Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer details upcoming DLC, including Sauron mission and "legendary" monsters

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Sauron was a bit of a wrong'un if you ask me, so I'm grateful for games that let me take him on with some glimmering, fancily named elf sword. EA's The Two Towers game opened with an impressive fight against the Lord of the Rings, as did the recent, joyous Lego version. I was starting to think that Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor would be one of the few not to let you stab Sauron in his necromantic face, but I'm happy to be proven wrong with this new trailer. Shadow of Mordor has been given, groan etc, a season pass, and the things it contains have been detailed in the following video. Perhaps the most interesting Thing is a new mission that lets you "play as Celebrimbor, the great Elven king of the Second Age, and face Sauron and the might of his forces".

Bundle Stars' new bundle offers all FEAR games for cheap

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FEAR, (also known as First Encounter Assault Recon, also known as Jump-Kick Simulator 2005,) is the subject of a new bundle. For the next 17 days, you can cheaply acquire Fear, its expansions, Fear 2, its DLC pack, and F3AR, (also known as First, Er, Third Assault Recon? Also known as No Seriously, Why Is There A Three There? It Hurts To Look At It.)

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer introduces your orc chum Ratbag

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I like the orcs from the Lord of the Rings films, because they're cockneys, and they're called things like Gorbag or Shagrat or Plopbog. It makes a nice contrast from all the floaty elves named Elendermenderil or Alenduil or Katefromlost. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor contains an Uruk orc named Ratbag, which is obviously great. Ratbag "plays a critical role in the story", apparently, and he can act as your personal, rather smelly informant if you choose to let him live. But how does Ratbag look, sound, and get on with our troubled ranger hero Talion? These are things we can glean from the following trailer.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor brings the Black Hand to Gamescom

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Monolith has rolled out a new trailer for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor at Gamescom that takes a closer look the singularly unpleasant minion of Sauron who murdered Talion's wife and son.

Shadow of Mordor hits October 7, pre-order now to get "exclusive leaderboards"

Emanuel Maiberg at

It’s impossible to avoid the reductive pitch to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. It’s Assassin’s Creed set in The Lord of The Rings. Hopefully it’s a lot more than that—Monolith and Warner Bros. are certainly trying to present it that way—but even it’s not, that’s still a damn good pitch. Today, the companies announced we’ll be able to find out for ourselves when the game’s released on October 7, 2014. They also revealed what extra stuff you’ll get if you pre-order the game.

First Shadow of Mordor gameplay footage looks familiar but cool

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Monolith and Warner Bros. released the first gameplay footage for a new Lord of The Rings game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. It’s eight minutes long, all of which are worth watching, an impressive feat given our eroded attention spans.

No One Lives Forever lives in licensing limbo

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System Shock 2 may have shaken free from captivity, but there are plenty of classic games still trapped in a licensing no man's land, prevented from receiving a digital re-release. One of those games is No One Lives Forever, Monolith's 60s set comedy spy shooter. It was originally published by Fox Interactive, who were acquired by Vivendi in 2003, who merged with Activision in 2008. So do Activision have the rights? Their community manager Dan Amrich released a coded message, using an obscure cryptic language called English, about why Cate Archer has gone MIA.

Gotham City Impostors release date set for January 2012

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Gotham City Impostors is a multiplayer shooter in which gangs of amateurs dress up as poorly conceived and possibly drunk versions of their favourite DC superheroes and villains to do battle. The idea is that they're ordinary people with ordinary lives looking to vent their frustrations in combat. Fights take place in hastily knocked up arenas based on famous Batman locations, but only when the superheroes are off saving lives in another part of town.

Gotham City Impostors now has a release date, January 10 next year, when it'll be available as a download title only. Find out more on the Gotham City Impostors site.

Why you must replay No One Lives Forever

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Seconds after I agreed to replay No One Lives Forever for this article, I was wracked with doubts. Would it be as rib-tickling as I remembered it or as wonderfully diverse? Would it still seem as imaginative?