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Shadow Of War’s New Expansion Should Be Its Own Game

When the video game Shadow of Mordor was released in late 2014, its most marvelous trait was its Nemesis System. This superb chunk of design and programming ensured that any evil grunt that killed the player would be elevated in the game’s bad guy hierarchy and would stalk the revived player, perhaps becoming the…Read more… […]

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Shadow Of War’s Expansion Adds Some Of The Best Zelda-Style Items

The ship may have sailed on Shadow of War, a messy sequel received angrily by fans and a game that has taken six months to start removing its controversial microtransactions. But, hey, this game just got a new expansion that adds a hookshot and a glider. That’s cool at least.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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This Week in the Business: Loot boxes, clones, and the industry’s problem with women

QUOTE | “Simply being aware that they are available for purchase reduces the immersion in the world and takes away from the challenge of building your personal army and your fortresses.” – Monolith Productions acknowledges that the impact loot boxes had on Shadow of War in a blog post announcing their removal from the…Read more… […]

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Shadow Of War Was A Dreary Mess, But Its Expansion Is Good

It’s not the loot boxes that bummed me out about October’s Shadow of War. When playing the game, you can easily ignore them. I had a harder time ignoring the game’s bummer mood, ugly scenery, trite and tedious quests and mechanical messiness. I liked its predecessor. I wanted to like this game. I bailed halfway […]

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Dear Video Games: Please Stop Immediately Telling Me What To Do

The original Super Mario Bros., which was a pretty well-liked video game, didn’t tell players the button commands for climbing up vines. It certainly didn’t pause to tell them how to jump on the turtles or remind them that they could enter a big green pipe if they’d like to.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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In-Game Purchases Poison The Well

Video games will always manipulate us. Each challenge and scenario in a game has been carefully engineered to make us react a certain way. Most of the time, that’s what we sign up for. But the moment real money enters the equation, something changes.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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25 Of The Funniest (And Horniest) Shadow of War Orcs

Shadow of War’s huge orc variety is one of the most impressive things about the game. In my dozens and dozens of hours of playtime, I’m still finding orc types I’ve never seen before, and many of them have interesting, hilarious, and uncomfortable things to say.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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ESRB Says It Doesn’t See ‘Loot Boxes’ As Gambling

Over the past few weeks, as randomized loot boxes have dominated the conversation surrounding this fall’s video games, there have been calls for the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to classify them as gambling in its back-of-the-box ratings. But the ESRB says that’s not going to happen—because according to…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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What You Need To Know About Shadow of War’s Controversial Loot Boxes 

Ever since reviews of Shadow of War hit, talk of loot boxes and microtransactions have been heavy with panic and rife with misinformation. Are the best orcs behind a paywall? Is the design of the game predatory enough that it’s going to make people feel pressured to drop extra cash on a $60 game? And […]

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War: The Kotaku Review

When Shadow of Mordor released in 2014, its “nemesis system” was brilliant enough that many people hoped it would define a new generation of games. Years later, that vision of industry-wide character hierarchies that learn, evolve, and remember the player never came to pass. Shadow of War, the follow-up, further…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Following concerns from fans, Monolith Productions will offer the commemorative Forthog Orc-Slayer t

Following concerns from fans, Monolith Productions will offer the commemorative Forthog Orc-Slayer to all Shadow of War players for free. A donation will be made to Michael Forgey’s family in lieu of profits from sales.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Xbox’s Upcoming Line-Up Is Disappointing But Has Some Bright Spots

Microsoft showed off its Xbox holiday line-up at a showcase in Manhattan last week. They spotlit several games and the new, more powerful Xbox One X version of the console. While the games were fun, a lack of flagship titles left me wondering how strong the new console’s launch will be.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Xbox’s Upcoming Line-Up Is Disappointing But Has Some Bright Spots

Microsoft showed off its Xbox holiday line-up at a showcase in Manhattan last week. They spotlit several games and the new, more powerful Xbox One X version of the console. While the games were fun, a lack of flagship titles left me wondering how strong the new console’s launch will be.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Fine Print Raises Questions About Shadow Of War Memorial DLC

Last week’s feel-good news that Shadow Of War developer Monolith is commemorating the game’s late executive producer Michael Forgey with a piece of charitable DLC has taken a turn amid concerns of where some of the proceeds are going.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Shadow Of War Producer Memorialized In DLC

On March 3rd, Monolith executive producer Michael Forgey died of cancer. The staff at Monolith announced yesterday that they will memorialize Forgey as a downloadable comrade in the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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