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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

PC | PlayStation 3 | PlayStation 4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Genre: Adventure Players: 1
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Warner Brothers Interac...
Release Date:
2014
Friday, 7 July 2017
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 04:11pm 07/07/17 | 1 Comments
With the game also going free-to-play this weekend on Xbox One and Steam. The Nemesis Forge update for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, across all platforms, introduces a new mechanic that will record your top Orc Nemesis and Follower for inclusion in Middle-earth: Shadow of War -- which launches October 10. Very cool.

Here's a new video that explains the process.



For everyone that played the game, the Nemesis feature from Shadow of Mordor had the biggest lasting impact. More so than the story, which was also very good. This update solidifies developer Monolith's understanding of the game's impact, whilst also allowing for an emergent and almost random mechanic to have a meaningful impact on the sequel.

And if you haven't played the game yet, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is currently up to 80% off on Steam, the Xbox Marketplace, and the PlayStation Store.
Friday, 20 February 2015
Post by Eorl @ 12:28pm 20/02/15 | 0 Comments
Warner Bros. has today announced a new DLC pack for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that will have players take control of Talion's companion Celebrimbor to fight against the true ruler of the rings, Dark Lord Sauron.

Titled The Bright Lord, the DLC will include ten campaign missions set thousands of years before the main events of Shadow of Mordor, and will follow Celebrimbor's attempts to face Sauron himself. Going by the tales of Lord of the Rings, that won't be an easy fight.

IGN spoke with director Michael de Plater, who noted that player feedback has been taken into consideration for the Dark Lord's final countdown showdown. "...what I'm most excited about in The Bright Lord is that we got the chance to respond to player feedback from the main game," he said. "In particular we got to deliver a really epic final Boss Fight against the Dark Lord himself that combines battling against Sauron with enemies from the Nemesis System and making full use of the power of the One Ring."

Being that you take on the role of Celebrimbor in his prime time, players will have access to a rapid-fire bow thanks to his fine-tuned archery skills. He'll also have a variety of abilities granted by the Ring, considering he was the creator after all.

It isn't just Celebrimbor that looks to be getting some buffs, with enemies being bumped to level 25. de Plater confirmed that Uruk abilities have been tweaked as well to offer some challenging encounters.

No release date is currently known for The Bright Lord DLC, but we can probably expect a release soon enough. Likewise, pricing has yet to be confirmed but going by Lord of the Hunt's $10 tag it will probably be in the vicinity.
Friday, 21 November 2014
Post by Eorl @ 11:10am 21/11/14 | 0 Comments
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has today announced a free "Power of Defiance" bundle for Tolkien-infused RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which will include the new Lithariel character skin, a challenge mode and Epic Rune.

The free bundle is scheduled to be released today at some point for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though no word on whether the recently-released last-gen console versions will get the DLC. With the new character skin, players become Lithariel, the Warrior Commander of the Tribesmen of Nurn, and lead the charge against the Dark Lord Sauron and his troops. They can test their survival skills in the new Test of Defiance Challenge Mode which pits players against Sauron's Warchiefs without the aid of cheating death.

The free Power of Defiance bundle includes the following upgrades:
  • Play as Lithariel, daughter of Lady Marwen, Queen of Nurn
  • Test of Defiance Challenge Mode – Players face the ultimate test to their warrior prowess as they defeat Sauron’s Warchiefs without cheating death or relying on the power of the Wraith.
  • Epic Rune - Defiant to the End: Players gain an additional Last Chance to return to the fray in combat.
  • For more on Shadow of Mordor, check out our review.
    Wednesday, 22 October 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:46am 22/10/14 | 0 Comments
    The latest downloadable content for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor lets players step into the shoes of the Black Hand, one of Sauron's most fearsome servants, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive announced today.

    The Power of Shadow DLC bundle, available for free, grants players access to all new Runes of Power — used for weapon and ability upgrades — as well as the playable Black Hand. These Runes include: the One with Nature Rune, which grants immunity to all poisons; the Ascendant Rune, which doubles focus time when executing slow-motion ranged attacks; and the Elven Grace Rune, which halves the damage of enemy hits and increases defense.

    Developer Monolith Productions' Shadow of Mordor follows Talion, a slain Ranger brought back to life by the wraith of Celebrimbor, the Elven craftsmith who helped Sauron forge the Rings of Power. Together the pair campaign through Mordor, bending the Uruks to their will and turning them against the Dark Lord. For more details on how the game plays, check out our review.

    The DLC for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is currently available for Xbox One and "soon" for PlayStation 4, PC. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the full game are slated to launch on November 18th.
    Tuesday, 7 October 2014
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 07:27pm 07/10/14 | 23 Comments
    The reviews have been out and about for a little while thanks to (annoying) exclusivity, but our take is our take, and here it is for you.

    It's not just by far the best Middle-earth game in circulation, it just happens to be one of the better action-adventure games of the year and carries with it a few unique concepts that could reshape the development landscapes for this type of game moving forward.

    Click here for our Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor review.
    Tuesday, 30 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 02:10pm 30/09/14 | 38 Comments
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith's action RPG based in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings universe, has now become available around the world for PC players utilising Steam's digital store.

    "Fight through Mordor and uncover the truth of the spirit that compels you, discover the origins of the Rings of Power, build your legend and ultimately confront the evil of Sauron in this new chronicle of Middle-earth."

    Those who are jumping on the PC version will find the game weighs in at roughly 38GB, so be prepared for a long download. Also note that enthusiasts wanting the best graphical performance will be required to run at the very least a system holding 6GB of VRAM for ultra textures (@1080p). You can find out more about the system requirements over here.

    For the uninitiated, check out the latest trailer below giving a great overview of what to expect from the depths of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be out on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 come October 8th.

    Post by Eorl @ 10:05am 30/09/14 | 0 Comments
    The season pass for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will feature new challenge modes, narrative-driven hunt missions and the chance for players to come face-to-face with the Dark Lord Sauron, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today.

    Available for $24.99 (currently discounted on Steam to $17.49), the season pass includes three new sets of story missions. The "Guardians of the Flaming Eye" Orc Warband mission will pit players against the most elite of the Black Gate's guards, while "Lord of the Hunt" grants access to new hunt missions for the chance to collect more powerful runes. "The Bright Lord" mission allows players to control Celebrimbor as he wields the One Ring of Power in battle against Sauron.

    Additionally, season pass buyers will get early access to the "Trials of War" challenges, which include an Endless Challenge mode that tasks players with cutting down waves of enemies for new upgrades and skills. These modes include online leaderboards.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be launching tomorrow on Steam for PC, and October 8th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

    Friday, 26 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 09:29am 26/09/14 | 0 Comments
    With the release of Lord of the Rings action role-playing game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor less than a week away, Warner Bros. has offered up a new trailer to give you a quick rundown on just what to expect when it comes to Talion and his ghostly powers.

    The trailer provides an in-depth look at Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s characters, storyline, the innovative Nemesis System, pre-order bonus offers and more. Players will also learn more about Talion and Celebrimbor’s journey for retribution and the skills they’ll employ on their mission for revenge against the Dark Lord, Sauron, and his Black Captains.

    Check it out below, and you can catch Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on September 30th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

    Thursday, 18 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 11:41am 18/09/14 | 0 Comments
    Live action trailers for video games has been a long-running past time, and so it isn't a surprise to see Warner Bros. dish up a live action trailer for their upcoming J. R. R. Tolkien-infused tale Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. It is safe to say though that this is one spectacular looking piece of film, and could easily hit the silver screen.

    The live action shot weighs in at just over seven minuts, and was filmed by Internet stars Corridor Digital, in association with Warner Bros. It also gives us an amazing look at Orc hierarchy, which seems to include by nature a whole bucket load of bloodshed. The film incorporates Talion's wraith abilities, and even gives us a glimpse at what the Nemesis system would be in real life.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is scheduled to launch on PC, PlayStation 4and Xbox One come September 30th, with last-gen PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 available November 21st.

    Friday, 12 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 08:50am 12/09/14 | 0 Comments
    The latest trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith Productions' upcoming action game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world, goes behind the scenes with two of gaming's biggest voice actors: Troy Baker and Nolan North.

    Baker, a veteran of games like BioShock Infinite and Infamous Second Son, plays Shadow of Mordor's hero, Talion. North, who's portrayed Uncharted series protagonist Nathan Drake among many others, plays The Black Hand in Shadow of Mordor. Check out the video above to see the duo discuss their experiences working together.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is scheduled for a September 30th release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. Earlier this week, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the delay of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions to November 21st.

    Wednesday, 10 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 08:59am 10/09/14 | 0 Comments
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced early this morning that the last-gen copies of their upcoming Tolkien-inspired title Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor won't be launching alongside the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One counterparts, instead looking towards a November release.


    Originally scheduled for a launch on October 3rd in PAL territories (Australia included), the game will now be arriving on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come November 21st, a quite large delay by any means. No word was given on why the delay was made only for last-gen consoles, but I'm going to presume some much needed T&C before shipping out to gamers.

    PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users need not worry, as Warner Bros., announced alongside the past-gen delay that your versions are actually being pushed forward, to a new date of September 30th in both regions. This also means PC players will also be getting their version early, which was previously scheduled for October 2nd.
    Saturday, 30 August 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 05:07pm 30/08/14 | 1 Comments
    When you are up against an exorbitant amount of deadly orcs just waiting to rip your flesh from the bone, it seems like a safe bet to have a good informant to help turn the tide. In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that orc is Ratbag.

    Revealed as one of the lowliest of the orcs out there, the trailer below shows that Ratbag was just about to reach the end of Talion's blade. However, the two soon come to a mutual agreement. While Ratbag feeds Talion info on the orcs and helps him take out their higher-ranked officers, Ratbag takes advantage of the vacuum to consolidate his own power.

    Check it out in action below. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be arriving on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 come October 8th.

    Tuesday, 19 August 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:57am 19/08/14 | 0 Comments
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's Season Pass has been unveiled, offering early access to challenge modes, new story missions and access to future content.

    Weighing in at the price of $24.99, anyone who opts to purchase the Season Pass before the game's launch later this year will manage to get access to some unique missions, the first of these being the ‘Guardians of the Flaming Eye’ Orc Warband mission, which gives players an opportunity to unlock the Rising Flame rune.

    Two new story missions have also been announced: 'Lord of the Hunt', which makes you hunt Mordor's beasts and explore the landscape, and 'The Bright Lord', which allows you to play as the great Elven smith Celebrimbor.

    Other benefits of the Season Pass include early access to the 'Trials of War' challenge series, which allows you to face off against legions of Sauron's forces before posting on a global leaderboard, and the usual promise of access to future runes, skins and new add-on content.
    Wednesday, 13 August 2014
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:29am 13/08/14 | 1 Comments
    Monolith's take on Tolkien's epic world is nothing short of ambitious. The game's nemesis system and the character and personalisation of its myriad denizen -- friend and foe -- is one of the craziest we've ever come across, and if the final product can pull off the studio's vision, we could be seeing a paradigm shift in videogaming AI.

    But AI is nothing without a story, and with Middle-earth as your backdrop, you can bet you better bring the goods in the narrative department. Today's story trailer for the game, as debuted at Gamescom, definitely offers up all the beats we've come to expect from the expanded media side of Tolkien's lore and definitely has us clamoring for more.

    Watch the the new trailer embedded below. Middle-earth: Shadow or Mordor will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC on October 8, my birthday.

    Saturday, 26 July 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:20am 26/07/14 | 0 Comments
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has been pushed forward, it was revealed at Comic-Con, however, Australia will still be seeing the game in retail form for home consoles on October 8th, though WB Australia points out that the PC version will be available on Steam from October 3rd.

    Warner Bros. has also released a new trailer to coincide with the game's promotion at San Diego Comic-Con. The spectral figure paired with Shadow of Mordor's protagonist, Talion, is revealed to be Celebrimbor, the long-departed Elven smith who forged the Rings of Power. Beyond their connection to Middle-earth's notorious mind-control jewellery, both Talion and Celebrimbor have reason to venture into Mordor and hijack Sauron's army for their own purposes.

    For a more on Shadow of Mordor, head by our game page which includes all the various material to get you up to scratch with open-world title.

    Friday, 23 May 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 01:55pm 23/05/14 | 1 Comments
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will feature the vocal talents of Troy Baker and Nolan North, as well as a soundtrack from award-winning composer Garry Schyman, publisher Warner Bros. announced today.

    Alongside Baker and North other talents include Mass Effect’s Alastair Duncan, Grand Theft Auto 5′s Liam O’Brien, and Halo 4′s Laura Bailey. Christian Cantamessa, who penned Red Dead Redemption, Manhunt and Manhunt 2 will also be on board for writing the title's story.
    A new story set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a vibrant next-gen game world through its Nemesis System. Every enemy players face is a unique individual, differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. These enemies are shaped by their encounters with the player to create personal archenemies who are unique to every gameplay session. Players must outthink each distinctively different enemy they encounter to infiltrate the ranks and dominate within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their actions and choices.
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches October 7th for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

    Tuesday, 20 May 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 09:23am 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Monolith Productions have today revealed a brand new gameplay trailer for their third-person RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, taking a look at how you can upgrade protagonist Talion's powerful weapons.

    In Shadow of Mordor, Talion possess three weapons: a sword, a dagger, and a bow. Killing enemy captains, or higher ranked enemies will cause them to drop runes, with its attributes defined by the manner in which you killed your foe, so while some will increase the damage done by your fire arrows, others will make your stealth takedowns that much more effective.

    Getting the runes though will be a challenge, with the more epic ones locked behind killing overlord bosses. In order to actually kill said overlords, you'll need to dominate and stage enemy captains to draw out the overlord, though be wary of their rather tough bodyguards. Check it out in the video below.

    Alongside in-game runes, certain retailers will be offering exclusive runes if you pre-order, including Steam, EB Games and online outlets like Green Man Gaming. Shadow of Mordor will launch on Oct 7th for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 02:18pm 08/04/14 | 2 Comments
    Continuing the PC system requirements trend for today, Warner Bros. Entertainment has officially confirmed just what specs you'll be needing to run their upcoming RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and it doesn't seem light on the power budget.

    According to the Steam page, PC gamers will need at least a quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 25GB of free HDD. Moreover, the game will only support DX11 and 64bit OS systems, similar to Ubisoft's Watch Dogs PC specs.
    Minimum:
    OS: 64-bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8
    Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 | AMD Radeon HD 6950
    DirectX: Version 11
    Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Hard Drive: 25 GB available space

    Recommended:
    OS: 64-bit: Win 7, Win 8
    Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
    Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 | AMD Radeon HD 7970
    DirectX: Version 11
    Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Hard Drive: 40 GB available space
    Besides the system requirements, the Steam page also tells us that we can expect the PC version to appear on October 8th, though Warner Bros. hasn't yet said whether this is the official date or just a placement.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Check out the most recent story trailer below for a glimpse into the game, and just why you may be needing an upgrade sooner rather than later.

    Thursday, 3 April 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:17am 03/04/14 | 4 Comments
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Monolith Productions has today announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be hitting shipping to consoles and PC come October 7th, complete with a pre-order bonus pack as well.

    Fans eager to get the drop on Sauron will find that pre-ordering secures your "Dark Ranger" exclusive pack, complete with a Dark Ranger character skin that "embodies Talion's darker side." The pack also includes a "Test of Power" challenge mode that will face you against Sauron's captains, where defeating them will earn you powerful runes to gain a head start, and access to an exclusive leaderboard for the challenge mode.
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.
    A story trailer was also revealed today, showing off the quite devastating effects that our main protagonist Talion has and a bit of a backstory as well. Check it out below.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

    Friday, 24 January 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 11:25am 24/01/14 | 11 Comments
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions has revealed a new eight minute-long footage real of pre-alpha gameplay for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for those wanting to know just what it would be like inside the Tolkien virtual universe. Focusing on the main protagonist Talion, the gameplay gives a great look at the comabt style we can expect from the prequel to The Lord of The Rings.
    With a dynamic next-gen game environment powered by the Nemesis System, players orchestrate their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will; ensuring a unique experience to all players. Every enemy players face is a unique individual, differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses.

    Enemy encounters create personal archenemies specific to every gameplay session. Players must outthink each distinctively different enemy to infiltrate the ranks and dominate within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their actions and choices.
    Alongside the pre-alpha footage a handful of previews have also made their way onto the Internet, giving a brief taste of what is to come from the development team. Each one definitely shares the same similarity of an Assassin's Creed meets Batman Arkham style mashup, which hopefully can prove to be promising.
    Polygon:
    ...In the process of hunting down Ratbag, Talion uses his Wraith abilities to see into Ratbag's mind, which leads to an important discovery. When players read an enemy's mind, they are able to see the connection an enemy has with other enemies, as well as the hierarchical structure of the orc world. In the case of Ratbag, this mind-reading reveals that he is in fact a bodyguard to a war chief that Talion is trying to take down.
    Destructoid:
    The developers at Monolith weren't shy to talk about the reputation of movie games, and they were clear to share what their influences were, in particular Batman: Arkham Asylum. In terms of production, the Batman series served as motivation during the development of Middle-earth. "We saw Batman: Arkham City as the model," said director of design Michael De Plater, while discussing influences. "We looked at that game as the way to make licensed properties. It's best to make the best game you can first, before trying to make good movie game."
    Joystiq:
    In battle, however, the inspirations from Rocksteady's freeflow combat system, first seen in Batman: Arkham Asylum, are clear. Talion has a stun move much like Batman's cape stun, can nimbly leap over enemies to flank and move between targets, and combat overall encourages lengthy chains of successful strikes in order to execute flashy finishing moves. The only real difference is Batman never cut off an Orc's head, though I'm sure there's some choice fan fiction on the internet arguing otherwise.
    Check it out in action below.