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Shadow of Mordor wins Game of the Year at the GDC Awards

ShadowofMordor_FOB_PC Yesterday, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor snared the top prize at Game Developers Choice Awards.

The open-world action game developed by Warner Bros. and Monolith took home the coveted Game of the Year award. (more…)

Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Video games, Warner Bros.

Shadow of Mordor Bright Lord DLC and Trailer

MiddleearthShadowofMordor_CelebrimborWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have now released The Bright Lord DLC, a new Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor story mission expansion pack, along with a new trailer and screenshot showcasing the content. In The Bright Lord, players become Celebrimbor and face the Dark Lord himself. Celebrimbor will use his new abilities to dominate Sauron and retrieve the One Ring in order to take control of Middle-earth. The Bright Lord DLC is available today for purchase and to Season Pass holders for download for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The Bright Lord DLC includes the following features:

Play as Celebrimbor, the Bright Lord, wielding a Ring of Power to challenge Sauron for domination

Wield the Power of the One Ring to dominate and defeat your enemies. Activate the ring to become invisible and tear through your enemies from the shadows

Deadly new Elven Archery abilities with a rapid fire bow

New ways to dominate your enemies and build your Army including Shadow Brand

New Story Campaign, including 10 new Missions

Face the power of the Dark Lord and his armies at the height of their power

An epic boss fight against the Dark Lord Sauron himself for domination of Mordor

Face a more powerful Uruk Army with Elite Nemesis Enemies and Warchiefs up to level 25 and deadly new abilities

New Celebrimbor Skin

Play as Celebrimbor in the main Campaign

New “Test of the Ring” Challenge Mode

Play with the new Celebrimbor abilities

Higher level enemies (i.e., only way to get Level 30 Runes to take back to the Main Story Campaign) with the goal to Dominate rather than kill the hierarchy

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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.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Steam, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Video games

Shadow of Mordor DLC – The Bright Lord Q&A

MiddleearthShadowofMordor_CelebrimborThe Shadow of Mordor’s latest DLC, The Bright Lord, is coming out soon, and TORn was lucky enough to have a quick Q&A with Monolith’s Director of Design, Michael de Plater.

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Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Merchandise, Other Events, TheOneRing.net Announcements, Tolkien, Video games

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – FREE New Character Skin and Challenge Mode

Shadowof Mordor_Lithariel Challenge ModeToday, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) announces the FREE Power of Defiance bundle including the new Lithariel character skin, Challenge Mode and Epic Rune for acclaimed action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The Power of Defiance bundle will be available via a free content update today for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam.

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Posted in Gaming, Merchandise, Video games

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Now Available for PS3 and Xbox 360

ShadowofMordor_LordoftheHunt_BeastHunterWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) today released video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The critically-acclaimed game, recently released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Steam, is being hailed for its innovative Nemesis System, which allows each player to orchestrate their unique plan of attack on Sauron’s forces and create their own personal nemesis.

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Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Merchandise, Video games

Shadow of Mordor Lord of the Hunt DLC Details Revealed

ShadowofMordor_LordoftheHunt_BeastHunterWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions today revealed new details about Lord of the Hunt, the first DLC expansion pack for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, available for purchase and to Season Pass holders later this year. In Lord of the Hunt, Sauron has dispatched lethal Beastmaster Warchiefs to exterminate the monsters of Mordor. Talion will join Torvin the Dwarven Hunter and use his powers of Domination to turn these menacing new beasts against the Warchiefs, proving that Mordor cannot be tamed.

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A complete history of Tolkien and video games

jrr-tolkiens-the-lord-of-the-rings-vol-ii-the-two-towers_3.0In 1982, Beam Software and publisher Melbourne House brought Tolkien’s world to computers with a text adventure based on The Hobbit. (An emulator of the ZX Spectrum version is available to play online.)

Back then, the original licensor — in this case the Tolkien Estate itself, or Tolkien Enterprises (now Middle-earth Enterprises) — would allow licensees to sometimes resell the license. It appears that at this time the animated films shared a license with the first round of video games.

Enthusiasm for Tolkien adaptations ramped up in the wake of the 1980 animated film The Return of the King, based on the final book in Tolkien’s trilogy. Following Beam’s text adventure, developer Interplay Productions turned over an in-production fantasy role-playing game, changing the theme to a Lord of the Rings adaptation. Writer Jennell Jaquays, now the owner of Dragongirl Studios, said she was hired by Interplay to write background and some “adventuring” for the RPG.

All of this is according to author Alexa Ray Corriea for Polygon.com. You can read the entire article right here. (more…)

Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Collectibles, Gaming, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Season Pass Trailer

MiddleearthShadowofMordor_TalionFaceoff_ScreenshotToday, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions released the Shadow of Mordor – Season Pass Trailer, highlighting the line-up of great content included. Players who purchase Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s Season Pass will gain all-new story missions, challenge modes, runes and more for their journey through Mordor. The Season Pass is priced at $24.99.

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Posted in Gaming, Merchandise, Video games

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Trailer – Meet Ratbag

MiddleearthShadowofMordor_TalionFaceoff_ScreenshotToday, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions released the Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer – Meet Ratbag.

While Uruks are dynamically generated through the Nemesis System and unique to each player, Ratbag is a special Uruk who plays a critical role in the story as Talion goes on his journey to destroy Sauron’s army.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer ­ Sauron’s Servants

MiddleearthShadowofMordor_TalionFaceoff_ScreenshotToday, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions released the Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer ­ Sauron’s Servants.

Talion sets out to rage war against Sauron’s servants, The Black Captains, who forced the Ranger to watch as his son and wife were murdered.

Get a look behind the scenes of this fall’s highly anticipated action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, as Troy Baker, who stars as Talion (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins) and Alastair Duncan, who stars as Celebrimbor (Mass Effect, Uncharted 3), discuss their experiences creating the game.

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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 Sauron¹s 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 player¹s 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 Talion¹s 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 Palantir¹s sync mode while the Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer ­ Sauron’s Servants video plays to try it out.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will launch in the Americas on September 30, 2014 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360; and on October 2, 2014 for PC and Steam.

Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Merchandise, Video games

New Shadow of Mordor “The Bright Lord” Trailer!

ShadowofMordor_FOB_PS4Coinciding with its debut today at Comic-Con, WB Interactive Entertainment has released an all new trailer online for its Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor video game.

The game comes to Playstation 4, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC on September 30 in the U.S. and October 2 for the rest of the world. (more…)

Posted in ComicCon, Events, Gaming, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Tolkien, Video games

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – San Diego Comic-Con Panel and New Behind the Scenes Trailer

This fall’s anticipated action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions, will be the topic of a feature panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 25, showcasing key development talent in writing, design, art and acting from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

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Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Merchandise, Video games