3 To Play: RedEye video game reviews
Ryan Smith loves playing games...of the video variety. RedEye's gaming guy writes a weekly column called "3 to play" in which he reviews new releases. Here's a running gallery of those games, which will be updated each week. Ryan Smith is a RedEye special contributor.
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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
PC, Playstation 3 & 4, Xbox 360 & One
3.5 stars out of 4 Peter Jackson may have a Gollum-like hold on the overlong "Hobbit" movie sequels, but a new game breathes life into J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy epic. "Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor" embraces a dark, R-rated take on the "Lord of the Rings." You play as an antihero named Talion, a ranger awoken from the dead and merged with a spirit to wreak vengeance on Sauron's armies for killing him and his family. To take down Sauron's right-hand man, Talion must navigate the brutal politics between different Orc factions by using an enthralling "Nemesis" system that's like a video game version of our military's most-wanted terrorist deck of cards from the Iraq War.