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

Shadow Of Mordor Won A Best Story Award, Which Actually Makes Sense

Dragon Age Inquisition may have taken Game of The Year at last night's 18th annual DICE Awards, but how about Shadow of Mordor winning for Outstanding Achievement In Story? The scripted story wasn't so hot, but if they were judging by the stories that emerged as players sparred with enemies who became tougher through… » 2/06/15 11:32am 2/06/15 11:32am

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

I Wish Dragon Age: Inquisition Respected My Time

Conventional wisdom suggests the longer it takes to finish a game, the better—especially RPGs. We even have websites, such as How Long to Beat, tasked with cataloging the length of games. The clock on my just-finished Dragon Age: Inquisition save reads 64 hours and four minutes. How come, then, after so many hours… » 1/05/15 1:45pm 1/05/15 1:45pm

I'm Finally Starting To Like It When The PS4 Controller Talks

Ever since I started playing games on my PS4, one thing about the console's controller has always stood out to me. It makes a lot of noise. Audio feedback is nothing new or unique to the DualShock 4, but it's particularly...noticeable on the thing. Like the controller is nudging you and shouting, "Hey! I'm over here!" » 12/08/14 4:42pm 12/08/14 4:42pm

Shadow of Mordor DLC Lets You Play As A Lady

If you feel like adding some estrogen to your orc-slaying experience, today is your lucky day—Warner Bros. just launched a free new DLC pack (for PS4/Xbox One/PC) that will let you replace boring ol' Talion with a lady whose full title must be spelled out every time she's mentioned: Lithariel, the Warrior Commander of… » 11/20/14 1:00pm 11/20/14 1:00pm

What I've Learned On My Way To Hundred Percenting My First Game

When it comes to open world games, I'm not the kind of player who tries to reach one hundred percent completion. But I recently booted up Shadow of Mordor again and discovered something shameful. I'd played 38 hours and hadn't even cracked 40 percent. That was simply unacceptable. So it was back to Mordor for me. » 11/10/14 4:30pm 11/10/14 4:30pm

Violent Shadow Of Mordor Montages Are Tragic, Pretty

Shadow of Mordor is the kind of game that really knows how to seduce players with its ultraviolence. But it's not just the game. People playing it have been using its nifty photo mode for increasingly elaborate purposes. The most creative I've seen is using the photo editor to create surprisingly moving short films. » 11/07/14 6:00pm 11/07/14 6:00pm

Think Shadow Of Mordor Is Too Easy? Try These Out.

Difficulty is always a thorny issue in video games. One gamer's crushing slog through a dungeon is another's mindless loot grind. People are particularly divided about Shadow of Mordor's difficulty right now: some find it too hard, many others too easy. The latter group has begun some interesting experiments. » 10/31/14 4:20pm 10/31/14 4:20pm