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

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 that Middl...   read

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I couldn't kill this damned orc in Shadow of Mordor

Our first hands-on session with Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor had me going up against some orc bodyguards to take out their boss, a war chief. If you recall from my preview, there was one orc that escaped me. His name? Rûg Lear...   read


Voice cast for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor revealed

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 prime roles. In...   read

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LEGO The Hobbit now available

Warner Bros. has released LEGO: The Hobbit to retailers in North America today, with a European release coming on April 11. As one might expect, new marketing materials have been released for the game, including the above launch trail...   read

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

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 later this y...   read


LEGO The Hobbit PlayStation 3 bundle on the way

If somehow you still have yet to get a PlayStation 3 and also happen to really love The Hobbit and LEGO, then you're in luck. A new PlayStation 3 bundle is on the way that will pack in LEGO The Hobbit. It'll be a 500GB PS3 system, and will ...   read

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Monolith talks cross-gen differences in Shadow of Mordor

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 to their person...   read

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Thief, Middle-earth, Dumbledore in TES Online & Jazzpunk

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 Mord...   read

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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 fan, you'll qui...   read

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Preview: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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 bran...   read

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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 had no fur...   read

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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 of the new open...   read

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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 it'll cost you ...   read

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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 other words, it's ...   read

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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 Western Rohan. T...   read

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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 new sandbox acti...   read

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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 there, I'm not ...   read

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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 Helm's Deep expan...   read

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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-down take on t...   read

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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 the famed Battl...   read

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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 to back that up...   read

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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 rather nifty ab...   read

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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 Gimli and one of th...   read

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PlayStation Plus offers up free Guardians of Middle-earth

Starting tomorrow, PlayStation Plus members can nab Monolith's console-exclusive MOBA, Guardians of Middle-Earth, for free. A less-than-active community made it difficult for me to play the Xbox Live Arcade version not long after launch, an...   read

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Review: Guardians of Middle-earth

“How dare you? HOW DARE YOU! How dare you review a Lord of the Rings game without having every film box set in a display case! HOW DARE YOU review a MOBA without having been yelled at and debased by 12-year-olds for more than 200 ho...   read

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