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PlayStation LifeStyle Best of E3 2017 Awards

Welcome to our annual Best of E3 awards, where we honor the games most deserving from the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Every year has plenty of commendable titles, but there are a special few that rise to the top. This is our list of the ten best games from E3 2017, with a few honorable mentions that we couldn’t let go without giving them a little recognition. Our criteria for this selection was that they had to be games we saw on the show floor. Even hands-off gameplay demonstrations counted, but we did not include games that were only shown as trailers, so something like Bioware’s Anthem didn’t qualify for this list, as it was not actually seen aside from the gameplay trailer. Basically, these are games that we had appointments to see. We also wanted to try to give good representation of a wide variety of genres, so you’ll notice some diversity in there. We tried to judge the games not on how much we were excited for them overall, but on what we saw at E3 and how it helped to advance our knowledge of the game. Our Best of E3 awards are about the E3 appointments and what READ…

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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…


DualShockers’ Best of E3 2017 Awards — Spider-Man and Shadow of War Take Top Honors

With E3 2017 in the rearview, DualShockers tackles the Best of Show awards for PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and every genre under the sun. …Read More The post DualShockers’ Best of E3 2017 Awards — Spider-Man and Shadow of War Take Top Honors by Lou Contaldi appeared first on DualShockers.

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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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You Won’t Be Able to Retry Missions in Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Monolith Productions showed off quite a bit of gameplay footage of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War at E3 this past week and during their panel at YouTube’s E3 Coliseum, Creative Director Michael de Plater revealed that missions in Shadow of War cannot be replayed regardless if the player succeeds or fails in them. Speaking to Talion Voice Actor Troy Baker, de Plater said about replaying missions: We can’t. We can never replay that mission. Time is going to move forward. The world is going to evolve. The guys that are dead are going to stay dead. The world constantly moves forward and evolves. You never have to replay the same mission twice. So it looks like players are going to need to think twice about blindly jumping into missions unprepared as succeeding or failing missions will have permanent repercussions throughout the rest of the game. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is scheduled for release on October 10, 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and other platforms. [Source: Gameslice (YouTube Live at E3) via VG247] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


Hands-On: Middle-Earth – Shadow of War Will Be Among This Fall’s Best Games

One of my favorite games of this generation is Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The main reason I love it so much is because of its innovative “Nemesis System” which altered the game depending on your actions. Since Shadow of Mordor was as a hit, it’s no surprise that a sequel — Middle-Earth: Shadow of War — is coming out soon. Given my appreciation of the first game, I was excited to play the follow up during this year’s E3. The first thing I got to check out was a video that explained how siege battles work. In Shadow of Mordor, you had the ability to take over and command Orcs. This ability has been expanded to encompass entire armies of Orcs and other nasty Middle-Earth monsters. The goal of sieges is to take over a fortification by killing the Orc in charge. Each Orc leader belongs to a specific tribe, and that tribe’s characteristics will influence how the region develops. Things move fast once a siege begins. While the Orc army attacks the castle’s outer defenses with arrows and catapults, you as protagonist Talion (who is fused with the elf, Celebrimbor) must head in and take over specific sections while…

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E3 2017 – Blade of Galadriel Will Be Playable in Future Middle-earth: Shadow of War DLC, Runs at 30fps on Consoles

In one of the Middle-earth: Shadow of War cut-scenes Monolith Productions showed off at E3, during the PC Gaming Show, we get to meet the Elf assassin Altariel, who is also known as the Blade of Galadriel. Altariel has come to Mordor to hunt down the Nazgul and any who are corrupted by a Ring of Power, leading her to kill Talion in their first encounter. The cut-scene shows the meeting of Talion, Celebrimbor, and Altariel, after Talion awakens from being killed. Monolith Studios Creative Director Michael De Plater confirmed that the first major story DLC coming to Shadow of War will give Altariel her own fully playable campaign, incidentally called the Blade of Galadriel, although De Plater did not give any details on when the DLC would release. Additionally, during an interview with Geoff Keighley for YouTube Live at E3, De Plater also confirmed that Shadow of War will run at 30fps on all consoles, citing stability regardless of the number of elements on screen. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is scheduled for release on October 10, 2017, for the PlayStation 4 and other platforms. [Source: Twitch via VG247, Gameslice (YouTube Live at E3)] The post E3 2017 – READ…

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War New Gameplay at Xbox’s E3 2017 Briefing


E3 2017 – Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gameplay Video

June 11, 2017 Written by Jason Dunning [embedded content] Monolith was at Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference, showing off more Middle-earth: Shadow of War gameplay and some of its new Nemesis System features. Shadow of War launches on October 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Story Trailer Released

[embedded content] It looks like Monolith isn’t letting the two-month delay on the release of Middle-earth: Shadow of War slow down the hype for the game as the trailer for its story has just been released. The story trailer features both series protagonist Talion and Celebrimbor as they wield the power of the New Ring and use it to assemble an army to fight against Sauron and his Nazgul. The trailer shows off some of the game’s characters, some of which look to be new allies, as well as some of creatures Talion will encounter and possibly subdue or defeat throughout the game. A few notable sightings in the trailer include the giant spider Shelob who seems to have also taken the form of a human woman, the infamous Balrog, and what looks like a new kind of Orc. Middle-earth: Shadow of War was originally announced for release in August 2017 but was delayed to October 10, 2017, to give the developers more time to polish the game. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Gets an Epic New Story Trailer

It’s unfortunate that Warner Bros. has moved Middle-Earth: Shadow of War‘s release from August to October. Each trailer released for the upcoming game looks better than the last and makes the wait much more excruciating. This latest video focuses on the story players will get to experience. We’ve been told that this new original tale will be very epic and the trailer seems to corroborate that. Instead of pursuing Sauron’s subordinates, protagonist Talion has his sights set on the Dark Lord himself. Along with Celebrimbor who has bonded with him thanks to the New Ring, Talion will gather armies to take down Mordor’s ruler and bring peace to all of Middle-Earth. [embedded content] “Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an open-world action RPG that continues the original narrative of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor,” reads the press release. “Players will be engrossed in a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.” The game is largely set within Mordor, but it will also let READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Troy Baker Returns as Talion in Shadow of War, Will Also Serve as Performance Capture Director

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that Troy Baker is returning as Talion in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and will also be debuting as Performance Capture Director for the game. In a press release, the publisher said that Baker’s extended role will involve him using his experience to ensure that “each performance fits cohesively within the original narrative” of Shadow of War. This news comes a week after Monolith announced a delay in release. The studio said that it needs extra time to deliver the highest quality experience. “We understand that it might be disappointing to have to wait a little longer for the release and are sorry for the delay, but we are working hard to make an amazing game,” said the developer. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is now launching worldwide on October 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will make an appearance at E3 2017 so stay tuned. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!