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  • Blog Post: Replay – The Lord Of The Rings: The Third Age

    The recent release of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has put us in a Tolkien kind of mood. Since Reiner won't let us play a new release and slap on the Replay name (we tried!), we dug into the vault and pulled out the 2004 RPG The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age. Join our fellowship as we fight... More
  • Blog Post: 5 Open-World Franchises That Should Steal Shadow Of Mordor's Nemesis System

    Open-world games are more popular than ever, and while we're still seeing some of the best the genre has to offer, there's always room for improvement. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor may not be the largest sandbox around, but it makes up for it in spades with the intriguing nemesis system. This... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Video games based off the Lord of the Rings universe have been somewhat hit or miss, but Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the biggest releases the franchise has seen in years. With a combination of Batman: Arkham City’s combat and Assassin’s Creed’s open world exploration, Shadow... More
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Games About Middle-earth

    Tomorrow, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor hits store shelves. It gives us a closer look at the blasted wasteland that Sauron calls home during the time period between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. Our review is pretty positive , so it's definitely a title that should be on your radar…but... More
  • Blog Post: Eight Video Game Characters That Kind Of Look Alike

    Sometimes video game characters from different games look surprisingly similar. Moira Burton and Abigail "Fetch" Walker We don't know much about Moira Burton from Resident Evil Revelations 2 yet, but we have seen what she looks like and we can't help but be reminded of Infamous Second... More
  • Blog Post: Troy Baker Shares His Lifelong Lord Of The Rings Fandom For Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

    We recently had a chance to chat with Troy Baker, the performer behind Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s protagonist Talion, about his and the game’s role in the universe of Lord of the Rings. We asked Baker a simple question: are you a Lord of the Rings fan? Baker detailed how he has had... More
  • Blog Post: Seven Key Moments From This Week's Big Trailers

    The previous week showcased a surprising number of big trailers for big games, and we've pulled key moments from a few of them. Hulk parallel parks in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes The latest trailer for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is surprisingly serious. It shows members of The... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Lego The Hobbit

    Players can dive back into the Lego version of Middle-earth with today's release of Lego The Hobbit, and this episode of Test Chamber shows you the opening of the game and illustrates some new mechanics. Join Lego fans Joe Juba (who wrote our review ) and Andrew Reiner as they smash bricks, collect... More
  • Blog Post: Oscar Nominated Films And Their Video Game Adaptations

    The Oscars are considered the most prestigious of all film awards. Every year, the films that win and are nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture are considered the best of the best. Some of those movies (a surprising amount, in fact) have had video games based on them. Do these games live up... More
  • Blog Post: The Secret Behind Shadow Of Mordor's Rhythmic Combat

    Few game studios have a dedicated composer working within their walls. Senior composer Nathan Grigg has worked alongside director of audio Brian Pamintuan at Monolith Productions for over a decade and their collaborative work style is readily apparent in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The demo of the... More
  • Blog Post: Crafting The Black Lands: The Art Of Shadow Of Mordor

    In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mordor is a land so corrupt with evil that few even dare speak its name. The Dark Lord Sauron dwells behind its Black Gates, building up power to conquer Middle-earth. The Mordor we revealed in our cover story of Monolith Production’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor... More
  • Blog Post: What Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor Means For Monolith

    Starting in 1997 with a game called Blood, Monolith Productions has focused on first-person experiences but has amassed an incredibly varied game catalogue. Everything from anime-inspired mech combat to bringing the world of The Matrix online, the path of Monolith Productions is unpredictable. Their... More
  • Blog Post: Fallen Fantasy – The Orcs Of Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

    Shying away from traditional fantasy elements may seem like a strange approach to a game set in Middle-earth, but director of design Michael de Plater and lead writer Christian Cantamessa are building a more grounded and historically-inspired take on Tolkien's world. Your main adversaries in Middle... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Shadow Of Mordor's Place In Middle-earth

    Update: Shortly after publishing this story filled with conjecture about the events of Middle-earth around the time Shadow of Mordor takes place, the official Twitter account for the game revealed that the game begins "...the night Sauron returns to Mordor." This revelation adds exciting new... More
  • Blog Post: Freedom In Mordor: Middle-earth's Next-Level Sandbox

    After decades working on sports and strategy games, Michael de Plater is leading the effort to put players in to the land of Mordor. As the director of design, de Plater is pulling from his experience focusing on gameplay systems to create the ultimate sandbox world for fans of Middle-earth. While visiting... More
  • Blog Post: Wraith And Ranger: Shadow Of Mordor's Talion

    In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, Aragorn and the other Rangers of the North - along with their counterparts in Gondor - have a mysterious and alluring quality. These scouts live off the land and steer clear of the civilizations they silently protect. On the opposite end of Tolkien's good... More
  • Blog Post: Creating The Story Of Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

    The cover story for the December issue of Game Informer features the gigantic new action game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, you can read about all aspects of the game by checking out the digital version of the magazine . Instead of basing the game on the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit trilogies, Monolith... More
  • Blog Post: Guardians Of Middle-Earth Beginner Guide

    So you want to check out this whole MOBA thing now that there’s a decent console one, do you? This brief guide will help you land on your feet. [Not sure if Guardians is for you? Check out my full review here .] Run away No, seriously. You’re too close to the enemy. Back up! Against experienced... More
  • Blog Post: This Week In Mobile 11/9/12

    Android and iOS owners have their games cut out for them this week, from everything to a Tolkien-inspired mobile MMO to a couple of stick games that lean towards the violent side of things. Check out this week’s releases here. The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth Developer: Kabam Platforms: iOS... More
  • Blog Post: Lego Lord Of The Rings Video Preview - An Epic Beginning

    At some point you would think that TT Games would run out of fantastic franchises to adapt to their adorable Lego format, but Lego Lord of the Rings looks to be one of their most ambitious titles. Dropping the hub format from previous games and infusing RPG elements into the formula, executive producer... More
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