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Ever since Shadow of Mordorcame out, many gamers have taken to its unique brand of orc-killing with a gusto. There’s just one problem: some of these orcs keep coming back from the dead. And while developer Monolith says this is partly an intentional feature, they haven’t given me a straight answer for how it works.
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Sauron’s entire high command, all going after a single warchief at once. He never stands a chance.
Video: Confused why Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor left “Lord of the Rings” out of its name? Well, lead designer Bob Roberts just explained to Eurogamer that the omission was a deliberate choice to make sure the game was seen as “clearly its own thing” by keeping it “separate” from established LOTR franchises. Mystery solved!
Depending on what platform you want kill orcs on, things will look a little different. Mind you, there doesn’t seem to be a version of Shadow of Mordor that is particularly lacking in the visual department. The game is a looker!
It’s so easy to resort to lazy and hurtful stereotypes whenever we talk about orcs. If nothing else, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordorshows us how disrespectful this is. These monsters may be hideous, but they’re also individuals with hopes and dreams — unique and precious like snowflakes. Let’s celebrate them as such.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor comes out tomorrow. While Tolkien fans will be delighted to finally play a Lord of the Rings game that’s actually really, really good, others might be disappointed that Sauron doesn’t make much of an appearance. Turns out: he’s in Mordor, you just have to pay more to get to him.
Briefly: Shadow of Mordor isn’t just a surprisingly good game, it also has the most romantic stealth-game tutorial of all time. We couldn’t help but share this image from the beginning of the game. (Disregard the bottom line of text — that’s just a subtitle.)