Watch: Kumail Nanjiani Voices an Insecure Orc in ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’

     July 28, 2017

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I always enjoy when Kumail Nanjiani, a self-professed fan of video games, pops up in video games. He recently voiced a salarian in Mass Effect: Andromeda, and now he’s lending his distinctive voice to the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

For those unfamiliar with the game, you play Talion, an undead ranger who has merged with the spirit of a cursed elf named Celebrimbor. Throughout the first game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, you’re traversing Mordor and the surrounding lands, picking off orcs and trying to infiltrate their ranks through coercion and domination. Think of a mix between the Batman: Arkham games (especially with regards to the combat) and an entirely new system that creates nemeses within the ranks of the orcs.

Since orcs play such a huge role in the Middle-earth: Shadow games, it’s no surprise that the developers have landed Nanjiani to voice a character. In this new video, he shows us “The Agonizer”, an orc who wants to be a bad-ass, but isn’t confident enough in his threats. I don’t know if “The Agonizer” is a major character like Ratbag or just one of the many orcs you’ll encounter across the game. Either way, it’s going to be really hard to kill him if he’s got Nanjiani’s voice.

Check out the video below of Nanjiani voicing “The Agonizer” and talking about the character. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 10th.

Also, if you haven’t heard Nanjiani’s hilarious bit on video games from his album Beta Male, take a listen:

Here’s the official synopsis for Middle-earth: Shadow of War:

Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor™, winner of more than 50 industry awards—including the 2015 Game Developers Choice Awards’ Game of the Year, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming at the 2015 D.I.C.E. Awards and the BAFTA for Game Design. Developed by Monolith Productions, Middle-earth: Shadow of War features an original story with the return of Talion and Celebrimbor, who must go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron.

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