Sea of Thieves Hands-on Impressions and Why We Got Our Hopes Up

Rare used to make incredible games, what with Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong Country, and other Nintendo hits. However, since Microsoft acquired the studio in 2002, they were mostly working on Kinect releases and remakes. Fortunately, the time when we will see a new IP from Rare is near. Sea of Thieves, co-op multiplayer game that puts … Read more Sea of Thieves Hands-on Impressions and Why We Got Our Hopes Up

We Happy Few: A indie game that gets adapted into a movie

We Happy Few

A unique game with a great concept Have you heard of the new, cool survival game We Happy Few? If the answer is no, it’s about time to get to know it because this title will probably turn into a movie! Yes, you’ve heard it right. This indie title could be joining far more popular … Read more We Happy Few: A indie game that gets adapted into a movie

FIFA 18 Is Now Available For Those Who Pre-ordered

FIFA 18

It’s a beautiful day for football fans around the world because EA Sports announced that FIFA 18 is officially available for customers who pre-ordered the game. The official release date of the full version is September 29, but players who already bought Icon Edition or Ronaldo Edition of the game are enabled early access. In … Read more FIFA 18 Is Now Available For Those Who Pre-ordered

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Trailer, Gameplay And The New Powers

It has been less than a year since Dishonored 2 hit the shelves and Bethesda already prepared another expansion for all franchise players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a standalone game that centers on The Outsider, a mysterious character you may know from both the original and … Read more Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Trailer, Gameplay And The New Powers

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Review/Gameplay Look/Game of the Year?

The first announcement of Middle-earth: Shadow of War caught everyone by surprise. Not just the players, but even Monolith Production and Warner Bros, the team behind the game. When Target accidentally announced the details that the title is coming in autumn 2017, there was nothing else left to do for the developers but to confirm, which they did with an official trailer. That happened in February, and we’ve got a bunch of new info since then, so let’s take a look what we know about Middle-earth: Shadow of War so far.

Why Are We Excited?

Shadow of Mordor, the previous installment in the series, became one of the best games in 2014 although the release of the game wasn’t followed by the hype it deserved. If it’s to judge by the trailers we’ve seen so far, Shadow of War has us in for a grimmer story with amazing action and incredible length and replay value.

ME: SoW trailer reveals us that elven Wraith brought Talion back from the dead even though the Black Hand of Sauron slaughtered him and his family. The game directly continues its prequel, which means it will pick up things at the moment when Talion promises to forge a new Ring of Power. It seems that he succeeded in the intention, considering that the trailer shows him planning to take on Mordor from within.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War army

Talion can now recruit swaths of Sauron’s army to switch to his side. Aside from that, the conflict was notably brought to a whole new level because he will also fight Nazgul Ringwraiths, as well as an armored (and massive) Balrog, and a strong spider woman. The jury is still out whether he will face Sauron, too, but if he does, he will have help from the allies, such as orcs, elves, and humans.

It’s Not the Lord of the Rings

For those of you who are LOTR fans, you should know that Middle-earth: Shadow of War takes place about 60 years before the events in those books/movies. However, the developers tried not to change anything in the world Tolkien created. One of the things people complained about in the previous installment was the conclusion, and Monolith promised that there would be a “more satisfying one” in the sequel.

A new trailer revealed one of the main villains, which will be known as The Agonizer. Famous comedy actor Kumaii Nanjiani did the voiceover for this role, which means that there is going to be a dose of humor from Talion’s nemesis. Nanjiani himself described The Agonizer as someone who overthinks everything but has a strong desire to fulfill his evil plans.

“I will put your head on a pike! Yes, a pike, not a spear, which is just another word for that. Or are they a bit different? Not sure. Anyway, pike sounds better, so, yes, head on a pike!”

It’s not strange that humor is represented in ME: SoW, especially considering that Tolkien loved implementing it in both LOTR and Hobbit. Aside from The Agonizer, pay attention to Bruz the Chopper, one of the orcs that will be particularly witty.

Gameplay Look of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

ME: SoW is an RPG full of action that we can’t wait to play. One of the features that got us the most excited (not that way) is the Nemesis 2.0 system. The idea of this function is that every interaction with your enemies matters. Choosing whether you want to slaughter or save them influence how they will behave toward you in the missions to come. Aside from that, Sauron’s henchmen will be randomly generated to ensure that you have a unique experience each time you play.

The Nemesis 2.0 New Features

It’s actually an expansion of the system that was implemented in the game’s predecessor. The fantastic new addition is that your choices will now not only affect the relationships with adversaries, but also with the environment. The world of Middle-earth: Shadow of War is full of fortresses that you look to gain control of. They are led by orcs that Sauron installed, but if you are smart enough, you can befriend some of them and agree with them to switch to your side and help you in future battles. Once you conquer a fortress, you can place a friendly orc in charge, and you can soon see the changes made to the personality of the area surrounding the fort. You should also bear in mind that orcs aren’t always to trust and they might turn on you.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War nemesis

Aside from befriending or slaughtering your enemies, you can also embarrass them. The two options that can happen from there are that the rival will remember that and look for the first opportunity for revenge or that they will be thankful you spared their life. Overall, the idea of the Nemesis 2.0 system is that each action you make has a consequence. That secures the incredible dynamic of the SoW world and the fact that no two playthroughs can be the same.

Is This the Game of the Year?

There are rumors that Middle-earth: Shadow of War might be the best game of the year. Although we should wait for the release on October 10, there are features that we can’t wait to try. Aside from that, we can expect that the surrounding will look phenomenal, just like in the trailers. Unlike its prequel, SoW focuses more on the landmarks we know from Tolkien’s movies and books. In short, it’s Shadow of Mordor but on a much grander scale. SoW promises to capture the excitement of epic battles that Peter Jackson successfully portrayed in LOTR films.

Monolith already announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will have two expansions: The Desolation of Mordor and The Blade of Galadriel that will both fresh feature campaigns, side quests, and a host of new characters and skills. You can already order the game from Steam and, depending on the edition you choose; you might even get the expansions for free in your deal. Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Destiny 2 Beta, what you can and can’t do in this test

Considering the success that the original game achieved on both consoles and PC, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the players around the globe can’t wait for Destiny 2, the sequel to the first-person shooter you could only play online. Summer brings some great news for the fans because Activision and Bungie confirmed that … Read more Destiny 2 Beta, what you can and can’t do in this test

Injustice 2 first look and release date on PS4/Xbox One

injustice 2 batman

NetherRealm Studios is a team that succeeded in bringing the Mortal Kombat franchise back to life. They had done a great job with the Injustice: Gods Among Us, so you could safely say that they know how to make a fighting game. That is why we are looking forward to their newest installment. Injustice 2 … Read more Injustice 2 first look and release date on PS4/Xbox One

Project Cars 2 first look and release date for PC, PS4, Xbox One

The original Project CARS that was released in 2015 brought an enormous amount of joy to racing simulator fans around the world. That is why we are eagerly awaiting the sequel and counting months until it hits the (digital) shelves. Now is the perfect opportunity to see what we can expect from Project CARS 2, … Read more Project Cars 2 first look and release date for PC, PS4, Xbox One

Fortnite: Battle Royale – A Light and Colorful Take on the Genre

Fortnite Battle Royale

You probably know the concept – 100 players are placed in a shrinking area and the last man standing wins. H1Z1 and particularly PUBG made the concept planetary famous, and Epic Games decided to follow in their footsteps. That resulted in Fortnite: Battle Royale, the new free-to-play mode of the survival video game we know … Read more Fortnite: Battle Royale – A Light and Colorful Take on the Genre

Call of Duty: WW2 – New Gameplay, Multiplayer, Zombies Details

The Call of Duty franchise desperately needs an innovation or something that will reboot the series and return to the path of success. The latest attempt in doing something like that is Call of Duty: WW2, the game that will return the players to Second World War. Most of the recent games of the COD … Read more Call of Duty: WW2 – New Gameplay, Multiplayer, Zombies Details