That orc to please fans
Middle-earth: Shadow of War released about six months ago, and was generally a very good game, but those pesky microtransactions wormed their way in, offering needless new ways to gather orcs for your army. Fortunately, developer Monolith Productions has posted a detailed update on the game's website, going over future plans...
Elves 'n' that
Hey, remember Middle-earth: Shadow of War? The action title garnered a lot of critical praise when it launched in October last year, but it felt like it never really retained any momentum. By the time Game of the Year talk rolled around, it was all but forgotten by most. We suppose it's fortunate then that its first story expansion,...
Out now on PlayStation 4, Middle-earth: Shadow of War's latest update brings online pit fights to the game. This does exactly what it says on the tin: you can take your orcs and have them fight against orcs from the games of other players. Could be a fun way to level up your favourite followers and earn some extra loot. The update...
Plus two orc tribes
Warner Bros. has lifted the lid on Middle-earth: Shadow of War's $39.99 season pass. Before the year's out, fans of the Mordor-based murder-'em-up can look forward to two add-ons, both of them adding a new orc tribe to the game. Then, in 2018, two story expansions will be released featuring new playable characters. Here are all...
War never changes
Middle-earth: Shadow of War's endgame, aptly titled the Shadow Wars, takes place after what you could consider the main story, and it basically lets you capture, defend, and recapture strongholds all while fighting against the orc armies of Mordor. The endgame as a whole really puts an emphasis on the fantastic Nemesis System,...
Abilities, skills, and upgrades analysed
Middle-earth: Shadow of War has a reasonably meaty skill system for you chew through, boosting protagonist Talion's abilities in and out of combat. The system is made up of six different skill trees, each offering different kinds of abilities, techniques, and specialities. It's not quite as deep as some...
Warner Bros. apologises
Last year, Monolith executive producer Mike Forgey sadly passed away. To honour his memory, the developer created a Middle-earth: Shadow of War character named Forthog Orc-Slayer, who randomly appears to save protagonist Talion's life if he's about to be struck by a killing blow in combat. It was certainly a nice idea...
The Nemesis System in action
Middle-earth: Shadow of War has a new trailer, this time going over the beloved Nemesis System that the first game introduced. The gist of it is that orcs never forget, so the ones that you mutilate may become revenge-seeking rivals, while the ones that you spare may end up becoming your most trusted general. This video...
No shortage of nasties
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will play host to all kinds of ugly antagonists, and you can get a glimpse at some of those goons in this new Gamescom 2017 trailer. The game’s due out on 10th October on the PlayStation 4.
Rolling with the boys
Fancy gawking at orcs for around 40 seconds or so? If your answer's yes, then you've come to the right place. Middle-earth: Shadow of War has a new trailer which spotlights a particular band of ugly buggers called the Terror Tribe. Now the most threatening name in the land but they at least look like they mean business. Will...
This'll go down well
Following on from the announcement that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will have loot boxes and microtransactions, it turns out that it'll also have multiplayer features. Combine the two, and it's no surprise that you've got a lot of concerned gamers. So what actually are these multiplayer features? According to
But of course
Stop us if you've heard this one before. Upcoming Lord of the Rings based sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of War is getting loot boxes, and, of course, microtransactions. Being a single player game, this announcement from publisher Warner Bros. and developer Monolith Productions has already got onlookers up in arms. Now,...
Say hey to Shelob
Comic-Con 2017’s on and… Lord of the Rings is apparently a comic book now. Anyway, Warner Bros has debuted a new trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War which introduces Shelob from The Two Towers. Who's, like, a sexy lady now. Apparently. The game’s due out on 10th October on the PlayStation 4.
Best mates and bitter rivals
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is due out on PlayStation 4 this October, which gives newcomers more than enough time to jump into the previous game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and see what all the fuss is about. Aside from catching up with the story, there's now another reason to play the original release thanks to the...
The good folk from Monolith Productions showed off some new gameplay from Middle-earth: Shadow of War during Microsoft's E3 conference today. The footage shows off the expanded Nemesis system, as well as something particularly ocker orcs. This writer hails from the land down under, and can confirm that the Australian accents used in the...
Mordor get you in the mood
WHY. IS. EVERYONE. SHOUTING? Blimey, this ring thing must be serious business or something. Warner Bros has released a new story trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and everyone in it either seems really angry or really smarmy. Guess that’s what happens when you're locked in battle over an unassuming piece of...
Let’s be honest: Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been looking rough. The game – which was originally due out at the end of August – is being put back in the oven for a good couple of months, with developer Monolith confirming that the title will now deploy on 10th October worldwide. Here’s what the studio had to say:...
A world worth exploring
If there was one criticism that you could level at Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, it was that its setting was incredibly drab and boring. Okay, so when you think of Mordor you think of volcanos and ashlands and a lot of grey rock, but a few creative risks would have been appreciated. Fortunately, the game's sequel,...
IGN is back with another trailer - we mean, er, Gameplay Reveal for Middle-earth: Shadow of War. This time we're getting a look at the game's expanded loot system, which sees protagonist Talion stumble across an entirely new range of equipment as he slaughters orcs of all shapes and sizes. In addition to new swords and daggers, you'll...
Let's get stabby
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is only a few months away from release, which means that we're starting to see gameplay footage drop on a regular basis. This latest video from IGN puts a load of different kills on display, with combat looking just as brutal as it did in Shadow of Mordor. We're looking forward to seeing how this sequel...
Monolith's sequel doesn't make a great first impression
Warner Bros has released four minutes of gameplay footage from the fast-approaching Middle-earth: Shadow of War in 4K resolution – but it looks kinda rough from where we're sitting. The game – which is due out in August – introduces a scenario in Minas Ithil in this video, and while it...
Back to the battlefield
Following yesterday's huge 16-minute gameplay video, the details are starting to drip regarding Middle-earth: Shadow of War. When asked by GamesRadar whether the sequel could make use of your Shadow of Mordor save data, Monolith Produ
Lord of the rings
Blimey! We expected today's promised Middle-earth: Shadow of War gameplay trailer to spend two or three minutes showing off the game – but instead we've got a full 15 minute walkthrough. This delves into intricate detail, outlining pretty much all of the top-line features you can expect to encounter in the game – including the...
Blink and you'll miss it, literally
Bloody hell, there are teaser trailers and then there are teaser trailers. Warner Bros. has released what is quite possibly the shortest clip we've seen in years, clocking in at just a few seconds before it cuts off. Of course, this is all to try and get you hyped for the Middle-earth: Shadow of War gameplay...
Return of the ring
Its existence was leaked yesterday, and now it's been confirmed: Middle-earth: Shadow of War is real, and it's coming to PlayStation 4 on the 25th August. As evidenced by the sequel's cinematic trailer, the title sees the return of possessed ranger Talion as Middle-earth is gripped by conflict. What's more, we're going to be...
Supposed sequel's box art leaks
Well, well, well, we were wondering when this sequel would show up. Spotted on retailer Target's website, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is supposedly the sequel to the well received Lord of the Rings title Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The leak consists of the game's box art, which looks rather legitimate, and...
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