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Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor's Game of the Year Edition trailer proves it lives up to its namesake


Horn tootin' at its finest
May 05
Less than one week after it was revealed, the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition is on store shelves. It contains all released add-ons for the game, as is customary for these re-releases. Really, it... read
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Xenoblade

Whoa there Xenoblade Chronicles X alien, put on some pants!


Alien pubes
Apr 24
There's a special Nintendo Direct going on right now for Xenoblade Chronicles X. As someone who has paid little attention thus far, I have no idea what's happening despite the Direct's best attempts at setting the stage and l... read
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Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles X lets up to 32 players cooperate


Form a squad and explore efficiently
Apr 10
There was a Japanese Nintendo Direct this morning focused on Xenoblade Chronicles X. Thanks to some helpful translation, we know a few more details about the Dolls and mechs and cooperative play. One cool-sounding note is th... read
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Who ate the bones?
Xenoblade Chronicles pretty much blew me away back in 2012. Fans had been clamoring for a localization for over two years, and due to an add partnership between Nintendo and GameStop, we got one. It was a rather limited relea... read feature

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Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles X combat explored in 30-minute livestream


All you need to know and more
Mar 07
Nintendo of Japan recently streamed a live Xenoblade Chronicles X presentation, detailing the game's intricate combat system for eager viewers around the globe. The 30-minute video is available for viewing in full, and it go... read
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Vlade Divac Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles X shows off dynamic weather, day-night cycle


Vlade Divac Chronicles X
Feb 26
Day and night cycles aren't new, but it's a pretty one at least. Actually, thinking on it, more RPGs (particularly Japanese RPGs) could benefit from a day and night cycle just for the perceived visual variation on the hours ... read
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Bright Lord

Shadow of Mordor's newest DLC has you wearing rings and fighting Sauron


Yeah, THAT ring
Feb 24
Leagues of Uruks fell by your doing in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor -- just an unacceptable amount of dead orcs, really. Sure, that was gratifying in its own way, but a pile of orcs doesn't carry the same weight as someone... read
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More Condemned plz

Which indie studio should take on Condemned 3?


IP owner contemplates third installment
Feb 02
Over the weekend, Monolith Productions founder Jace Hall put it out on Facebook that he is "contemplating" setting up an independent development team with the rights to Condemned "so that they can take over the franchise and ... read
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Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor DLC goes hunting, vomiting


Who wants More-dor?
Dec 16
Monolith released Lord of the Hunt today, the first add-on pack for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Yeah, the $10 DLC has a lot of the stuff you'd expect: new nemeses, new challenges, and even some guy named Torvin the ... read
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You have to graduate sometime
“THA'S HOW YOU RIDE A CARRRRRAGOR!" Yeah, thanks asshole. I've already done this like two dozen times. You might have noticed I rode up to your mission marker ON a Caragor. “WHEN UN' ORC IS DOWN, THA'S WHEN YOUR C... read feature

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Last-gen Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor looks not so good on Xbox 360 and PS3


Last-gen versions out now
Nov 18
I completely forgot Monolith was working on last-generation ports of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The studio delayed the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game to ... today. It's available for a full $59.99... read
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Revisiting Condemned

Condemned: Criminal Origins holds up better than expected


Halloween replay
Oct 31
When I think back to the Xbox 360 launch, a few games immediately come to mind: Kameo, Project Gotham Racing 3, and Perfect Dark Zero. You had to take what you could get in late 2005 and hope your console didn't red ring. Min... read
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Shadow of Mordor DLC

Dress up like the bad guy in this free Shadow of Mordor DLC


Some Epic Runes, too
Oct 21
Monolith has released a free Power of Shadow DLC pack for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Most notably, it includes an alternate costume for Talion that resembles the Black Hand of Sauron... read
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We could kill these Orcs all day
[Note: I am currently in process of rendering and uploading all of the videos to the playlist. If you run out and want more, be sure to check back soon.] Max and I decided it would be a good idea to shoot a playthrough of th... read feature

Shadow of Mordor photo
Shadow of Mordor

Want to watch a season pass trailer for a game that hasn't released yet?


I don't
Sep 29
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's doing mostly fine from the reviews that came out last week, but that doesn't mean that you will like it. How can you like a game if you haven't played it yet? You can't, plain and simple... read
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Where did he get that sword?
Like Max, I didn't know what to make of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor but taking a guarded approach has paid off -- the reviews are in and they're overwhelmingly positive. Nice surprise! Still not sure I'll rush out to grab the game at launch on Tuesday -- I've got my hands full, as I'm sure many of you will shortly -- but it's much higher on my to-play list after this week. read feature

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One does not simply walk into Bore-dor
Developing a licensed game can be extremely difficult. Not only does Monolith Productions have the Lord of the Rings film series to honor with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, but the developer also has to work in ma... read feature

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Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor pushed back on Xbox 360 and PS3


Xbox One, PS4, and PC remain unchanged
Sep 09
Like a Balrog vanquished to the depths from whence it came, Warner Bros. took a good look at the legacy console adaptions of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and declared "You shall not pass!" At least, not for a few more ... read
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Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor's campaign digs into Middle-earth's past


Origins of the rings
Sep 01
[Writers Note: The original story was amended because of number of factual inaccuracies. My sincerest apologies to anyone who was confused by the original article.] It won't be long now until Middle-earth: Shadow of Mord... read
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Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor looks good but is it Lord of the Rings?


No hobbits here, sir
Aug 12
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has gotten a lot of people excited because of its seemingly great combat and interesting reputation system but is it me, or does it just look like a generic dark fantasy game? I'll be honest, m... read
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Middle-earth

Engage in psychological warfare with Shadow of Mordor's Wraith


Dominate and terrorize, you hellion
Jul 31
You might've thought that Orcs were all fleshy and a good ol'-fashioned sword through the squishy parts would be enough to take care of them. False. Some might fall to the blade, but you'll need something decidedly more cere... read
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Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor shall not release on October 7 anymore


It's September 30 now
Jul 25
October is going to be ridiculously packed with high-profile videogames, so the news that Warner Bros. has decided to fast-track Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's release from October 7 to September 30 is certainly welcom... read
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HNNNNNNNG!
Epic space battles. Huge mecha. And a gorgeous Xenosaga-style art direction. Monolith Soft's new game is called Xenoblade Chronicles X and it looks absolutely stellar. Do want. Hiroyuki Sawano, composer on numerous anime series like Attack on Titan, is handling the music on the upcoming Wii U project, which should be launching sometime in 2015. read feature

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Shadow of Mordor

New Shadow of Mordor trailer moves like a ghost, fights like a devil


Stabs like a Lord of the Rings character
Jun 05
We spend so much of our lives working. When I die, if there's some sort of afterlife, I want to just chill out. Make it look like a never-ending Corona commercial or something. Doesn't that sound nice? That's not a position ... read
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First-hands on
I had absolutely no expectations for  Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. I’ve never played any of the franchise games, and I knew very little about the upcoming title. But my first hands on was a very pleasant surprise. A mere 45 minutes of play of its sandbox game got its hooks in me and now I'm totally sold.    read feature

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Voice cast for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor revealed


You know these folks
May 22
Upcoming game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be voiced by some of the best in the business. Troy Baker will voice lead character Talion, while Nolan North, Laura Bailey, Alastair Duncan, and Liam O'Brien hold down other ... read
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Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is looking stabby


Runes and weapons trailer
May 19
This video for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is supposed to be about runes, which are dropped by fallen foes and used to upgrade protagonist Talion's weapons. And it is. But I can't not concentrate on how ridiculous the act... read
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Monolith's X is still on track for 2014, for both Japan and the west


Phew! And other launch dates revealed.
May 08
Monolith's Wii U game, which I guess we're still calling X, is still on track for 2014. Nintendo's financial results says that that "brand new title developed by Monolith Software Inc" is due out this year not only in Japan, ... read
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NOLF

Trademark spotted: No One Lives Forever may live again


Nothing's gone forever
May 02
No One Lives Forever's rights disappeared last year. Activision said it didn't have them and, in short, no one seemed to have them. Siliconera spotted trademarks for No One Lives Forever, The Operative, Contract J.A.C.K. and ... read
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Middle-earth

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor set for release on October 7


New trailer and pre-order bonuses revealed
Apr 02
It's been awhile since we last heard from Monolith's new action-adventure title set in Tolkien's fantasy universe. Now, WB Games has revealed the release date, and fans will get to experience Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor&nb... read
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Middle-earth

Monolith talks cross-gen differences in Shadow of Mordor


PC, PS4, and Xbox One are the focus
Feb 21
One of the big talking points for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has been developer Monolith's Nemesis system, which involves procedural generation of orcs ranging from their fighting styles to their individual rank and role ... read
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Brand new footage from Monolith's X for Wii U


GIMME
Feb 13
On today's Nintendo Direct, brand new battle engine footage from upcoming Monolith Soft Wii U game X was shown. Aside from the uninterrupted gameplay, Nintendo didn't give much more for us to go on other than that the battle... read






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