Make Shadow Of Mordor's Combat Even More Brutal With Runes

The most savage Lord of the Rings game adds an additional layer of violence with its Rune System, a method of upgrading weapons and generating retailer-specific preorder bonuses.


Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor's vaguely heroic Talion comes equipped with a bow, a longsword and a dagger. That's a fine arsenal for fantasy combat, but where are the explosions? That's where runes come in. By upgrading weapons using runes collected from fallen foes or delivered by GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy or Steam, players can add powerful damaging effects and buffs to their weapon rotation.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions made a video about it. Want to see it? Sure you do.

This Rune System will allow players to customize their weapons according to their play style, as well as where they prefer to shop. Along with the previously announced Dark Ranger Bonus Pack preorder incentive, preordering the October 7 release for PlayStations, Xboxen or PC at the following retailers earns players magical powers the likes of which the world has never seen.

Amazon Deadly Archer Rune: Talion will deal extra damage when executing ranged headshots against Sauron's Captains

Best BuyFlame of Arnor Rune: Talion can ignite his blade by achieving a high combo count and incinerate his enemies

GameStop - Captain of the Watch / Hidden Blade Rune: "Captain of the Watch" character skin and the Hidden Blade Rune – Talion can deal extra damage when executing stealth attacks against Sauron's Captains

Steam Orc Slayer Rune: Talion will decimate Sauron's Captains with increased damage from special attacks


Mortal Dictata

Why do they always have to offer bonuses like this. It's not that I'm against pre-order bonuses (I personally believe they should be cosmetic only) but the ones written above sound like they break the game by making you OP against bosses in singleplayer but also create an unfair playing field if there's a multiplayer element.