Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor


XCOM 2's Upcoming Expansion Is Inspired By Shadow of Mordor

Image credit: Firaxis. Back when Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor first came out in 2014, people pretty much immediately started asking, “When will other games get Nemesis Systems?” Flash forward three years, and the most prominent game to do it is… Shadow of War, the sequel to Shadow of Mordor. But soon you’ll be able to add XCOM 2 to that painfully short list as well. XCOM 2’s War Of The Chosen expansion, which comes out this August, unfortunately does not add orcs (Firaxis has gotta save something for XCOM 3), but it does shake up the game’s strategic and tactical layers with persistent enemy aliens called “The Chosen” who remember and reference what’s happened in previous battles. They’ll mention how other Chosen are doing or taunt soldiers they don’t like. They can even kidnap your soldiers, and, if you rescue them, that Chosen will give your soldier shit for getting kidnapped. In an interview at E3, XCOM 2 designer Jake Solomon told me the dev team was inspired by Shadow of Mordor in ways both obvious and subtle. “We used [Shadow of Mordor] as a jumping off point,” Solomon said. “You’re playing that game, you’re developing these relationships, READ FULL…


E3 2017 – Middle-earth: Shadow of War Preview – Preparing an Army (PS4)

[embedded content] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was an unexpected surprise and a much-lauded game, even earning our Game of the Year award in 2014. Taking familiar open-world elements, it added the Nemesis system, which made each and every enemy, every death, and every AI interaction feel deep and meaningful. Orcs remember Talion. Their looks change after prolonged battles with them, maybe a scare where one was cut, or burns where another was hit with a flaming arrow. As the orcs defeated Talion, their rank grew within the orc hierarchy, so often you would find some little grunt that had once gotten that final blow on you ended up being a Warchief after not too long. Shadow of War is the next game in the series and once again takes amazing strides in moving the Nemesis system forward. Instead of just trying to recruit allies to his cause and undermine the hierarchy, Talion is looking to create an army and take back Mordor from Sauron and forces of evil. One of the fascinating parts of this story is that it is all within Tolkien’s canon, so we ultimately know the outcome of Talion’s mission. He’s going to fail and Sauron retains…

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Shadow of Mordor Gets an Update Without Any Info, Players Think It Might Be for Transferring Saves

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has received a mysterious update for consoles (v1.10) and PC, patch notes for which Monolith Productions has yet to reveal. It’s unusual to not have any official information, which has paved way for speculation about what the update does but what we do know so far is that it varies in size across platforms. Over on Reddit, users are reporting a wide range of download sizes, from 50MB to 6GB on PlayStation 4 alone. The common assumption is that the patch might have been released to allow players to transfer their save data over to the upcoming sequel, Shadow of War, when it launches this October. Back in March, GamesRadar quizzed Monolith’s Michael de Plater about allowing players to import save files but he wasn’t able to comment at the time. We’ll find out what the update does in due course and will keep our readers posted. [Source: Reddit(1)(2) via Destructoid, WB Games Community] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Update Adds PS4 Pro Support, Smite Update Preps for It

Just like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has been updated to support the PlayStation 4 Pro. According to the patch note for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition update 1.02 on PS4, “4K Support” was added. The update is reportedly 8.3GB for the base game and 135MB for the GOTY Edition. If you don’t plan on getting a 4K TV but still want to buy a PS4 Pro next month, you’ll find super sampling anti-aliasing on a 1080p TV in Shadow of Mordor. In other PS4 Pro support news, Smite update 3.19 today preps for it, so the download size may be higher than normal. As the patch notes add, 3.19 also preps for next year’s Project Scorpio: Console Updates: 3.19 In preparation for the PlayStation Pro and Xbox Scorpio, download sizes may be bigger this patch. To prepare for PS4 Pro support, we’ve increased texture resolution on both PS4 and Xbox One. PlayStation 4 will receive Spectate Mode this patch Fixed an issue where the Chinese Recall skin had a green glow when backing in base Fixed an issue in the UI of the Odyssey Loading frame so that the stats are no longer covered Fixed an issue for…