If you’re anything like me, maybe you suck a little at Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. But I’m here to tell you that that’s okay. You will get better. Shadow of Mordor is not a difficult game, but you do have to approach it with some forethought and patience. For people who like to just jump into a swarm of enemies and start hacking away, you are going to die, and you probably won’t get very far. With a little bit of strategy though, you’ll be sweeping through the Uruk-hai like the Ranger you were made to be.
Do the First Few Story Missions before You Go out into the World
While Shadow of Mordor is an expansive open world ripe for exploring, doing a few story missions right away can be extremely helpful. Shadow of Mordor is light on the hand-holding. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but after the first tutorial/introduction you are set loose to do what you will. It might be tempting to go out and start pummeling Orcs, but hold off for just a bit.
The missions help you unlock, and just as importantly, show you how to use new abilities. The missions are usually designed to help you practice newly learned skills that will be integral to infiltrating Orc strongholds. The missions following the Wraith’s story and Gollum will introduce you to, you guessed it, Wraith skills. The main story missions involving the Orcs focus more heavily on the Ranger. It’s a good idea to play through until you unlock the Warchief Hunt objective. Then make use of your new tools and go start taking out captains, collecting Mirian and doing weapon quests.