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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Meet Ratbag, Talion's Cowardly Orc Companion

Shadow of Mordor is a dark tale that has the former ranger Talion seeking revenge...but that doesn't mean every second of the story needs to have brooding. It looks like the team at Monolith is lightening the mood a bit with the introduction of Ratbag, a sniveling orc who wants to be warchief.

In the video below, we get a taste for how Talion and Ratbag interact. The orc seems to put his own best interests first, so it will be interesting to see how long Talion (and players) are willing to put up with him.  

For more Shadow of Mordor info, check out the achievements and trophies you'll be earning when it releases on September 30.

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  • I have not been able to enjoy LOTR series thanks to my fanatical obsession of my roommates. Here is hoping shadow of murder is enjoyable rather than its style getting on my nerves.
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    While I normally loathe fanfic, this looks like it might actually be decent.
  • lol ratbag looks like a cool character!

  • This is awesome. as a HUGE Tolkien fan..I need a PS4 :( But I love this character already. This is so awesome.
  • What a feisty little fella. I know I'm not the only who is going to be waiting for him to betray us.

  • Seriously Monolith, I'll buy 3 copies of this game!!! Just give it to me already XD

  • Maybe I read too much into things.. but this worries me. In a trailer released many months ago that was first outlining how the nemesis system works, they showed ratbag helping you kill a warchief by getting in as a bodyguard and then stabbing him while he wasn't expecting it. In the trailer, it was said that the helper was just a random orc. But, if ratbag is scripted with all his own voice acting, it makes me think he is a main part of the game. So, how much freedom will the nemesis system really carry?
  • I like a little comedy. It is always welcomed!

  • Would be awesome if it was tiny Gargoyle companion with a deep voice. Do they have living Gargoyles in middle earth?
  • When he betrays you and you have to kill him I feel like it's going to be a hard thing to do lol.

  • Why does the name Ratbag hears familiar (does any of you rabid Tolkien fans have heard of him before)?
  • Man this game looks great. I really hope it lives up to the hype.

  • Come on September 30th already.

  • Hmm, Ratbag was mentioned in an earlier video in the Nemesis system where Talion pretty much dominated his mind.

    So, either Ratbag is scripted, or the orcs we dominate, if we keep them alive, have their own unique dialogue.

  • I'm totally going to make this guy my b****!!

  • Ohhhh the wait for this is unbearable!

  • Hmm. Wasn't expecting any humor in this game. That should be interesting as long as they don't overdo it.

  • I like what I've seen of this game thus far.