Wherefore art thou Shadow of War?

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War may have a sexy femme fatale Shelob, a lispy boss voiced by Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani, blinged out gangsta orcs, and loot crates galore, but it’s not all a bastardization of Tolkien’s books. The game has one thing that is 100% a reflection of the literary works. Poetry puzzles! In Shadow of War, you can find ancient texts that need to be translated, which amounts to multiple choice poetry Mad Libs. “In the land of Mordor where the BLANK lie…” Drums? Spiders? Shadows? Crates? Fill in enough blanks to complete the poem, and you’ll get a rare bit of in-game loot. If the developers had added elvish karaoke or hobbit dancing minigames, the adaptation would be perfect.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War launches on October 10th.