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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor's newest trailer reveals the Wraith's identity, more story details

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Warner Bros. Interactive has revealed the identity of the wraith at the center of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and it's a surprisingly important character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. The new trailer also sets up a lot of the game's story, including the Wraith's importance to the Dark Lord, Sauron.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor launching five days early

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Videogame release dates change all the time, but it's not often that they're moved ahead, rather than back. Yet that is exactly what's happened with Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which is going to hit the shelves a few days earlier than expected.

Pixel Boost: No One Lives Forever 2 at 1440p

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Twice a month, Pixel Boost guides you through the hacks, tricks, and mods you'll need to run a classic PC game on Windows 7/8. Each guide comes with a free side of 4K screenshots from the LPC celebrating the graphics of PC gaming's past. This week: Cate Archer lives forever (in our hearts).

It's been 12 years since the PC hosted the adventures of 1960s superspy Cate Archer. Twelve years too long. If you've played NOLF or its sequel, No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way, you know why they're some of the best shooters of all time: smart AI, inventive weaponry, and an endlessly witty script. They were also some of the best-looking games of the early 2000s, which means they hold up remarkably well today--with a little tinkering to add widescreen support and higher resolutions. While the rights to the NOLF games have been lost to legal limbo for years, a trademark filing back in May could hint that they'll finally show up on Steam or GOG in the future. For now, the only way to play them is to load up a trusty old CD copy. If you've got one, it's time to Pixel Boost.

No One Lives Forever trademark filing hints at possible re-release

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As we reported last year, the rights to Monolith's 2000 comedy spy shooter No One Lives Forever dropped off the radar after Activision proverbially shrugged its shoulders as to the whereabouts of the game's ownership. Now, Siliconera has exposed some new intel on the franchise's trademark from a number of recent filings by Night Dive Studios, a classic PC game republisher. This isn't direct confirmation of NOLF's return to the field, but it sparks hope for the game's licensing troubles.

Reinstall: Shogo: Mobile Armor Division

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Nothing cool lasts forever. When Shogo ($2.99 on GOG) first landed in 1998, it was in a world where anime was finally making a splash in the West. The likes of Ghost in the Shelland Neon Genesis Evangelion were becoming geek household names, making it not just acceptable but (almost) cool to watch cartoons full of blood and nudity, with episode names like “GIVE UP! But Just Before We Do, The Sure Kill Sword Appears!”

Aliens: Colonial Marines' Escape multiplayer mode will make you flee for your life

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The multiplayer portion of Gearbox's Aliens: Colonial Marines seeks to offer a good time for both the Marines, who should learn to avoid dank, dimly lit facilities, and the Aliens, who very much enjoy hunting down and eviscerating those Marines. Today, publisher Sega announced a new mode called Escape. Just like it sounds, Escape challenges Marine players to an extraction point sprint as the Xenomorphs chomp at their heels with their acid-drooling mouth-in-mouth jaw things.

Pow, thwack, delay: Gotham City Impostors pushed into February

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Gotham City Impostors' armed-to-the-teeth cast of Bruce Wayne wannabes may look sloppy and ragtag, but it's all subterfuge. Zany vigilante justice takes hard work, so Monolith's opted to delay the game into February to make sure every last hair is meticulously out of place. Currently, the developer isn't offering any further whens, whys, or wherefores, but I've requested details with emails and gravily bellows of "WHERE IS HE?" I feel like they might not be getting the message, though. Maybe I should try my Bane impression.

Gotham City Impostors announced. Play as "The Bats" and "The Jokerz"

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Warner Bros and Monolith Productions have announced Gotham City Impostors - an upcoming first-person shooter where you play as your own character in either "The Bats" or "The Jokerz" tribute gangs.

All sounds a bit "I'm not wearing hockey pads" to us.