corridor Digital, a company/YouTube channel that has done some great, short films/skits based off other games including Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed, and The Legend of Zelda (embedded above). Give ’em a watcYou can tell they’re definitely fans of what they make, and it shows in the overall production.

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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