Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a direct sequel to the well-received action-adventure game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Just like the first game in the series, Shadow of War takes place in the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game is presented from a third-person perspective. We can explore the rich, open world of the game by riding various steeds and by taking good use of the free-running movement system, similar to that from the Assassin's Creed series. Once again the Nemezis system is one of the core gameplay mechanics. The game will automatically generate unique enemies which we will encounter, battle and optionally make them join us in our battle against Sauron. It needs to be mentioned that the game also offers many new features, with the possibility of taking over Dark Lord's keeps being one of them. There are more types of enemies for us to face, more new, unlockable skins and pieces of equipment.

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Sony PlayStation 4
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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War | PS4

Middle-earth: Shadow of War release date for PS4:

game language:
English

10 October 2017 | Worldwide

10 October 2017 | Europe PAL

10 October 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 157 players' votes.  

Monolith Productions has been established in 1994. First several years were relatively modest - the studio earned international fame after developing the 2002's No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way. Two years later, the studio has been purchased by Warner Bros. The most popular games developed by the studio are the installments in the F.E.A.R series and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The latter one has started a series, the second installment of which is the described herein Middle Earth: Shadow of War available (among other platforms) on PlayStation 4. In the game, a player gets to assume the role of Talion and Celebrimbor, who are tasked with defeating Sauron himself, while he is preparing to launch a full-scale assault on Middle Earth - a world described by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Microsoft XBOX ONE
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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War | XBOX ONE

Middle-earth: Shadow of War release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

10 October 2017 | Worldwide

10 October 2017 | Europe PAL

10 October 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.1 / 10 calculated out of 38 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 69 players' votes.  

The works of J.R.R. Tolkien, especially The Lord of the Rings trilogy, are often present in the video games industry. Players got the chance to explore Middle Earth in the well-received Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor developed by an American studio called Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment back in 2014. Very good reviews have encouraged the developers to create a sequel. Thus, Middle Earth: Shadow of War has been created and is now available (among other platforms) on Xbox One. The game utilizes the unique features of Project Scorpio, most importantly the native 4K resolution.

PC / Windows
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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War | PC

Middle-earth: Shadow of War release date for PC:

game language:
English

10 October 2017 | Worldwide

10 October 2017 | Europe

10 October 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.6 / 10 calculated out of 176 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 382 players' votes.  

Middle Earth: Shadow of War is a sequel to a game called Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, a well-received open-world action game developed by an American studio called Monolith Productions. Similarly to the first installment in the series, the game described herein has been published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game picks up the story where its predecessor has left it; however, it introduces a number of changes and improvements in terms of the gameplay mechanics. This mainly regards the unique Nemesis system, which generates personalized adversaries, each with his own name, appearance, traits, and weaknesses. The game is available on PC Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, however, the PC Windows version of the game delivers the highest-quality visuals.

Plot

In the PC / Windows release of Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the action is set right after the events shown in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Yet again, a player gets to assume the role of an iconic duo - Talion, a Ranger of the North and Celebrimbor, a wraith and an astral form of an elf, who centuries ago forged the One Ring. The main protagonists decide to create one more ring, which in theory should provide them with power not only to gather a larger army but also defeat Sauron once and for all.

Players get to follow the story via the epic cutscenes. Battle-hardened heroes encounter more or less friendly characters, which is a perfect foundation for major plot twists. On his adventure, a player can face characters known from Tolkien's books and the movie adaptations, featuring i.a. Balrog, Witch-king of Angmar, and Sauron himself.

Mechanics

Similarly to the first installment in the series, in Middle Earth: Shadow of War for PC / Windows, players get to explore a vast open world featuring such iconic locations as Osgiliath, Cirith Ungol, Gorgoroth, Nurnen Lake Fortress, and Seregost. One can travel in numerous ways - either on foot or on the back of various steeds. In the former case, a player can enjoy the elaborate free running system, which highly resembles the one featured in Assassin's Creed series. Nonetheless, the developers give at players' disposal also a wide range of creatures one can ride on - apart from the karagors we remember from the first installment, there are also dragons, which prove extremely useful when fighting the enemies.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War delivers dynamic and spectacular combat system once again based on attack combinations and mounting counterattacks. Interestingly enough, this time around, a player gets to participate in epic battles aided by entire armies comprising orcs and battle beasts with unique skills. Apart from the aforementioned dragons, a player can have in his army karagors, trolls, and graugs, which are now more diversified - an ice graug, for example, can throw blocks of ice at his enemies. Nonetheless, there is still nothing standing on player's way to eliminate his targets silently and work stealthily.

What made Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor different from other action games was the Nemesis system, which generates unique enemies with their own stories, motivations, traits, and weaknesses. It also allowed the opponents who have beaten the main protagonist to become even more powerful and eventually become a general in the Dark Lord's army. Moreover, Celebrimbor could possess any opponent turning him into a saboteur or a spy, who unconsciously worked for the main protagonists. All this has been also implemented into the game described herein, however, the Nemesis system has undergone many changes and improvements. The adversaries are now even more diverse; moreover, they have been divided into different tribes. A player cannot possess the minds of elite opponents right away - in the initial stages of the game, when both Talion's and Celebrimbor's abilities are still waiting to be developed, one can only mess with them and indirectly downgrade them. What is more, even a possessed orc can turn on the main protagonists - whether one remains loyal to us depends on his nature and the way we decide to treat him.

The Nemesis system is directly linked to conquering strongholds, which requires a player to employ successful strategies and gathering enough forces to pull it off. Conquering a stronghold results in taking control over a region of Mordor. As the castle might fall victim to an enemy attack, one should appoint a proper warden - potential candidates for this post offer unique benefits.

In comparison to the first installment, the game described herein offers much more elaborate RPG elements. By looting the bodies of fallen enemies, one can come across new weapons and armor featuring various statistics. Moreover, some pieces of equipment have additional unique traits, which can be unlocked after completing more or less complex tasks. A player can also improve his gear with special jewels, while the new Ring of Power can be improved with runes. To top it all, the game delivers a set of active and passive skills, which are unlocked as one progresses through the story.

Technical aspects

The PC / Windows release of Middle Earth: Shadow of War delivers top-quality 3D visuals. Both character and enemy models, as well as the environment textures, are rich with details and well-complemented with the spectacular animations (visible especially during the dynamic fighting sequences) and the realistic lighting effects. Also worth mentioning, is the atmosphere of the game and the dedicated soundtrack accompanying a player on his journey through the volcanic wastelands of the Dark Land.

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz, 16 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce 970/Radeon R9 290X or better, 60 GB HDD, Windows 10
Minimum: Intel Core i5-2550K 3.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 670/Radeon HD 7950 or better, 60 GB HDD, Windows 7(SP1)

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Fires of War - Official Music Video

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Fires of War, oficjalny utwór promujący Middle-earth: Shadow of War, został zilustrowany fragmentami cutscenek z gry.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Game Guide

game guide 10 December 2017

This guide for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War contains detailed descriptions of all important elements of the game: melee and ranged combat, world exploration and richly illustrated walkthrough that can help you to complete the game without any problems.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War will take up almost 100 GB of your PC's disk space

News 09 October 2017 13:06

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is going to take up almost 100 GB of disk space on your PC and 70 on PlayStation 4 Pro. Talk about big.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War microtransactions and the need of internet connection explained

News 07 August 2017 12:42

Players didn't particularly like the news that Middle-earth: Shadow of War is going to include microtransactions and require Internet connection. Monolith Productions decided to explain that.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War gets new epic trailer

News 17 May 2017 15:42

Has the official gameplay footage from Middle-earth: Shadow of War whetted your appetite? Here's a new trailer with some shots of in-game locations and combat.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War first gameplay video shows off a full-blown battle and some dragon mounting

News 08 March 2017 17:53

The first gameplay footage of Middle-earth: Shadow of War is here, showing off a full-blown assault on an enemy fortress and some dragon mounting. Yup, they even have that.