As a big fan of the first chapter, i must say i am eager to see the sequel, so i'll wait to cast my judgment. Grafics are great, finally you get to clash with Ring wraiths (nazguls) and balrogs.
1) you can see a woman soldier, and this chains to
2) you can also see a black male soldier. This is huge, since in tolkien lore there are no asians or black men. Also since imho he was a misogynist, women in tolkien-based worlds have to stay home and sing ugly songs while men do all the dirty work. I'd say that politically correct here is a big mistake, and infact most tolkien hardcore fans are virtually rioting already, and that's just for the black man. I am waiting to see what happens once they notice the lass too
I mean, come on, anyone who has read prof T's work knows that the only asian looking guys are the one that support Sauron, black guys are MIA at all. This was a huge misstep, imo.
3) And this is,imho, the worst thing they took away Celembrimbor off the bat! I mean, WTAFH!?
I simply worship the elf lord, being a machiavellic character outside the clichéd boundaries of good and bad. A true epitome of the warlord/warmage category.
So no preorder for me until i find out if you get t rescue him earlier (i hope so), late (plz no!!! ) or at all (like only in the ending). No elf lord no game, imo V___V