As much as I love Star Wars (and clearly I love Star Wars a lot), I love Tolkien’s Middle-Earth even more. I was an enormous fan and sunk over a hundred hours into 2014’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. It was such a great game, but it had its glitches and frustrations. The revolutionary thing in that game, and seemingly perfected in the sequel was the Nemesis System. That the orcs and other enemies you ran into, remember you, become stronger if they defeat you, bear scars from you and can be impressed into your service. It makes the world seem that much more of a living organism. The reviews for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War make it sound like they ironed out the kinks and this is my most anticipated game of 2017. It’s out today for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. Cheevos below courtesy of the greatest site in the land: xboxachievements.com.