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Thief, Middle-earth, Dumbledore in TES Online & Jazzpunk photo
Thief, Middle-earth, Dumbledore in TES Online & Jazzpunk
by Jordan Devore

Here's Max to cap off the week of videogame news. He claims his laptop battery is almost out of juice but I think he just wanted to get the weekend started early. I'd have done the same thing.

The new Thief and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, two games that have experienced their fair share of criticism from fans of those properties, got the preview treatment. We also saw trailers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Elder Scrolls Online's packed voice cast, and Jazzpunk. That last one will rank among the year's best game trailers, mark my words. Whoa.

More than anything, I'm pleased to hear that Max agrees with me about the stupidity of the name "The Golf Club." Take that, Steven! And bring your puns with you.

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1:30 PM on 01.23.2014

First footage of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

My initial reaction after hearing about Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and seeing this eight minutes or so of footage was that it's a shame Monolith didn't come with an original setting. Even if you aren't a diehard Tolkien ...

Jordan Devore



Preview: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor photo
Preview: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
by Alessandro Fillari

Whenever games tied to a major license are announced, there's usually a collective grumble from fans. Titles based on movies, television, or comics usually don't end up well, as most of the time they're developing with the focus on the brand as opposed to the game itself. With the announcement of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor back in November, many fans were taken aback by its seemingly loose interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fiction.

But of course, you can chalk this up to pre-emptive nervousness considering the franchise's history in gaming. Which is totally understandable. But things now appear to be different, and this new sandbox action title from Monolith -- the developers of F.E.A.R, No One Lives Forever, and Condemned -- plans to take a fresh approach to making a game with Tolkien's lore.

During a private presentation of the game, Destructoid got the chance to check out a lengthy look at the game that represents a vertical slice of what the developers at Monolith have planned for their next foray into Middle-earth.

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1:00 PM on 01.14.2014

Lord of the Rings Online licensed renewed throughout 2017

Renewing licenses can be tricky, and in the case of Lord of the Rings Online, fans were nervous that they wouldn't get to keep playing the game for much longer. A recent scare happened when Massively reported that LOTRO&...

Chris Carter

1:45 PM on 12.16.2013

New screenshots for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Last month, we saw the reveal of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a new open-world action/RPG set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. While we didn't get a look of the game, we did learn what to expect ...

Alessandro Fillari

11:00 AM on 12.15.2013

LOTR Online selling level 50 character boosts

So yeah, you can now legitimately buy a level 50 boost for your Lord of the Rings Online characters directly from the developers via the MMO's online store until December 19. They've named it the 'Gift of the Valar' and ...

Harry Monogenis

10:30 AM on 11.25.2013

LEGO Hobbit confirmed for Spring 2014

It looks like the rumors are true -- Warner Bros. has officially a confirmed LEGO version of The Hobbit, set for a Spring 2014 release. It'll hit the Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Vita, the Wii U, 3DS, and PC/Mac platforms. In oth...

Chris Carter

6:00 AM on 11.20.2013

Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep expansion out today

Lord of the Rings Online has a new expansion out today, called Helm's Deep. In addition to being able to take part in the iconic battle, the level cap has been raised to 95, and players will be able to explore new areas of W...

Joshua Derocher

11:15 AM on 11.12.2013

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor announced

As the second film in The Hobbit trilogy is set to release next month, WB Games is gearing up for its return to Middle-earth. In the upcoming December issue of Game Informer, the publisher lays out its vision for this brand n...

Alessandro Fillari

1:00 PM on 11.05.2013

Latest Humble Bundle has Batman and F.E.A.R.

Are people still annoyed that Humble Bundle has expanded its scope to feature AAA games? I found the practice a little weird at first, but hey, if it means steep discounts on substantial games and the charity component is in ...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 10.18.2013

Lord of the Rings Online is having a 100% XP boost month

Coming off of its fifth expansion, Lord of the Rings Online keeps on truckin', and from now until November 17th, you can enjoy a full month of 100% XP boosts. The campaign itself is presumably to slingshot players into the He...

Chris Carter





1:30 PM on 08.15.2013

Console MOBA Guardians of Middle-earth coming to PC

Monolith took a crack at making a multiplayer online battle arena experience for consoles with Guardians of Middle-earth. It was an admirable attempt -- and I enjoyed the game quite a lot for what it was, which was a trimmed...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 04.24.2013

Lord of the Rings Online expansion goes to Helm's Deep

Turbine is continuing The Lord of the Rings Online with yet another expansion, and it's one that was bound to come up sooner or later: Helm's Deep. Launching this fall, the new content will of course revolve around ...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 03.20.2013

Free map skin, new guardian in Guardians of Middle-earth

Just a few days after the release of the White Wizard himself, Monolith has today launched yet another guardian for its console MOBA Guardians of Middle-earth. Unglob is classed as a Striker and her abilities certainly seem ...

Harry Monogenis

11:30 PM on 03.15.2013

Guardians of Middle-earth now has Saruman

Guardians of Middle-earth, Monolith's MOBA which launched on consoles last December, has had yet another downloadable guardian released. This time around, it's Saruman the White. Saruman servers as an Enchanter and has some ...

Harry Monogenis

9:00 PM on 02.08.2013

Gloin-Hit! Monolith announces newest playable character

Monolith may be drip-feeding its MOBA DLC to their customers, but for those avid Guardians of Middle-earth fans, a new character is about to enter the battle. The newest addition to Guardians roaster is Gloin, father of Giml...

Jason Cabral