It’s finally upon us after nearly a year of teases and gameplay videos, we’re able to get our hands on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Already out in the US, and coming to the EU on Friday 3rd October, this game looks on the surface like a blend of Assassin’s Creed and Lord of the Rings, and it’s been getting very positive write-ups from the mainstream gaming press. That’s a good thing – good review + low hype level = belter of a game. We’ll be bringing you our verdict once we’ve played through, but in the meantime watch the launch trailer, and check out what’s in store with the season pass, one that looks to be excellent value for money… for once.
The Season Pass includes:
- New Story Missions, including:
‘Guardians of the Flaming Eye’ Orc Warband Mission – you’ll face Sauron’s elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Rising Flame rune;
‘Lord of the Hunt’ Story Mission – players will gain new skills and earn unique epic runes as they hunt and tame legendary monsters of Mordor;
‘The Bright Lord’ Story Mission – you’ll play as Celebrimbor, the great Elven king of the Second Age, and face Sauron and the might of his forces.
- Early access to the Trials of War, including:
Test of Speed Challenge Mode
You can demonstrate your efficiency in battle and earn high scores for Talion’s speed in defeating your foes
Test of Wisdom Challenge Mode – You can prove your strategic abilities, through earning points for skill, speed and efficiency
Endless Challenge Mode – This mode will continually spawn new legions of enemies. The Runes that you will earn will provide powerful upgrades.
- Access to future content – including runes, skins and additional add-on content
The rest of the press release (and info you probably already know) was:
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. Based on the player’s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. 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.
The Palantir App is available to download for free from the App Store. A partnership between WBIE and Wikia, Palantir will sync with game assets and the final game, to reveal additional layers of information, insights and fan-authored content, creating a unique second-screen experience. Enable Palantir’s sync mode while the Shadow of Mordor – Season Pass Trailer video plays to try it out.
Middle-earth ™: Shadow of Mordor™ is available in the UK on October 3rd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Steam; November 21st on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.