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Middle Earth: Shadow of War Gets 16 Minute Gameplay Trailer

Posted on March 9, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Warner Bros Interactive released a 16-minute video showcasing a vertical slice of the upcoming Middle Earth: Shadow of War. In this demonstration we get a look at the enhanced nemesis system, the use of spies, rideable mounts and so much more. Usually the gameplay reveals for major AAA titles leave something to be desired but this small section of Shadow of War’s campaign, several hours in, gives viewers a lot to chew on.

Combat appears to be virtually identical to the previous entry in the franchise, Shadow of Mordor, with players assuming the role of Talion once again. New to his arsenal is the ability for wraith inside of him to make use of a ring of power to eviscerate or convert fallen commanders to Talion’s side. Button prompts on the screen also indicate that Shadow of War will once again make use of the bow and two button melee system that was made popular by another Warner Bros property, the Arkham series.

The nemesis system returns but this time it’s not just your opponents who will remember their time with Talion. Friendly units will have statistics, an origin and that initial interaction with Talion can very well forge just how useful recruits are on the battlefield. During the 16-minute gameplay demo we see Talion’s army overtake a fortress and fold its former leader into the ranks against Mordor. As the demo progresses this same former leader rides in on a giant beast to disrupt the big bad commander of this region, even if only for a few seconds – giving our hero the opening to land the finishing blow.

Here’s hoping that the final product can live up to the expectations set forth in the gameplay reveal. Warner bros has set the bar high, here’s hoping that using Drakes against the forces of Mordo doesn’t get old or under utilized.

Mordor: Shadow of War will be made available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s unrevealed Xbox Scorpio, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on August 25th 2017.



Shadows of Mordor | Review

Posted on November 27, 2014 by Les Major

The moment I heard about Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor, I was completely excited to play this title. It also made me quite nervous since it’s seemingly original content created in the world of J. R. R. Tolkien. Quickly as I’d read the announcement I scrolled down to the comments to see how fans would feel, and I’ve been exploring that ever since. It’s been relieving to see a positive response to this new venture. Shadows of Mordor does something wonderful in bringing more of Middle Earth to us and it’s great to see fans seem to appreciate it as a respectful addition.

At first it may seem like a wild fanfiction story, but it works surprisingly well when you get into the game. A ranger who is given wraith powers sets off to exact revenge on the Orcs and Uruks of Mordor. The game is essentially what would happen if the Batman Arkham series and Assassins Creed had a baby. That’s a very good thing! On top of that Monolith Productions added in what is known as the nemesis system. This could have been a basic element to the game, but instead it makes the ability to free roam into a huge personal war you can wage against all of Mordor!Read More


LOTR Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Gameplay Surfaces

Posted on January 23, 2014 by Les Major

GameSpot has released some gameplay footage that shows what Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s new Lord of the Rings title Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor looks like from Monolith Productions. So far it seems to be somewhat Assassin’s Creed inspired with random rival generation which makes Orc foes that you build a history against called the Nemesis System. All this taking place between The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Interestingly, this is possibly the first non canon LOTR video game. Read on for the video!Read More


Lego Lord Of The Rings Demo Now Available

Posted on December 2, 2012 by Les Major

It’s been a few weeks since the games release, but now you can adventure into Helm’s Deep to get a feel for Travelers Tales take on the battle. This seems like a great starting point since the Lord of the Rings movies did have great epic battles. It looks like the Lego game counterpart pulls that off quite well. There are some fun new mechanics here that keep up the big moments, such as riding on horseback.

Like Lego Batman 2, Lego LOTR has voice overs for the characters but still sticks with lots of comical movements to tell the story. At first I was put off by the idea of the characters talking. However with more complex storylines or those a player may be unfamiliar with or might have forgotten elements from, the voice overs are a plus.

The demo is out now on PC here, and on Xbox Live and PSN. Read on for the launch trailer.Read More


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