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.Read full description
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.
The Season Pass includes:
Exclusive ‘Guardians of the Flaming Eye’ Orc Warband mission:
Players will face Sauron’s elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Rising Flame rune.
Early access to the ‘Trials of War’ challenge series:
Players will test their skills against select legions of Sauron’s forces in this series of challenge modes and build their legend as gamers post their best score on the Challenge Leaderboard.
All new story missions with hours of gameplay:
Lord of the Hunt – Hunt the wild beasts of Mordor as player’s discover hidden lairs, earn unique runes, and face off against powerful monsters.
The Bright Lord – Play as Celebrimbor, the great Elven smith of the Second Age, and battle against Sauron and the might of his forces.
Access to future content:
Including runes, skins, and additional future add-on content.
MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Developed by Monolith. In association with WingNut Films. © 2014 New Line Productions, Inc. © The Saul Zaentz Company. MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR, THE HOBBIT, and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
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This is one beautiful and fun game. The gameplay feels a lot like Assassin Creed with a bit of Batman thrown in. But the combat, which is the most important part of this game is done very well. It feels very satisfying to play and kill Uruks. Controls are solid, and at least with a keyboard and mouse I didn't have to change anything from the default controls. The game beginning is very engaging, but it slows down soon afterwards especially once you get stuck in the side quests, which are not very fun. The main story though is certainly fun, and towards the end it gets even better. The voice acting is top notch, especially for the Bright Lord. The cinematic are done very well and fit well with the game. The game maps are quite small so you will be doing a lot of fighting in the same areas. So it might get a bit repetitive after a few hours into the map. However, the game is paced very well and the frequent unlocks will introduce new concepts and keep things fresh somewhat throughout the game. I get 144+ FPS on my GTX 1080 and i7 4790K, so the game is very well optimised for PC. I think its important to note that from start to end I did not see a single bug or glitch anywhere. Only in the DLC, I saw a minor sound glitch that fixed itself in about 5 seconds. It took me about 30 hours to get everything 100% in the DLC and the main game. Considering I got this at a sale, I feel that I definately got my money's worth. I would highly rate this game even at full price. At the discount it goes to, its almost a steal.
Lord of the Hunt is an average addition to the main story, which revolves around Torvin and Talion hunting great beasts, essentially buffed versions of monsters you fought in the main game. However, the real gem is The Bright Lord DLC. An epic battle between Celebrimbor and Sauron, during the Second Age, nothing more, nothing less. Though fairly barebones, this DLC provides the fan service of one cinematic boss fight against Sauron, to make up for the disappointing Quick Time Event conclusion of the main campaign. Of course you can’t just challenge the Dark Lord of Mordor to a 1v1, you must Brand each of the 5 new Legendary War Chiefs ruling Mordor, then march your army of Orcs into battle. The difficulty has been increased, as you no longer have use of your Ranger abilities, and the War Chiefs power levels can now reach 25, where they have no vulnerabilities. Even though new combat mechanics have been added thanks to use of The One Ring, these fights are a good challenge. In addition, Test of the Ring challenges are added as side-missions to increase your One Rings power. The preamble has little story, can become repetitive, and often relies on controlled AI to do a lot of the work, but is thankfully short. The final boss fight is the main attraction people purchased the DLC for, and delivers exactly what fans want. The fight is thrilling, and takes quite a while thanks to Sauron throwing a spanner in the works.
Average plot, average game play with nothing new to offer. Sure, it is a decent time waster but only if you want to go hardcore on the skill tree.Get the season pass to enjoy this game more than its main stand.
The Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Season Pass includes three new story missions, early access to the ‘Trials of War’ challenge mode, new runes and skins, and future unannounced content. It is priced at $24.99. ‘Guardians of the Flaming Eye’ Mission: In this mission you face Sauron’s elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Wolf's Head rune. He's really easy to beat and it doesn't add any new story elements. ‘Trials of War’ challenge series: It just makes easier to build up a score for the leaderboards. Lord of the Hunt and The Bright Lord aren't released yet, The game is great, but this DLC is expensive and lacking in content. I would buy it for less money.
As it happens with many Lord of the Rings games, they dont usually do justice to the actual backstory, but in this case that doesn't matter, the story only gets in your orc-murdering ways. Where this game truly shines is in the gameplay and graphic aspects, with an intense and flexible combat system and a skill tree in which progression seems real. The extra missions included in the season pass are another bonus.
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