Dear Video Games,
Please observe what Monolith are doing with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Recognising that its bland-o hero could be anything with two legs, two arms, and two blades, they’ve been releasing free outfits that turn Johnny Stabman into other people. First he became gothy villain the Black Hand of Sauron, and now we can play as a lady – Lithariel, the warrior commander met in the campaign. If your story is mostly dressing, why not let us stab-stab away as a variety of people?
Anyway. The Lithariel outfit arrived in the free Power of Defiance update last week. This also added a new Challenge Mode trial where you can’t use your fancy magical powers, only good old pointy things. To top it all off, it throws you an Epic rune as a freebie. There’s your feature list.
So, Lithariel. She is very much just a new look. You still see Talion in cutscenes. She doesn’t have new voice lines, so she’s mostly silent. Orcen yells still refer to you as a chap, but those silly monsters are hardly versed in human society anyway. I’m sure it’s all a right lark in missions where you hang around with her.
People expect bonus outfits to be a little wonky, though. We know they’re not how the game’s ‘meant’ to be played, we just like getting to be a bit different. (I hugely enjoy Leon’s daft mobster outfit in Resident Evil 4, which includes hat tricks when reloading the unlockable tommygun.)
Look, here’s Lithariel stabbing some orcs: