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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition Releasing Next Week

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Warner Bros. has announced that the Game of the Year Edition of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will release early in May. Shadow of Mordor is one of 2014’s most award-winning games with over 50 awards including, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Game and Best Action Game. This bundle will include the main title and all of its DLC on one disc. That’s every character skin, runes, missions and more. Below is what you can expect:

Game of the Year Edition includes:

EVERY MISSION – Including The Lord of the Hunt Mission, The Bright Lord Story Mission, Guardians of the Flaming Eye Warband Mission, The Berserks Warband Mission, and more!

EVERY RUNE – Including the Hidden Blade Rune, the Deadly Archer Rune, the Flame of Anor Rune, and the Rising Storm Rune.

EVERY SKIN – Including the Dark Ranger Skin and the Captain of the Watch Skin.

EVERY CHALLENGE MODE – Including the Test of Power Challenge Mode, the Test of Speed Challenge Mode, the Test of Wisdom Challenge Mode, and the Endless Challenge Mode.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY Edition will release on May 5, 2015 for $49.99. Note that this is only for the Xbox and PS4 versions.

If you are wondering if you should pick Monolith’s latest title, you can read our review here (Spoilers, it’s amazing).

Source: Shadowormordor.com

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – The Bright Lord DLC Trailer [HD 1080P]

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The Bright Lord DLC Trailer of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Genre(s): Action role-playing game
Platform(s): Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer(s): Monolith Productions
Release Date (NA): September 30th, 2014 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) November 18th, 2014 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s Lord of the Hunt DLC Trophies Revealed

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Updated: The achievements are up as well and are worth a total of 350 gamerscore, bringing the maximum total to 1350.

Original Story below.

A few days ago a new update was released for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. It appears the 2 gb update was to prepare players for the “Lord of the Hunt”, which is scheduled to drop soon. It also seems to have added 13 new trophies, that are tied to the new DLC.

You can view them below, sadly they are all bronze trophies.

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No doubt the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of the game will/have received similar achievements.

Stay tuned for more info on the DLC. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. You can read our PS4 review of the game here.

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One Can Simply Walk into Mordor for Cheap Thanks to Kmart

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Still haven’t picked up a copy of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and are waiting for the right opportunity? Well Kmart has presented a perfect one for you. The retailer is selling PS4 and Xbox One copies of the game for $35 less than its asking price. That’s right you can step into the shoes of Talion and embark on his quest for vengeance, for only $24.99. That is a damn good deal for such an amazing game. The deal is only for the new gen console versions and excludes PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Hurry though, this deal is no doubt for a limited time and only available through kmart’s website.

 

If you are still on the fence about the game, check out our review and see why it was awarded a Platinum Game Award and why “Fans would do well to pick up this GOTY contender.”

Source: Kmart

Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s 60 FPS Slow Motion Photo Mode is Really Cool

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It has been nearly two months since the release of the amazing, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and a month since it received the popular Photo Mode. Since then fans have been having a last taking all sorts of pictures and sharing with the world. Youtube channel Suck Professor , has uploaded a video featuring a collection of awesome shots, presented in slow motion, 60 frames per second and set to some interesting music.

You can check it out below.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is out now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. PS3 and Xbox 360 versions launch next Tuesday. If you still are undecided on the game you can read our review and see why it earned a Platinum Game award.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is third-person, open world action adventure game from Monolith Productions, set in The Lord of the Rings universe. This title isn’t a movie tie-in however, you won’t be going there and back again as Bilbo Baggins and journeying to deliver the one ring to the fire of Mount Doom as Frodo. No this is a brand new tale that takes place during the events of The Hobbit and LotR sagas.

You play as Talion, a Gondorian Ranger stationed at the Black Gate. When the forces of the Dark Lord Sauron — lead by his Black Captains, attack the gate, everyone is killed including Talion and his family. The fallen ranger awakens to find himself not only banished from death but also bound to a mysterious amnesiac wraith. Turns out the Black Hand is to blame for their predicament, casting the curse that binds them together. Upon learning this, Talion sets out to kill the one responsible, break the curse and claim his vengeance.

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Unfortunately an army of Uruks and all manner of beasts stand between Talion as his goal. Luckily the ranger is well equipped for battle. Armed with the sword Urfael, players will engage the enemy in melee combat similar to the free-flow system made popular by the recent Batman games. Though instead of takedowns, players can perform a variety of brutal executions. From impaling enemies to decapitating them, Mordor’s combat is sure to make your jaw drop on separate occasions. The wraith’s bow Azkar, is ideal for quietly taking out the opposition from a distance. If you want to go loud however, it is also great for blowing things up because it wouldn’t be an action game without glorious explosions. Players can get up close and personal with their stealth kills or ground executions using the dagger, Acharn.

Shadow of Mordor is a challenging game and you won’t last very long by mashing the attack button over and over again. Expect to die or flee often as the Uruks are a tough bunch and you will often find yourself outnumbered by a great deal. The Uruk Captains also add another layer of challenge with each of them having their own combinations of strengths and weaknesses. One Captain could be weak against stealth attacks but invulnerable to ranged, making the bow ineffective and requiring Talion to get in close for the kill. Another could be invulnerable to both stealth and ranged attacks but also afraid of Caragors (Four legged dog monsters). Setting a few loose in his vicinity will strike fear in his heart making him easier to kill. This game is just as much about planning strategies, as it is about killing your foe.

The nemesis system is by far SoM’s standout feature. This innovative mechanic remembers player encounters with Talion’s enemies and alters the way they interact with him later on. The Uruk who manages to land the killing blow, will be rewarded with a promotion and remind you of his feat the next time you come across him. A badly wounded Uruk who successfully manages to escape your wrath, will vow his vengeance for the pain you caused. Just don’t expect your follow up encounter to get any easier, as he will have gotten stronger with even more strengths and less weaknesses. Once again, strategically planning your battles is the key to success.

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The Uruks have their own hierarchy system within Mordor and are constantly looking for ways to move up the ranks and increase in power. Taking advantage of these power struggles to weaken Sauron’s army, further enhances the fun factor of the nemesis system. Interrupting duels, thwarting executions and so on, is incredibly addicting. For every high ranking Uruk, you defeat, another takes his place and you may find yourself spending hours upon hours just traversing through the game’s open world messing with their chain of command. Especially once you unlock the wraith’s ability to brand the enemy, which allows you to take control of enemy Uruks and bend them to your will.

Fans of RPG elements in their games will be happy to learn that SoM features an impressive progression and upgrade system. Players can level up by earning XP for every kill and completed mission. Each new level rewards you with a skill point which can then be spent on helpful and devastating new abilities. With Mirian, players can increase Talion’s attributes, such as his overall health and unlock additional runes slots for his weapons. Fallen Captains and War chiefs will drop these runes, magical items that provide a variety of enhancements to each weapons stats — such as increased damage while riding a beast, once equipped. The stronger your defeated opponent was, the more powerful the rune. What runes you are rewarded with is randomized, so no two players feature the exact same weapon loadout. Combine that with the randomization of the Uruk’s names, strengths and weaknesses, and you have a gaming experience that will be unique for each player.

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“Nan iChir Gelair!” Which probably means you’re f**ked in Elvish.

As mentioned before, Shadow of Mordor is an open-world title. That means players have the freedom to tackle each mission whenever they want. They can assault an enemy stronghold from any angle or just screw around with the nemesis system. There are also a plethora of mostly fun side quests to complete that range from liberating human slaves to collecting various plants (Which is boring by the way).

The world of Mordor, is rather bleak but impressive to look at and the same can be said for its characters. The Uruks are highly detailed, everything from their armor to the hideous scars on their grotesque faces are expertly done. Not to take anything away from Talion’s design but from an artistic standpoint, one would say they look better than the game’s protagonist. The wonderful sound design help invoke the tone of the LotR films.

Shadow of Mordor is ultimately a revenge tale that is told across twenty story missions, each one varying in its objective. The actual plot is entertaining and benefits from well written dialogue and great voice acting. It just pales in comparison to the game’s combat and nemesis system. This title’s biggest annoyance however are its disappointing boss battles, with the final showdown being the worst of the bunch. You know the great feeling you get after you’ve defeated a tough yet fun final boss? Yeah you probably won’t feel that in this game. The impact of the game’s final scene was lessened due to the sour taste it left in my mouth. At least, until the final line was spoken. Players will be glad to know that they can keep exploring Mordor even after the credits roll, allowing you to finish off any remaining quests or mess around with the nemesis system some more.

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Bleak but impressive!

Final Verdict:

Despite the disappointing boss battles and a story that is somewhat overshadowed by gameplay, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an amazing experience. There’s plenty to do in its impressive open-world. Combat is incredibly brutal and fun. The nemesis system is by far one of the coolest game mechanics out there and helps this title truly standout among the rest of its genre. Fans would do well to pick up this GOTY contender.

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Overall Score: 9.5/10

RGN Rating: Platinum Game

Developer: Monolith Productions

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Available on: PS4 | PC | Xbox One | Coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 November 18, 2014

Played on: Sony’s PlayStation 4

Review copy info: A physical copy of the game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this review.

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5 Games That Would be Perfect for Photo Mode

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With Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor joining the list of games on PS4 (The first third party game) with the popular Photo Mode feature, I’ve been thinking about other titles and how cool it would be to have it. Photo Mode isn’t for everyone, but those who enjoy toying around with it will agree that it adds another layer of fun to whatever game they are playing. The really creative players can pull off some really impressive snapshots.

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One of my Shadow of Mordor snapshots

With that being said below is a list of upcoming and recently released games that would be even more fun with an added Photo Mode. I’m referring to the PlayStation 4 versions since the Xbox One doesn’t have the ability (Yet) to take screenshots. Also seeing as there is a high chance that each AAA PS4 exclusives will be including it, I didn’t bother listing Bloodborne and The Order: 1886.

Grand Theft Auto V – November 18, 2014

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Rockstar’s latest in its ever popular open-world franchise will be making its way onto the current gen consoles next month. The option to capture whatever crazy antics players will get into when roaming the huge city of Los Santos, is too good of an opportunity to pass up. Epic vehicle stunts, insane shootouts, hooker roadkill and whatever other form of carnage you can pull off. Of course you could also take some breathtaking 1080p shots of the city and mountains and share them for the world to see.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity – November 11, 2014

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Another open-world title, this time set in Paris during the French Revolution. Being able to capture protagonist Arno Dorian as he engages in combat against the Templars, performs stealth kills, shows of his sweet parkour skills while scaling large buildings and even taking that iconic leap of faith would be something fans would get carried away with. Too bad the game won’t feature naval battles.

WWE 2K15 – November 18, 2014

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Not an open-world title, but developer Yukes and 2K games upcoming wrestling game would benefit from this feature. Fans of the game series love to share their content with one another; from their created wrestlers to story lines. With Photo Mode players would become even more share crazy, capturing all kinds of insane shots the wrestlers executing their finishing moves, delivering chair shots, performing high flying moves from ladders and more.

EA Sports UFC – June 17, 2014

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Another title that involves sweaty shirtless combatants, grappling and punching your opponents in the face. EA Sports UFC has been out for a few months now but it continues to receive support, including new fighters and takedown moves. So why not Photo Mode? Who wouldn’t want to be able to snap a close up picture of Bruce Lee jamming his foot into the face of Jon Bones or Rhonda Rousey dropping her opponent on their head with a suplex? Yeah, thought so.

The Evil Within – October 14, 2014

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The latest survival horror game (Our Review here) from the mind of Shinji Mikami, would be another great candidate for a Photo Mode inclusion. Protagonist Sebastian Castellanos will come face to face with countless enemies in his quest to discover the truth. With PM, players would be able to capture some truly disturbing images including the many horrific deaths that will undoubtedly befall poor Sebastian.

This piece is the opinion of the author and does not represent RGN as a whole.

So do you agree? What games do you feel should include Photo Mode, or do you think it is a feature that should be forgotten. Sound off in the comments.

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[Update #4] Surprise, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Gets a Photo Mode

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Update # 4: PC owners can now take part in the picture taking madness.

Update #3: A tutorial video has been released, showing fans how to properly use the new feature.

 

Update #2: Sorry I was wrong it seems there is no way to take the in-game screenshot on the Xbox One.

Update: It turns out the new feature is available for the Xbox One version as well. Monolith Productions dropped a 600MB update on PS4 and a 700MB update for Xbox One which included Photo Mode but also fixed various bugs in the game.

Original Story as follows:

Yep, you read that right Middle-earth fans. Monolith Productions latest open-world epic set in the Lord of the Rings universe now has a photo mode feature. For those who are unfamiliar photo mode is feature that allows players to pause there singleplayer games and take snapshots. They can also manipulate the camera, apply filters and other nifty things.

Sucker Punch Productions’ inFamous: Second Son was the first current-gen title to introduce the popular feature earlier this year, The Last of Us: Remastered and Driveclub (All PS4 exclusives) followed suit. This is a big surprise seeing as MP didn’t say anything about it, leading up to its release.

Behold the sweet message I received after booting up Shadow of Mordor on my PS4.

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Photo Mode, Whoop!

Here are some of my snapshots:

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I believe I can Fly…

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Talion as brutal as they come.

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You can even add the game’s logo to your snapshot

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Death from above

In order to use photo mode the player must enable it in the game settings menu. Afterwards all it takes a simple click of the left thumb stick to activate it. I’m not sure if this is only available for the PS4 version of the title but I will give an update once I learn more. Stay tuned.

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Glitching in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Glitches. They can be the bane of a game’s existence, other times they can also be good thing; offering plenty laughs or at least a chuckle or two. While focusing on the hunting challenge which required me to kill a mighty Graug, something unexpected happened. This wouldn’t have happened if I had remembered I could have killed it instantly.

One does not simply walk into Mordor indeed.

 

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is out now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will launch on November 18, 2014.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Making of Part #7 [HD 1080P]

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Making of Part #7 of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Genre(s): Action role-playing game
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer(s): Monolith Productions
Release Date (NA): September 30th, 2014 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) November 18th, 2014 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – 101 Trailer [HD 1080P]

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101 Trailer of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Genre(s): Action role-playing game
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer(s): Monolith Productions
Release Date (NA): September 30th, 2014 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) November 18th, 2014 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Meet Ratbag Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Meet Ratbag Trailer of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Genre(s): Action role-playing game
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer(s): Monolith Productions
Release Date (NA): September 30th, 2014

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New Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Screens Feature A Familiar Face

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Some brand new and awesome looking screenshots for Monolith Productions upcoming open world action title.

The screens shows a Black Captain, one of Sauron’s faithful and a formidable foe for the game’s protagonist. Fans of The Lord of the Rings, be it the movies, books or both will be happy to see Gollum’s inclusion in the game. The former ring bearer seems to play a vital role in the game as he is seen conversing with Talion and Celebrimbor, the elf wraith who is bound to him.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor launches on September 30, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

 

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – The Wraith Gameplay [HD 1080P]

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Brand new gameplay for the Wraith in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Genre(s): Action role-playing game
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer(s): Monolith Productions
Release Date (NA): September 30, 2014

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One does not simply Go Behind the Scenes in This New Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Video

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A new video has been released for developer Monolith Productions’ Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The behind the scenes interview features the voice of main protagonist Talion, Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Saints Row IV) and lead writer Christian Cantamessa (Red Dead Redemption) as they discuss working together on the game.

According to the two, everything included in the game was done so to drive the story forward. “There’s not one scene in this game that is superfluous,” explains Baker. “Everything is incredibly purposeful, and if it wasn’t, it got cut.”

Click the video below to learn more. Okay, so maybe it is a simple task after all.

 

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor releases on October 7th for PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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