The usual answers just don’t feel like they should preclude a helpful vampire. I mean, without getting into the whole Sephenie Meyer thing, you’d think like there’d be *SOME* nice undead out there.
A lawful good wizard stuck in a tower doing research for decades who happens to forget to die when his body passes on should continue to be a lawful good lich, right? Or if a lawful good guy gets himself bit by a vampire, why should he stop trying to save the world? (Yes, I’ve been keeping up with Order of the Stick. No, I don’t think that that would always happen.)
Well, Shadow of Mordor comes out and says that undead folks aren’t necessarily that bad. You’re this guy who watches his family be murdered by one of Sauron’s henchmen right before you yourself buy the farm. Your family goes to the next world but you? Well… you’re a little pre-occupied by the whole “murder of your family” thing. So you stick around to get a little revenge despite yourself. On top of that, you fall over to the other side and immediately find a comrade: an elven ghost who has a little vengeance of his own to get to (though, to be perfectly honest, I don’t trust that his goals and my goals align that much outside of the whole “kill the orcs” thing).
In any case, this is the first game since Bloodlines that I’ve played an undead good guy and… well, the story is about as compelling as you let it be. If you don’t like obvious emotional manipulation, you probably won’t dig the whole “vengeance” thing. If you can run with it, get your tennis shoes on.
Oh! One thing I wanted to mention: the story assumes you’re not an idiot. At one scene early in the game, there’s a cut scene in which you encounter a guy and your first comment to him is “so you didn’t die 10 years ago” and his response is “I doubt you came all this way to hang me for treason.” Golly, there’s a lot of backstory in that dinky little exchange. A lesser game would spend 20 more lines hammering about what happened way back when. This game is content with letting your characters talk the way that characters talk.
As such, I’m digging it so far. Though I do wonder how much better the PS4 and/or XBone version would be.
So… what are you playing?
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