Shadow Of Mordor: The Bright Lord: The Kotaku Review

The Bright Lord, Shadow of Mordor's new DLC campaign, promises an epic showdown with Lord of the Rings head honcho Sauron. It was designed in part to address a common fan complaint about the original game's anticlimactic ending. But while it does give players a chance to fight Sauron, I'd hardly call it an epic battle. » 2/24/15 9:00am 2/24/15 9:00am

The Beautiful Hand-Writing And Maps Of The Lord Of The Rings Movies

One of the few things that wasn't computer-generated in the recent Hobbit movies was all the sweet Middle Earth calligraphy, which was done by the same artist responsible for the most of the books (and maps) of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. » 2/12/15 10:00pm 2/12/15 10:00pm

10 Catch Phrases You Swore You'd Never Use (And When You Used Them)

Science fiction and fantasy are full of great quotable phrases — but some are damn near irresistible. No matter how hard you struggle, these phrases worm their way into your consciousness. No matter how much you deny it, you let them back out. Here's a list of 10 phrases too good not to repeat. » 2/03/15 3:55pm 2/03/15 3:55pm

Explore Gondor's Ancient Capital from Lord of the Rings in Minecraft

Osgiliath, capital of the Kingdom of Gondor, was the Kingdom's greatest city before it was eventually abandoned in the Third Age. Now, you can take a walk in Osgiliath, both in its glory days and beyond, courtesy of two fantastic Minecraft builds. » 1/30/15 8:30am 1/30/15 8:30am

Now There's A Three-Hour Cut Of The Hobbit Trilogy

Shadow of Mordor's Nemesis System Could've Been Way More Complex

Shadow of Mordor surprised everyone with its unique features like the oft-praised "nemesis system." The game's novelty and ambition meant that it couldn't accomplish everything it set out to, though. Developer Monolith opened up this week about some things that were left on the cutting room floor. » 1/22/15 11:30am 1/22/15 11:30am

Fan Cuts The Hobbit Into A Single, 4-Hour Movie

The first thing I thought after watching The Battle of Five Armies was "boy, that's a movie that didn't need to be made". Now, thanks to the power of fans and the internet, we can pretend around half of Peter Jackson's entire Hobbit trilogy never happened. » 1/19/15 6:30pm 1/19/15 6:30pm

10 Story Decisions Scifi And Fantasy Writers Ended Up Regretting

There are writers who disown entire books after they've written them, but sometimes writers like their stories on the whole, but feel a twinge of regret over one a small (or not-so-small) detail. Here are a few decisions that the writers, in hindsight, wished they had thought through a little better. » 12/24/14 1:12pm 12/24/14 1:12pm

Shadow Of Mordor's New Expansion Is A Huge Letdown

Shadow of Mordor is one of the best games I played this year. I had high hopes for Lord of the Hunt, its first major expansion, as a result. "New monsters!" I thought. "More nemesis orcs to fight, some of whom ride on top of the new monsters! What could possibly go wrong?" So many things, apparently. » 12/17/14 11:15am 12/17/14 11:15am

The Gross New Monsters In Shadow Of Mordor's DLC

Shadow of Mordor got its first major DLC installment today, Lord of the Hunt. As the name suggests, the expansion is all about monsters—ones you can kill or bend to your will in various ways. Let's take a closer look at some of these gnarly new beasts. » 12/16/14 6:30pm 12/16/14 6:30pm

The first major DLC expansion for Shadow of Mordor comes out today, Warner Bros. just announced. It's called Lord of the Hunt, and brings some gnarly new monsters into the mix. The DLC costs $9.99, and comes free with the $24.99 season pass. Watch the new trailer above; I'll have more detailed impressions by tomorrow. » 12/16/14 10:20am 12/16/14 10:20am

Martin Freeman Returns as Bilbo Baggins...To Sell Paper on SNL

Martin Freeman is great as Tim Canterbury in BBC's The Office. He's also great as Bilbo Baggins, a pint-sized hobbit from the Shire. With Freeman hosting last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, the comedy troupe stumbled upon a golden "two birds, one stone" opportunity. » 12/14/14 9:39am 12/14/14 9:39am

One Lord of the Rings Shadow of Mordor Bundle to Rule Them All

During Black Friday week, one simply gets everything Middle-Earth for lowest ever prices. » 11/25/14 11:17am 11/25/14 11:17am

Shadow Of Mordor's Lore, Explained In Two Minutes

Is there anything more confusing than video game lore? Oh, right: Lord of the Rings video game lore. I could've sworn there were other gamers out who've been having a hard time figuring out what the hell is going on in Shadow of Mordor's main story. Finally, I can say for sure that I'm not alone. » 11/11/14 10:40am 11/11/14 10:40am

One Lord of the Rings Pillow to Rule Them All

The One Ring has many powers, but considering it's a) a ring and b) made of nigh-invulnerable magical gold, it's not the easiest thing to rest your weary Hobbit-head on. This adorable version of it solves all of those problems (with none of the magic, of course)! » 10/21/14 6:40am 10/21/14 6:40am

Nobody Knows How To Permanently Kill Shadow of Mordor's Orcs

Ever since Shadow of Mordor came 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. » 10/10/14 12:25pm 10/10/14 12:25pm

The Most Endearingly Excessive Lord Of The Rings Fan

Say you love a popular fantasy or science fiction series. Then say your significant other doesn't love that same series. Do you just accept your differences and go about your lives? That's one way to do it. Here's another. » 10/07/14 7:00pm 10/07/14 7:00pm

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! » 10/02/14 6:02pm 10/02/14 6:02pm