Showing posts with label Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

PlayStation Now Adds Hollow Knight, Persona 5 and Shadow of War

Current lineup for PS Now streaming service adds Hollow Knight, Persona 5 and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War for November 2019.

This holiday season, PlayStation Now game-streaming service comes up with a brand-new lineup of exciting games on top of their already huge collection of over 800 games to let its subscribers steam on PC or PlayStation 4.

PS Now members can get their hands on Hollow Knight, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Persona 5. Those who didn't sign up yet can get a monthly subscription for $9.99 only or just get a yearly membership for $59.99.

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PlayStation Now Adds Hollow Knight, Persona 5 and Shadow of War

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Award-winning indie action-adventure title Hollow Knight from developer/publisher Team Cherry let you experience a tale of insects and heroes. Players explore through ancient kingdom of Hallownest in metroidvania styled gameplay.

This is a modern spin on classic genre that offers a high level of difficulty as you wander around its bizarre, expanded world. Getting to uncover ancient history beneath, there is much new stuff to discover as titular protagonist Knight.

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Expanding upon the legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien in Shadow of Mordor, open world action role-playing game Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is largely praised for its innovative nemesis system and currently has all micro-transactions removed.

Biggest inclusion to PS Now this month remains to be acclaimed role-playing game Persona 5 that hails from developer/publisher Atlus and allows you to play as a member of Phantom Thieves group, possessing power of Persona.

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Below is a sizzle trailer for P5 that offers you a brief glimpse of its overall gameplay system and features.




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Although Hollow Knight is here to stay, both Shadow of War and Persona 5 will be available on the streaming service until February 4, 2020. Sony is likely to create advance hype for Western release of upcoming Persona 5: The Royal next year.

Also, don't forget to try out God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, Infamous: Second Son and Uncharted 4 from last month before January 2, 2020. Many members have been busy with these titles last month ever since they were added.

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PlayStation Now Hit Games in October 2019

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Alongside newly added above-mentioned titles, most playing PS Now games in October 2019 were Batman: Arkham Knight, Fallout 4, Farming Simulator 19, Mafia III, Mortal Kombat X, NBA 2K18, Rocket League and WWE 2K18.

Sony Entertainment has a plan to make PlayStation Now service a major part of PlayStation 5 console when it arrives next year. If you are interested to get a membership, then simply sign in for a 7-day free trial on PC or PS4.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Xbox Game Pass to Add Dead Rising 4, Shadow of War and More

Brand-new games like Dead Rising 4, Middle-earth: Shadow of War and more comes to Xbox Game Pass in beginning of July.

Just as we entered Independence Day week, monthly subscribers of Xbox Game Pass are getting showered with eight new exciting upcoming titles coming their way over PC platform and Xbox consoles in month of July.

These new entries will drop on Game Pass for PC, console or be part of Game Pass Ultimate. Be assured, that you are covered for first half of the month with a variety of games from different genre that will keep you busy on your seats.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add Dead Rising 4, Shadow of War and More

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Blazing Chrome | Console, PC, Ultimate
If you are fan of 90's era of arcade shooter then, Blazing Chrome from indie developer Joy Masher could be exactly what you are looking for. The game features classic run 'n' gun type action for local co-op rendered in 16-bit style graphics.

This is a hybrid version of Contra that excels in every aspects of the beloved original and comes anew where you either play as robotic protagonist Doyle or human soldier Mavra to oppose an insurgency by machine overlords to save humanity.

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Blazing Chrome on Xbox Game Pass

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Dead Rising 4 | Console, PC, Ultimate
Celebrity freelance journalist Frank West comes back to Willamette, Colorado once again for another unexpected zombie hunting season. This time, he is after an even bigger conspiracy than what he faced during first outbreak, years ago.

Gameplay has changed by getting rid of timer system and improved action for a far better experience. Even if you are a casual who is not caught up with early history of Dead Rising, you can still jump right in for some undead slaying.

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Dead Rising 4 on Xbox Game Pass

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LEGO City Undercover | Console, Ultimate
Doing away with comic book and movie franchises, developer TT Fusion aims for an original experience with same old Lego City toys and keep up its comedic tone with new protagonist character Chase McCain who is an undercover cop.

Crime wave was running rampant in Lego City and Mayor Gleeson suspects recent escapee criminal Rex Fury to be responsible. So, Chase had to return inadvertently only to bump into his former love interest from past, Natalia Kowalski.

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LEGO City Undercover on Xbox Game Pass

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War | Console, PC, Ultimate
A sequel to Shadow of Mordor from 2014, Shadow of War is an open-world action RPG set within Lord of the Rings lore. Player goes on a quest as ranger Talion to forge a new Ring of Power at Mount Doom to put a fight against Sauron.

Sharing a body with elf lord Celebrimbor, he can lead his Ologs and Uruks followers from Middle-earth using revolutionary gameplay mechanics known as "Nemesis System" and aims at going bigger than its predecessor in overall.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War on Xbox Game Pass

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My Time at Portia | Console, PC, Ultimate
An action RPG title from Chinese developer studio Pathea Games that is set on a post-apocalyptic dystopia but primarily based on exploring and keep building on your town is what sums up base concept of My Time at Portia at best.

Building and crafting items would require you to gather resources or even have to process them to fit your need. Aside from making establishments through and through, you get relationship points for interacting with fellow NPCs.

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My Time at Portia on Xbox Game Pass

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Timespinner | PC, Ultimate
Although this retro-styled action platformer from Lunar Ray Games didn't shy away to take clear inspiration from Castlevania series and set up premises around a castle, it still has a story of its own with unique twists delivered in pixel arts.

Lead character Lunais is a time messenger and she goes back in time on behalf of her cult using a device called Timespinner to stop advances of Lachiem Empire but in doing so, she can never return to her own timeline and forced to have a life anew.

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Timespinner on Xbox Game Pass

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Unavowed | PC, Ultimate
Step into a dark, supernatural thriller by indie developer/publisher Wadjet Eye Games where you are allowed to pursue one of three narratives and a companion with distinct abilities to embark a classic point-and-click adventure.

Being freed from a demonic possession after going into a killing spree through New York for a year, player would wake up among a group of strangers that belongs to an order of demon-hunters only to join them and pieces together.

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Unavowed on Xbox Game Pass

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Undertale | PC, Ultimate
In an Underground realm full of magic and monsters, a child gets lost and is saved by goat-like creature named Toriel from a sentient flower, Flowey. There, the kid learns about killing monsters to gain EXP and solve puzzles for survival.

You can always opt out from killing enemies that crosses your path and go for subduing them instead whenever they attacks, which will not only change character interaction and dialogue pattern but it would alter endgame narrative as well.

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Undertale on Xbox Game Pass

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Also, titles such as Aftercharge, Dandara, Dead Rising 2, Defense Grid: The Awakening, Hexic 2, Hitman: Season One, Iron Brigade, LEGO Movie: The Videogame, Metal Slug XX, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 are leaving Game Pass this month which starts from July 9.

Xbox Game Pass also brings an exclusive opportunity for members to jump into tech test for Versus mode of Gears 5 later on July and if you are not already signed up, you can try out a 14-Day Free Trial right now for $1 only for a month.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Xbox Game Pass Adds We Happy Few and More

More games like Middle-earth: Shadow of War and We Happy Few are coming to Xbox Game Pass in January 2019.

January 2019 has already been pretty much packed up for members of Xbox Game Pass and looks like more game are arriving on the pipeline to join the pre-existing catalogue of more than 100 great titles on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

So, while you probably are not yet done catching up with the lineup announced earlier this month that had Ark: Survival Evolved and Just Cause 3, Microsoft Studios have decided to jam down some more games at your disposal from January 17 to 24.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds We Happy Few and More

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Known as Netflix for video games among fans, the subscription service will also be adding the entire season of episodic graphic adventure game Life is Strange on December 20, followed by all three episodes of Life is Strange: Before the Storm on December 27.

Heading towards the subscribers are a slew of action-adventure games with one of them is set in open world and another one being Lego-themed with a single exception of a crossover fighting game from a beloved franchise.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War on Xbox Game Pass

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Placed between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series, Shadow of War is a non-canon story about a ranger named Talion, who decides to merge with the wraith of Elf Lord Celebrimbor to avenge their fallen loved ones.

Aside from employing in melee combat, the wraith abilities can be used for fighting or even manipulate enemies. The game was praised for introducing the unique Nemesis System and its excellence but heavily criticized for including loot boxes and predatory micro-transactions.

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Saints Row: The Third on Xbox Game Pass

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Saints Row: The Third
Although we are not sure when Saints Row: The Third is coming to Nintendo Switch but we are certain that the crazy mayhem if this open world action adventure is hitting Xbox Game Pass nearing the end of this month and that is the current good news.

The game picks up from the events of Saints Row 2 and 3rd Street Saints goes up against a global criminal Syndicate who wants them to pay attention and respect. Things are about to get heated up in Steelport as they all enter a turf war.

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The LEGO Movie on Xbox Game Pass

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The LEGO Movie Videogame
Then comes a Lego-themed game based on The Lego Movie chronicling the life and times of everyman construction worker Emmet Brickowski who is voiced by actor Chris Pratt and believes himself to be special but tries to being one anyway after finding out that he actually isn't.

Gameplay mechanics of the title follows the similar fashion of previous Lego titles from developer TT Fusion with a healthy amount of comedic dose and tons of fun. If you are into such genre of games, then you can find it decent and engaging enough.

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Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 on Xbox Game Pass

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Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
This one is an updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds that was originally planned to include as a downloadable content but was turned into a standalone release that comes with an expanded roster of fighters.

Despite of receiving positive feedback from fans and critics for overall improvement but was also criticized for not adding any new features or modes. Such complaints was sincerely taken into accounts during development of a sequel, Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite.

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We Happy Few on Xbox Game Pass

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We Happy Few
Set on a retro-futuristic alternate reality England of 1960, the game revolves around three citizens of island town of Wellington Wells who tries to fight their way out of an oppressive society that wants everyone to remain ignorant of the truth.

Authorities try to push people into a chemically induced euphoria by forcing a hallucinogenic drug called "Joy" on them. Arthur Hastings, Ollie Starkey and Sally Boyle eventually discovers the true history of their city and revolts against the system.

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Some of the hottest games out there right now like Ashen, Forza Horizon 4, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Mortal Kombat X, Ori and the Blind Forest, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, Sea of Thieves, Sniper Elite 4 and State of Decay 2 are currently available on Xbox Game Pass.

Other titles that are also included in the library are DiRT 4, Doom, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Gears of War 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo 5: Guardians, Hitman, Payday 2: Crimewave Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Division.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Gameplay Overhaul Update

Shadow of War sees a colossal wave of great changes through an update from Monolith Productions.

One of the most controversial issues in gaming industry last year was in-game loot boxes or better known as micro-transaction. This greed-play has made EA Dice pay a dire price when they tried to slide it in a fully priced game and following a huge backlash, were forced to halt back. Another such example of a good game that suffered by this plague is action role-playing game Middle-Earth: Shadow of War from developer Monolith Productions and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Gameplay Overhaul Update

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Other than belonging to massive fan-following movie franchises based on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the game had great potential to stand out in crowd of other AAA titles but trying to force the players use real-money for in-game purchases was what caused it to be a shipwreck. As a successor to Shadow of Mordor, expectation were naturally high from Shadow of War until it turned out to be a sort of scam in disguise of a critically praised title.

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However, after deciding to entirely remove micro-transactions from the game, Warner Bros. have finally announced it back in April 2018 and Monolith has released an update today, which officially removes real-money marketplace. They have also added a few gears, skins, significant change in gameplay and a few more stuff to improve in overall. Hopefully, the Shadow of War community will be appreciative of their effort to try and make things right.

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Shadow of War Micro-Transactions Removed

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Since the market is completely removed and the shadow of micro-transactions is no longer there, it's a free reign for all and no more War Chests to enlist high-level Orc followers to empower your army, thus giving you unfair advantages. Players used to recruit Orcs from Online Vendettas or Ranked Conquests previously, which are all stored in Garrison now. They can still be trained via in-game currency Mirian for the sake of customizing and upgrading them as you see fit.

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The end-campaign is renamed as "Epilogue" and it received heavy polish for smooth-running, including newly added narration from Dark Talion and Shelob, the Witch-king. Epilogue victories come along with the masks of the Nazgûl as a reward, which has the power to resurrect the dead and other abilities like cursing enemies or summoning powerful monsters. Also, even after the final credits roll, you can still continue defending your own fortresses or keep upgrading in an endless mode.

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New Celebrimbor Skin

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New available skins allow you to play as Baranor, Celebrimbor or Dark Eltariel. Greater XP rewards helps you reach to a level cap of 80 in no time. Acclaimed "Nemesis System" has gone through some improvements as you are most likely to encounter more Legendary Orcs and some of them may present you with occasional gifts. In case you are feeling bothered by their overly keen approach towards you or they try to steal your kills, just turn off the savior feature from the menu.

RELATED: Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Gameplay Trailer

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is released on October 2017 from Monolith Productions for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was about time that the creators of this fine game eventually saw through their mistake and even though late, took actions to correct it. It was very fortunate for them that they did not missed sales target by a vast number or lose market share over this like Dice did over their misstep with Star Wars Battlefront II last year. Although loot boxes are not going away soon, we are happy that at least some are moving to right directions.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Gameplay Trailer

The last game of the Middle-Earth series was Shadow of Mordor from developer Monolith Productions and that was three years ago. Now the studio brings us an action role-playing sequel that follows the previous game of the series. Back in February, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War was announced and it is quite an improvement on its predecessor. Whereas Shadow of Mordor was more of a hack and slash, Shadow of War focuses on the role-playing aspects.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Gameplay Trailer

A brand-new trailer of Shadow of War from Warner Bros. is released recently that offers us brief glimpse at the open world gameplay system of the game.




The clip above from Shadow of War shows protagonist Talion, merged with the spirit of elf lord Celebrimbor, exploring places like Cirith Ungol and Seregost as part of the gameplay. Also there are locations that we have never seen before in any of the Lord of the Rings franchise. The game improvises on the "Nemesis System" introduced prior with the large open-world setting. What we see in the trailer is a mere example of what we can expect because obviously there are much more.

Though the "Nemesis System" was brought on the table in Shadow of Mordor, it has been well adapted to the environment of Shadow of War. The surroundings of Mordor and Orc followers will behave according to the actions of the player. When you will be preparing your forces to attack Sauron as Talion and his ghostly-counterpart Celebrimbor, how you place the Uruks and Ologs in places of power will totally change the look of Middle-Earth.

Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Interactive presents, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will be released on 22 August for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide. So, be prepared for an epic experience with the iconic heroes and villains from Lord of the Rings lore when Monolith drops Shadow of War.